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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 can only speak to my experiences. I improved rapidly over the first month after I was diagnosed. I occasionaly have small relapses when I am "gluttened" or during times of serious stress. (some of my symptoms will reappear without a known gluten ingestion) I have a friend with celiac for whom it took almost a year for her to be completley asymptomatic, and she knew she was not having a gluten ingestion issue. I think for some people it takes a long time, depending on a lot of other things, like age, other health problems, etc. I do know that Chron's is a pretty specfic testing process, and a colonscopy should definitly show the indicators. I hope you improve again, and I know how frustrating it can be. Good luck!
  2. Rash ?

    I have chronic eczema and controlled DH. (the rash associated with Celiac) Some things that aggravate breakouts are soaps, detergents, sweat, stress and foods. I typically go to the doc if anything is really bothering me, oozing, or when I have another symptom as well as the rash. (allergy type, pain, burning, flu feeling) The tricky thing with rashes are that some of the more persistent ones can be warning signs of other things, like cancers. (Don't panic, it is just some info) If it isn't bothering you and doesn't stay past a week, I wouldn't neccesarily go. Outside of that,(past a week, other symptoms, really bothering you) what can it hurt to have another opinion?
  3. Celebrities With Celiac?

    One thing I do know for sure is that "Gluten Free" has swept the celebrity world as a diet. Dr. Phil's wife, Robin, has made many references to her gluten-free diet, and she doesn't have celiac at all. She just uses it as a way to maintain her health. And I know a lot of other celebrities do as well. Just think, when a celbrity is interviewed about how they lose weight, they say they cut out pasta and bread. Now, I know that doesn't qualify as gluten-free, but it just goes to show why there aren't many celebrities out there trumping the celiac card. Lots of them don't consume some of the most harmful offenders for long peiods of time! I did watch a show on TLC called Surviving Motherhood, where a mom was asking for group advice about her son's picky eating habits, he had been diagnosed and would now only eat gluten-free cereal. It was great to see that small hour of exposure time! Plus, I have read quite a few mainstream magazines lately with entire articles on it. We are making slow, but steady progress!
  4. Ok, since the system has been updated I am a little bit computer retarded, looks like I reposted Sue's post, sorry about that. I just wanted to let you guys know that Periphreal nueropathy is highly associated with diabetes, so keep your blood sugar levels a priority and make sure you get them checked often. I bet you already knew that but just in case.....
  5. Afraid I Won't Be A Mommy

    I am 22 and have been married almost two years. (my husband is a little bit older) One of the reasons I got married young was because of my family history with pregnancies. I am so glad to hear that other women my age are worried about fertility, most people just brush me off and tell me I am to young to think of such things. I graduate from nursing school next July and we are planning to start trying. It's nice to know I will have some support out there
  6. In Shock!

    I have decided the whole world is really gluten intolerant, your body didn't need it to start with. Everyone I know gets an upset stomach once in awhile and it makes me curious....... Anywho, the books reccomended are very helpful to those seeking research, I read them both and learned a lot. By the way, my gyno said that celiac disease was probably the culprit for my horrible PMS and periods, she said being malnourished can really worsen things like that.
  7. I know, my insurance wouldn't cover Enterolab either. I was lucky that my blood tests were pretty conclusive and my insurance did cover that bill, all 500 bucks of it! Geez louise, like we don't get it tough enough with needing expernsive food! Let's start a revolution
  8. Excema Or Dh?

    This is going to seem funny, but I have had serious skin problems my whole life. I often had something very similar to what you are describing in my ears. Mine was diagnosed as very dry skin aggravated by shampoo and hair products. (you have to rinse your ears out really well) I was put on a steroid cream that really helped, no problems since then. Maybe....? Or maybe not, just thought that may help a little, knowing someone else has been there Good luck at the dermatologist!
  9. Bean, just so you know, I appreciated this post the first time around, and still do. Anything relavant to our bodies and disease is good to know; knowledge is power. LUAP- if you don't want suggestions, advice, etc., you don't belong on this board. That is what it is designed to do. Debating a "hot" topic is one thing, but I think we would all prefer you keep the sarcasm to a minimum, some of the things we have told each other on this board have made HUGE differences in people's daily life. I know I would have never even known I HAD celiac disease if I didn't begin using the board. Let's respect each other and all act like adults. Bean was simply passing along advice, the first time and the second, and I believe she made it pretty clear you should always follow up with your own research. I want people like her to keep posting and people like you to....well.....chill out!
  10. New Here

    I am not sure what your symptoms were beyond fibromyalgia and depression, but if you had chronic diarrhea, keep in mind that with a gastric bypass you can experience "dumping syndrome" easily as a side effect. That is when nothing is absorbed and rapidly after you eat you have diarrhea, stomach cramps, etc., which would cause fatigue, joint pains, B12 absorbtion issues, etc. By its very nature diarrhea causes several nasty side effects, those included, because it eliminates vitamins and minerals before they can be used and stored properly, which leads to the other problems. You may have already known this, I just thought I would impart my small amount of knowledge just in case it is not celiac disease. Hope that helps!
  11. I'm with you, people always say, "I couldn't do that" and "How do you ever do that?" It's not really that hard, and I have to admit, being prepared has proven to be a hell of a lot easier for me than knowing where every bathroom in my city is Gets a little easier every day, and my health continues to improve. That makes all the reading worth it!!!
  12. Not sure if they are but make sure you check things that say wheat free, wheat is a common allergen, like eggs, and a lot of products are wheat free but NOT gluten free! Be careful, I learned the ahrd one on that one!
  13. Sleep

    For those of us who have diarrhea, nausea, vomiting upon getting glutened, that is likely the tired culprit. It wipes out your electrolytes which keep your body in check and functioning. Gatorade or Pedialyte can help with the fatigue (I havent had to try yet so I dont know if they are gluten-free, double check) Electrolyte replacement is important, and rest is too. Push fluids if you can when it happens, and listen to your body-rest!
  14. My symptoms were : constipation as a child, lactose intolerance, soy allergies, diarrhea, weight gain, achy pains all the time, headaches, nausea, vomiting=(sometimes) constant rashes, mouth sores, anemia, brain fog and concentration problems, fatigue, acid reflux, and serious infections (nasal, sinus, strep, mono, you name it) I have had it all along and been misdiagnosed my whole life. Symptoms are changing with the times, and a wide. Weight gain used to not be associated, turns out loss/ gain ratio in patients is like 50-50. Symptoms can be random and are a little different in everyone, which is why it is so hard to diagnose. I fit is positive, embrace it, at least you know what causes the problems and dont need drugs to fix it. We will help you understand what you need to know and do, everyone helped me out when I was a newbie, and life is so much better now!