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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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  1. Thankyou for your encouragement It's good to know I'm not just weird - I'm pretty sure my mum thinks all my food sensitivities are psychological because every time I go there she says "what can't you eat now" & rolls her eyes. So I just take my food everywhere I go now & never eat out at a restaurant. I am fortunate that I can eat dairy foods because I am allergic to egg, sensitive to soy & I'm vegetarian so that narrows down your protein sources a bit !! Yes, I have allergic dermatitis, reactive arthritis, some sacroiliac spondylitis so I know what you mean about the "itis"es I am very glad to be able to talk other people that have had similar experiences (although I'm sorry for you that you have these dietary restrictions & health challenges )
  2. I have been coeliac for 33 years now and I think I have had IBS for at least 20 years (but manageable by diet) & my sensitivities to food seem to change regularly - some worsen, some improve - so it gets very confusing. Coeliacs disease is an immune-mediated disease and people with immune mediated diseases often develop other immune-mediated problems so it shouldn't be too surprising to us (though it is depressing ) that we develop other food allergies or food sensitivities or even immune mediated diseases as time goes on. I just keep searching for the right combination of foods in my diet & try not to feel too sorry for myself about what I can't eat - I'm not saying I always succeed on the not-feeling-sorry-for-myself but I pray a lot & try to remember the people in third world countries who have nothing to eat I have given up on trying any grains of any kind (I know quinoa is officially a seed but I react the same way to it as I do to grains) to be honest because they all make me unwell and it's just not worth it. I have been on a low carb diet for the last 6 months & I have felt better than I have felt for at least 10 years - my irritable bowel has virtually disappeared (unless I eat the things I know I shouldn't like certain fruits or egg), I can eat foods I couldn't eat before, I have improved energy levels (though not wonderful), I no longer suffer from chronic cystitis & I am less depressed. Has anyone else had positive experiences with a low-carb diet ? Sorry about the long post but this is the first coeliac forum or group I have ever been a member of so I have 33 years to get off my chest