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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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    Ok, thanks. That makes sense, too. I can see how removing 'big ticket' gluten items such as pasta and bread could make a big difference. Gluten-light seems like it still allows a person to enjoy some of their 'guilty pleasure' foods like crackers & cookies Good recommendation, thanks.
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    Hi mushroom, Thanks for the welcome and thanks for the heads up regarding testing. That makes sense, and when I read that I remembered reading something about consuming normal gluten up until you get tested. Thanks for the reminder. Not to be totally nosey, but I see you have your stats in your footer. From reading it, it appears you have stopped consuming a wide variety of foods. Were those all by choice? If so, why? Or are you intolerant of all those things, similar to gluten? And, if those have been eliminated from your diet, what does your normal diet look like? For me, removing potato, soy, gluten, lactose, legumes, etc, seems like a lot! I'm sure there is still plenty left to enjoy, though. Thanks for the help. I look forward to learning a lot more on here!
  3. Hi everyone, Just wanted to say hi and say that I'm glad to see a forum of this sort exists. While I am not personally diagnosed (sorry...I hope this doesn't make me seem like an outsider!) I believe it is quite possible that I suffer from Celiac or some form of gluten intolerance. Ironically, it appears that my wife also suffers from something very similar. We both suffer from a variety of symptoms, including terrible bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, bowel irregularity, irregular gas (sorry!), etc. The odd thing is that my symptoms (I swear! Unless I am out of my mind) appear to follow a pattern. Certain days of the week (each week) I'll have the same symptoms, then other days I won't. It is strange. However, I am not aware of any dietary changes based on day of the week, so I have no explanation for this. It just seems like they follow some sort of a cycle. Bottom line is that I have been reading over a number of posts on here, and have already learned quite a bit. First and foremost, my wife and I decided together that we are going to immediately begin a gluten-free diet once we can go and buy all the right foods this weekend. That is step 1. Next, we were thinking about going to the doctor to see if we can (or cannot) get diagnosed. However, it appears that many of you have had tests done and that results came back negative. Yet, and thankfully, you decided to go gluten-free and have seen serious (if not complete) improvement. This makes us both feel happy, to know that although a test may come back negative you can still see dramatic improvement if you go gluten-free. Finally, both of us have our thoughts as to why (or how) this may have started. For my wife, she used to be healthy as anything, but a few years ago she had to undergo a series of internal abdominal surgeries (including the removal of a major portion of her intestine), and this appears to be when things started for her. For me, I don't know exactly when it started, but I do know a couple things: first, I was diagnosed with Lymes disease a few years ago. I noticed someone on here said they were also diagnosed and that can sometimes have an effect on certain things in your body (they mentinoed auto-immune). I also know that people have been telling me lately (honestly, quite a few people in the last 6 months or so) that I have lost weight. I truthfully did not notice this myself, but everyone is saying it. I have seen that weight loss (unexplained) can be a symptom. I kept thinking... I have been eating the same, and exercising the same, so what is causing this. I just figured it was something natural happening in my body (just turned 30...old age? ) So, anyhow, long story short my wife and I have come to the realization that this sucks to deal with, and that a change has to be made. We learned about Celiac, thought our problems could be related, and we are going to go gluten-free to see if it makes a differnce. Fingers crossed, we sure hope so. Best of luck to everyone else out there. It seems like a lot of people suffer from this, to varying degrees of severity. I wish everyone well and once again we are glad to know you are out there!