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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. bekkaz, I too am going through testing but was in a similar place for the last two years. I had no idea what was going on. Just that I was feeling awful and something was terribly wrong. And I too was under serious stress so I know that stress can make a long standing illness go into overdrive. It felt that every part of me was in pain. I went to lots of doctors and then gave up. I couldn't function, I stopped working, I couldn't take care of myself, I was a terrible mess. I would wait all day just counting the minutes until my husband came home. God bless his soul, he didn't pressure me to shape up. No one understood---not my parents, not my husband, and not my in-laws. I too have always had stomach issues. My stomach would start hurting as soon as I ate since before I started KG so around 3or 4 years old. My parents took me to lots of doctors when I was little and doctors said that I would out grow it. I continued with stomach issues in elementary school, middle school, and high school but I was used to a small stomach ache after meals so I didn't give it a second thought. A little over a year ago, after lots of visits with my internist, endocronologist, lung specialist, GYN, I decided that doctors will tell me that I'm young and healthy and that all of this is in my head despite the fact that some of values in the blood tests are extremely out of the normal range. So I started to research and learn things on my own. I have learned that all diseases start in the gut. Makes sense right? If you have a diseased gut and cannot digest and/or absorb properly then you'll have lots of unrelated symptoms effecting lot of different systems and therefore no one doctor can make sense and will tell you that you need your head examined. A year ago, I started a grain free, lactose free, and mostly sugar free diet. My health improved a bit and then I started on some supplements, which helped me a bit. But I'm no where near 100% but I can get out of bed and take care of myself. I am currently going through Celiac Disease testing. I've had 3 different blood tests. The first tested for gluten antibodies, which I told the doc that I wouldn't have because I've been off a gluten free diet for a year. After that, she sent me in for genetic testing. We're still waiting on those results but I decided to make an appointment with an integrative GI and that was a very good appointment. He confirmed that a negative results on a celiac panel blood test doesn't necessarily mean that you don't have the disease. If you haven't gotten the following, this may be something to discuss with your doctor. 1. Breath test for SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) 2. Yeast overgrowth 3. Biopsy of your small intestine