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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'm 20 years old and not trying to get pregnant. In fact I'm 99.9% certain I never want to have children. I know a lot of girls my age say this but I am being quite genuine when I say I don't want children, ever. I am wondering if I could be infertile as a result of the 19 years I was unaware I had celiacs. Has anyone been tested or talked to their doctor about infertility from celiacs? Would my doctor be able to test me even though I'm not trying to get pregnant? Is it expensive? I'm mostly interested because I would like to avoid taking the pill if I don't really need to. I don't need it to regulate my period etc... I can see a bunch of people freaking out over this post so I'd like to add that I'm not an idiot, I practice safe sex and understand the risks of not taking the pill.
  2. Two years ago when I started college (extremely stressful time, plus huge dietary change, went from extremely healthy food to crappy dining hall food) I began having extreme stomach issues and I lost 15 pounds. Around the same time I started anti-depressants, a couple months later I was put on ADD meds. About a year ago I finally went to a doctor who tested me for thyroid issues and celiacs. The blood test came back negative but he told me to try gluten free anyway. I tried halfheartedly and never made it more than a day without forgetting and eating something with gluten. I ended up gaining the weight back plus a little more over several months. As my symptoms got worse I went off my anti-depressant (celexa) and birth control (depo shot) and reduced my ADD meds (adderal) thinking maybe I was having a reaction to my medication. My symptoms got worse. Two weeks ago I finally went completely gluten free. My stomach problems have completely gone away but I am still so tired. Shouldn't the extreme fatigue have eased a little bit? I still have the vast majority of my symptoms except the stomach issues. I'm not sure I have celiacs because the blood test came back negative and because the symptoms aren't going away or easing. Could it be something else? Does anyone have suggestions on getting energy back? List of Symptoms: liquid diarrhea every day nausea stomach pain extreme fatigue, I can sleep 18 hours and still feel like I haven't slept in weeks, drink a double espresso and fall right asleep depression/irritability/anxiety low sex drive, got a little better off the medications brain fog (hence the ADD meds) headaches my long thick hair is now brittle and thin when I exercise, even just walking fast my bones in my legs ache I look like complete s$#&, bags under my eyes, my skin is tired looking Puffy bloated stomach that never seems to flatten I also haven't had my period in two years, about a year and a half because of the depo but it's been like three months since I should have gotten my next shot and I still haven't gotten my period back (I'm not pregnant though, I've taken like ten tests and continue to test every couple weeks) I'm 20 years old (female), I've always been thin. I was 5'6' and 120 for several years then I went down to 105 in like two months, Now I'm 128. I was athletic as a child but not so much since then. Right before all the symptoms I was working out and going to boot camp and in the best shape of my life and then KABOOM!