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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. Hi-- I will not be of much help to you as far as shopping as I am new to all of this as well. I do, however feel for you as far as having a unsupportive spouse. I don't know how to "make" them see that we didn't ask for this, it just "is". I already feel like a burden without any comments from him. I don't like the fact that I cannot eat what I used to. I am also thinking about waiting until later to start gluten-free. I know I need to try now ( or keep trying) I just don't want to fight about it. I am tired of the whole thing already and I haven't even started. Most of the reason I feel this way is lack of support. If I could get him to give me some support and positive comments it would sure be easier. Just know that I am thinking about you I hope your situation gets better.
  2. I have no official diagnosis of celiac. I do have migraines, fibroish symptoms, and IBS (this is what I feel may be celiac not IBS) Anywho-- I asked my neurologist about possible allergies causing my migraines, and GI problems. When I asked it was kind of funny because the nurse kind of chuckled and said, "no I don't think that could cause migraines like you have". The Dr however thought it might be a possibility. He wants me to see an ENT for allergy testing. Now it seems weird to me that an ENT would do these types of tests, and he (the neuro) doesn't do the testing. Esp if it is a blood test...... Maybe it's just me, and frankly I don't care who finds out what my issue(s) are, I just want an answer. All these medications that don't work and running to the nearest bathroom are getting quite old after 3 years. I know there are people that have suffered far longer than 3 years, but I don't want to be on of them So now I have another Dr appt--I was trying to avoid more appointments (as you might remember) Call it desperation I guess. I feel like I don't have a choice at this point. I think actually having a diagnosis might help dh, but getting there is another story. What are your thoughts/feelings on the ENT.....worth my time/money?? Anyone else seen an ENT for testing?
  3. Ollie's Mom---you made me smile Thanks for your reply! Maybe I should apologize for my post causing some feathers to get ruffled. Maybe I shouldn't have given info regarding my husband, I should have kept it about me and my issues. I don't need his permission to go see a Dr. That being said, I can't hide the fact that I went to the Dr either. We are limited, actually quite limited financially. I am sure there are plenty of people who are members of this group who can identify with that. I am not suggesting that I am "special" when it comes to finances. We (my hubs and I)are very conservative when it comes to spending. I want to say thanks again for all of your wonderful suggestions. We have had a good conversation about my "issues" without fighting, so that is progress. I don't know if I would had as much success without reading your supportive comments/replies. He still does not think a Dr appointment is in order, but we did have a good discussion. I have never posted a question on a forum/discussion group so I'm not sure exactly what you consider appropriate/applicable to your discussions about celiac disease. Maybe I should have left the husband out of it? Anywhoo---I appreciate your support, this is the first time I have experienced any support (regarding by health) in a long time.
