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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 have been gluten free for 7 months, but I still feel overwhelmed at times trying to keep myself away from gluten, especially since I seem to be extremely sensitive - and what
  2. 7 months gluten free and I still don
  3. This issue JUST occurred to me tonight. I
  4. Need Good Doctor Se Michigan

    I see Dr. Shanti Eswaran. She is a GI out of U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor. Her clinical and research specialty is in gluten intolerances and celiac disease. She's absolutely fantastic. She listens attentively and is very thorough. She is very down-to-earth and easy to talk to, and since she herself has some food intolerances, she is also a great resource as well. After 3 years and four GIs, she was the only one who accurately diagnosed my chronic illness as being food-related. You can message me if you'd like her office number.
  5. Thank you all very much! I'm really looking forward to feeling better. I just have more and more hope in this lifestyle the longer I am engaging in it and the more I read about it and talk to people about it. If my health keeps improving at the rate that it is, I think I may stay on the gluten-free diet semi-long-term. I'd like to be formally diagnosed, but as of right now, I'm not sure that I'm willing to go back to feeling the way I've felt for 3 years now. Of course, it's only been three weeks, and there is no way of knowing yet if my chronic symptoms will subside, but I'm willing to try it long-term undiagnosed if the risk is only that I will not have a formal diagnosis. I have had no formal diagnosis for my entire life, so I think I can wait a bit longer. The risk of re-introducing gluten for me is not worth the diagnosis. I can't afford to gamble with my health in my situation, and at this point I feel like going gluten free is my last hope. Here goes nothing!
  6. Hey all, I'm 20, and I've been chronically ill for about 3 years now. It began with intermittent blood in my stools, and extreme fatigue. I contracted mycoplasma meningoencephalitis in April 2009, and since then, my symptoms have exploded. I have chronic migraines, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, extremely irregular/nonexistant menstrual cycles, hair growth in weird places, hair loss, anxiety, depression, PTSD (from the meningoencephalitis), insomnia, inability to concentrate, joint pain, nausea, tinnitis, hyperacusis, and nosebleeds (but I'm probably forgetting some). I've also always had other issues since I was a little kid - tooth enamel deformities, skin rashes on my upper arms and back, unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight. I'm a college student, and at the end of this semester, I was ready to take a year or so off from school because my psychological problems and other health issues were so severe. My mom talked to my aunt, whose daughter has a confirmed case of celiac disease, and after comparing similarities with her condition, I decided to try going gluten free. I know that I shouldn't cut gluten out of my diet yet if I'd like to eventually get tested for celiac/gluten allergy/intolerance, but I feel that this was somewhat of an emergency situation. I was losing my ability to even function, and since I'm in a legal battle with my current doctor (long story), I don't really have anyone who knows my entire situation and health history well. I needed to start getting better fast or else I was looking at taking a semester or even a year off of school - and since I'm very passionate about my studies, that would have been a devastating decision for me to make. I've spent my entire inter-semester break reading about celiac and gluten intolerance, and it seems like I am a textbook gluten intolerance/possible celiac case. I also have an aunt who has celiac, and I know it runs in families, so I wouldn't be surprised if I had some sort of inability to process gluten. I have been tested for just about every disease under the sun, all to no avail, and the thyroid blood work that I just had done about 3 weeks ago came back completely normal. As far as my medical records are concerned, the only condition I have is a very mild case of colitis, but I know that the majority of my symptoms cannot be explained by just that. I have made a full recovery from my meningoencephalitis (a very rare occurrence since most people don't survive the disease), and while some of my symptoms may be explained by any damage that has been done, in the past two weeks of my new gluten-free lifestyle, even those symptoms have subsided a lot. My biggest questions right now, I guess, are these: Is it unreasonable for me, given the circumstances, to remain on the gluten-free diet I've started? Especially since I would like to be formally tested once I have a decent, stable doctor? Also, if I want to be tested and have accurate results, do I need to re-introduce gluten to my diet at some point? Do I even need to be tested, given all of my classic symptoms? It's only been about two weeks since I began my gluten-free diet, and I have already seen some amazing changes in my health. My hair loss stopped almost immediately, I have more and more energy every day, my diarrhea and constipation have both ceased, and my headaches have decreased in both frequency and intensity. I have a lot of hope in the gluten-free lifestyle, and I'm sort of banking on a gluten intolerance/celiac as being what is wrong with me. Any advice you can give to this newbie would be greatly appreciated! Happy New Year!