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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'm sorry you are dealing with vertigo. While I was still on gluten, I had an attack so bad that I just went down to the floor. I remember telling my husband to call the doctor or the funeral home. Vertigo is totally debiliting. I am better now but still can have some times when I am woosy. I take a decongestant and do feel better. Hope this helps. Please get better. Try to take the stress out of your life. That does help some. A double check of diet and a visit to the doctor to make sure you are ok might not hurt.
  2. Ok. let's think about this. I'm not a doctor so I can't tell you what you should or not do. However, you say you are feeling better. I know that the longer I am on this diet the more I love it. At 62 I feel better than I have a right to. So if you feel better, why do you want to make yourself sick again? Remember we have one of the healthiest diets in the world. However, it does take getting used to. Also, it sounds like you need a little support along the way. Stick with Celiac.com. The folks are lovely and more than willing to share their experience and recipes. So if you must, try it. Still, please remember that you feel better now. W/O gluten
  3. I've had brittle nails my whole life. This includes the time before my thyroid quit functioning. I have no clue, except they seem to break less as I go along with this diet. I am at about the 5 year mark.
  4. This is a really interesting question and one most of us can't really answer. I believe my mom had Celiac because she was always complaining about "gall bladder". My grand mother died from a gallbladder surgery so the connection is there. Both my sister and I are Celiacs. At least 2 of my 7 children have it. Only one that has been tested does not have the genetic component. I have had skin rashes and allergies since I was very small. They seemed to start around the time I had measles. I was always a "healthy kid" except I had allergic dark circles under my eyes. Around the time of my 4th child my thyroid quit working. At menopause, I developed arthritis and was diagnosed with a variety of ailments until one doctor gave up on me and her partner wouldn't even talk to me on the phone. Now, when did this start? Obviously, not when I was 58 and near death. Looking back I can see symptoms throughout all of my life. I just wish they had tested earlier. I would probably not be suffering with arthritis now.
  5. Very interesting read. However, my mom, grandma, sis, myself, and at least two children are now gluten free. Genetic, also?
  6. How interesting! I had to have a spinal fusion because the pedicle on my vertebrae didn't form or was some how broken. My daughter with Celiac also had to have the same operation. A doctor told me that many Celiacs have low bone density. Have we hit on another thing that doctors haven't told us or don't know? What a mind jogger. I now wonder how many of us are suffering with low bone density.
  7. Steve is correct. However, I know from personal experience that I was very depressed when the doctor told me that my symptoms were in my mind and there was nothing more she could do for me. I was dying. I know how I felt and I was depressed. Sooooo, maybe in some cases it is related. Still I would check out the Celiac first. The depression improves on a gluten free diet.
  8. I believe I have read of a link between the two. My sister(also a Celiac) has always accused me of being very unbalanced. Since my diagnosis over 3years ago, I find myself much happier and settled.
  9. Just a word or two about weight loss and Celiac. I have been gluten free for about 4 years. At first I had lost so much I just didn't care. I wanted to gain back weight but went about it in the wrong way. Soon I couldn't stop gaining. I believe (right 0r wrong) that my system had been starved for so long that it over compensated. I also ate a lot of gluten free foods and white rice. I have tried to diet including glutenfree processed foods. This was to no avail. I have recently (last 9 ) weeks discovered that Weight Watchers is good for me. I am finally learning how to eat at 62 years old. There are many temptations out there inspite of no doughnuts w/gluten and assorted other goodies. At weight watchers I count points (not too hard considering what I had to learn with gluten intolerance). Of course any gluten containing foods are not available but I can eat anything. I just can't eat everything. I find with plenty of variety in fruits and vegetables I am not so hungry. Hope this helps even a tiny bit. R. Savage
  10. No, I haven't tried any of these recipes . Thanks for the info. I am going to try the bread recipe since you said it was good. Thanks again. R. Savage
  11. Flaxseed Oil To Heal Gi

    Sorry, I can't say much about the flax seed oil. I take and grind fresh flax seed each and every morning and find that I feel much better. I use a small electric coffee grinder. I would recommend using light golden flax and keeping it in a cool dark place. The oil goes rancid very quickly. Just a suggestion. I hope this helps. Lots of Luck, R. Savage
  12. Cipro

    Hi, Cipro is an old friend and enemy. Cipro is the last antibiotic that I took before I got so sick that a doctor told me there was nothing she could do for me. Fortunatly my husband insisted I go to a teaching hospital where I was diagnosed with Celiac sprue. However, this medicine is very hard on the stomach. If your intestine is at all irritated you may have some degree of difficulty with it. It probably doesn't contain gluten but it can cause problems. Ask your doctor for some more information before taking it. You may have an allergy to it and it can't be fixed with nexium or assorted other acid reflux drugs. Just be careful. We want to keep you around for a long time. Lots of Luck, Rsavage
  13. I just loved the thread on this particular topic.I am a 62 year old woman who has had her share of weight battles. I own an entire wardrobe for 4 different sized people. (6, 8, 10, 12, and some 14's.) I have been on Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig until I was diagnosed at 58. I am hypothyroid and have both kinds of arthritis. Exercise is still an option but I don't do as much as I used to. Of course, if you don't get it off before menopause it is like skating on gravel. Still, I have found that Weight watchers minus all the bread etc. is just right for me. I have lost 8 lbs. in 6 weeks. I know that isn't much but given the circumstances I am very happy. I am thrilled with the flex plan because I am quite stubborn that I want to eat what I want to eat. Some days I do very well on fresh fruit and salads and vegetable soups. Other days I want to eat peanut butter,chocolate chip rice cakes. It's OK. Now I know how to control the pounds. I don't have to be fat and wonder how I got there. Yes, my system absorbs better. Horray!! I am getting vitamins and minerals that I need. We just need to remember that we are willling to do what it takes to be healthy. Even if that means counting points and staying with it. Hope all of you are successful. I'm thrilled and hope you will at least give it a fly by. It is no harder that Gluten-free. Stay happy, Rsavage
  14. Dear Jackie, I am a 62 year old female. I was diagnosed 4 years ago. I had been told that I had exercise induced asthma at age 40. As I began to recover I noticed that I didn't need my inhaler any more. Now I've been told that I don't have asthma. I do notice that when I accidentally get some gluten my chest tightens. I can only tell you my experience. Also, when I started feeling better the stomach pains decreased. I really can only say this was my experience. I hope your daughter is feeling better and these things are just minor setbacks. Tell her she is soooo luck to get the information now. Also, tell her I hope she will be better soon. Lots of Luck to you both, R. Savage