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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. Hashimotos, Celiac And Now Muscle Pain!

    Sounds like a lot of us have very similar stories! I was diagnosed with celiac and then hashimoto's a few months later. Once I started synthroid I started getting AWFUL joint pain. My doctor was suspecting rhumatoid arithritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, ect. He switched me to Armour and took a lot of blood tests. Once my armour dose was correct the pain pretty much went away and all my blood work came back negative for the other autoimmune disorders (my RA factor was borderline though so hopefully it stays low). Unfortunatly there are so many other things that could be causing the joint pain (meds, other food allergies, other autoimmune problems) and it seems like we all have to sort out what's causing it. Out of curiosity how is your hashimotos being treated? Good luck getting it all figured out!
  2. Having Guests Over

    Thank you for all the reassurance! I've been sitting here today feeling like I was a jerk. I tried to explain why it was an issue and the possibility of contamination and I had about 6 people looking at me wide eyed and like I was crazy. The sign on the door is a great idea; I had not thought of doing that. Just like your keyboard Adalaide I was having visions of crumb covered remote controls!
  3. Having Guests Over

    We had a group of people over to watch football yesterday. They know about my wheat/gluten allergy and were told that they didn't need to bring any food or drinks and we would provide everything (Our house is 100% gluten free since I'm UBER sensitive. We've even switched our dogs/cats food and got rid of kitchen stuff that could have been contaminated when we moved into a new house). I knew there would be a 1-year old so i had gluten free crackers and puffy cracker things similar to what she eats at home only gluten free. When her mom went to give her crackers I asked if it was ok for me to get her gluten free ones instead. She looked at me like I had 8 heads!!! I just didn't want to run around scrubbing the whole house when the easy solution was just to have gluten free crackers. There was plenty of other stuff for the baby to eat as well (the mom was feeding her chips, chicken, dip, fruit, ect all that we had provided). The rest of the afternoon just felt so awkward. Am I being too extreme in how gluten free we want the house to be? I just would like to have one place that is worry free where I can lick the walls if I want to without worrying about being sick, lol! Its to the point now that there are things that are marked "gluten free" but on shared equipment with wheat that i get the blistery rash, mouth sores, digestive issues, headaches, and everything else that goes with a glutening. I'm just feeling very socially awkward and like a freak. My boyfriend says if they don't understand (or tolerate) being gluten free in our home that we don't want or need to be friends with them anyways.
  4. Glutamine

    I use a L-Glutamine powder as well. I don't take it as often as I should but if I suspect I've been glutened I'll take it.
  5. Everything Revolves Around Food!

    Thanks for all the tips! I wish I could drive because I would have a cooler packed with food. The problem I'm having is that I fly and haven't been checking a bag. I guess I could start checking a cooler with my food for the week in it then just make sure the hotels have a fridge. The tip about needing a fridge for medicine is great! I just got back last night from another work trip and I brought "GoPicnics" with me. It wasn't great but they do not need to be refridgerated. I think most of my frusteration is just from how often I'm traveling. I thought it was going to be about 2 days a month and for 7 weeks in a row it's 2, 3, or 4 days a week! And I'm not going to a normal city where I can get stuff. If anyone is familiar with south south Louisiana where all the gas and oil companies operate that is where I'm going... I need to start stopping by a grocery store before I leave New Orleans and pack a disposable cooler. And on the beef jerky thing- I make sure to check the ingredients every time. Even the same type/brand can have wheat in it. I find "safe" jerky about 50% of the time. Thanks again everyone!
  6. Coping With Celiac With Dresses!

