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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. Finding alcohol is not as tricky as you might think (as long as you are over 21). Here is an article detailing what alcohol is safe for a gluten free diet, but always go easy any time you try something new just in case you have an unexpected reaction. http://www.celiac.com/articles/222/1/Gluten-Free-Alcoholic-Beverages/Page1.html
  2. Does It Get Better?

    yes it does get better! I can completely understand your situation. I was diagnosed during finals of my sophmore year and it is completely miserable trying to make all those changes during an already stressful time. The change in diet will have some immediate affects, but it will take a few months for your body to heal and figure out what this new normal is. With your new diet you want to make sure that you are getting all the important vitamins and minerals so think about having a conversation with a dietition to make sure you are covering your bases. I had muscle cramping in my chest for the first couple months and figured out that it was due to a vitamin difficiancy. Switching to a gluten free life takes some work, but you will feel so much better as your body heals.
  3. School Absences

    I know that it seems hard right now, but it will get better. I have been gluten free for 4 years now, but when I was in high school I was missing two days a week on average due to Celiac related issues. Here are some tips for living with Celiac and still surviving school 1. Talk to your teachers. If you let your teachers know what is going on most will be able to accommodate your needs. I had a teacher who would give me extra days to work on projects, and another who would discount attendance points from my overall grade. Teachers are not out to get you and really do want to help you succeed. 2. Get a tutor in classes you are falling behind in. I know that this does not sound like a lot of fun, but it does help. all those days that you miss will add up if you are not learning the material and make it all that much harder to catch back up. 3. Ask ahead what the material covered everyday will be. This way you will be able to start in on the work even if you can't make it to school that day. 4. Don't stress yourself out. This was the hardest for me, but once you realize that you are human and to just do the best that you can life will become easier. Stress will make your symptoms worse, so try to keep in under control and remember to have fun too. 5. Pack some sweet lunches. School lunches are never any good, so with a little planning you could have the best lunch at the table. My 'weird' lunches were always a conversation starter and it helped me teach my friends about being gluten free. With a little bit of effort on your part your friend can become your best allies for surviving high school. Having Celiac disease in high school is not easy, but it does not have to be the worst thing to ever happen to you. Get some supportive friends and teachers to help you along and you will make it through.
  4. Road Trip

    I will be driving from Iowa to California in a couple months to start graduate school. I have been gluten free for 4 years and so know how to pack for such a trip, but 2000 miles is a long trip to pack every meal for.I am wondering if anyone knows of some Gluten-free friendly stops along I-80.