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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. To me, the absolute worst thing about most gluten free breads is the pathetically small loaf size you get for the money or effort. There are a few gems out there like Tom Van Deman's recipe, but what about store-bought mixes? Can anyone recommend a mix that will give me a gloriously giant loaf of bread? Size is my top priority, but great taste is a nice bonus, too. :-)
  2. Where can I find the largest gluten-free bread selection in the Houston area? Better yet, are there any places that carry more than 1 or 2 brands closer to Katy/ west of Houston?
  3. I remember the very day it seemed to all begin. Around age 10 or 11, I was eating out with my family and, while we were all waiting for food, I was struck with these horrendous stomach pains that I had never experienced in my life. I was really scared ; it was like my insides were going to explode...I just wanted to poke a hole in my side and deflate/remove whatever little mythical horse was kicking the inside of my torso from multiple directions I later found out that this was what gas cramps felt like, and little did I know that these were going to become a regular part of my life (as in, 2-3 nights per week, without fail) for the next few years. They disappeared, as if magically, when I stopped eating gluten.
  4. I'm gluten intolerant and have noticed something peculiar: a wheat product will give me the nastiest gas pains and contribute to a toxic, snappy mood toward everyone I meet, but only when I have been eating sufficiently. I have a bad habit of undereating and, interestingly, I'm symptom free when I do so, no matter how much gluten is in the pathetic portions I consume during those times. But upon eating well, as stated, all hell breaks loose. Just out of curiosity, does anyone else experience this?
  5. You seemed to be pretty careful in Ireland, so I would suspect that you're coming down with an illness rather than reacting to gluten. But it could very well be cross-contamination. Hope you get to feeling better!
  6. I'm not too knowledgeable about all this, but I've read in a few places that the gut actually deals with a lot of the body's serotonin. If this is true, then could the damage caused by celiac disease also affect the body's serotonin levels/regulation? More importantly, is this intestinal serotonin the same kind that keeps the brain stable and happy? So, for anyone who has been diagnosed with celiac disease or suspects having it: have you struggled with depression or anxiety in the past? Maybe obsessive-compulsive disorder or even an eating disorder? Or any aspies out there? ...I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist next week to figure out the source of severe gas cramping, and I was thinking that maybe I could pin down some chemical cause of my struggle with anorexia nervosa and obsessive behaviors, too.
  7. In the past few months, I've had an arm or leg fall asleep and wake me up with the tingling/heavy sand feeling EVERY night. I've found that this can be prevented only by sleeping flat on my back with no limbs overlapping...just kind of laying down straight (no more side sleeping allowed! ). Is this a normal thing, or is it indicative of a nerve issue? Thanks.
  8. I used to get gas pains that left me writhing on the floor a few nights per week, so I know what you mean. One thing that helped me substantially was to simply get on my hands and knees for a while ("doggy style") and let it pass. I also bought a certain hot tea that was supposed to help with bloating...and it truly did, though I forgot what was in it.
  9. At 15, I still hadn't started yet, although I was perfectly normal in every other way (my mother and sister did by age 12 or 13). Shortly afterward, however, I developed anorexia and didn't weigh enough for it to occur anyway. At 17, I finally started (I was 5'4 and 107 pounds); from there it was regular for a few months (I got to about 120 pounds) but then just disappeared again. The doctor made me take progesterone to get it back , and though she said most women started up after 2 or 3 pills, it took 7 for me. I got a period once and then it was gone again for a few months (FINE by me! -ha!). So I had to take more progesterone- and I cleared out all 10 pills and got nothing. I'm 19 now and I'll have to take them again at the end of this month, but quite frankly I would rather just enjoy the glorious amenorrhea.
  10. Hello. I'm a 19 year-old college student with some background and a few questions. Beginning around age 11 or 12, I began to experience severe gas cramps 2 or 3 nights per week. This persisted until about a year ago, when I was first advised by a no-nonsense old doctor to try removing wheat products from my diet. He told me from a blood test that my IgA was a bit high, but everything else was okay. I stopped eating wheat bagels in the mornings and switched from bread to corn tortillas, and now cramping is VERY rare I'm afraid that my problem might go beyond intolerance, though. I avoid gluten products for the most part, but still snack on graham crackers and even enjoy certain breads and hot-pocket type items a few times per week without much issue. But my mental health in the past few years has spiraled all over the place. I am severely obsessive-compulsive and locked into a daily routine that I never needed as a young child. My days are dictated by racing thoughts and rituals that have taken the pleasure out of traveling or eating out, so much that I avoid a number of social activities. I think that there might be a biological reason that this is happening, because I grew up in and continue to live in the best of circumstances, with a steady, successful academic life and a wonderful family. But enough of the story; is it possible that an adverse reaction to something like gluten could harm my...brain? Has anyone experienced anything similar? I was also interested in getting tested for celiac disease because of a few other typical symptoms I have experienced, including mouth sores as a child and a prominent, permanent yellow spot on my bottom front tooth that has baffled dentists over the years . Finally, my menstrual cycle is irregular and did not start until after age 15. Any thoughts? One more thing: For fun, I was genotyped by 23andme a few months ago (I am a NERD for that stuff ). I do have a marker for an increased risk of celiac disease (HLA-DQ1, I think), but from what I've read it's certainly not an absolute and merely increases risk from 0.2 to 0.6 percent.