    When my stomach is bloated I wear dresses too! I can't stand to have a pair of pants buttoned over my belly; makes it feel so much worse! At home I like my baggy sweat pants. I have 1 pair that is comfortable and I can't find them any more.
  7. It seems like my whole life revolves around food. Meetings are always planned around breakfast or lunch. I either don't eat or bring my own food. I am traveling a lot for work too so that invovles a lot of planning. We are having a lunch meeting today and they initially let me pick the place so I picked a restaurant that I know I have a lot of safe choices at. Then they decided to go somewhere else. I hate how stressed out I am about what I can eat. It's making me obsessed. I don't know how people do this that are constantly on the road, going to friends house, have lunch meetings, ect. And it turns out that I am SUPER sensitive. Last week I ate a Zone Bar that said gluten free and within a few hours I had the rash going and by that night I had ulcers in my mouth. Now I still have the ulcers, my joints are aching, I have a headache, not to mention all the digestive distress. I couldn't figure out where I got glutened then I checked the wrapper of the "gluten free" bar and it said made on shared equipment with wheat. That was the only new thing I ate last week so it had to be from that Every new meeting invite or trip just makes me want to sit at my desk and cry. And for the next 5 weeks there are 2 or more days a week that I'm traveling. Last week one of my consultants was actually mean about it and tried pressuring me to going to dinner with them at a place that I knew I could eat nothing. I ended up eating beef jerky from the gas station for dinner. I'm just really frusterated at the situation and not sure what I can do to not make it so difficult and to not feel like such a burden. I haven't found an easy way to travel with food and I haven't found a lot of places that I can eat that do not make me sick. And with how much I travel I am really not willing to experiment with what is "safe".
  8. You've found a great place for advice! I do not post often but I spend a good bit of time reading through the posts. There is so much information. I am glad to hear of your support for your Beloved. My boyfriend has been beyond supportive when we found out about my diagnosis 5 months ago. He suggested when we moved to our new house about 2 months post diagnosis that it should be gluten free. He also went through everything in our house and threw it away if it contained gluten. He is gluten free at home and normally gluten free outside of the house as well. Most days I think he copes with it better than I do.
  9. I just want to chime in and say you're doing a great job! I'm nearly 30 and my parents tell stories about how sick I was as a child yet they never found out what was wrong with me. It's just in the last 6 months I've been diagnosed! Sounds like your kiddo is feeling better and I hope he continues to get better!
  10. Most Gluten-Free-Friendly City

    I'm actually from Loveland but living in Houston right now. I had no idea all those bakeries were from Colorado. It's intersting that Denver has a higher rate of Celiac too; wonder why? Maybe more doctors diagonosing?
  11. Diet Sunkist

    Thank you so much! I am still trying to wrap my head around why there is gluten/food starch in a lot of things that I was eating! I don't love the tast of the artificial sweeteners either but I don't like all the calories from regular pop. Luckily I can handle some of the artificial sweetners though others do give me stomach issues and headaches. I'm trying to "quit" my pop habit and I'm down to 1-2 a week now. I was drinking 2+ liters a day of regular pop and weighed about 80 more pounds than I do now!
  12. I bought a bottle of Diet Sunkist Orange pop and noticed that modified food starch is in the ingredients. I have been avoiding anything that says modified food starch because I really still don't understand if it's gluten free or not. I'd rather be on the safe side. I did take a drink of it so I hope it is gluten free because my reactions from being glutened have not been pretty.
  13. Over-Indulging

    So it sounds like I'm pretty "normal" so far, lol!
  14. 1: Yes 2: Yes. After college (and being the sickest I have ever been) I moved to a small mountain town. I started dieting and lost 80 pounds and was only eating meat, veggies, and fruits. I realized that I felt amazing and continuted to eat that way. When I moved to Houston everyone always wanted to go out and I slowly got sicker and sicker until diagnosis about a year and a half after I moved. For the most part I've always preferred meats to carbs.
  15. Over-Indulging

    I'm recent to the world of gluten free (it's been about 5-6 weeks). Keeping my weight down has been a bit of a struggle and after this last round of being sick/major life changes I've put on about 15 pounds. Right now I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around all the things that I can not eat ever again. In doing this I'm eating way more gluten free things than I should be. I was never eating bread, cookies, muffins, ect and now that's about all I'm eating. And I'm trying to justify it! My normal diet was meats, veggies, fruits, quiona, and yogurts. I'm looking so hard for gluten free foods and wanting to eat/try it all. Luckily I'm not tempted to eat anything with gluten but it seems like I'm filling a void with food. I may just be mad about the diagnosis but I need to also remember that I am feeling so much better than I have in 15 years now that I'm gluten free. Is it normal to be almost depressed after diagnosis? How did everyone deal with it? Will my urge to stuff my face with all the processed alternatives go away here soon? My pants can't handle it much longer!