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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 have been gluten, dairy and egg free since 2011. I have been on plaquenil for possible sjogrens disease also. I recently got tested for sjogrens with a new more accurate test and tested negative so now I am trying life without plaquenil. Recently I started researching dairy with low amounts of lactose to try to see if I can tolerate it. Earlier attempts have failed. I now can say that I am able to eat cheddar, butter, Parmesan and swiss cheese in moderation. I am going to try yogurt this week. I can't understand why I can finally do this after all these years but I feel blessed. It couldn't come at a better time in my life. Just wanted to share and to encourage everyone to keep trying and believing. It comes to those who wait and are patient.
  2. Hello!! I have been gluten free since 2011 and today I went to my gastro, who did not see me in 2011, with my original Prometheus paper work which has high DGP's on them. Previously he brushed my verbalizations off that I had it and could not find the test in the mound of transfer papers so I presented the hard copy today. So I officially have a doctor that supports my gluten-free diet, diagnosis and now is taking my upper abdominal pains more seriously now. My question is: Has anyone had a EUC - endoscopic ultra sound? I know a ERCP has risks but not sure about EUC. He wants to look closer at my bile ducts and pancreas. I had pancreatitis several years ago and they took my gallbladder out although there is no notes of stones. I have been having on and off pain, nausea and bloating since October. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  3. Baseball tournament

    Thanks for the suggestions! It is difficult to travel and always raises my anxiety about eating with others. Here is what I have planned. Tomorrow I am cooking a few chicken breasts and hamburgers to take along. I have gluten-free buns. I have one taco soup in the freezer that I will possibly take. I may also take some lunch meat and spinach to make a salad. I saw a recipe for quinoa salad with black beans and you can add in some veggies that may try that instead of macaroni salad since cold macaroni always gets hard. I plan on mostly cold things since I found out the hotel is 45 minutes away from the field. I am taking chips, dried figs, nuts, potato and sweet potato to microwave and granola bars. Breakfast is always a challenge with not being able to eat eggs so I have oatmeal, banana bread, yogurt and cereal to take. Hoping for good, shady weather with low stress and many baseball wins!!
  4. Baseball tournament

    Hello, everyone! I am going on a trip to watch my son play baseball this Wednesday and will be gone for 5 days. We are traveling with the team and may not know what we are doing for meals since baseball times are based on whether you win or lose. I really feel embarrassed going out with the team because they usually decide on a place that I am unable to eat at. I am gluten, dairy, egg, peanut and now soy free and am really stressed on what foods to pack. If we have multiple games then my family will eat at the ballpark so I will need to fix something that I can eat cold. Any food ideas? I really don't want to prepare and pack a ton of food since we only have a small frig and microwave in the hotel room. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
  5. I saw a nurse practitioner a month after my attack (took forever to get in) and she did a SIBO test which was negative, changed my acid reflux medication and checked my lipase level. It was 220 which was the maximum number to be normal. ?? I also found out that I have bile reflux and I started carafate. I don't believe that I have been glutened. Anything I eat, except rice, seems to be bothering me. Just concerned that my symptoms are not typical and could possibly be chronic pancreatitis or something that is out of my control. Posterboy, thank you for the information. I will read your sites.
  6. I am very well aware of the difference in the organs. My gallbladder came out because it was causing problems with my pancreas. My gallbladder was not functioning normally and they suspect I had gallstones although they believed I passed them before it was taken out. Thus no evidence of gallstones.
  7. Hello! I have been gluten free for about 5 years with no official diagnosis. I have been doing good until October when I had some sort of stomach attack that took 6 weeks to fully recover. I thought it was pancreatitis which I had several years ago but the doctor has told me that I should not get that again since they took out my gallbladder. Whatever I had has really messed up my system. I also have egg, peanut and dairy intolerances. I now have pain after I eat which feels like another intolerance. Is there anything I can do to keep from having more intolerances or problems? Not really sure what to do but I do know that my gastro is no help.
  8. I know that there was a lot of information a few years back on this milk indicating that it was not gluten free. I am having difficulty with digesting other milks and was wondering if it is affecting anyone negatively now. Hoping not. Not sure why they still advertise gluten-free if it is not. I can't find any other brands locally. Please let me know of gluten-free good quality rice milk if this one is not gluten free. Thanks!
  9. Plaquenil helps my fatigue and joint pain. It is also supposed to slow down the progression. I see the rhuemmy every 6 months and get blood work every time. I am doing well and my doctor thinks my sicca symptoms are in remission due to the gluten-free diet. He plans on seeing me yearly after this next visit since I am stable.
  10. I did not get a final biopsy report but the last one was taken in 2013 and my discharge papers indicate scalloped mucosa in duodenum and duodenal mucosal changes consistent with celiac disease. This was 2 years after going gluten free. Biopsies were taken and nurse called that they were negative. Yes, I am doing fine on the diet but did not have typical symptoms. My rhuemmy doctor believes that my sicca symptoms are in remission due to the diet. I see a gastro doctor yearly due to obtaining a prescription referral for dexilant and monitoring for possible barrett's. Going for egd late in April. Thanks for your reply.
  11. I am on plaquenil also. It is the first thing that they put you on if your symptoms are mild. Plaquenil has worked wonders for me but the only risk are eye problems which you would need to have an ophthalmologist follow you. I don't have antibodies but have a positive ANA and dry symptoms which are much better since treatment. The key is finding a good doctor. Join sjogren's world website. There are many nice people there and have great advice.
  12. Back in 2011, I had a Prometheus test run which consisted of a +DGP IgG, +DGP IgA, -TTG IgA, -EMA IgA, Total IgA was normal. My gastro did a genetics test which was unable to interpret but started me on a gluten-free diet and sent me to a rhuemmy doctor. A later biopsy was negative. Now that doctor is gone and my new doctor which I like, does not think much of my results. He believes there needed to be more to the panel - IGG maybe? which is better than the DGP. I tried to explain to him that the DGP was the newer more accurate tests but I didn't get through to him. Is there some tests missing from the panel that was taken? Am I wrong? I am starting to believe that gastro doctors are only good for prescribing drugs and doing procedures and bloodwork. My health and nutrition is mainly in my hands and base on my ability to identify problems and follow through with them. Very frustrated.
  13. I don't believe in weight loss products like these but wondered if anyone has used them? I noticed they have a gluten free brand, not sure about dairy. I don't need it for weight loss or energy but heard that it may help constipation and I am in desperate need of help in that area.
  14. Smoothie King

    I discovered this place last week and they have dairy free and gluten free options on their menu and website. I am anxious to try it. Has anyone had any experiences with this place? I noticed that they use a separate blender for each drink you order.
  15. I was always told to only eat Bush's beans but I notice that Aldi has naturally gluten free chili beans and refried beans in a can. Are they safe?