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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. Thanks nvsmom! I am working on better treating the hypothyroidism. My new endocrinologist discovered I haven't been converting T4 (Synthroid) to T3 very efficiently so he added Cytomel. All the sex hormones were at least within the normal range.
  2. Thanks pricklypeaer1971! To answer your questions: Do you have Hashimoto's disease? I have Hashimoto's. Thyroid Peroxidase Ab 2965 U/mL (normal < 60) and Thyroglobulin Ab 148 U/mL (normal < 4). What thyroid meds are you on? Synthroid 100 mcg 1X and Cytomel 5 mcg 2X daily. Have your hormones been tested? If so, which ones? Testosterone, DHEA, Estradoil, LH, FSH, and Prolactin all in normal range (several in lower third of normal and I am 33). Have they run any other autoimmune disease tests? Yes. No Lupus. GAD Ab are high 20 IU/mL (normal 0-5). MaTa testing was negative. Have you had allergy testing? I have not had any allergy testing recently. I had the back prick test 10 years ago with no allergies. Have you tried antihistamines? I tried antihistamines for about one week. Should I go longer? I really appreciate any more questions/suggestions!
  3. I have some general questions (please read on if you have the time, I really appreciate it!): How long should I try a gluten free diet if I have NO GI symptoms, but do have undiagnosed neurological symptoms? How long should it take for me to see some improvement? If I re-introduce gluten should I notice an immediate (acute) reaction even if I only have neurological symptoms? I have been suffering from a strange and debilitating set of neurological/vision symptoms for 2.5 years. The best way I can describe it is that I feel like I have a beer buzz (almost dizzy, almost lightheaded, very confused). The "beer buzz" feeling is always there, but is far more severe in supermarkets/grocery stores and when I have a headache. My ability to track moving objects is far diminished and I can't read if the text or I am moving. NO doctor has been able to help me. Maybe you can? I decided to try a gluten free diet. I have been on it for 3 months and I haven't noticed any big changes. I have been strict with what I eat. I did not replace all my cookware (I kept using a Teflon pan and some plastic spatulas). I did not change out my toothpaste, lotions, soaps. The least strict foods I have had are Larabars, peanut and almond butters, and frozen veggies. I have had some testing done: Celiac panel antibodies were negative. However, IGA serum is low. HLA-DQ2 an HLA-DQ8 genes are negative. I am hypothyroid. I have frequent urination, no libido (and testicular atrophy), fatigue, and some vitiligo. I want to feel better. But, I don't want to waste time on my diet when I could be researching other possibilities. Thank you so much for you input. I will pursue any suggestions and answer any questions!