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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. Possible Acid Reflux That Won't Go Away

    I am still having slight digestive issues, but taking a digestive enzyme pill after each meal seems to be helping.
  2. I know that everyone is different so this might not work for you, but I have just started taking a digestive enzyme pill after each meal and I have been feeling a lot better.
  3. Thank you! I'll let you know if it helps. I am so tired of phantom symptoms of illness.
  4. Thank you! I have visited some of these threads already, but the others will be helpful too.
  5. Thank you, you have given me a lot to think about.
  6. Possible Acid Reflux That Won't Go Away

    I arranged an a appointment for a free consultation with a naturopathic clinic and I am looking into their IV therapy treatments since they listed malabsorption, chronic stress, anxiety and depression among the conditions that are possibly treated (all of which I believe-the neurological ones stemming from the malabsorption). Does anyone have experience with IV Therepy and Naturopathic treatments? Would this help if I were experiencing GERD?
  7. Possible Acid Reflux That Won't Go Away

    Thank you for this. It is so hard to keep replacing groceries only to find out I might not be able to eat them when we don't have the money to do so. My husband recently signed us up for insurance benefits through his work, so as soon as that kicks in, I will hopefully be able to look into treatment for GERD. Would I need to see a Gastroenterologist? So, peas and wheat...what are the other top allergens?
  8. I can completely relate to this. When I try to explain to my doctor that I am certain I have malabsorption, she looks at me like I'm crazy. I try to explain my feelings of derpersonalization and she recommends I should see a psychiatrist, but I know what I am experiencing is tied in with my constipation, flatulence, acid reflux, etc and the most likely cause is Gluten. I don't think you're crazy and I hope you figure it all out. I am now looking into possibly IV therapy through a natural health clinic because they did list malabsorption, depression, anxiety, fatigue and chronic stress in the list of treatable afflictions.
  9. Possible Acid Reflux That Won't Go Away

