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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 everyone, I am 31 and have been experiencing worsening joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in both hands, knees, feet, and TMJs for about 2 years. I was diagnosed with celiac in November and have been gluten-free ever since. Since my symptoms have persisted, I gave up dairy in April with no improvement. I then gave up nightshades, corn, egg, caffeine, and chocolate in May and still have noticed no improvement. Desperate to feel better, I started an elimination diet on July 1. I'm now on Day 8 and my symptoms - if anything - have gotten a little worse. Does anyone else have experience with arthritis and/or elimination diets? I know it's common to feel worse before you feel better on the elimination diet, but when should I start to feel better? Also, the diet wants me to start adding back potentially reactive foods (starting with lemons and limes) around Day 10. Should I do that even if I feel no better? I would be so grateful if anyone can offer any help as this has truly been crippling my life and I am very desperate to feel better.
  2. Thank you everyone for sharing your stories. I truly appreciate all of your insight. Happy and healthy New Year to all of you!
  3. Hi everyone, I am 31 and have been experiencing worsening joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in both hands, knees, and TMJs, and my right ankle for over a year. I was recently diagnosed with celiac and have now been gluten-free for a month and a half. My rheumatologist says that my tendons are inflamed and thinks it's all related to the celiac. She started me on prednisone, but as soon as I decrease the dose, it flares up again. Does anyone else have problems with joint pain/swelling/stiffness and/or tendonitis? If so, how long did it take to feel better after going gluten-free? I'm really hoping that this is all due to the celiac and not something else. I love to work out and lift weights and I really want to get back to the gym as soon as possible.