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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 y'all. I really appreciate it! xo
  2. Hi. My name is Catie and I have been sick a long, long time. I will try to condense my story and make it as clear as possible. My tummy has always hurt. At 25, it got dangerous. The abdominal pain was really scary. The med that helped was Bentyl, but it was not a cure or even that effective. Sometimes, I would take a prescription pain killer leftover from my DH's kidney stones. Mutliple MD's, a positive celiac panel, following a strict gluten free diet DID NOT improve the pain AT ALL, and then I landed in the hospital. The gastro told me that I did not have celiacs and I went back on gluten. The major trigger I could identify for the previous pain was Splenda. Came off Splenda, and the pain *mostly* went away, but I have diarrhea EVERY DAY. This went on for 2 years. Fast forward to the end of January. I had a checkup at my regular MD's office and I asked him if my tummy pain would ever go away. He reminded me I had tested positive for celiacs and suggested I go back to gluten free. In the past week and a half, the diarrhea has been remarkably better, but not gone. Bowel distention is improved, my girlfriend says it looks like I lost at least 2 inches around the middle. I am doing more than just gluten free because I really, really want to feel better. So, I made eggs last night in a cast iron skillet. Awful. DH has cooked many a pancake in it. The pain was so bad that 2 Bentyl took the edge off but I still was super restless, could barely sleep and awoke to MORE tummy pain. Egad. I understand that this is a process and takes time I am ok with that. I feel like I need an older sister. Does that make sense? Just a friend to kind of mentor me thru this process. I am grateful to have found this forum but am nervous about posting as I don't really know the etiquette of forums boards. Is it OK that I am a newbie and I start a thread, that kind of thing?
  3. I just bought the SCD off of Amazon. At this point, I'll do anything. Including ALL of the good advice listed above. Thank you all for your help and specifically, the kindness. c
  4. I am having a bad day, bad week, and a bad month. I am so tired of this abdominal pain. Pain is crazy. It works on you for a while, then you worry your tummy is going to hurt, it hurts and then the anxiety makes it hurt worse. I am trying so hard to be patient. I just keep hoping that the pain will end. I have not eaten even 1 lick of gluten. Cleaned out the kitchen. Everything. Then, I found the latest source. Splenda. I keep trying to find the good in this. This is what I have got so far: I will never have to eat lowfat or fat free anything again. Now, this will include anything made with fake sweetener again. I've lost 8-10lbs. Wow. Maybe, someday, my tummy will quit hurting. That is the one I am waiting for.
  5. Thanks to you all for your replies. It took me a while to find my original post! ahahah. I don't know what to think. I just want to get thru the next few days, even thru the next meal. It feels like I have entered a new world where what I thought was right is now wrong. Overall, I think I am doing alright. I am only eating whole foods right now. Fruits, veggies, and meats. Nothing packaged except rice, you know what I mean. I figure that I need to say good bye to the 'old' lifestyle so that I will NEVER go back. Here's another question. Vitamins. All those natural healing texts tell you to do lots of mega doses of vitamins. I started down that road, mostly researched each tablet, and I am thinking they might be hurting me. Just pain not the big D. Opinions? Tonight, my friends at church made gluten free cupcakes. I didn't have the heart to give her the 3rd degree since she had gone out of her way to love, honor, and serve me. They were the most delicious thing I had eaten in a 3 weeks. We'll see how much cross-contamination there was tomorrow and maybe then I'll have the nerve to question her more thoroughly. Blessings to you all, catie
  6. Hi. My name is Catie and I have celiacs. Now that that is out of the way, I am a new new newbie. Been diagnosed for a whopping 3 weeks. Original symptoms began 14 years ago. I really don't know what to expect in recovery. I am 39 years old. I have been under the impression that my abdominal pain would cease with the implementation of a completely gluten free diet. Thus far, I have read 2 books on celiacs and perused the internet and several cookbooks. I have been uber careful with handwashing and such. Which leads me to what is bothering me. My tummy still hurts. Bad. Why? I don't understand. Is the pain from past gluten? I really just need to know that it will get better. It doesn't even have to be 100%. I have been in so much pain for years that my standards are really low. I am hoping to be a dynamo before long!!! Any thoughts would be encouraging as to the source of the pain, the whys', how to cope, and ultimately WILL IT GO AWAY