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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. Requesting Advice

    So I just came from a visit with my GP, and he completely dismissed the possibility of it being Celiac. He said I would have diarrhea, bloating, stomach pain and blood in my stool and that my symptoms would be much more severe. He even said loose stool is perfectly healthy in many cases. Instead he thinks all my symptoms are caused by anxiety (I really don't generally feel anxious, although all these symptoms aren't helping!). He refused to even humour me with running a celiac blood panel, and the only thing he would add to my upcoming blood test was for B12. Very frustrating to say the least. At this stage I think I'm going to try gluten free for at least a couple of months and see how I feel. Wish me luck!
  2. Hi everyone. I've been struggling with various symptoms for a while now and have been driving myself crazy worrying about all the possible diseases I could have. Just recently I read an article about celiacs disease, and it felt like the pieces fell into place. I'm just hoping for a little advice as to whether my symptoms really do fit, or if I'm just thinking wishfully. I'm in my late 20's, but for my whole life I've suffered from loose stool (not what I'd consider diarrhea, but sometimes close). I've never really thought anything of it, because it's always been that way, and there were never any other symptoms like bloating or pain). I've also suffered on and off from bad breath. About 5 years ago after a trip to Mexico where I was sick with a flu and very stuffed up I developed a persistant nasal drip and blocked ears (I can hear a sticky sound when I yawn and swallow). This became quite a nuisance requiring regular throat clearing. I was sure it came about from when I was sick, but my doctor dismissed and treated it as allergies, diagnosing nasal spays - these didn't really help, so I just lived with it. More recently in the last 6-12 months I started to get a strange tingling / gushing sensation in both my feet. Within the last 3 months I decided to try a dairy free diet for my nasal drip, but instead of getting better, I started getting a hard to describe light-headed or foggy (not sure if that's the right word) sensation that comes and goes to varying degrees, lasting anywhere from hours to days at a time. The doctor didn't offer any help, although I've had bloodwork done for diabetes, LFT, calcium deficiency, CBC, and a couple of other things I can't remember. My LFT came back with elevated levels (I wasn't told any specifics), and will be going back for another blood test in a couple of weeks to see if they have returned to normal. I've also more recently been waking in the morning with pins and needles / dead arms, as though I've been sleeping on them, but I always wake up like this lying on my back and turning on my side quickly resolves the 'deadness'. I'm also slightly shakey in my fingers, and generally feel like my nerves are out of wack. My biggest fear was MS, but after reading up on it, I'm almost certain my symptoms don't quite fit, as the pins and needles don't come on randomly, and seem to affect both sides of my body equally. My doctor hasn't even mentioned celiac's disease, but it seems to me to fit many of the symptoms quite well. I've already started avoiding gluten because at this point I feel like I need to take action, although after reading a few posts I know many of you will suggest I get tested, so I'm considering starting to eat gluten again and asking my doctor to do the full slew of tests. My doctor didn't even test me for B12 or vitimin D defficiency, and I'm wondering if I should request these as well, in case I'm not absorbing them properly (hence my nerve issues). Thanks for taking the time to read my woes, and I look forward to any further insights and advice any of you can give me.