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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. So I've been trying for what seems like forever to figure out my stomach problems. For the past few months I thought that it might be Celiac, just because of all of my symptoms/problems put together (depression/anxiety, thyroid disease, eczema, stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea), but the blood tests came up negative and the biopsies from my endoscopy came up completely negative. So it's not that, which, to be honest, I'm relieved about. But it doesn't solve my digestive woes! Before I thought it might be Celiac I had been doing some research on fructose malabsorption, and thought that it might fit me better, but then I kind of threw that idea away until recently. My main problem is fruits. ESPECIALLY apples, which have the highest fructose content of them all. I can't eat apples at all, because they give me the WORST stomach cramps, followed by awful gas. I also can't eat pears or any canned fruit packed in pear juice, honeydew melon, plums, mangoes, or too many grapes or cherries (a few is fine). Besides the fruit, I have a big problem with some foods that contain fructans, ESPECIALLY tomatoes, but also artichokes, garlic and onion. I think that wheat may also be a problem, as it contains fructans as well, except I have to eat a LOT. If I eat too many sweets I also have problems. I've been tested for allergies with ALL of the foods that bother me and nothing's come up. As I already said, Celiac came up negative. I don't even know where to start for a fructose malabsorption test, though. My gastroenterologist didn't even have a lactose intolerance test for me, she just said I probably was if I felt better without dairy! I feel stupid asking about more tests when I've already had so many done already with negative results. I just feel like I'm being a hypochondriac now. I told her about my problems with apples and tomatoes, etc., but she didn't really take it seriously. She just diagnosed me with IBS, but I know that food has something to do with it! I just want my poor tummy to be fixed. :c
  2. Need Help After Endoscopy

    Yes, I have a TON of symptoms that have made me suspect Celiac - pretty bad digestion issues (including GERD), thyroid disease, eczema and depression/anxiety issues. I had ONE blood test done (TTG IgA) and that came back negative, but then I was referred to a gastroenterologist and she wanted me to get the endoscopy. I haven't tried going gluten-free yet, because I didn't want to mess up any of the test results... but I suppose since the testing is out of the way now, I can give that a try. The only problem is, it's going to be hard!!
  3. I just had an upper endoscopy yesterday, and they said so far that everything LOOKED normal. They took biopsies of course, and I still have two weeks or so to wait for those results. My question is, could it be Celiac if my stomach, intestines, etc. LOOK normal? Because I know that Celiac causes the villi of the intestines to flatten... doesn't it? Or can it not and still be Celiac? Just wondering! Thanks!
  4. I went to my doctor last week because I suspected Celiac disease, and she ordered just one test for me, the TTG IgA one. I got my results today and my levels are at 3.42, where less than 20 is negative. So that's a very obvious negative, and I eat gluten like nobody's business (I love bread, it just doesn't love me)! But I guess that that one test alone isn't very accurate, right? Should I trust that I'm negative with just the one test, or should I pursue more? I already emailed my doctor to see if there are any more tests that she can order for me, but if she doesn't know then I'm not sure what to do. She's going to refer me to a gastroenterologist, but I don't know if they will do any better. I know that I have a problem with gluten somehow , but I don't want to try going gluten-free until I've gotten my testing out of the way! I'm just kind of disappointed - not that I want Celiac disease, I just want answers and I want them now! I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired, you know?
  5. Celiac Or Something Else?

    So I went to my new doctor today, and she was awesome! She ordered just one Celiac test for me, the tTG-IgA. Is that one generally pretty accurate? I'm still new to all of this Celiac terminology, haha. My doctor also referred me to an allergist (because I have a whole lot of other food problems going on) and said that we'd figure out what to do gluten-wise after I get my tTG-IgA results back. I think she said that whether it was conclusive or not, she'd refer me to a gastroenterologist. So I'm very hopeful at the moment that my problems are on the way to being solved!
  6. Hello! I recently have been looking into the possibility of having Celiac disease, and stumbled upon this forum. After lurking for a bit, I thought I'd share my symptoms and see what other people think. I was originally just looking into food intolerance in general, because a LOT of foods disagree with me. I've toyed with the idea that I may be intolerant to foods (esp. dairy) for a while now, but I've always been afraid to look into Celiac disease because I love my bread, crackers and pasta and didn't want to give them up! I always thought that it was something else making me sick when I ate wheat with other foods - but now I'm not so sure. Once I started researching, everything started falling into place. Anyway, here are my symptoms: *Various pooping problems -Diarrhea: 1-2 semi-liquid stools in the morning at least 4-5 times a week, for at least the past year or so! -If not liquidy stools, then very soft and difficult to wipe away -Occasional constipation - usually small, thin poops that are difficult to get out, and sometimes they're kind of pale -Very rarely do I have a normal bowel movement!! *Acid reflux *Stomachaches *Intestinal cramping/discomfort (feels like something clenching my lower intestine) *Lots of burping/gas/bloating *Thyroid disease