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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. My daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder, and I've done some reading on Mg deficiancy as this is linked to worsening symptoms of her disorder. From what I've read, even a healthy body has a hard time absorbing Mg when ingested, so I would imagine those with damage from Celiacs would have an even more difficult time absorbing. Apparently, through the skin is one of the best ways Mg is absorbed, so I've started giving her Epsom Salt baths. I haven't seen a huge transformation yet but we've only just started.
  2. Thank you so much for the info! My 3-year-old had an endoscopy done a year ago (totally heartbreaking!). He has also dealt with GI issues since birth. I breastfed for his first 6 weeks, and he would eat for 5 minutes, then curl up in a ball and scream bloody murder, then 20 minutes later he would be hungry again, and the cycle would repeat itself. I had a barely 2-year-old daughter at the time and was completely overwhelmed, so I gave up on nursing and switched to formula, but the problem only got worse. He was having bowel movements 6-10 time a day that were green and mucousy, and my otherwise happy-go-luck baby would scream in pain for 20 minutes after every feeding. Repeated trips to the pediatrician were met with "He'll grow out of it" and "it's bothering you more than it's bothering him!" We changed pediatricians when he was 3 months old and he was immediately diagnosed with MSPI (milk-soy protein intolerance) and silent reflux and was put on a hypoallergenic (and extremely expensive!) formula and Zantac. He was a different kid. Then when we introduced solids, we discovered that he had an exaggerated gag reflex. Anything with a taste or texture he did like would cause him to gag and vomit the entire contents of his stomach. Just before his second birthday, he started vomitting for no apparent reason maybe once or twice a week and would be completely fine afterwards...like it never happened. Then his already picky eating started getting even pickier, and the pedi referred us to a pediatric GI becuase she was concerned about Eosinophillic Esophagitis - a very scary disorder involving allergic reactions to all sorts of food in the esophagus with no outward signs of allergy. Just before he went for his endoscopy, we got the news about my little brother's diagnosis (So I guess it was actually a year ago that he and my sister were diagnosed). We asked the GI to take some biopsies to test for celiacs since they were doing an endoscopy already. Both tests came back negative, but now I wonder if he was too young, and hadn't had enough damage yet for a positive Celiac biopsy. And he never had bloodwork for it. The endocopy was done less than 2 months after his 2nd birthday :/
  3. I have had digestive issues as long as I can remember. When I was 13, I had my first seizure that came while dealing with debilitating abdominal pain. Multiple blood tests and CAT scans could not pinpoint a cause for the seizure, so I was sent on my way. I continued to have boughts of severe abdominal pain (far worse than childbirth) usually accompanied by diarrhea. A few required trips to the ER, where I was told it was "acute colitis" cause by stress, or a virus, or something else that got me sent home quickly without any real testing. The pain was so bad I would get goosebumps over my entire body and be crying out loud in the bathroom. At 20, I had one of these incidents but instead of diarrhea, I had pure, red blood coming out when I went to the bathroom. I went to see a GI and was scheduled for a colonoscopy. By the time the test came, the "flare" was over and the colonoscopy showed nothing, so I was again given the "acute colitis" brush-off and sent on my way. At 24, I had another series of seizures following horrific abdominal pain, and this time I was admitted to the hospital. They kept me for 5 days for every kind of neurological test you can think of, and found nothing. Never once did they even mention any kind of GI testing. About 5-6 months ago, my younger brother (13) was diagnosed wiith Celiacs after over a year of seeing specialist after specialist because his only symptom was a skin rash. They went back and forth between fungal infection and psoriasis multiple times before finally testing for Celiacs. Less than a month later, my older sister (32) was diagnosed with Lupus (not sure if other auto-immune diseases in the family history have any impact on ones chance of having Celiacs). I'm now 30 years old and have 2 children. For years I just assumed I had IBS, but looking back, I have dealt with migraines since I was 10 or 11, had very painful periods that were always regular, but since having my son 3 years ago have been all over the place, and I'm on Celexa and occasional Xanax for depression and anxiety, which again I have dealt with since my teen years. Only recently have my headaches/migraines become a daily occurance and the fatigue I'm experiencing is overwhelming...I get 8 hours of sleep and still find it difficult to stay awake while driving my stepson to camp. I just left a message to make an appointment with my doctor. When my brother and sister were diagnosed, I asked for bloodwork for both, but I think she just did general antibody tests for any autoimmune (since it was 2 different diseases). I'm not sure because I never saw the actual test results, but I was told everything was negative (I was also tested for Lyme's and had my thyroid levels checked because of the fatigue and hair loss I was experiencing). I was told that my B12 levels were low and that could cause some of my symptoms, but I've been taking a supplement for months with no improvement. I don't know if I'm being a hypochondriac and I've convinced myself of this after my siblings' diagnoses, but I seem to have a lot of the common symptoms. Any feedcack?