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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 was officially diagnosed about 11 months ago and I have followed the gluten-free diet since that time. I have known that I have food issues for 30 years. It was 30 years ago that I developed debilitating wrist pain, symmetrical, like with rheumatoid arthritis. An acupuncture Dr. told me he thought I had food allergies. I did the elimination diet and determined that I had an issue with wheat. The wrist pain (and a bunch of other less debilitating pain) went away dramatically--the improvement was just unbelievable and I could do things again. My hands had become useless, and they completely recovered in probably a few weeks. Other pain in various locations became dramatically better as well. Several months later, I reintroduced wheat, and did not have a return of symptoms. The muscle aches, arthritis like symptoms, have not been much of an issue for me over the last 30 years. But, I developed nasal polyps and asthma. I finally decided to get a blood test because of nagging digestive complaints, the breathing, and knowing that I have a history of some issues with wheat. Blood test was clearly positive, and follow-up biopsy was positive. I have been on a gluten free diet for 11 months. My previous wheat free diet was probably not completely gluten free. I feel much better although I continue to take asthma and sinus medication. In answer to your question, I probably would have been considered to have fibromyalgia 30 years ago, but i don't think there was much talk about fibro then.
  2. Recently Diagnosised...questions!

    Hi, I am new to the forum, so I hope I am doing everything okay. I assume your doc is a GI doc and that all those tests included a biopsy, or more correctly, an endoscopy? Blood tests have a false negative rate that is too high to be completely reliable. If you truly have had all the right tests, congratulations, you don't have celiac. Many people digest food better and feel better on a gluten free diet. Watch out though, a lot of the gluten free foods can be pretty dense and high in calories.