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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.


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  1. I just had bloodwork done for 8 different tests. I won't get results for a week. I haven't had anything different lately and it's not an allergic reaction to anything. I know how I react to allergies. So, I guess I continue to puff up until I hear from the Dr. My GP and the ER doc didn't think it was an allergic reaction either. But the did think it could be related to Celiac.
  2. I am new to this forum, but was diagnosed 5 years ago through blood tests. I was pregnant so they didn't want to do the biopsy. But, I didn't have any of the "normal" symptoms either. I was severely anemic - to the point that my OBGNY was ready to do a blood transfusion when I delivered. Because I was that anemic I had no energy and was basically a walking zombie. I also had severe acid reflux (which I blamed on the Pregnancy) and later discovered the horrible leg cramps I had (like a charley horse in your shin) were also a symptom. After multiple blood tests, my Dr. ordered the transglutimite test which was off the charts. I immediately stopped gluten and my symptoms began to dissappear. I am still struggling with anemia, but it's very slight now. Fatigue is gone and I haven't had a leg cramp since I stopped gluten. My advice: allow your body to heal first then explore your remaining symptoms. My fatigue was due to he anemia, so I would ask for hemoglobin blood tests and check your iron intake. Hope that helps a little. I wish there were as many resources out there when I was diagnosed. It's really just a learning curve, then it's automatic.
  3. I have been gluten-free for 5 years now. I have bee glutenized 4 times total in that time, and the last one was almost 2 years ago. Last Saturday (may 4) I woke up wit swollen legs from my knees to my toes. I thought it was odd but didn't do anything about it except elevate them. On Sunday am I was woken up with burning, tingling fingers in my left hand. Both my hands had started to swell too, and my left hand was so swollen that I could not remove my wedding rings. (I take them off weekly for work) When I sat up, the pain started to subside, but not the swelling. This repeated 3 times until I got up at 8 am. I went to the ER and they did blood work. They did suggest it may be Celiac related. But there is so far no answers for me and I continue to swell up. Has anyone else had these symptoms? And if so, what happened and how did you treat ti? I am so swollen I can't hold a pen properly or walk normally. Thanks!!