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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. Celiac diagnosis in Fall of 2007. Massive pulmonary embolism in fall of 2008. The ironic thing is that I just asked a similar question on my blog today about other diseases of celiacs and a few people came back with blood clots. We have a lot to learn about celiac still.
  2. Oh So Over It All

    Hang in there Lincoln. I think we all go through stretches like the one you're going through. It passes. I've been a celiac for five years and the first three years were hell. But it does get easier and before you know it, it becomes...normal. Yeah, it's a pain in the neck still and yeah I wish I didn't have celiac, but at the end of the day, there are worse things you could have. Try to keep the focus on the positive and don't let everyone get to you. They don't know what we go through and nobody else can truly understand. You'll be fine. Gluten Dude
  3. I always tell people not to worry about me. Simply because even though their intentions are good, it is much better when I'm in control. I actually hate all the attention that celiac brings. Honestly, we can talk about other things then what I can and can't eat.
  4. Alcohol

    Bad news first: no beer. Yep...that hurts. Though some decent gluten free beers are coming to the market. And I would avoid most liqueurs. Good news: most liquors are safe (vodka, rum, gin, tequila, scotch, etc). And wine is also safe.
  5. This frustrates me to no end! Does he not understand the seriousness of the disease? I wrote a post on my blog on the lack of spousal support and how it makes things so much more difficult. You need to change his way of thinking immediately or your daughter will suffer. Arghhh!
  6. So How Was Thanksgiving?

    Tried a new stuffing recipe. The flavor was great. The consistency was a whole different story. Used Udi's bread and it just didn't hold together. Felt like I was eating a rice stuffing. But all in all...a great day.
  7. The death of spontaneity when it comes to eating.
  8. Why Aren't Doctors Up To Speed?

    Laziness. That's what I attribute it mostly to. I was unbelievably lucky to have a GI that diagnosed me immediately. It helped that I kept a food journal for a few weeks beforehand (pasta, bagels, pasta, bagels, LOL). But the more I go see doctors, the more I'm convinced the majority of them (not all) are too dang lazy to put the effort in to get an accurate diagnoses. Point in case: I've had a sore throat for about five weeks. Normally, not a big deal, but with my celiac and other medical issues, I went to see our family doctor. What does she do? Sends me to get an CAT scan. Really? For a sore throat? Needless to say, it showed nothing, but can't wait to get my bill for that one. Two weeks later, my sore throat is gone. Ugh. I'm with you Raven. The less time and money spent on doctors and drugs, the better. Gluten Dude
  9. Hi Bella. It sounds familar, but one thing about celiac...there are no "standard" symptoms. Everyone seems to have their own story. Please get yourself to a qualified GI (who is familiar with celiac) as soon as possible. And keep eating gluten until you get tested. Good luck.
  10. Did My Dr Mess Up?

    Yes...your doctor messed up. You cannot be gluten free prior to the blood work or the results will not be accurate. You need to make sure you have gluten in your system. It is amazing to me the number of horrendous doctors out there. What is the "gluten challenge"? Do you mean just staying off gluten?
  11. Hi Rachel. So sorry to hear what you are going thru. Not sure what your doctors are doing. If they suspect celiac, they need to get you in for an endoscopy and blood work immediately. Those are the ONLY two methods to diagnose celiac disease. If you don't have celiac, then you will obviously need more testing. If you do have it, then you need to stop eating gluten at once (but not until you've been diagnosed). Going on a gluten free diet seems overwhelming at first, but in time it becomes a part of who you are. I won't see it's easy, or always pleasant, but it is indeed doable and perhaps imperative for your health. Please keep us posted. Gluten Dude
  12. New

    Patience. Patience. Patience. When I was first diagnosed, I read all the stories how people stopped eating gluten and felt better immediately. So I expected it to happen to me. But, alas, it took me a few years to really start to improve. Just keep being extra careful about what you eat, exercise when you can and in time, your body will begin to heal.
  13. Salad Bar

    I would stay away from anything with the word "bar" in it unless it's serving alcohol. Way too much risk of cross contamination. Too many hands in all of the items if you know what I mean.
  14. Scared To Eat Out

    That's good advice and I certainly didn't try to minimize it. As a matter of fact, I'm one of those who is out of commission for some time if I get glutened so I hope I didn't come across flippant. Always err on the side of caution, but don't become a hermit for fear of getting glutened.
  15. I agree! I've been with celiac for five years and in the last month I've given up both dairy and soy. Definitely feel a bounce back in my step.