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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. 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. 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. 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. 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!