    I have gone off gluten and most dairy because I believe I have malabsorption and I think my digestive issues tie in with the migraines I have had since I was a kid. I have not been officially tested for Celiacs because my doctor discouraged it. I don't have any insurance and can't afford to get more testing done. I was already tested for Thyroid/metabolism and B12 vitamin deficiencies. All of those tests came out normal. I am so frustrated! I have no idea what to eat because everyone says to eat only whole foods, but there are a lot of fruits and vegetables I have to avoid because they cause gas, bloating and/or constipation. So, if you avoid dairy, gluten and a variety of fruits and vegetables...what's left? I am dealing with health issues every day now and it is worse when I can't figure out what to eat. I keep a food diary, but I can't find a pattern. The other day, I had an artichoke with mayo and later on in the day, I got the worst trapped gas and felt extremely sick, so now I am avoiding those too! I don't take NSAIDS, except an occasional Alleve if I am having a headache or arthritis in my ankle. I have pretty much gotten off all medications. I take a magnesium supplement and a women's multi-vitamin (both of which are Gluten free).
  10. When I was in high school, I was overweight and eating a lot of junk food. I also drank a lot of soda. I always figured this could have been why I had embarrassing loud gas noises that would come up into my chest during classes after eating. During periods of Silent reading, I worried that the whole class could hear my strange noises. As an adult, I have suffered from constipation and trapped gas frequently. I have never known how to burp. so the trapped gas "yo-yos" up and down my system making noises like burps from the inside. It causes major discomfort until I can let the gas out (usually by farting loud smelly farts). When the trapped gas is at its worst, I get a burning sensation in the middle of my chest and throat in addition to the loud noises. Last night, my husband and I had tacos for dinner and I told him he had made the meat too spicy. He had mixed the ground beef with taco sauce and basil pasta sauce. At the time, my mouth had been on fire and I surrounded the meat with lettuce, lactose free cheese, tomatoes, olives and a Gluten free tortilla. At around 1am, I woke up with the worst burning sensation in my chest and the loud gas noises. It was uncomfortable to lie down or sit. I tried taking Gas-X and later on a couple sips of sparkling mineral water, but nothing worked. I ended up staying up all night until 6am! When I woke up at 10am, I still had the burning. I ate a little piece of Gluten free raisin bread and had a cup of peppermint tea. My husband suggested drinking almond milk, so I had a little. He went to the store and bought me antacids (the gluten free generic version of Zantac) and I took one, still nothing! I had the symptoms most of the day. Around the afternoon, things had finally subsided a bit. For lunch I had scrambled eggs with turkey and lactose free cheese. Then for dinner, I had about half of a baked sweet potato with a little butter. Now it is bedtime and I am having the burning and noises again! The antacids don't seem to be working and I am so tired from not getting any sleep. My doctor had recommended seeing a GI specialist, but I don't have the money to see one. Any help would be appreciated as I am having a really hard time figuring out what is ok to eat and what is going to set my body off! I am figuring the taco combo had been too acidic, but is a potato a problem too or is my system still upset from the night before? Is this normal when you first go Gluten free?
  11. I have experienced this as well. I am finding that with migraines, most doctors try to medicate or if that doesn't work, they try to medicate for depression or anxiety, instead of digging deeper. When I did my own research into my symptoms I found that with the doctors were prescribing triptans, which for my rare type of genetic migraines, could lead to stroke or coma with continued use. I also found that the heart of my problems is also most likely related to gastrointestinal issues stemming from malabsorption and a gluten intolerance. My doctors were not making the connection. Anxiety and depression can result from constantly feeling sick and not knowing why, feeling like no one cares or can help you, and feeling that you are alone. Most of the time more and more meds only worsen these feelings and do not fix what made you feel sick to begin with.
  12. I will start off by saying, I don't have health insurance. I had it in California, but when I moved up to Oregon, I was denied because of my health history (including my migraines). Now I can't even think about paying any kind of monthly premium even if it a health insurance application was accepted, because health issues forced me to quit my job and my husband and I are living off his low income (did I mention that we rent an apartment? so...costs add up!). We had the financial assistance department of the doctors' network of providers clear all of our past bills, but I still had to have more doctor visits and labwork done recently. Two different doctors (including my primary care physician) in the office discouraged me from getting officially tested for Celiacs because they claim that it is expensive and it probably wouldn't show up in standard testing if I have it anyway. They suggested that I would just be told to go on a Gluten free diet, which I am already attempting to do. I know they are saying this because I don't have insurance to cover more labwork and testing. I have already had a metabolic and thyroid panel done and as of today, the B12 deficiency testing. So I believe I have a gluten sensitivity or Intolerance and possibly also a lactose intolerance as a result, but I do not know if I have Celiacs. Is it important to be tested for Celiacs if you are already adopting the gluten free diet and is it extremely expensive to test for it if you don't have insurance?
  13. hey all, I am a Gluten free newbie and a member of the community suggested I should introduce myself and explain my situation in a new thread, so here goes: The things you need to know about me: I am in my early 30s. I have had hemiplegic migraines inherited from my dad since I was six or 7. Aura with the migraines usually runs the full gamut from visual distrurbances, to numbness, to disorientation to severe headaches. I have been overweight since puberty hit, and have had GI issues since middle school or high school, but I have dropped 16 pounds since moving from CA to OR in August and trying to start a healthier lifestyle and I am still having GI issues. Somehow the "out of body" feelings and visual disturbances that I used to associate with my migraine aura, became prolonged to the point where I am now feeling them every day. Doctors tried to treat for migraines rather than GI issues and since they couldn't understand what my "out of body feelings were", I lost a few jobs in a row as the result of not being able to be reliable. In doing my own research to find out why I was feeling inexplicably sick every day, my symptoms matched those of malabsorption. My picture could have been next to the description. Gluten and possibly lactose intolerance seemed to be the underlying causes for malabsorption and possible depersonalization (my out of body feelings) so I am now attempting to go 100% gluten free to see if it will fix my issues. I am finding it really difficult for two reasons: #1 I don't know how to cook. I'm used to eating out and grabbing snacks or frozen foods. #2 I am a cheese-a-holic (not so good for avoiding dairy) and #3 hubby and I can barely pay the rent, let alone by all the food we need (though the financial assistance question someone asked in here was very helpful). My doctor just ran a test today for B12 deficiency and I am waiting on the results. She has recommended that I should see a psychiatrist, a GI Specialist and a neurologist, none of which I can do because I have no money! So....I am basically in a constant state of zombie mode, fatigued, stressed, gassy, constipated, sleep deprived, starving, and feeling completely lost when anyone mentions cooking. I just really need some help and advice!
  14. Depersonalization.

    Thank you! I will do that.