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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. Ya know, at one point I was taking 3 Prozac a day, valium and trazadone. Plus a host of other meds for neuropathy, fybromialgia, arthritis and tremors! Depression is under control, no more meds! I have mild depression right now but I am a 45 year old daddy's girl and my daddy is dying, so I think I am entitled to it! I believe that taking control of what we put into are body definately has positive benefits as regard to our health in every aspect, not just celiac disease. I agree on the poop or depression thing!!!!!! I suppose I have read many, many postings That deal with worse problems than depression! Congrats on being able to cut down on your meds!!!
  2. Gluten-freeinfoweb seems to be a good sight. I have it bookmarked. I also bought the Clan-Thompson Smart List. I have so much info now, that sometimes my brain hurts!!!! J/K I also have milk, egg and yeast allergies so I have done many searches on the web to find out as much as I can about food allergies and labeling on food products. The Net has a wealth of info. You just have to make the time to do the searches! Find the things that are specific for your life and go with them. I am finding that all this gluten-free stuff and allergy stuff is easier than I thought it would be, just time consuming(at least until I get the hang of it all!!!!)
  3. I am new to all of this so please excuse me for not answering all of your questions. I simply don't have the answers. What I do know is that you need to read everything you can get your hands on. As far as onset of symptoms, I am 45 and was recently diagnosed. Symptoms do vary! I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in the early 80's. I have had osteoarthritis since childhood. My gastro problems did not get bad until my late 30's. I also started having symptoms that my doctors thought were MS! Went through a myriad of tests for that until my doc decided to test for celiac disease. NOW, I believe ALL my symptoms were from celiac disease! and that I have had it since childhood! The fatigue itself is a major symtom as well as the anemia. For info go to Celiac.org and also do searches on the web for info on celiac disease. lots of info on the net. I have also read several books. Go to your library and I am certain you should be able to check out books that will be helpful. Good luck to you and to all of us still searching for answers!
  4. I am going back to the info that celiac3270 posted about the book by Jax and off the dishwasher talk (sorry) Thank you celiac3270. I just recommended this book elsewhere and oh, my gosh! I feel so terrible! I just loved her writing style and chose to ignore the inacurracies! I now realize after reading your posting and also the comments at Amazon, that I should have never suggested this book. Thank you so much for your knowledge and insight. I read EVERYTHING that I can get my hands on about celiac disease and never realized that others may not read as much or the way I read and that some info in The gluten-free Bible could be damaging to those who don't disregard the 'untruths'. I have read many of your postings and want you to know that I think you must really be amazing! Thanks for your help!
  5. Thank you Tiffany! I just went to another posting area where celiac3270 talked about the book and Oh my gosh, I feel terrible for suggesting this book. I loved the way Jax wrote and even though I had read the things that you and celiac3270 both mentioned, I chose to disregard them and enjoy the rest of the book. I never thought about the fact that this could hurt someone who hasn't read everything about celiac disease the way I have(my brain hurts from so much reading and study). I am still new to all this as well! I guess I should not post my helpful hints until I KNOW everything about everything! That will be never!!! Anyway, I am truly sorry for not thinking ahead like so many of you do!
  6. I just received The Gluten-Free Bible by Jax Peters Lowell from my daughter as a gift for my birthday. Love it!!!! My brother and sis-in-law were visiting and couldn't keep their hands off! I believe this is a new book that just came out this year. Jax Peters Lowell has also written a couple of other books for gluten-free living.
  7. I was happy to see that I am not the only one with questions about these tests!!! I posted yesterday with questions and although I still don't have answers about these tests, I am soooooooooooooo thankful for the sweet responses that I received! I was already eating pretty much gluten free before my tests (didn't know I needed to be eating gluten!) Anyway, My #'s are IgA 14 - IgG 41 - and another one that was 2. All my doctor said was that he believed I had celiac disease. Not anything about the #'s As I said in the other posting, my daughter is arguing about that diagnosis! Can anyone help me? I am eating gluten-free and feel so much better than I have EVER felt in my life, so I will stay gluten-free!
  8. Need Help!

    Thanks for your replies. I am a mom and probably need to be in re-hab for being a "chronic fixer"! I know I can't change how my daughter feels> She just gets under my skin and is able to push my buttons and then I get confused and don't know quite how to respond to her comments. Don't get me wrong, she's a wonderful daughter! I am so proud of her. She is a very gifted and intelligent individual! I am just wondering if anyone knows exactly what the #'s mean. I keep reading everything I can find about celiac disease and it seems that there is mixed answers everywhere. Does this just go along with the disease? Oh, Yeah, Sorry I mis-spelled your name Kaiti! Again, thanks for trying to help a confused ol' lady!!!!!
  9. Need Help!

    Thanks, Katie! Yes, that's what my daughter thinks. Her blood tests show elevated levels as well but her GP and a specialist have told her the #'s mean nothing! It's just that I have 3 other children with elevated #'s and am trying to help them, as well. Two of those children are still teens and living at home. I know from all the postings that I have read that I am not alone when it comes to people not understanding celiac disease, but................right now I am in the HOT SEAT and it is very uncomfortable!
  10. Need Help!

    I am new to this posting stuff! Maybe I am doing it all wrong. I thought I posted a reply but lost it! Anyway, I think I confused the situation. It is my daughter who is armed with ALL the knowledge(!) She thinks my doctor is wrong. 3 of my five children have #'s on their blood tests higher than mine. My husbands #'s also came back showing similar results. It is my mom who is still waiting dor her eesults to her blood tests. I continue to get phone calls from daughter questioning everything I do concerning what I thought was my celiac disease diagnosis.
  11. O.K. Here it goes. I thought I was diagnosed with celiac disease in Feb. I have been gluten free since then. I had blood tests done. My results were....IgA 14, IgG 41 and IgA 2. I am 45 and have had fibromyalgia for years, osteo-arthritis most of my life, so many gastro-intestinal problems that I won't list them, Started having what the doctors thought were MS symptoms abot 18 months ago! and the list goes on and on! I have also had allergy testing....allergies include.....eggs, yeast, dairy, malt and wheat. I feel great on the gluten-free diet. I have had all five of my children and husband tested, mom still waiting for results 3 of my 5 children have #'s larger than mine on the tests but my 22 year old says we don't have celiac disease. She has been to 2 different doctors and they have said her #'s mean nothing! She is making me crazy! Won't let up on how wrong I am and how right she is! Anyway, I feel better physically than I have felt in my whole life. I just need some input!