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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. Am I Being Shoehorned / Misdiagnosed?

    Schar pasta is the best. It's available at most Walmarts in the gluten-free section. Has the same texture as regular. I am reminded of a comedian I saw on Comedy Central a few weeks ago who was Dx with celiac and told he must go gluten-free. When he described gluten-free pasta, he started chewing on the microphone cord! Some are like that (I'm looking at you: corn pasta) but the Schar is really very good. TK Kenyon
  2. Wow, I was 33 when I was Dx 10 years ago. I thought I was a late-bloomer! Yup, absolutely: you're never too old to start feeling better. That's so true. Here's to your health! (A toast for those of us who are definitely old enough to drink!) TK Kenyon
  3. Hey Waking Up: Email me via my profile with your email address. I'm just finishing writing an ebook with info on what to eat gluten-free at 60 chain restaurants and other local ones. I can email you a free e-copy so you know what to eat while you're traveling. I travel a lot for business, and I noticed that I had a bunch of lists of stuff I could eat at various chain restaurants, so I compiled and added to it to make an ebook. It's not published yet, but I can run it thru the Meatgrinder to send you whatever file format you can use. If you have a kindle or a nook, I can send you that. If you have a smartphone, you can download an app for kindle or BN.com. If you have a laptop, I have a PDF. Yes, the baked potatoes at Wendy's should be gluten-free. I've eaten a lot of potatoes there. The chili is gluten-free, too. Some good salads, too. TK
  4. Horses

    Don't have horses right now, but I used to team rope when I was a kid. Don't eat the horses' oats! Might be contaminated with gluten-containing grains! (Ok, that was lame, but it was the only link I could think of.) TK Kenyon
  5. Any One From Ct?

    Will definitely look it up! TK
  6. Yep, you need a celiac panel. Here's the good news: it may be celiac, and your symptoms may improve or resolve with the gluten-free diet. Here's the so-so news: gluten intolerance is associated with some forms of MS, and you may have both. Again, your symptoms for both may improve or resolve with the gluten-free diet. The lesions worry me. Where are you located? You aren't in the UK or Europe, are you? I encourage you to get the bloodwork for the celiac panel done ASAP and see a good gastroenterologist. Whether your symptoms are related to MS or not, the GI symptoms also need to be looked at. I hope the best for you, TK Kenyon
  7. Personally, for me, it was easy. I do most of the cooking and, since my DH is from Southern India, I just told him that we'd need to eat a lot more South Indian (rice-based) food, like pilafs, and dosas, and uttappam. He thought it was a great idea. Yes, the commercial gluten-free foods are darned expensive. We eat a lot of rice, potatoes, corn tortillas, and cornbread for carbs. Proteins and fruit and veg are the same as they ever were. As a matter of course, we avoid the commercial gluten-free foods. A lot of them are based either on white rice flour or one of the starches (tapioca, potato, etc.) That's just like spooning white sugar into your body. A rice cooker is an excellent investment. Cooks brown rice beautifully. TK Kenyon
  8. Yea! (And I say this as I'm having an alien abduction episode next week. Makes me a little calmer.) TK Kenyon
  9. Restaurant Waitress

    Ew. Clueless and lazy. And nasty. I've had several bad experiences. I'm sorry. Hope things get better. TK Kenyon
  10. Am I Being Shoehorned / Misdiagnosed?

    Hi Justin, The biopsy results sound inconclusive and non-specific. You can go gluten-free if you want to. It certainly won't hurt you. However, if your blood test comes back negative, you're not a celiac. Congratulations. BTW, you may not lose weight on a gluten-free diet. I gained a couple pounds when I went gluten-free because my body suddenly started absorbing nutrients, but I lost 2 dress sizes because all that bloating when away. I hope the best for you. TK Kenyon
  11. Any One From Ct?

    I'm in the SE corner. There are some real good gluten-free restaurants around here. AJ's Restaurant in Ledyard/Groton S&P Oyster House in Mystic Bruna's Table in Westerly, RI TK Kenyon
  12. I was symptomatic for 10 years, at least, before diagnosis. I started feeling better within a few days. Much better in 2 weeks. Gluten is like smacking yourself in the head with a ball peen hammer: it feels so good when you stop. TK Kenyon
  13. Pregnancy Reverse Celiac?

    I had my son 7.5 years ago, and I assure you, it didn't cure me. If you wanted to take a risk, and it is a serious risk, you could eat gluten-y (at least = 2 slices of bread per day) for a month, then have the blood test again. If your antibody titer goes up, you're still having a significant antibody reaction and should not continue. If it doesn't, well, I've never heard of anyone being "cured" of celiac disease before, but it could happen. Good luck. TK Kenyon