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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes


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  1. I have bouts of depression that come and go quite frequently. During these times I feel hopeless, fatigued, foggy-minded, empty, and just sad. A lot of times it is for no reason whatsoever. And I wrack my brain for a reason to feel so blue and heavy-hearted, but I can't find one. I just feel sad and empty. I am frequently nervous, and suffer frequent anxiety, although I have learned to control my anxious thoughts alot better than I have in the past. However, almost daily, little incidents or random situations cause my heart to race, beating for what feels to be a thousand times a minute. Sometimes my racing heart is almost unbearable. A lot of the time, I am a nervous wreck, and cannot think straight, relax, or feel comfortable. I always fidget, nervously babble on about nothing in particular, or close myself off from others to cope with feeling nervous. I over analyze everything and have self esteem issues. I am always, always, always hungry, and the things that I eat rarely seem to curb my hunger. Many times during the week, I am exhausted, and all I want is sleep and quiet, even though I am getting 8 + hours of sleep a night. These symptoms come in waves of intensity. Some weeks I feel light and happy, and other weeks I end up crying every night for no reason at all and feeling blue. I have Celiacs Disease, but follow a strict gluten free diet to the best of my ability. I try to avoid refined sugars and processed foods as well. I really try hard to have a healthy, gluten free diet. I have a family history of thyroid problems; my aunt has Graves Disease and my mother has Hashimotos. On and off, I have always seemed to struggle with depressions and anxiety. I have read about the links of thyroid imbalances and depression. I have been informed by others on this forum that your thyroid can lead to depression. Do you think that I have a thyroid problem, along with my Celiacs Disease? What do I do?
  2. In 2009 I was diagnosed with Celiacs Disease and have been on a gluten free diet ever since. Right after the first few months, I saw considerable improvement. All of my health issues went away, and for the most part I felt like a brand new person. But in the past year, something has gone wrong. I have always dealt with anxiety issues, but in the past year it feels like I have suffered anxiety worse than ever before. along with this I have experienced alot of depression, extreme fatigue, brain fog, being unable to focus, struggles in social situations and struggles to have fun, and even panic attacks. For some reason, all of these things came onto me like a tidal wave, and beat me down to a point of feeling like I have no hope, where I hate myself, making me feel so depressed a lot of the time. Sometimes I would cry uncontrollably, I would feel like I couldn't breathe, and I was so scared of almost every situation in my life. I hated myself because I felt like I could not "come alive" to say, meaning I felt like I could never be energetic or happy enough to have fun, thrive in relationships, or accomplish what I wanted in life. I felt stuck in a fog, lost from reality. I felt mentally insane, and anxiety hit me from every direction. I was a train wreck at the end of high school; it was a total bummer These types of things mostly happen when I am under stress or in social situations, where I am with a lot of people for a long amount of time, like school. After reading all of the posts on this forum, I can relate to so many of what you guys deal with in regards to behavioral issues and gluten. It has caused me to pay extreme attention to what I eat, because if gluten has caused me to become this much of a miserable wreck, I want to stay as far away as possible (or light every molecule of it on fire). It has caused me to think maybe i haven't been as careful as I should be. But is gluten the reason for all of my problems? Why am I suffering from them if I am already on a gluten free diet? How careful can I be when it comes to being in contact with this "poison?" What do I do to never feel like this again? I am going to college soon. I can't feel like I did in high school, I just won't be able to handle it. Some one please help me figure out how to be happy again, how to come alive and not be stuck in a fog, stop the panic attacks, how to have mental and physical energy again, and how to be able to love myself and thrive in the body God gave me!