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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. When I was first tested my doctor said she could definitely see signs of ( and possibly Chrons) but wasn't sure about Celiacs. she followed with a genetic blood test which confirmed it was Celiacs. I would recommend you ask for that if they haven't done it yet. When I asked her what she recommended for treating the first two, she said there was some drugs, but for most patients the change in diet (primarily what you described) is often the best treatment. It can take a little longer than if you are just dealing with one thing, but hopefully you will get results. I've been Gluten Free for 2 1/2 months now & have started to see improvement in all areas.
  2. I found that "A Taste of Thai" brand has some great gluten-free seasonings and side dish options. On their website you can even search for gluten-free recipes and filter by ingredients. I tried a few of them this week and thought they were great-- very easy too.
  3. Gluten Free Restaurants In Nj

    I went there recently and had a similar experience. I found the manager very helpful. I was excited to have this as an option for when I get a pizza craving.
  4. Lancome's website has this helpful guide for make-up ingredients to watch out for: The following is a list of ingredients that are used in our products are those that contain wheat and other grains. This list gives the standard industry names for ingredients as found in the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary. Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Cyclodextrin Dextrin Dextrin Palmitate Disodium Wheatgermamphodiacetate Hordeum Vulgare Extract Hydrolyzed Malt Extract Hydrolyzed Oat Flour Hydrolyzed Oat Protein Hydrolyzed Oats Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Malt Extract Maltodextrin Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Wheat Protein Sulfonate Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acid Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch Wheat Amino Acids Wheat Germ Glycerides Wheat Germamidopropalkonium Chloride Wheat Protein Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate Yeast Extract All the ingredients we use in a product are listed on the package or on the label of the product itself. Comparing this list with the ingredients listed on our products will help you to identify the ingredients you would like to avoid.
  5. Thanks for all of the great advice. I did go out and by some kitchenware (cutting board, pots, utensils, colander, etc.) that are only to be used with gluten free items. I also checked my shampoo, makeup etc. I did find one of my face scrubs listed wheat so I gave it away. I also cooked several meals for easy lunches so I will have good choices that I know are safe that I can bring to work or make easily when I get home for dinner. I am optimistic that I am on the right path. It really helps to get input and support from everyone here on the forum. Sometimes it even helps to vent a little. My friends and family try, but I don't think they fully understand. They keep referring to this as a "diet" or "allergies". When I get frustrated and try to explain it all to them I have to remind myself it is new for them too and they haven't read all that I have on the subject so they will learn much slower than I will. Thanks again.
  6. It has been almost 2 weeks since I went gluten free. I was hoping that I would be feeling better by now, but in some ways I feel worse. I have been extremely careful regarding everything I eat and drink. I cleaned my kitchen and office and reorganized everything to avoid cross-contamination. I have not cut dairy out, but am thinking about starting to immediately. I know many people have said it can take a few weeks to feel better, but is it normal that I feel worse?
  7. Thank you for the advice. I am spending my day cleaning out the pantry and then heading to the store. I will keep your suggestions in mind. I am not big on processed foods anyway... I figured out a long time ago that I had strange reactions to them. I just didn't realize exactly what the right root cause was. Thanks again for the support.
  8. After waiting for what seemed like eternity, I finally heard back from my doctor. She said I tested positive for Celiacs (amongst other things). So while I am relieved to finally know what I am dealing with... and quite frankly happy to know it was not all just in my head, I am quite anxious to know what lies ahead. I have already started a gluten free diet (only 5 days ago) so I know I am on the right track, but I just am overwhelmed. I even had a dream about a wheat field the other night (I wish I was joking about that). Does anyone have any advice for how to deal with the anxiety that comes along with the diagnosis?
  9. I agree the childhood diagnosis does probably mean that it is very likely going to be positive. It amazed me that the doctors would give such a serious diagnosis with so little information to my parents. My mom felt terrible when I told her all of the typical Celiac symptoms that I have dealt with for years and not having thought about going back to the doctors about it. I think my concern about keeping the meat out of my diet is not having much left to eat. I could imagine if I did eat meat that it would be easier. I do dine out and and travel quite a bit for my job, so I am concerned about that adjustment in those situations. I don't plan on rushing into anything either way. I was just given the name of a highly recommended nutritionist who I plan to consult with before making further changes. I will also looked to connect with some of the vegetarians on the board to see how they have been managing. Thanks for the support
  10. Cortney, I am in almost the exact same situation. I am only about 5 days in. Rather than feeling better, I would say I have almost felt worse in the past few days. I have been told my some that it is your bodies reaction to the change and that it will go away with the other symptoms. I don't really have suggestions for you since I am new at this as well. I thought I would reach and so you know your not alone. Reading your post made me feel better knowing that my experience is shared. Good luck
  11. thanks for the information. I should clarify, although I was diagnosed as a child, my mother doesn't believe they ever tested me. Her fading memory & the lack of records going back that far (I am 41 now) is the reason I can't be sure they were accurate. As far as the fish-- I don't claim to be a vegetarian (although I was for many years). I haven't had meat other than fish for over 20 years so it is usually easier to explain that way. Again, I appreciate the advice. I hope that my obsession will help me to keep focused.
  12. HELP! I am new to the forum and to the Gluten Free lifestlyle. I am still waiting to hear back on the genetic testing. I had an Endoscopy & Colonoscopy done last month and they were inconclusive for Celiacs, but confirmed Chron's. My GI seems to feel based on my symptoms and medical history that there is a good possibility that it is either Celiacs or some other related intolerance. It has been 2 weeks since I took the blood test and I am going crazy waiting. I was told this often has to be sent out to an out-of-state lab and it could take longer than most tests. I have many of the symptoms of celiacs including a diagnosis when I was an infant. It was never explained to my mother at the time and when I started eating solid foods she simply included wheat/gluten based products in my diet. I have had severe headaches (including migranes) and sinus issues- however my stomach issues have been off & on until the past few years. Now I have issues after almost everything I eat. Additionally, I have had a great deal of weight gain in the past 2 years, desipte a healthy diet & regular exercise. I even ran my first marathon a few months ago. As soon as my training stopped, the pounds came on like crazy even though I still run and cross train frequently. After reading a great deal on going Gluten free I decided that I would take the plunge and started a few days ago. I do not eat meat (only fish) so it has not been all that easy. I am looking for any advice from those who have had similar experience. Should I stick to the gluten-free diet? Should I introduce some meat back into my diet? And most of all, will I stop obsessing over this once I learn more?