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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 guess I haven't thought it through, because honestly I am assuming I will react in some way and remember the pain I went through, so I won't want to do it again! The pizza I ate tonight is the same pizza I would make with my gluten free crust, just on regular crust, so I shouldn't react to any of the other ingredients. If I have no symptoms I will contact my allergist and ask him about reintroducing wheat and getting retested. I am concerned though, because I was diagnosed with a positive blood test to wheat allergy. My allergist did send a test to meridian valley lab (back about 4 years ago) and that came back with very very high gluten, gliadin, wheat, barley and many other allergies. I am so paranoid right now that I probably won't try to eat it again, I guess I just had a moment of weakness!
  2. I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy about 7 years ago ( I had already been diagnosed with other food allergies over the years). After going wheat free I did feel better but not great. After a few years I went to a new allergist, he tested me for celiac disease, however, because I was wheat free for so long the test was negative and he said I could just try going gluten free and see how I do. So I went completely gluten free, I felt better. I had so many symptoms and no other doctor had an explanation so I assumed he was right on with everything. Well it's been since 2011 with no gluten and I am starting to question all my choices. There are times when I have some of those old feelings come back, certain things that are 100% gluten free are bothering me again. I know that I may have developed more allergies but I don't want to give up more food. I decided to do a challenge on myself. I had a small piece of pizza tonight with gluten, and I am nervous, I am going to mark all my symptoms for the next few days and see how I do. I don't really know why I decided to do this, I guess I am just at a loss and thought I would try to start over with food! Please keep us posted on how you are doing, I would be very interested!!!
  3. shellfish allergy, but I also have a gluten and dairy intolerance, peanut allergy, and I should also be avoiding other nuts, citrus, mint, strawberries, chocolate, pork, and all salt-water fish. Hi, I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy, peanut allergy, hazelnut allergy, grape allergy, egg allergy, shellfish allergy, a dairy intolerance and a gluten intolerance and oral allergy syndrome. I never had the appropriate tests done before I went gluten free for celiac disease, so I will never know. And now I wouldn't be able to eat it again to get the tests done! It is hard at the beginning, but it gets so easy to eat with all these allergies. I have now reintroduced dairy, I can now eat cheese and yogurt (but still can't tolerate milk and icecream)... I can eat eggs in things, but not on their own. If I were you, I would and did go cold turkey on everything your allergist was concerned with. There is a lot of food out there, it is just about learning new ways to eat. You can no longer eat the convenient (poison) foods. You have to make everything from scratch. I eat a lot of beans, meat, and fruits and veges...Luckily I can eat almonds as well. It's amazing what you will learn about preparing food. I wish you luck, hopefully your new journey will teach you as much as it has taught me!!
  4. I have been gluten free for years, however, my children still eat gluten at school and when we go out to eat. I was never diagnosed with celiac disease, I do have a wheat allergy and a gluten sensitivity. My daughter has had a rash on again and off again on her butt for years, they start out like a pimple and then pops and is purple colored and really scaly and hurts. She only gets like 6 of them at a time, on each side just under her butt cheeks. Could this be the "celiac rash"? When I look online the pictures show people covered in them and she doesn't get that many at a time. Thanks
  5. I agree about going to a doctor. Are you on any medications? Some medicines have side effects and they can start at any time. I have questioned my gluten issues-but every time I tried to reintroduce it, it ended badly! For a long time I thought every pain and symptom was because of what I ate.. I was put on an anxiety medication at the time, becuase I was at the dr all the time with "problems." I took the medicine for about a year and I have to say it really helped. I don't doubt that all the problems I was having weren't real, I think I was just so obsessed with paying attention to my body that I didn't know what was normal anymore. I was taken off the medicine about 2 years ago and I am doing great. I am not on any medicines right now, I am gluten free, and working on healthier eating and less chemicals in general... Good Luck, just don't refuse to think it could be something else
  6. I don't know if you can buy it online...You could try amazon! If you go to pillsbury online you can check locations near you--and alot of places (like piggly wiggly) will order it in for you...
