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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? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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. Hullo celiac.com community - so glad to have found you! A nutritionist helped me to make the link between my gastric symptoms and low iron levels and celiac last year. I have been struggling to get totally gluten free but I am making progress - I go longer between exposures! My husband and I went Paleo early this year and that helps me to pay more attention to what I eat and Paleo = gluten free. However I made a rookie move last week and had an exposure to Malt Vinegar It has been almost 3 mos since my last exposure and I was a little surprised at how strong the reaction was both for my gastric symptoms and my knee arthritis. Rheumatologist denies that I have 'inflammatory arthritis' however 2 weeks ago I got a cortisone injection from a little arthritis flare up (overuse - I climbed a ladder!) and then I got glutened and when I made it into PCP my left knee had about 20cc of extra fluid and my right knee about 10cc (the left one was the one with the cortisone). We were both amazed at how much inflammation popped up and so he prescribed a 12-day prednisone taper. Seems like this arthritis is pretty inflammatory. I believe I do need to take the pred because I cannot take NSAIDS and could not get the swelling down - but will that help or hurt with the other inflammation in my gut from the gluten exposure? I know of the side effects from pred but I am trying to determine if the damage to my knee joints from the inflammation and the damage to my gut can be mitigated by the pred? What is your experience with celiac, arthritis and prednisone? Thanks for any stories and anecdotal info you can give me...dawn
  2. I wish I had known about Celiac BEFORE Hashimoto's. I had my thyroid removed because I could not stop the autoimmune attack on my thyroid. My TSH was always NORMAL even right before I had my thyroid removed. My symptoms were all related to the auto-immune attack - I felt sick and had cognitive problems. I wonder if I had gone gluten free before I had my thyroid removed if I could have kept my thyroid. When it was removed the biopsy showed that my body had pretty well chewed it up! I don't think that the symptoms you have from Hashimoto's are limited to symptoms of low thyroid. For about 6 months I felt spectacularly awful and it was due to inflammation - probably of my thyroid and my gut. I did have to push my doctor to get me the tests and referrals I needed - it was a process, after every test that showed I was 'normal' and 'healthy' I felt like I had to start over with OK, I get it I don't have "X" diagnosis but I STILL FEEL CRAPPY! What next? Perseverance paid off...I got my dx for Hashimoto's and Celiac and although I still get glutened I am getting better! Hang in there - and keep pushing your doc.