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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.


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  1. Hi All, Are Kroger grits safe for a celiac to eat? Signed, Kiss my Grits
  2. Hi Monica, My name is Angie. I was diagnosed with Celiac disease about a month ago. Could you please put me in touch with a Celiac Support Grp. in the area? I live in Roscoe, IL. Thanks!
  3. Get this?!!!!! I am so glad that I asked my GI dr.'s nurse to send me the results via mail. I DON'T have DQ2/DQ6 at all.---I have DQ2/DQ8. Well, at least now I do know with more certainty. But,... I've lost some faith in the doctors in my area. Oh, well...at least now I know. I have an answer & I can move forward. I'm doing great with the gluten-free/CF diet & I feel really great!!!
  4. Thanks. Yes, I'm 43 now, & the surgeries were from age 33 to 39. But, since I've been gluten & casein free since 3/2010, I've been feeling great most of the time. This site is what helped me to figure it all out. When I made it to my appt. with the Internest, he really did seem to take the time to listen. Except,...for when he ordered the blood tests/Celiac Panel to be done right then & there.--Even though I informed him that I had been gluten-free/CF for over 3 1/2 mos. already. The results came back only slightly elevated, so he called them "negative". Then, he had me have a Breath Lactose Test. Even though, during the 4 1/2 hr. test I kept running to the restroom with the big D, it also came back negative. So,...then he ordered Ova & Parasites testing on stool samples.--Also, negative. He referred me to a GI dr. who knows me well from the past abdominal stuff. He also listened & when I told him that I did not think that I could work full time & perform the Gluten challenge right now---'cause I know how it would end up (also, told him about my mother's recent diagnosis of M.S., and my teenage daughter w/Epilepsy), he said that we should just go for the genetic testing & if I decided to have the Biopsy fine; however, he pretty much said to just see how the genetic markers turned out. When the RN called me with the gene results, she told me that they were negative & to go back to eating gluten & dairy. I was incredulous, and did more research. Then, I called her back & told her to ask the dr. again because every 'Celiac' site I looked on says that I have the genetic markers for it. She got back on the phone & said, "Oh, the doctor says that you're right." Okay............
  5. Hi there, I'm new to all of this. I have undergone some testing, have had 5 abdominal surgeries, and today I found out I am DQ2/DQ6. I have every possible digestive,as well as, some neurological symptoms of Celiac. My mother was diagnosed with late onset M.S. 3 yrs ago. Am I a Celiac?
  6. Hey there! I'm so sorry to hear what happened at your Gastro. appt. I actually have my Gastro. appt. this upcoming Tues. & am worried about running into the same thing. If I do run into an unknowledgable dr., I'm considering checking out the Celiac Clinic at UIC (Chicago). I'm not sure, but I think that I read on this site that they're having a screening open to the Public this October. This is actually my 1st posting. I'm new to all of this.--Came to the stark & disappointing realization that my symptoms may actually be either a gluten sensitivity or full-on Celiac around June 2010. Whatever the case may be, I've been feeling so much better & the 'brain fog' is a lot better since I've been Gluten-Free/Casein-Free since mid-March. I've also had really weird, bad rashes, & 2 GERD operations--fundoplications & hiatal hernia repair a few years ago. Hang in there, keep researching, and try to be really careful to stay away from gluten. Try to keep your spirits up & keep in mind that you are not alone.