  7. They only have choc chip, however, they also carry a pie crust and I did buy that and maybe will do some experimenting with it or just make a peach pie!
  8. My local piggly wiggly is now carrying pillsbury gluten free cookie dough in the refrigerator section. Can I say that they taste amazing!!! I know that they are not very healthy, however, with 5 kids it was so convenient to just pop open a tub and make tasty hot cookies without all the work!!! My kids loved them and even my husband wanted more... Just make sure that you never cook them if you are alone--I ate 6!!!
  9. Essential Oils Cross Reaction

    Lemongrass is from the botanical family - Gramineae (grasses) and I have read that wheat is from the grass family as well. I am gluten intolerant, but I am also allergic to wheat. I have an allergy to grass as well. I know that gluten is not added to the oil. I don't understand if consuming or putting on lemongrass would bother me. What I am saying is that they are both related to "grass". I don't know much about cross-reactions.
  10. I am starting to sell young living (essental oils) and I really want start using them in place of medications and lotions and such. Just wondering if lemongrass and others would effect me. Lemongrass comes from grass and wheat is associated with grass. Am I wrong? I know that the oils do go through the skin and they effect the cells within 20 minutes. I am still learning about everything they do, and I guess I don't understand if they would effect me like wheat or gluten would. Any info you have would be great. Thanks
  11. So I have been gluten free for over two years and it has been wonderful. However, I have added many prepackaged gluten free foods into my diet, and I am having more and more symptoms coming back. I was up all last night and I still can't seem to stand up straight. My stomach hurts so bad and I just want to cry. I think I need to go back to the basics of gluten free. Which, for me, usually means alot of meat...Any suggestions or great recipes you would all like to share would be greatly appreciated...I am allergic to peanuts, raisins, soy, hazelnuts, walnuts, coconut, eggs (I can eat them in things-like meatloaf, just not on there own) also I am supersensative to certain dairy products... Thanks
  12. Most of my symptoms are with my menstural cycle. I have severe PMS and heavy menstrual cycles every 25 days. I am tired alot (which all dr's say it's because I have five children). I am cold all the time, my body temp is never over 97.5, which they say it's winter! I think they figured after all the years I am just a hypochondriac!! I have started taking chasteberry or vitex, I am hoping that it will help me get my cycles straightened out. We will see! I do think that I am having some other food issues as well, but I am still in denial, I don't want to give up anything else quite yet. I am already allergic to peanuts, hazelnuts, red grapes and raisins, soy, eggs, and I am gluten free... I actually got very sick last night from a salad! Everything on there was gluten free, so I don't know what bothers me...
  13. I guess I should be happy, a little over two years ago, before I went gluten free, my thyroid antibodies were high. They never did anything about it at the time, however, I was having some symptoms I thought could be related to hypothyroid. They checked the antibodies again, and the are within normal range. I am still having problems that I would like to figure out, but maybe being gluten free for two years has helped stop me going into hypothyroid! Thanks for listening Sarah
  14. I have the same cook book! We love it..She uses a great flour blend as well...
  15. I have had many hypothyroid symptoms for a few years, however, my TSH is always in normal range. The most recent TSH test was 1.95, which I understand is great. I do have high thyroid antibodies 16.2 and normal is >9. My mom and sister are both hypothyroid. I have many hypothyroid symptoms, weight gain low body temp (95.6 to about 97.2) extremely itchy skin dry eyes-can no longer where contacts because of it always feel like I need to push in my throat, becauase it feels bulgy (hard to explain) very tired vertigo very heavy menstrual cycles , every 25 days. shortness of breath hypoglycemia I do also get hyperthyroid symptoms, anxiety jittery and shaky heart palpitations I have been gluten free now for over 2 years, and doing great on it. My Dr. treated me for anxiety/depression when I told him all my symptoms and I was on that for about 1.5 yrs. It didn't do much but I was willing to try everything. I have now been off that medicine for about 1 year. If I go to him again I know he will want to treat me with that again and I just want to fix the real problems. Is there a way I can get everything balanced without going back to the doctors! I have never been big into medicine so if I can avoid that I would like to. Thanks