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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. Kansas City Gluten Free People?

    Hi all! I live in Kansas City and I also have a hard time finding places to eat safely. At Olive Garden, I found a regular noodle in my "gluten free" pasta. My rule is if somewhere makes me sick once, I never go back. This being said, here are some places I have been able to eat: Bo Ling's, chinese at Zona Rosa; Pizza Shoppe-has the best gluten free crust, I ate the one at Godfather's just fine, just didn't like as much; Applebee's; most Mexican restaurants- Margarita's, La Fuente, and Habanero's are my favorites. The BEST place though, its pricy, is Fogo De Chao on the plaza. The staff is extremely knowledgeble and most items they serve are naturally gluten free, and best of all....they have an AWESOME bread that is gluten free. I seriously crave it!
  2. Hello, First, I'd like to thank everyone on here, shortly before my diagnosis through now this forum has been an invaluable resource, especially because I feel like I am having a very hard time getting information anywhere else! I have several questions I was hoping you all could help me with. Here is my backstory: I have had stomach issues of every kind since I was 17 (I am 24 now). At first, thought I was having issues with pork, was tested for food allergies and tested as slightly positive for an allergy to it. From there, I continued having stomach problems and began having headaches frequently. Went back to allergist who said it must be IBS. I attributed all my stomach issues to that for the last 7 years. Over the last year, things picked up in intensity and I started having neurological problems,(numbness, tingling, balance problems) and was afraid I had Multiple Sclerosis like my mother, went through all kinds of testing for that and they ruled out "everything else" but said it could be MS. I started having problems with not having any energy. Then the migraines became very severe. My doctor wanted me to keep a food journal and see if i could find any triggers. I noticed that dairy seemed to be a problem so i went dairy free then tried some ice cream and got very sick. Which confirmed a dairy problem to me at first. Then i noticed I was still having symptoms. At the point my husband discovered Celiac disease online and everything clicked to us that it made perfect sense. He was switching jobs at the time and we had a brief lapse in insurance so I decided to go ahead and try a gluten free diet to see if it helped. It helped immensely! I noticed results the first few days! I felt better than I could remember feeling! Went to the doctor after 6 weeks of mostly gluten free diet and had a blood test. In the mail I received the results, a weak positive. The doctor told me I could consult with a gastroenterolygist. (sp?) I went to that doctor who said a biopsy was not necessary because it would only confirm what we already know. Here are my questions: 1. Shouldn't there be some kind of more follow up? From what I've read, maybe I should at least have my vitamin levels checked? How do I find a doctor to do this? I was not happy with getting my results in the mail and no follow up or chance to ask questions. 2. I've been without gluten (unless something was cross contaminated) for 3 months now and still have a low energy level. Is that common? 3. How important is a biopsy other than for diagnosis? 4. My husband and I would like to start trying for a baby in the fall, and I know that celiac can cause some problems with that. How long after going gluten free did it take you to concieve? Any other advice for a newbie is appreciated I am very fortunate to have a supportive husband going gluten free with me.