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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 Need Help!

    Thank you. That is very encouraging. I know what you mean about the hypochondriac thing. I just had a big upset about that a few nights ago. It's so hard to take people's criticism when I'm struggling so hard to affirm myself as it is... if that makes any sense. Also, about what you said: "Consider this your window of opportunity to eat out easily and enjoy pizza and donuts." I SO have been. I've never eaten out so much in my life. I didn't even realize I was craving eating out because I subconsciously knew I would (very likely) be saying good-bye to a lot of my favorite restaurants pretty soon. It's hard enough to find things to eat that are Vegan, but oh geez.... I should count my blessings. I live in a place with Vegan and gluten-free options, I have a support system (this forum is turning out to be a big help, too), and if all goes well this madness can all be cured. Thank you so much for your advice and your welcome. =]
  2. I Need Help!

    Oh my gosh, thank you so much. I can't tell you how helpful it is just to be heard. I am fortunate to have a somewhat understanding family and boyfriend, but we're all tripping through this together and I still can't help but feel overwhelmed/isolated. It is hard to eat gluteny things, thinking they are probably what are making my life such a mess. I will definitely take your advice and wait until I have some for-sure answers... or have at least sought them out! Good for you for paying attention to your body and your gut feelings (pun?), and for getting the help you needed. I really admire that, and I will keep that in mind if I come across unknowing or uncaring doctors. Thanks again, so very much. I need all the help I can get!
  3. Hello, my name is Kate and I am 23 years old. I have no diagnosis yet, because I am waiting for my insurance to start (on November 1st), but I am fairly certain I have Celiac's. I was told that I should get tested for gluten allergy by my boyfriend's mother. I began researching it and it was overwhelming, both in a good way and in a bad way. The good thing was I found a nice list of everything I had been feeling that was related to something very real. I still struggle with the thought "Am I just making this all up? I can't be this sick. I must be crazy." The bad thing was I was forced to notice how sick I really am right now. Since then, I have gotten worse (and I would like to get into that a bit later.) First, I would like to share my story here and see if there is anyone out there who can relate, or who can offer help/encouragement/advice. I have no idea how long I have been feeling the way I have, I have been noticing I have no real grasp of time (possibly another symptom?) but I have been sick for a long time. I don't remember what it is like to be well, to have energy, to be normal. The symptoms that I realized before I ever gave thought to gluten intolerance: - I am almost always sick. - I have awful dental problems, wisdom teeth growing in (dentist said I didn't need them out) causing grief! - I constantly get cold sores and canker sores. - I have psoriasis. - I have really achey, knotted neck and shoulders. - I have been struggling with depression for the past few years. I thought the depression was due to the fact that my parents divorced when I graduated High School and moved out to college by myself. I think it was in part, because after I moved back home and figured my emotional life out- I got a lot better and felt less depressed. As I said, I researched Celiac Symptoms, and there are SO many I could highlight for myself: - recurrent abdominal pain, generally after eating - acne problems - anemia - anxiety and depression (my biggest problem as of late) - really bad dental problems - night blindness, getting worse - randomly seeing things, like flashes or shadows - bruising easily - clumsiness and brain fog - major concentration problems - psoriasis - diarrhea, constipation, delayed emptying - dizziness - restless leg syndrome - body parts randomly fall asleep - sinusitis, constantly - fatigue-fatigue-fatigue-fatigue-fatigue! - food cravings, and a HUGE appetite - gas, but unable to pass it - headaches - hypersensitivity and irritability (triggered by anything, but generally touch, light, sound) - easily overwhelmed - chronic joint pain - lactose intolerant (I am Vegan anyways, so that got better.) - really low sex drive (My poor boyfriend.) - stress, and inability to deal with stress - exercise intolerance I think I might even be missing a few. I can understand the physical things, because I get the absorption issues that lead to vitamin deficiencies and all that. But I am mostly concerned about the anxiety, depression, low libido, and hypersensitivity. I can remember that I am an easy-going, positive, expressive, and understanding person... it is weird to have to "remember" what I am (was?) like. I guess I could deal with all the other symptoms, but these are what are beginning to hurt those around me (and I feel guilty). I just hate not being in control of my thoughts, feelings, emotions, body. My body hates me. Anyways, I need help. I get super irritated, and not by irritating things. My boyfriend and I are very much in love, but it's like my body reacts to him trying to kiss me or hold me. I know I love him and want to be with him but, like I said, it's my body that can't handle it and then my brain follows. I get overwhelmed with too much noise, too much light, too much anything. I don't feel positive about anything, and my negativity is getting others down. I can't control my anxiety. I get anxious when I'm out in public, in a group, anything. I remember being really social and loving crowds and big groups.... that is SO not the case any more. Am I crazy? Am I making this all up? If going gluten-free will help me, after I get diagnosed (and I don't know what I'll do if it turns out I do not have Celiac's....), how long will it take for these awful things to leave me and let me be myself again. Thanks to anyone who stuck it out through this post, and thanks to those who may be able to offer me something.