  4. I started out telling my husband all of my symptoms, appointments, tests, on and on and on. Over the years, he has become less and less involved (never was very involved) and basically takes the route of ignoring the situation. Of course it's not happening to him so it's easy to ignore when I continue to try and keep doing my job away from home, as well as my job @ home and with the kids, house, ect. But....I am just getting to the point that I can't keep going like the Energizer Bunny. I am t.i.r.e.d and grouchy, and sick. I think we have a good marriage. But....we have 4 kids, 3 very busy kids and one with special needs. The one with special needs can't eat by mouth. He is a pricey one costs about $1,500.00 a month just to feed him. I am not complaining, it's just a fact and something we have to plan for as a monthly expense just like we do our house payment. While I don't make a habit of leaving my house/bathroom is a state of disarray it just might work with him. I apologize if this seem "gross" of "unhealthy" the way I see it desperate times call for desperate measures. If I ask him to get some type of medication he would think that medication would make me feel better and on we go with our evening plans. He has not health problems and doesn't get it when others do, it's not just me. My kids, his extended family, he thinks everyone should be able to take a tylenol and feel better, after all that's what he does, works for him right?? Again, I appreciate all of your helpful suggestions. I did approach him about going back to my doc for testing, he was not "a fan" of my suggestion at least not now. I can't just go behind his back and run up a dr bill for testing. How would I feel if he did that and then we had hundreds of dollars to pay off, well probably not very good. Maybe for now I will go gluten free with the natural foods that were mentioned fruits, veggies, meats and just see how I feel.I don't know it doesn't give me any diagnosis that might help him, but I don't see that happening. Soooooooo, try plan B, or C Thanks so much for letting me bend your ears AGAIN!! I just get started and out it all comes, forgive my ramblings. It does help to get things "out"
  5. Thanks everyone for your responses. I appreciate it so very much I know I have to do something about this mess, I hate feeling crappy. I know it's up to me to get things going with my doctor. I have to get over my "fear" and just make the call and get an appointment. GlutenFreeManna--I think you are on to something. I keep pluggin away even when I feel absolutely awful. It may take me actually retreating to bed (more often) or being forgetful with the toilet in order for him to actually see what is happening with me. I work incredibly hard to go to work, attend my kids sporting activities, basically keep the house going even on my bad days. Maybe I need to let some things go and he will get a better picture of how I feel. Or maybe he will get mad that things aren't done around the house. I don't know how he will react, but it's a place to start. I have NEVER, EVER been one to "rock the boat" but my health has got to improve. Thanks again everyone, it is beyond wonderful to have some support. Something that I have not had since these symptoms started 3 years ago.
  6. I don't know where to put this so I guess this is as good as any??? I don't have an official diagnosis, so I am in limbo so to speak. However, my husband is not supportive of me trying to go gluten free. He isn't supportive of any health issue that I have. The diarrhea, nausea, not being able to eat without being VERY close to a bathroom, the migraines. I believe all of these things (and more) could be caused by either a gluten sensitivity, or celiac. But I need his support to try and go gluten-free. We have 4 children ages 18, down to 12. One being a special needs child that has Down Syndrome. We are very busy, like most families, and I need him to help me so that I can start to hopefully feel better. I also think he feels that Gluten-Free food will be quite expensive, and it will be--I think--my son was on a Gluten-Free diet for about a year. The food was very pricey, and hard to find in our area (very rural) I have had a colonoscopy a few years ago, and doc diagnosed IBS. SO husband wants that to be the end of the discussion and I just live this way forever. Well, I've tried for 3 years. I'm tired, feel awful, and need to get something figured out. I have shown him things on-line to try and show him that my symptoms are very simliar to people that have celiac disease. He still thinks it's all in my head. Even though I have to run to the bathroom after eating some (most) meals. I can't eat if we are in the car or at one of my kids ballgames for fear that I won't be able to get to a bathroom. Crazy way to live if you ask me..... I welcome any suggestions that you have for me. He isn't a terrible person. He has strong opinions. He tends to think if we don't deal with it I will just get better as fast as I got "sick" He gets upset when I go to a Dr. mostly due to the $. He tends to think I am fine since there is no fever or visible signs for him to see. I have no rash. It's all intestinal--for lack of a better word--although I do get sores in my mouth, like a canker sore. Unrelated??? Thanks so much for any advice you can give me.
  7. I apologize if this is a repeat. I typed a post yesterday, but I don't see it here, so I will try again. I have what I think are symptoms of celiac disease. For the past 3 years i have had diarrhea after most meals (on several occasions I had had accidents when I couldn't get to a restroom quick enough), migraines, joint pain, bloating/stomach pain. I have been told it's IBS and/or fibromyalgia. Which it could be, however I am left to wonder why a dr has not looked into testing for celiac disease. I have just recently started to wonder about it after stumbling across some information accidently. Anyway, I just wanted to see if there was anyone here with any thoughts for me. Thanks so much for your help. Again sorry if this is repeated information, I'm new to any type of forum and not sure what or how to do this