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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. Does Gerd Get Any Better?

    It's good I know this is pretty common. Since we have been gluten-free for relatively the same amount of time, how bout we do an update post in a month or 2. I'd be keen to see how we progress.
  2. Does Gerd Get Any Better?

    Well, thank you for the replies; it all sounds very positive! I guess I will have to be a bit more careful about what I eat and exercise some good old fashion patience. Hopefully I don't have to give up my coffee, but I may have to skip it when it plays up.
  3. I had GERD symptoms (heart burn, sore throat) everyday before being diagnosed with Celiac's disease. I have been gluten-free for just over a month and now only get it after sports. For example, if I play basketball I have Heart burn and a sore throat for 1-2 days after. Is this common and If so, did your GERD get better with time?
  4. Hi there all, I just got my blood results back today and the read as follows: anti TTG IgA: 75 Units (0-20) HH Endomysial Ab: POSITIVE A Comment: These results support a diagnosis of coeliac disease. My doctor said that it looks like I have coeliac disease, but it's not so bad, so I can eat a little gluten. That goes against eveything I've read on this sight. I thought if you have coeliac disease, regardless of symptoms, you cannot eat any gluten. What I want to ask is should I ask for a biopsy next or just give up eating all gluten as soon as possible. Any help would be appreciated.
  5. I just visited HK in June. It must be hard to resist all the lovely pork buns and such that line the street every morning. When I visited I was still unaware of my condition and binged on yamcha and beer everyday- I was so sick that I couldn't leave the hotel by the third day Thanks for the tip about the tamari soy sauce. If I got some of that I could still go out with friends to eat sashimi I'm actually thinking of moving to my wifes hometown, Nanjing, next year, but cross contamination seems unavoidable if you eat out. Anyway, it gives me a bit of hope knowing there are other people living with Celiac disease/GI in Asia.
  6. Thanks for the reply. If you have a contact you can stay with or stay at a hostel with a kitchen, there is no reason why you can't visit Japan. Eating out may be impossible as soy sauce is pretty much in everything over here, but if you were willing to go to the supermarket and cook for yourself during the stay, then it would be fine. Anyway, I've lived here for more than 4 years now and I do think it's a beautiful, but expensive, country and is definitely worth visiting. I'd be more than happy to help with any questions you have about travel and such
  7. Hi Icis, I am a 26 year old male who has recently started a gluten free diet after putting up with years of awful symptoms similar to yours. Once you start your gluten free diet, you must be vigilant in checking all sauces and snacks for gluten. Depending on where you live there will be many options for gluten free condiments, such as soy sauce, but it's better to check the ingredients before you consume anything. It is probably best to avoid eating out in the earlier phases of the diet, just to lessen the chances of cross contamination. You may want to avoid dairy in the meanwhile, but if you do suffer from celiacs/GI, you will most likely be able to tolerate them after a few months. However, I still believe you can still have delicious and exciting food on a gluten free diet; just get use to preparing a cooking meals for you self. Meat, vegetables, fruits, and nuts and going to form the basis of your new diet and fresh herbs and spices will add flare and flavor to your cooking. I suggest researching gluten free cooking a bit on the internet, as there is a plethora of websites offering recipes and lifestyle tips out there. Don't worry about it too much. This is not the end of the world, but rather, the start of your new and healthy life.
  8. Spice-rubbed fried chicken thighs (using cumin, coriander and paprika) on rice, topped with avocado and a squirt of lemon juice. Still feeling a bit hungry so I might have to snack on some cashew nuts until dinner time.
  9. Hi all, After a recent hospitalization and confirmed malnourishment, doctors have suggested that I may have celiacs. We originally thought it was crohns, but a colonoscopy showed that my large intestine is looking healthy enough, although a cat scan showed some inflammation in the small intestine. My sister and aunite are both celiacs and I have suffered from celiacs symptoms for about 10 years. Anyway, I live in Japan and can't get the proper testing done until I go home in about a month. So, I was wondering if any celiacs living in Asia could give me some advice about living with the disease over here. Any suggestions on diet or lifestyle would be great. Thank you
  10. Hi Lisa, That's a great idea! Should I start a new post? If so, what topic should I make it under?
  11. Thank you all for the hasty replies. I have decided that I will quit gluten until I go back to my home country (in one months time). Mainly because I have to continue to work here and if I can get any relief from the symptoms in the meanwhile, then that's enough for me. After I get home I will take up the gluten challange and do the testing. Thank you again.
  12. Hi all. This is my first post, but before I say anything I just want to mention how fantastic and supportive this community is here. I’ve been reading these forums for awhile now and discovered a plethora of information about celiac disease. Ever since I can remember I have been suffering from weekly headaches and chronic fatigue. I never thought anything of it until 10 years ago (when I was 16) when I became lactose intolerant and started suffering from a sore throat and nasal-drip (flu-like symptoms) all the time. In later years doctors diagnosed me with a vitamin b12 deficiency, so I started taking vitamin tablets to no avail. I have always been very skinny no matter how much I eat, but I noticed since moving to Japan, 3 years ago, I have lost even more weight. It seemed every time I was eating pizza or drinking beer I would get flu like symptoms for days after. I would not get drunk, but just feel ill. Also, I would usually be so fatigued after meals that I would almost fall asleep. Things took a turn for the worst last year after I started drinking whey powder to help gain weight. I became very dizzy and weak and eventually got shingles and am still recovering from phn on the back of my head So, I had a colonoscopy here in Japan recently and was diagnosed with colitis and malnutrition. Celiac disease basically doesn’t exist over here because I don’t think it isn’t in the Asian gene pool, so the stubborn doctors refuse to test for it or even consider it as an option. Anyway, I go back to my home country in 1 month and can get testing done then. So, my question is should I stop eating gluten until then? I’ve been off gluten now for 5 days and am already feeling a lot better; no more mucus like diarrhea or constipation. And hair isn’t falling off my head by the hand fall everyday now! It could be some type of placebo effect, but I am also feeling a bit more energetic and not suffering from as much brain fog. I suppose I should add my auntie and sister both suffer from celiac disease. So what do the wise and wonderful members of this forum have to say?