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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. Thank you Shadow Ice Wolf, I appreciate your quick response. Hope you have a great day!
  2. Hi, I got a copy of my blood work and my HLA-DQ8 is positive, could someone please let me know what that means??? Is that why they had me do the endoscopy??? Thanks in advance for all your help.
  3. gluten-free Alcohol

    I too would be interested in any specific brand Vodka's. That is what I would prefer, but I would also need to know what I can mix it with?????
  4. Newbie With Questions.

    Hi All, Well, the Endoscopy this morning went fine. Feeling good. I was told to call back in a week to 10 days for results. Until then I am to follow a gluten free eating plan. I am in the process of figuring that out. LOL. Looks like it is not an easy thing to figure out. I did print out some information from this site and am going to try and do my best. I will let you know when I get the results back. I would never have even the slightest understanding of Celiacs without all your help. Thank you again.
  5. Newbie With Questions.

    Hi GFinDC, What a great article. It was very informative and well written. Also, thank you for letting me know that the results take a while to come back, that was a question I forgot to ask. In the meantime, would you suggest that I go on a gluten free diet after the testing or is there any further testing that would need to be done that would require me to keep eating gluten? THank you again for sharing your knowledge with me. I really appreciate it.
  6. Newbie With Questions.

    Hi All, Just a quick update regarding my appointment that I had yesterday. The doctors were awesome! They wanted to schedule my Endoscopy for Friday morning but I have to be off a few of my meds for 5 - 7 days before they can do it. So they scheduled me for 9:00 AM next Monday. They were so nice and really wanted to do this asap, as they knew I was supposed to have been tested a year and a half ago with the last GI doctor. (the funny thing was, as I was on my way home from this appt. the old GI doctors office called and said they received paperwork on me from my primary doctors office, I told them that the paperwork had been faxed over a week ago and to forget it, I was going somewhere else). I did ask the new GI doctors how many biopsies they would take as was suggested and they said 6. I was really happy with that as that was one of the things I learned on this board. I am excited to get this over with and get some results, whatever they may be. Thank you all again and I will post again after Monday.
  7. Newbie With Questions.

    Just a quick update. I am seeing two GI specialists on Tuesday morning. I had to really complain a lot to get this appt. My husband ended up calling the primary doctors office as well and that made them finally call me back. I told them they were sending me to the same GI doctor who had dropped the ball a year and a half ago and I would not see him again. By the end of yesterday, they called and had this new appt set. Just wish it could have been easier to get this done. I will keep you posted on what happens Tuesday. Thank you again for all your support.
  8. Newbie With Questions.

    Thank you Marilyn R and gluten-free in DC, last night I put a heating pad across my stomach and that really helped a lot. It took the edge off the pain. And gluten-free I checked out the site you posted and now I can see what they are talking about and what they are looking for, that was very helpful. I tried calling around for another GI doctor today and some were not taking new patients, one was a pediatric GI doctor and I left a message to ask him to recommend someone, but he didn't call back yet. I finally gave in and called the GI doctor that I do not like as I know he already has been submitted my info and just got an answering machine. I let them know I am desperate and can only eat a very small amount at a time and after I eat it just makes the pain that much worse. I wait until I am actually shaking before I eat because I know it will hurt. Guess what.....they never called back. I am really at my wits end here. I will try calling back to my primary tomorrow to see if he can do anything more. Just very discouraged right now. Thanks again for all the support.
  9. Newbie With Questions.

    I want to thank you all so much. I already feel more in control with the information I have gained on this board. I am definitely going to ask for a copy of my tests as well as insist on 6 - 8 biopsies. I found out the GI they sent my information to a couple days ago is the same GI who did my colonoscopy well over a year ago and told me he would be checking for Celiacs. They still have not called me to set anything up and I will not go back there. When I called my primary doctors office today, they said he has not gotten back to them either. Once I found out it was the same GI Dr. I let them know that I will call them tomorrow with a different GI doctors name to send my information to. I need to know it will be someone who will stay on top of things and follow up in a timely manner. I am at the point now that I am barely eating because the pain is so bad. I can't thank all of you enough and will keep you all posted. Your support means so much to me.
  10. Newbie With Questions.

    Thank you toworryornottoworry and Marilyn R. I already feel better and you have made me feel very welcome. I really appreciate that you are sharing your knowledge with me on this. This is a new area for me and I really do not know much about Celiacs. My primary doctor is incredible, he is very kind and very thorough. As far as the GI doctor goes, I should have went with my gut, (no pun intended). I didn't really care for him right from the start. When my primary doctors office called yesterday, they said they had put in an order for a GI doctor to call me today. I will definitely research this doctor. I have another question, why do they need so many biopsies? And what are they looking for? Thanks again for all your help and I promise to keep you updated.
  11. Newbie With Questions.

    Hi, So nice to meet another Lupie here. From what I understand, if you have one autoimmune disease your chances are higher to have other autoimmune diseases. I am just over 50 and had a colonoscopy last year, i thought that would have shown if I had Celiacs but later found out I was mistaken. At the time of the Colonoscopy the GI doctor said he was going to test for Celiacs as well. As the symptoms progressed, I found out from my Primary doctor that he never did any testing for Celiacs. Glad to meet you and sending purple hugs your way too! Thank you for replying, it is nice to know I am not alone!
  12. Newbie With Questions.

    Thank you sooo much for your response. I was concerned about what it would entail and you have really helped. I just got the Lupus diagnosis a couple of years ago and I only just accepted it recently. Your help means a lot to me.
  13. Hi Everyone, I just got a call from my Dr.'s office that my blood tests were suggestive of Celiacs disease. I have Lupus and I know this is another autoimmune disease. They said I have to see a GI specialist to confirm the diagnosis. I was told to expect a call from a GI specialist tomorrow. Can you please tell me how they confirm that it is Celiacs. I cannot take the stomach pain much longer and hope to get a confirmation soon. Thank you in advance for any information you can give me.