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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. Since being diagnosed in June and being completely gluten-free, I have gained 8 pounds. This is enough to make many of my clothes too tight to wear. HELP! This seems the height of unfairness: my diet is severely restricted from things I love, yet instead of losing, I gain! The nutritionist said I should be encouraged that I was gaining - that it indicated my celia were healing and absorbing nutrients. Easy for her to say .... each morning in the closet I begin the Great Search for something to wear. Can anyone relate? Does this level off or will I lose some weight eventually? I admit that extreme fatigue has limited some of my physical activity, so this may be playing a part. I am an active person who walks the golf course (with a push-cart) three times a week and attends exercise classes 3/week. I am worn out after 9 holes these days - very depressing. It seems a vicious circle.
  2. I feel your pain - literally! For the past 6 months I have not knowingly ingested gluten, but have on occasion had all the old symptoms in spades. This usually happens after eating at a friend's home, even when everything was prepared gluten-free. I feel it must be coming from cross-contamination of pots, pans, utensils, work surfaces, etc. We ate our Thanksgiving meal with friends at their home; I had no pumpkin or pecan pie because the friend who brought them used wheat flour but made a fruit dessert just for me - sigh. That night I was sick; not over the top but had cramping and spent a good deal of time in the bathroom. I felt like a real martyr; if I was going to be sick anyway, maybe I should have eaten the pie! Would I have been sicker??
  3. Thank you. This is valuable information and supports my "need to know".
  4. Thanks, Diana. I like to measure progress as well!
  5. Thanks for your insight. I am overall feeling better, but would like to be able to track my progress through definable data.
  6. I was diagnosed in June, 2012 as Celiac through a blood test and follow-up biopsy. These were done in Lexington, KY by a young female GI to whom I will be eternally grateful. I have suffered for years and seen multiple GI's who never tested for Celiac. Now I am in Arizona and recently saw a GI doc at Mayo Clinic. This doc told me there was no need to do blood work as I was already diagnosed, and the antigen numbers from a blood test would give no valuable information. When diagnosed my blood count was over 100 (normal is less than 4); six weeks after being gluten-free it was 75, a positive sign, I thought. Now that it has been 5 months, I had hoped to see that my numbers were way down, a further sign that I was healing. Do any of you have doctors who track your blood count?