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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. Thank you everyone for your responses!!! I truly appreciate every one . After taking all of your responses into consideration I asked my GP for a referral to a gastroenterologist. She said it sounds like a gluten free diet makes a huge difference for me and she would be happy to send me to a gastroenterologist. I plan to follow through and possibly do the gluten challenge if necessary. I am going to see how I react to a little bit of wheat flour this weekend to help determine if I will able to consume gluten if asked. If results come back positive, I will know for sure and be able have a stronger grasp on my health. If results come back negative, I will continue gluten free and and enjoy lower health insurance costs. And just in case my mother ever views this (or not) I just want to set the record straight she is very loving and supportive. She just doesn't understand why you can't just pick croutons off a salad and be fine. Thank you all again!! All I have to say is there are a lot of tough gluten-free cookies out there! (I mean that in a good way )
  2. So I am brand new to this site, as well as the gluten free world for about a month and a half now. Why did I go gluten free? Well, for the past two years I have been having joint pain and odd food "allergies" that would come and go. I went to the doctors office last year and was sent to rheumatiodology then brushed off with a clean bill of health. I went again this year (different doctor, much better than the previous) she sent me to an allergist and talked to rheumatoidology for me. Rheumatiodology said my hands (dry, cold, changes colors, joint pain and stiffness that don't get better with use) are "interesting". The allergist basically told me that it cant be an allergy since it goes away (nothing I didn't expect), but wanted to do a blood test (just for funzies I thought). I basically went to the allergist to jump through one more hoop so my doctor would look down other avenues. However, when I got my results back my allergist told me it tested positive for the lab but it was still borderlined (IGA 21.45). He told me that he does't suggest a change in diet but he would like me to test again in three to six months. I didn't even understand what gluten or gluten intolerance was until my results came back and researched it online. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a blog where people described their symptoms. While reading this as well as some of the "text book" symptoms I decided to try going gluten free to see if I noticed a difference. YES!!! Yes I have noticed a difference! My hands have been better, I can smell (weird I know), I don't feel like I need 15 hrs of sleep to function, I can think clearly, I have noticed my thinning/balding areas are not as noticeable (I am a 25 year old woman-I was very concerned). Constipation/Diarrhea I am still having problems with but have definitely noticed a correlation with what I eat. I also think I have issues with dairy, corn, and xanthan gum. When I eat dairy and corn my stomach is displeased to say the least. The xanthan gum makes me light headed, confused, my heart race, and very fatigued. I told the allergist that I have gone gluten-free (at that time it was about one month). He told me he is glad I am feeling better but suggests that I retest. In order to retest I need to eat gluten for one month. I really do feel that with my symptoms as well as my family history (dad-thyroid, mom-migraines, brother-digestive issues) that I...my family (more so brother and mother) could be celiac or at least have a sensitivity.( I have told them to get tested or at least try to go gluten free-they have not) However, I am in a position now where I need to continue gluten-free or go back to what I have started to consider a poison to get tested and hopefully get diagnosed...or not. From my understanding it is really hard to get a diagnosis. I am at a point where I am not sure if it is all in my head, if I am just crazy. Don't I need a doctor to tell me there is something wrong? When someone asks why can't I have gluten, " do you have celiac disease?". Uhh... I don't know. Even my own mother who has tons of true food allergies thinks I am going overboard being worried about contamination. My question is: Is it worth it to suffer for a month or more to get a blood test that may not be enough of a positive to get a straight answer? How important is diagnosis? Thank you to anyone who reads my novel of a post, and Double thank you smiley face to anyone who responds. Any input is more than appreciated.