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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. Take heart. Be good to yourself, be patient, and consider that the "allergies" may not be permanent conditions at all, but instead temporary intolerances as your body adjusts and heals. I've been gluten-free for three months, and it's not always been smooth going. At first I feared I had a myriad of food intolerances in addition to gluten, but eventually I decided that I was paying such close attention to my body that I noticed every little thing. You'll likely find you can eat many things, in moderation, in several months. Until then, here are some things to try: my body responds EXTREMELY well to fish, kale, sauteed onions, garlic, flax seeds, sesame seeds, millet, amaranth, carrots, winter squash, and beets. Coconut is very good to me, as is green tea. Eat only whole foods--NO prepackaged gluten-free anything for a week and see if it helps. We're all different, but I feel bionic when I eat only whole foods. As for an iron supplement, there's a naturally-derived iron supplement in liquid form (made in Germany) that I get from my local natural food store. It's expensive. But I was hospitalized for iron-deficiency anemia (I needed two blood transfusions before a doctor would even think about doing an endoscopy for a biopsy) and I'm regaining iron. It takes a long time for the body to convert food into heme iron and red blood cells. I left the hospital with a hemoglobin count of 10.9, and eight weeks later it was only 11.6. But hey, at least it's headed in the right direction.
  2. This is my first post to this community, as I was diagnosed only two and a half months ago with celiac disease, confirmed by all of the recommended tests. I was a mess at the time--anemia, weight loss, you name it--but since starting a gluten-free diet, I've been making progress with some bumps along the way. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, I got sore lymph nodes. First in my groin for a few days, then in my neck (but the pain in the groin ended). The swelling and pain aren't bad, but are enough to make me notice them. No fever, chills, loss of appetite, or anything else that suggests something bad. I'm wondering if it's a reaction to going gluten free? My body normalizing itself? Does this sound familiar? I'd rather not freak myself out with all of the potential diseases they could signal.