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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. Newb Here

    Excellent, thank you. Yep, my food diary is what helped me determine was was going on! Excellent tool. Life saver! Woo hoo!
  2. Newb Here

    Great ideas. Thanks. Any suggestions on corn tortilla chips and brands? I'm afraid I'm going to get cross-contamination...
  3. Newb Here

    Well, I guess technically anything over 22 is older than me.
  4. Newb Here

    I think I may have figured out what happened. The only real candy I eat from time to time are airheads. Airheads themselves are gluten-free, but on the label it has the ominous cross-contamination warning. I am an idiot. I have done well cooking whole foods and I am a surprisingly good cook for my age. I will purge through the threads you provided. Thanks. Any suggestions on corn tortilla chips to avoid cross contamination?
  5. I experience that only when I have an issue with my thyroid. Do you have a thyroid issue? Have you been checked?
  6. Newb Here

    Replies in bold: Incredibly great info. Thank you. Question: Anyone have a clue how out of the ordinary it is to be to have Hashi's and Celiac with my stats (22 y/o male)? My doctor acted as if it was fairly uncommon to borderline rare. He said almost all of the people he'd seen with one or the other are female and older. I look around the forums and it seems as if this may be the case, although I admittedly haven't looked all that much. Thanks for the great replies.
  7. Newb Here

    Hello everyone! All of my problems can be traced back to around 7-8 years ago. I am currently a 22y/o male. I began having unbelievable migraines, difficulty sleeping, chest pain and tightness, strange neurological problems, muscle loss (multiple muscle strains and tears from sports for no real reason), hair loss, and intermittent bowel issues. Multiple doctors and specialists were unable to find anything for years. September of 2012, I begin having a very consistent pain in the lower right side of my stomach in the shape of an inch and a half away from my belly button. By October, I began having very loose stool. By November, I was calling into work regularly. December caused me to consider if ripping my eyeballs out would hurt less than the pain I was experiencing and I finally went to a doctor who told me it was "classic IBS". Two weeks in, IBS medications took the edge off the pain but all-in-all, did very little. I went to a new doctor, expecting the same ol same ol. Take some random over the counter, you have a stomach virus. He actually began to examine me. He listened to my stomach for what seemed like several minutes and said, "I think you have a thyroid problem." Sure enough, my TSH was something unbelievable. He diagnosed Hypothyroidism from just listening to my stomach. I didn't even mention the other symptoms. Labs actually came back as Hashimoto's disease causing hypothyroidism. I was impressed. A month on thyroid medication, I began to feel incredible with moderate progress with my stomach. Instead of going to the bathroom 10 times a day, It was only 6-7. With the reduced pain, I began to notice a pattern. I had always been big on only eating raw foods and very little bread. Doctor suggested I may have Celiac disease that my thyroid problems were covering up. One month without gluten (and staying on thyroid meds) has given me my life back, except that I am finding out that I deal with constant cross contamination issues. I am not "technically" diagnosed, but my doctor said that he is sure that the thyroid AND celiac disease are the contributing factors of my issues. It makes a lot of sense and it good enough for me. I'm currently on day 3 of being useless because I ate something, I don't know what, that has rendered me useless. I can't work, I can't eat, I can't sleep, I can't think, I can't do anything. What do you guys take for the pain and all the other symptoms (diarrhea, dizziness, etc.)? Any strategies for not making yourself go insane? Thanks.