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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. Jaw pain? Damn. Another symptom. I just thought it was from years of improper brushing and receding gums and from clenching my teeth. I've been sleeping with a mouthguard since I was 18, tres attractive, but necessary. No stomach aches though. Had a bout of weight gain (I'm one of those people you hate from high school: I've only gained about 20 lbs since graduation and have always had the tendency to lose weight from stress or as one internist said to me I can actually cannibalize myself) and constipation, but that's no longer an issue for the time being. Yes, Takala it does appear that I'm just checking off the symptoms. As for the endoscope...years ago my brother had one for what his doc thought was a sarcoid. Came back inconclusive=they missed the target. His doc was quite the Nazi during the procedure. My bro was completely awake, barely sedated, not even a Valium. The Dark Ages of Medicine (going back to 2001). New year, new diet.
  2. Vitamin B-12, D3 and Calcium all within normal ranges. And get this my cholesterol is 140, triglyceride 55, LDL 87, pretty good eh? It's funny but not-I only eat gluten (Mom's a great baker) when I'm home for Christmas and the Christmas Eve tradition of the baccala...and the baked stuff shrimp and spaghetti with clam sauce. Back on the west coast, no pasta or bread or cookies in my kitchen. No frozen food in the freezer. I swim sometimes 1.5 hours a day 5-7 days a week. The numbers have scared me $%^^less. And since I have been back east, my joints are achy and it's not from the wind chill and shoveling Mom's driveway. Might be that dough boy and banana chocolate chunk muffin I had 1.5 weeks ago before the blood results came in. One doctor did prescribe Fosamax. Haven't filled that prescription yet because I read one of the rare side effects is lymphoma, so like why double my odds...and it should be noted I come from a long line on both sides of the family who are the Rare Side Effect when it comes to prescription meds. It can always be worse: I have a 38 year old friend with brain cancer and she has a 2 year old son. I was able to beg my way into an appointment with a gastro guy next Monday. My health insurance doesn't cover sedation for an endoscope (out of pocket 750-1,000.00); gonna try to work the angle that I also have TMJ (acquired that from filling out my first college application). Yeah, I'm a mess. But I keep it all in. You'd never know sitting across from me at dinner. LOL! I read somewhere that Cadbury Chocolate is gluten-free. It's the best damn chocolate in the world! I appreciate the replies...and to Takala who knew that my homeland of Italia (I've never been) was so evolved!?!
  3. 50 year old athletic female diagnosed initially with osteoporsis (via obscure foot stress fracture and bone density scan). Three years earlier a bone density scan showed osteopenia. Hit menopause quite early, like when I was 45. MD did blood work and I came back crazy high for celiac. I don't eat bread or pasta (except for when I visit my Italian-American family in PA at Christmas; I live in Santa Barbara), make my own soups and salad dressings. Eat 4-5 fruit a day. Water drinker. Very much a creature of habit: Dinner is either fish with roasted vegetables or a pork chop cooked simply in EVOO and salt and pepper. I did have colic as a baby...and my only other celiac-related symptom was the 6 month pregnancy belly after having a beer (but who doesn't bloat up after drinking one). After reading multiple posts, I'm leaning against the endoscope for confirmation. Blood work in July only revealed that I was over the normal range. Blood work from last week (and different lab) came back as follows: Gliadin AB IGA 226.8 Gliadin AB IGG 160.0 Tiss Transglutaminase IGA 300.0 Endomysial AB IGA Positive 1:80 Tissue Transglutamanse IGG 116.4 I have an appointment to see a gastro guy next month. What about probiotics? Again, I have no symptoms and was completely dumbfounded by the results.