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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. Karen don't give up, you will get through this. so many of us understand.... sonja
  2. I have posted this same topic at least once before, and no one responded. I wanted to know if anyone had joined ww and been successful. I finally just did it anyway. It is very difficult, since most gluten replacing items are very high in fat and calories. I have made what I think are healthy choices, and I am doing the points plan. It is working so far! I have lost 12 lbs in a month. Of course, I was sick this week- I think I had a gluten accident. I will be getting back on track this weekend. It does work. And yes, exercise is important, although I can find 1000+ excuses not to do it. Good luck everyone! sonja Ok just wanted to know something- are you sure that pringles are gluten-free?? I know Lays stax are, but I don't think pringles are. Sonja Snack Fat Free Pringles 3pts. ( 1pt. per serving)
  3. I too always had pain in that area, and since being gluten free, it went away. I also had a lot of gas too which was uncomfortable and made the pain worse. sf
  4. Weight Watchers?

    Hi Spruette! It's wonderful to know you are not alone in this. My sister who does not have celiac disease joined WW months ago, and has lost over 20 lbs and still going. She is the reason I really decided I should join too, because I can change my diet- I did it for this disease, now I just need to change the way I eat all the time for the rest of my life to have a healthy weight again. Lifestyle changes are never easy! GOOD LUCK to you!! sonja
  5. Has anyone sucessfully joined Weight Watchers, and do you find it difficult to be on their plan for weight loss? I know there will be substitutions made if I joined and used their recipes. i was just wondering what diet plans have worked for other celiac disease people. Suggestions??? Sonja
  6. I would do it, but I don't want to leave my kids for any amount of time. I am glad to see that there is research of some sort going on. I would love to hear the results, or at least how they are "testing" treatment options. I think I would be too scared to get sick again to purposely eat gluten. Hum.... Sonja
  7. At What Age Were You Diagnosed?

    Diagnosed at 35, after having severe symptoms for 3 months. You are lucky you found out so young. I hate having to change my entire lifestyle at my age!
  8. Is Anyone Lonely

    I have had to deal with a lot of those feelings. I already had depression/anxiety before I was diagnosed. It doesn't help that you feel so alone because most people don't understand the disease, unless they have it. Depression is a common problem with celiac disease, especially when you are first diagnosed. Most of us, me included, has had to change their entire lifestyle. It's not just about what we eat. I used to stop by Chick-fil-A at least once a week, because I loved their chicken sandwiches and tea. Now I can't do that anymore, and most of the food I eat I have to prepare, which is a burden, because I don't enjoy cooking. If you are having ongoing problems, don't be afraid to seek professional help. There are so many resources for depression, etc. Call your insurance company, a doctor, or a friend, or look in the phone book, and find someone you can talk to. Your doctor can probably prescribe meds if you need them. Most of all, hang in there. We all understand what you are going through, to various degrees.
  9. Thanks so much for the recipe! This will be my first Thanksgiving with celiac disease (diagnosed that is) and I was really going to miss the stuffing. Now I won't! Thank you! Sonja
  10. I am assuming that Tamiflu is gluten-free? Anyone know? I also heard on the news that it was good to treat bird flu and many other types of flu. sonja
  11. Claire, Thanks for all the information. You certainly have done your research. Before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I had several instances where I thought I had food poisoning (which I really did!) because my reaction was that I had horrible vomiting and diarhhea. Once the food was gone from my system, I seemed to get better. (And again, little did I know, the saltines I was eating because I was quezy were actually hurting me). My doctor thought once that it was a reaction to an antibiotic that had killed the good bacteria. I took acidophillus (sorry about the spelling) and I got better. Finally, I had many recurring bouts of vomiting and diarhhea that would not go away. That's when I finally got sent to a GI that diagnosed celiac disease with a biopsy. I was under the impression that only celiac disease would cause flattened villa. Since I have been on a gluten-free diet, I feel 1000% better and the old systoms have not returned. I am wondering, has anyone had a follow-up biopsy to see if their villa have unflattened themselves? sonja
  12. Thanks for all the replies. Interesting still. If you are visiting this question, PLEASE VOTE. I know it's not scientific, but still interesting to me. I don't know which blood type is most common, but I do know that of the four most common ones, A, B, AB and O, type AB is the most rare type. These are only the four most common. There are actually other types out there. Type O is popular because it can be given as a blood transfusion to the other types. sonja
  13. Acid Reflux

    I also had severe nausea and heartburn/acid reflux before I found out I had celiac disease. Since then, I took an acid reflux medicine (my mind has gone blank, can't think of it right now) and over about 6 months it seems to have gone away. I was so sick I couldn't sleep laying down most nights. I slept (ha ha) in a recliner. Now, I am back in the bed. I still have nausea some, but my symptoms are so much better since I am gluten-free. I suggest taking over the counter heartburn medicine if you have a severe problem. It might help with the nausea. Be sure to tell your doctor first. He/She might have another suggestion. Sonja
  14. I heard an interesting thing at the gluten-free store yesterday. I was wondering how many of us with celiac disease also have type O blood. I am O+ and the only one in my family, and also the only one with celiac disease. Hum.... wondering if there is a connection. If so, that would help a lot of others with diagnosis. Sonja
  15. Burger King

    My family loves BK, and I gave in one night and let them go through the drive through, thinking I would eat something later at home. But I ended up getting their garden salad, and added my own dressing at home later. I was wonderful. Of course, don't we all eat salad all the time if there is no other choice??? I don't think the fries would be safe. Too many times my family gets them and ends up with a bonus onion ring in it. And since when are oreo's safe? They are most definitely NOT gluten-free. sonjaf