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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. Thanks for all the help guys. Like I said in another forum, I haven't felt this good in years and am very thankful for that, but I just can't help but to feel there is another level I can reach.
  2. My doctors are fairly receptive to my suggestions, so I guess I'll just ask him to look closer.
  3. I'm assuming they use the .5 to 5.0. I had just been reading that the ranges used vary from lab to lab and that if you ever have a TSH over 3.0, then you might be headed for hypothyroidism. I know I haven't been tested for it, I am pretty sure she hasn't either.
  4. I went gluten-free nearly 4 months ago and haven't felt this good in years. I was able to start running again for the first time in 3 years. In fact, if I were to say my health was a 2 out of 10 last spring, I would say it's a 7 now, which is great! But Because I know I still have some room for improvement, I had my thyroid tested. My tests results came back with a TSH of 3.3. My doctor did not seem all too concerned about it, but the more research I do on the matter it appears that anything over 3 should be looked into more closely. My sister was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism too. I know that many on here suffer from both a Gluten Intolerance and thyroid problems, so what should I do?
  5. Hey everyone, It has been a while since I posted on here but I just wanted to check in and tell everyone that going Gluten Free was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. So many of my symptoms have either lessened in severity or went away totally. I have finally been able to take up running again for the first time in 3 years. Don't get discouraged if you aren't recovering as quickly as you would like, it certainly takes time and you will have some set backs, but keep pushing through. Good Luck!
  6. I called coppertone and they swear it is gluten free. I use it and have not had any reactions.
  7. Before I went gluten-free I never really craved sugar, however, over the last 3 or 4 weeks I have gotten a sweet tooth like never before. I can eat 10 rolls of smarties in a matter of minutes and put down a large bag of M&M's in a couple of hours. I also have been eating a lot grapes and Yogurt too! Did anyone else experience this?
  8. gluten-free since 5/9/11 Fatigue Gone Migraines Gone Joint Pain Gone Only sleeping 7 to 8 hours (Was sleeping 12 to 14 and still felt tired) Short Term Memory is almost normal again Able to do Math in my brain again Running, Swimming, and playing basketball again, finally after 2 years. Reading for pleasure again Dizziness has gone away Numbness and shaking in extremeties has went away Finally feeling like the old me after almost 3 years There are many other things, and as I remember I will update this.
  9. Thought I would contribute my 2 cents to this forum. I live in Central and Southern Indiana, so hopefully this will help some fellow Hoosiers! Scotty's Brewhouse gluten-free Menu: 1 page in their main menu Options: about 4 or 5 plus all of their burgers without buns Best Choice: Macho Nachos with Chicken or their pineapple salsa Talapia Times Glutened: 0 to 1 They are very careful and generally ask you if this is for a real gluten allergy (I humor them and just say yes, rather not take the time explaining it to them). When they bring your food to you it always has an American Flag toothpick to designate it as gluten-free. I have been going there a lot as I feel safest with them and they know me really well now! PF Changs gluten-free Menu: 1 page in their main menu Options: 10 to 15 Best Choice: N/A have only went their once Times Glutened: 0 Very careful, so much so that their gluten-free food has its own platters. Overall, the food was alright, a little underseasoned. Outback gluten-free Menu: A totally Seperate Menu Options: Numerous Best Choice: Its Outback, most are good Times Glutened: I have only been there 1 times since I went gluten-free, and I felt a little off after eating there. I am unsure if it was their doing, or something else. Overall, the waiter I had was very knowledgable and assured me their cooking staff was as well. Ruby Tuesdays gluten-free Menu: Plastic Binder for people with Allergies; overall, it was pretty pitiful. Options: Many, but they were usually without many key ingredients. i.e. lobster w/o lemon butter Best Choice: N/A was not impressed with the salmon Times Glutned: 0 Overall, they tried to be helpful, but they honestly did not act like they really cared about my gluten-free needs.
  10. OT Sidenote: I did get the results from my sleep study this morning and everything was pretty normal accept I move my legs more than I should when I sleep. They were wanting to check my iron and seratonin levels now. They also mentioned a medication to keep them from moving so much; pretty apprehensive about that. Wow thanks Shauna! I just started a food journal yesterday and am looking foward to pinpointing my problem. I thought I might be able to get by without having to do one, but I have found that it is very necessary. I am pretty sure at this point I cannot have peas! I am currently not on a vitamin, but trying to find a good, safe one! I use morton's salt out of the same salt shaker for every meal and to cook with. Is Morton's Salt safe? I cook exclusively with Bertolli's Extra Virgin Olive Oil; have you had any experience with it? I eat Randall Beans and was unable to contact them via telephone; however their website says their beans are "gluten free." What type and brand of beans do you eat normally? I never considered a lot of these things, especially using soap to wash my produce. I made a bad assumption about their gluten free status and never would have thought about any of those possibilities. One pet, dog, and I don't normally have to feed her. Luckily, there is no construction around where I am at. I do use Baby shampoo now for my hair, which is supposed to be gluten free and I have been using Coppertone for my sunscreen (also supposed to be gluten free).
  11. I noticed a lot of people had nightshade free in the signature and I did a little research. Potatoes are my favorite food, so giving them up would definitely be a buzzkill.
  12. Thanks everyone for the input! Currently I only drink water, about 100 ounces a day. And the only thing I season my meat with is salt. Pretty bland, but I am being very cautious. I did notice that when I started taking a multivitamin the other day, which contained soybeans, I began to feel worse! I am getting bloodwork done tomorrow; I'll let you know how it turns out!
  13. Thanks sa1937 I guess I am getting a little impatient because I got a taste of being healthy, and now I want the whole thing. I certainly miss cheese Thanks GlutenFreeManna I just called my Dr. and asked to have some blood work done. It is interesting that you mention potassium; that is really what started me down this gluten free trail. About 3 years ago I started feeling really weak and groggy. My family physcian ordered a bloodtest, which showed really low levels of potassium; about 2.6 (The normal potassium level is 3.5-5.0 mEq/L). After a few months, I was sent to a nephrologist and she diagnosed me with Gitelman's Syndrome (low electrolyte levels.) Finally after about a year and half of trying to raise my potassium levels (they never increased) I decided to go to another Dr. He still pushed the potassium, while looking into other things. My K level finally made it to about 3.1 in April this year and I still felt terrible, in fact, worse than ever. I did more research on my symptoms when I should have been studying for finals, when I realized I could have Celiac. Got tested for Celiac, came back negative. Went gluten free anyway, symptoms have lessened in severity and my potassium went up a little more to 3.2.
  14. At week 5 and feeling so much better than I did a month ago; however, my joint pain seems to have comeback a bit and my brain fog level seems to have stopped improving. Don't get me wrong, I am really happy about all the progress I have made in a short time, but was curious what it will take to get to the next level. (My problems are neurological) My diet consists of meats, mostly grilled, all on foil Potatoes, baked and fried, sweet too All kinds of fresh vegetables, big fan of avacados Fruit; bananas, berries, cherries, etc. No apples right now Beans All new Cookware as well I have also went lactose free (officially today because I just realized last nite that Smart Balance has whey in it)and corn free. Any ideas how to make that next step?