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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. Thank you! That will benefit me in trying to help my doctors piece together my Celiac's.
  2. When I was 8 years old, I attended a summer camp. My friend and I were in charge of running the spongy-floaty thing that is labeled LIFEGUARD that they always sit with. Anyways, I had the strap around my and my best friend was holding onto the spongy-floaty part. We were running and she ran faster than me. We got to concrete steps and I slowed down, but she kept on barreling down the stairs. I lost my footing and was dragged down the stairs. The top of the back of my head landed on the corner of each concrete step. We never went to the doctor because I have a high pain tolerance and wasn't telling them just how badly it hurt. We iced it, etc etc etc. About a month, not even, after that, the symptoms of my Celiac's disease started up. I have a friend who had an appendicitis and after her surgery, she was diagnosed with Celiac's because of the change in her system from the surgery. I was wondering if something similar happened with me. Did the eleven blows to my head initiate my Celiac's disease?
  3. Wow, you're lucky!!! 6 hours?! My reaction when I eat either gluten or dairy lasts for about a week, sometimes more! I've had it for a little over a year, and I'm also 17 years old. You're reaction is similar to my friend's. All her muscles cramp up and she CANNOT move. She lays there for however long. My reaction is quite different. I puff up like an oompa loompa. Every inch of my body bloats terribly and I become sick to my stomach. During these times, the bathroom becomes my best friend. Also, I get these horrid migraines. They've given me tylenol with codeine, but of course people with Celiac's have malabsorption and so it doesn't work all that well. Also, I lose all sensation in my feet, legs, hands, and arms. Lately, it feels as if someone is pushing quite hard on the instep of my feet. It's not painful, but I cannot walk. It's happened in my hands and arms too, and I have to stop whatever I'm doing, even if I'm in class at the time. My skin also breaks out in random rashes (not sure what that's really about). Oh, the list goes on and on. Hope that helped!!! B
  4. I was diagnosed with Celiac's a year and two weeks ago. The diagnosis of this disease was linked with my severe lactose intolerance, as well. Since then, I've sworn off gluten and dairy. Now, one year and two weeks into this new life, some of my old symptoms are back, except their worse this time around. Before I was diagnosed, my feet would fall asleep. Eventually, it wasn't just my feet. My whole leg would fall asleep, even when I was driving! I would be sitting in class, taking notes and my hands and forearms would fall asleep and my pencil would drop out of my hand and roll off my desk. Now, I'm suffering from that same symptom. This time, it feels like someone is pushing hard on the insteps of my feet. It's not all that painful, but I just CANNOT walk. This has been going on for two weeks now. I've checked all the foods that I've been eating for the last month, because some gluten-free brands start changing their ingredients and I had to make sure that I wasn't being too trusting of these companies. All of my food is cleared of gluten and/or dairy. So why am I having such neuropathic issues with my body??? Also, my migraines have intensified. Tylenol with codeine just doesn't seem to cut it anymore. Any suggestions for these migraines? In regards to my skin, I've got random rashes throughout my body. There's no rhyme or reason as to where they are placed. And, if I lightly scratch my skin, whether it be over the rash or not, my skin puckers and swells. That lasts for about a day. What is going on? Why have some of my gluten-related symptoms gotten worse? If this helps in anyway, I am 17 years old, I am 5'8" and weigh 140 lbs. Thanks for taking time to read this!! Hope for some insight!
  5. I'm thinking not. Not only an I a celiac but I'm also lactose intolerant. It is ridiculous how sick I get when I have dairy. It feels as if I drank rotten milk or have food poisoning. So, every time that I get my period, I get that feeling and I always take Midol with no help. If anything, it makes me even more sick to the point where I'm doubled over in pain. The Midol company said two things. The first time, they said that the factory may contain traces of wheat. The second time, they said that it was gluten-free but they couldn't confirm how it was processed. Pamprin, also, is in the same boat. The only difference? They flat out tell you that there is gluten in their products. You can go ahead and try it but I would even recommend trying.