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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. Defending My Choices

    You guys rock. Thanks for making me feel so much better! I'm so happy to have found this forum and now I feel like I can justify my "diagnosis" to myself. I see and feel the changes - it shouldn't matter what other people think. Seriously, thanks so much
  2. Defending My Choices

    I guess maybe the problem is that I'm just starting out so when I find something gluten-free at a restaurant, I still get excited. It's been really hard these first few weeks and it's kind of freaking me out. The fact that my roommate (who I've been friends with for years) was basically making fun of me just kind of hurt my already vulnerable feelings. Maybe I'll just start saying "No thanks. I'm not hungry" or something...I'm just kind of down today. I feel like I have 0 options when it comes to eating out and even when I do find something, I feel like I get a little sick anyway. I accidentally had a sip of beer last night and even that made my stomach angry. Ughhhh I'm just so frustrated.
  3. Okay...well, thanks for all your help!
  4. Hi all, I'm relatively new and have been gluten-free for about three weeks now. I plan on getting tested soon (and I guess I'll go back on gluten for that), but I know that I have some form of gluten intolerance, if not celiac. For now, though, I'm content to be gluten free and not feel like absolute crap. My nails are better, even my vision has slightly improved. Anyway...I hate having to defend my food choices since I don't exactly have a diagnosis yet. My roommate and I were at an ice cream shop and I excitedly said "Oh! They have gluten-free ice cream!". She laughed and looked at the guy working there and said "She thinks she can't have gluten. But she's self-diagnosed" and started laughing! I was mortified and felt just plain stupid. I was tempted to get the oreo ice cream just to feel a little better. But I KNOW I would have been sick within a half hour. Do you guys experience this, too? This pressure to just eat normal even though you just can't?
  5. I mostly just want a full celiac test. I somehow got an appointment for Monday. Should I spend the next 5 days or so eating gluten? I'm just so worried that it will make me very ill...
  6. So I've decided to go get tested - it's something I feel I need to do. I feel it in my bones that I have if not celiac, then gluten intolerance, but it's stressful explaining to friends and family that I don't want to eat gluten because I think I'm intolerant. I would rather just have a clear answer. However, I don't like the idea of staying on gluten through testing. I've been gluten-free for about 3 weeks now and it's made a world of difference. Is 3 weeks enough to mess with the tests? Should I go back to eating gluten and feeling like I constantly have the flu? It just makes me feel so sick that I can't bear to think of doing that...what do you guys think?
  7. Thanks for all your help, guys! I'm gonna go memorize Newbie 101 haha
  8. Thanks for replying so quickly Just knowing that someone else agrees that gluten might be my problem makes me feel so much better - everyone else, my boyfriend included, thinks I'm psycho! Are there any vitamins I should be taking or anything? I've already taken steps to lower cross contamination, but I didn't even think about my pans and my toaster. Also, I'm very busy because I have 3 jobs, but should I stay away from restaurants? I love Dunkin, but lately even their coffee makes me sick. Could that be cross contamination? Thanks for all your help! I'm so glad to have support.
  9. So, here's the story. I've been just sickly for about 8 months now. I thought it was everything from a very hardy cold to fibromyalgia. My boyfriend thinks I'm a hypochondriac, but I KNOW there is something wrong with me. I don't have the option of going to any kind of specialist (no insurance) so the best I can do is my school's health clinic. They are quacks. Seriously - they would hardly even listen to me. They said it was indigestion, menstrual cramps, the flu...you name it. Anyway, here are a list of my symptoms: - frequent diarrhea (super smelly & floaty - sorry about the graphic description) - night blindness (I'm not sure if that's relevant or not) - super thin, brittle nails - bouts of skin problems - just a sick feeling most of the time - light-headedness - body pain - I don't really know exactly how to describe it...just pain. Different places, different times. - headaches - EXTREME fatigue - irritability - sad for no reason - nausea & vomiting - irregular periods (missed 4 months last summer - obviously not pregnant) Like I said, this has been going on for about 8 months. I've also lost almost 30 pounds - I'm 5'2". I was 145, now I am about 115 (not complaining there haha). I eat very healthy - whole wheat bread, fruits, veggies and protein. Lately, though, I've been paying more attention to when I feel the most sick. I've realized that my "sick" feeling starts about 30 minutes after I eat. I was experimenting with eating, and I found that if I ate carrots or grapes or a salad, I felt fine. But after eating a sandwich (with whole wheat bread), I just feel disgustingly ill - almost like I have the flu. I was googling symptoms (bad idea, I know) and I came across gluten intolerance. I don't have money to go to a doctor, but I decided to just cut out gluten about a week ago. I feel SO much better. I still feel a little weird in the morning and my bowels aren't all the way better, but does this mean I am gluten intolerant? Should I stay gluten-free? What are your suggestions? Thank you so much for all your help in advance!