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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. Gluten Addiction

    I am so thankful to find this thread! I have been gluten-free (apart from 1 early experiment) for almost 3 weeks, and, last night, I wondered whether I was going to eventually die of fatigue. I am so relieved to learn that gluten is addictive and that I am likely experiencing withdrawal. I realize this is not scientific data, just my experience, but within a couple of days of going off gluten my food cravings ceased. For those of you who doubt that something in food can be addictive, I can tell you that hunger is a cakewalk to deal with compared to cravings. I banished junk food from the house only to discover that I could create some with whatever I had on hand, and, in a pinch, I would get in the car and drive. I was hiding what I ate from my family as much as possible. I am almost 60 lbs overweight, have been for years (even heavier at times) and could not leave the "comfort food" alone. I never wanted to be fat, and I don't for a minute believe that most people do, yet over half of us in the USA are overweight and a third are obese. I have lost 11 lbs after going gluten free, and I have gone to my doctor for celiac testing after my first week off gluten. For those of you who are having cravings during withdrawal, I am so sorry that is happening to you, and I hope and pray you are able to stick with it until the cravings end. Pamper yourself with some other comforts. Also, talk with your doctor or a nutritionist about supplements that might help.Best of luck to everyone.
  2. I had been nearly wheat-free for a week when I went to my doctor, and he said that the tests would still work. Don't wait around, though.
  3. Hi multiplemoods, I'm new at this (and fairly new here); according to what I've read here and a couple of other sites your symptoms could be caused by some kind of gluten or wheat intolerance, although it may not be celiac disease. If other causes have been ruled out, you could try eliminating wheat, barley and rye from your diet to see how you feel, but it's your decision. Good luck to you.
  4. Even though it's inconvenient, I agree with the others who recommend getting tested so that you rule out other serious ailments and have the diagnosis in your medical records, should the need arise, and also for the sake of the children you want to have.
  5. Marie, how awful that this happened to you, and I think you should indeed file a complaint about it, so that they might not do it to someone else. It's incomprehensible that they didn't care enough to stop what they were doing and relieve your pain.
  6. Sugar Sensitivity

    I've been gluten-free for 3 weeks, and had a fat-free mocha (and a pack of almonds) for lunch. Two hours later I was extremely sleepy for a while, and somewhat bloated. The feeling passed, and I had a cup of decaf with a teaspoon of raw sugar; now I'm horribly sleepy again, very quickly this time. I'm crossing sweets (other than fruits and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate) off my allowed foods list.
  7. I had a reaction this very afternoon to Planters honey-roasted peanuts (a small pack), but I have been eating Jiff Natural peanut butter wil no ill effects. 20 minutes after eating the peanuts I felt as though I'd been sedated; thirty minutes later my teeth were hurting and my eyes starting watering.
  8. Hi Ann, I had my first blood test yesterday after a week off gluten (and all grains). My doctor said that it takes six months for the antibodies involved in celiac to clear out. I suggest you go ahead and get tested asap, and also ask to be tested for the genetic marker. Even if you don't have celiac disease you may be seriously gluten intolerant. But if you do have celiac, it needs to be part of your medical record.
  9. Hi julissa, I, too, was having difficulty with my eyes refocussing after using a computer, reading a book, etc, for years. I have been off gluten for a week, and my eyes now refocus immediately. I had blood drawn today for a test. Thank you for posting good news; it is encouraging.