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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. I just got back from the hospital. I tested positive for lactose intolerance. My question is: Before I even drank any of the lactase solution, my base methane levels started at 30 (she said normally it's 0 or 1 after fasting for over 12 hours) Then over the course of three hours, it spiked in the 50's. My hydrogen levels stayed below 10. Any idea what a base methane level that high could mean? Also, does this and celiac have any connection or are these two separate issues? I don't have a follow-up with my GI for another week.
  2. Thanks! I'm definitely going to order from Red Apple Lipstick! How did you go about finding the right colors for you? I've never ordered a lipstick online before.
  3. Just looked up the Red Apple Lipstick website. This looks great!! Thanks so much for the recommendation!
  4. Thanks everyone for your input and sharing your experiences with me! Update: I thought that for my peace of mind I would try the gluten challenge and get the biopsy, but I didn't even make it two days. I became so ill that it simply isn't worth it. I refuse to do more damage to my body. Like most of you said, I could go through all this and it still not be long enough to produce a positive biopsy - especially since I have been gluten free for so long. I called and let me GI know and he agreed. He doesn't want me doing it if it makes me THAT sick. What I keep reading all throughout the boards on this forum is "listen to your body". That's what I intend to do. Thanks again, everyone!
  5. Sadly, I have found out that all my lip products have harmful ingredients. Can anyone recommend some to me that I can replace them with? Thanks!
  6. I'm an esthetician and yes, many times it's simply the need for exfoliation and a moisturizer. However, when I went gluten free several years ago, the condition I had learned to live with my whole life was gone within 2 or 3 days!! With my clients, I now recommend a good exfoliation routine first. If they come back and it still isn't better, I tell them about my experience with going gluten free. It's worked for many of them.
  7. Thank you so much! That was extremely helpful!
  8. If you met me, you would never know that I am in ill health. When I try to explain it to people, they say, "Really? You look great to me!" However, on the inside, the part that no ones sees, I'm a mess! I've had physical problems for as long as I can remember. Colic as a baby, ear infections and stomach pains growing up. Diagnosed with IBS at 19. Hospitalized for elevated liver enzymes at 21. Diagnosed low blood sugar at 25. Emergency gall bladder removal at 25. Diagnosed low thyroid at 28. Diagnosed Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at 33. At 42 I suffered a heart attack due to prolonged emotional stress that caused a blood vessel to go into a spasm. Increasingly low Vitamin D for the past several years (my last test it was at 14). And on and on and on it goes. My mother has hypothyroidism and lupus. I had a sister that died at 29 from complications of juvenile-onset diabetes. Several years ago, I had a friend suggest that I might feel better on a gluten-free diet, so I tried it. It worked! Gone was the brain fog, headaches, constant nausea, digestive problems, etc. However, at the time, I didn't even know what celiac was, so I just continued on with being gluten free because I simply felt better. When I wanted to splurge on my past favorites, I would. But as always the familiar symptoms followed. About a year ago, I finally learned about Celiac. I tried many times to get back on gluten so that I could be tested, but always became ill. I finally made an appointment with a gastroenterologist that specializes in Celiac. He did gene testing and it came back positive for DQ8. He instructed me to do a gluten challenge for 4 weeks so that I could get an endoscopy done. However, 1 day into this and I am SO SICK. What does it take to get an official diagnosis? And is it worth it to put my body through this? I only wish I had known to get tested before I went gluten free. Thanks for listening. I would so appreciate any input!