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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. I am in the process of trying to get a blood test for Celiac, but while I am here waiting I keep getting sick. Last night I hadn't had gluten all day, so I had some ice cream and a brownie. I am not trying to eat a lot of gluten, just some everyday to keep it in my system since I still need to get tested. At about 1 am I was up throwing up. Will this mess up the tests at all if I cannot keep the food down? I usually have bad D, but lately I have been throwing it up, won't even go past my stomach. Ugh, I cannot wait to get tested so I can go gluten free finally. I am hating waiting and just want to feel better!
  2. I haven't been diagnosed yet, but am in the process and will be going gluten free no matter what the results say. This will be long, but I wanted to share it. This started about 2009. I was a roughly normal girl in my 20s, I do have a rare bone disorder that limits me to a wheelchair, but I was able to take care of my self all day while my husband worked. In about May of 2009 I started falling asleep in my chair everyday around 1 or 2 pm. This was extremely unlike me as I was always the one to get up at 5am and be awake till midnight. I also started not being able to do as much for myself, my body was tight and I just wasn't able to move good. Later that year I came down with panic attacks. They got so severe that I could not leave the house. I started on medicine to try and get better, and it did help. During this time I also took naps everyday because my husband was home (he got laid off) and was able to help me into bed. I attributed it to the panic attacks tiring me out. About the time I started the medicine I also started having bad gastro issues. I would be fine all day, then have diarrhea for a few hours. I would take something for it, but my stomach would stop working basically and I would have severe pain and throwing up. I eventually went to the doctor about the anxiety still being there, and was diagnosed with severe Vit D deficiency. Fast forward to last year. We moved to a new state. I was still having gastro issues and sleep problems, but a new problem started, a severe itchy rash that no one could figure out. The first doctor thought it was staph, so I was on antibiotics for a while. I also was tested for a lot of auto immune and was eventually diagnosed with hypoglycemia. I had a 6 hour glucose test and my glucose went from about 70 to 156 in 30 minutes, then at the end of it dropped suddenly again. I was put on a low card diet (which I only did for a few weeks). During the low carb diet I felt great. I was able to stay away all day and was sleeping great. My rash went away, and now came back. I am again always tired. I can wake up at 11:00am and want to be back in bed by 12. It is horrible. I also am constantly getting sick, either throwing up or having diarrhea. I went to the doctor, he has no idea what the rash is and has referred me to a gastro. I found this site and posted on the DH board, because when I saw the rashes there it was exactly like mine. I have since called my doctor and asked if he can do the celiac panel himself so I don't have to wait. I am ready to go off gluten. Anyway, I wanted to give my story and say hi to everyone.
  3. Hey everyone, I am new to the forums and am learning a lot by reading all the topics. This section is one that interested me the most. Over the past few years I would get a rash for a few weeks, it would itch like crazy, then go away. We weren't using anything new, so I just thought I had weird skin. I also started developing GI issues, that I just blew off. Recently things have become bad though. I cannot eat anything without being sick, diarrhea for hours, stomach aches, it is horrible. Some days I eat as little as possible just to get through the day without numerous trips to the bathroom. As the GI issues got worse, so did the rash. It is so bad that my husband cannot sleep next to me because it burns and itches from the heat. My doctor first thought it was Staph infection, I went on a few rounds of antibiotics and it cleared up. It was not contagious though, as my husband has to help me (I am wheelchair bound) and he never contracted it. I ended up with a new doctor and the rash has come back. He has no idea what it is. He gave me some steroid creme that is supposed to be the strongest, and while the coolness offers relief, it does not. I am constantly itchy and the doctor has no idea. He says it looks like an allergic reaction, but to what? He also has referred me to a GI doctor to see what my stomach issues could be, one thing he brought up was Celiac. So I made my way to this forum and looked around and found this section...an itchy skin rash! I looked over pictures and the information and was in awe that other people had this! I have included pictures of some of my rash from earlier this year. Does this look like DH? http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/ameslaw84/DSC03161.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/ameslaw84/DSC03160.jpg