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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I should have said - I'm already blood / biopsy diagnosed (6 years ago.)
  2. I'm looking for some help to understand some recent bloodwork. I slowly became anemic over the past year and only discovered it when I was at a critical level (Hbg of 7, Ferritin of 3, etc.) I received 3 iron IV infusions during the month of May (total of 1500 mg(?) of Feraheme.) I had my blood checked a week after the last infusion (June 1st) and again this week (July 6th.) Most of my numbers seem good, but my Ferritin levels have dropped a lot, but are still within normal range. Has anyone else had a drop in Ferritin after infusions? Is this normal or something I should be concerned about? Here are my levels (June 1st, July 6th): Ferritin (320.1, 108.1) Iron (88, 92) Hemoglobin (12.4, 13.4) Hematocrit (41.7, 43) Other variables: I am an endurance athlete (cyclist) and, on average, spend 7 hours+ on the bike each week (I ask a lot of my body) I am currently training to climb Mt. Rainier (14,000+ feet) and I can only do that if my hemoglobin stays in the normal range (I climb in less than 2 weeks, so I think I'm good there.) I have had a hysterectomy, so the anemia is not related to any type of menstrual issues, etc. I had a celiac panel done before I began the first infusion and it came back normal - my levels were not elevated at all. Could celiac still be the root cause (malabsorption) of the anemia? Thank you in advance for any information, advice, etc.
  3. If she has celiac, the "healing" won't be overnight. If the blood work was positive, it's likely she has celiac. Unfortunately, "somewhat" gluten-free isn't an option. It sucks, but "100% gluten-free" is the only solution.
  4. Fell Off The Wagon.

    "Cheating" will make it harder for your husband to take your seriously.
  5. You can drink vodka on a gluten-free diet. It's safe once distilled. Of course.. vodka can cause you to spend the whole day in the bathroom depending on how much you have..
  6. Yeah, But Yours Wasn't Real

    Any chance they could have been referencing homemade vs. frozen, etc? I live by the "pick your battles" mantra in many ways - this includes what I allow to get under my skin.
  7. Gluten-Free is a specialty food. Many "regular" stores group specialty foods together. Some try to incorporate it into the regular foods so everything is in the same place you'd normally look for such ingredients.
  8. Yes, typically. There are plenty of undiagnosed people, of course. With both NCGI and Celiac.
  9. Here is a very good explanation by Skylark when I asked about my results. According to them, the high IgA isn't enough to be certain of celiac if that was the only positive test. (post #13) I'm not as familiar with understanding the test results, so yours may be completely different.
  10. Yes, there is a difference. There's also wheat allergies. Pretty much, non-celiac gluten intolerance doesn't cause the same damage to the small intestines that celiac disease does. There hasn't been enough research on NCGI, although there has been a push for more research to be done on it. Regardless, a gluten-free diet is the current answer (or a wheat-free in the case of wheat allergies.)
  11. Does It Ever Get Easier?

    Processed foods make most people feel like crap. Even if they don't know it. I eat processed foods and I'm aware that I would likely feel better if I didn't. However, I rarely eat fast food and the one time I had something from a place after about a year without, I was surprised at how gross I felt. It may not be a gluten thing that's getting you - just merely a "not eating healthy" thing. I believe there are people that think they have a problem with gluten when, in fact, when they started the gluten-free diet they started eating whole foods and felt so much better they assumed it was gluten when it was simply going from eating crap to eating real food. (Before people start yelling at me - no, I don't think it's everyone, but I do think those people exist. If thinking they have a problem with gluten makes them eat healthier overall and feel better, then more power to them.)
  12. I didn't have diarrhea but lost 70 pounds over a 9 month period. Constipation was more common for me.
  13. Yet Another "gluten Or Sickness?" Thread

    Fever and sore throat? And you were at a party with other people who could have touched food? Strep throat?
  14. My Husband Doesn't Get It

    Make an appointment with the doctor and have him go with you. If you're not comfortable bringing your own food to an event be sure to eat before you go so you're not hungry. When I was first learning to navigate gluten-free I would tell people that I was still in the "learning" phase and was being extra careful until I knew if something was definitely gluten-free or not (brands I'd never researched, etc.) If things don't improve I'd take a look at whether this could be the sign of a different problem and he's just taking it out on your diagnosis.
  15. A Farewell... Beating My Symptoms

    When I first read "mind over matter" I took it mean that those with celiac and/or NCGI can't live their lives in fear that there is a gluten-laden conspiracy out there trying to throw crumbs at as us we go about our business. Personally, I'd rather take normal precautions and accept the fact that there will be slip ups here and there than spend my time worrying about every little bit of cross contamination that could be possible with anything I eat. The stress that comes with dwelling on such things just isn't worth it to me. I do believe the constant mental anxiety of all that worrying can be more harmful than accidently getting glutened.