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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. Hey Guys, Been on gluten free for about a month now, and was feeling lazy, so I ordered from gluten-free Pizza from a place I've used before. I didn't have a reaction last time, but this time... oh boy... 2 hours afterwards, and I'm already feeling drained, and been to the bathroom for two sessions in the last hour. Worst mistake this year. I don't have a formal diagnosis, but this feels a lot like the celiac reactions I've seen talked about in various places? Anyway, the question is, are there any places that are generally safe where I can get a quick lunch if I don't feel like cooking, or should I just assume I can't order take-out. Ever? I'm living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks
  2. It is easy to get Gluten contamination in restaurants. Even those who have Gluten Free menus and do everything they can to avoid it, there's still a chance because accidents happen. If you want to give Gluten Free a serious go, you need to stop eating out for at least a couple of weeks, but before you do so you have to scrub your kitchen completely. I tried it half-heartedly at first a while back, and didn't get as dramatic a change as I did recently. I went through a fierce withdrawal, which tells me I didn't do it properly the first time. Just my $0.02 anyway.
  3. Hi Guys, I'm trying to decide what to do here, so perhaps thought I'd ask if anyone had been in a similar situation. Through process of elimination, I worked out on my own that I was having a reaction (typically GI symptoms) whenever I ate products containing wheat. I put myself on a Gluten Free diet, and inside of a week found significant changes in sleep patterns, energy and a complete absence of athsma symptoms I had suffered from for years. After a particularly bad couple of weeks of what I thought was gluten cross contamination (I eat out a lot), I decided to get a blood test done, just to see if anything showed up. I just got the results today, and it came back as a "1", which is within normal. Now, given I had been trying to eat gluten-free for ~ 2 months prior, this could be a meaningless number. On the one-hand, a non-zero number makes me think it's a positive although week. On the other hand, I thought it'd be much higher since, based on my symptoms, I'd had a pretty bad couple of weeks. As my doctor said, getting some numbers on a piece of paper, or a biopsy isn't going to tell me anything I don't already know -- gluten, or at least wheat, makes me sick. What I don't know, however, is what value there is in actually having that number in the first place. Should I make myself sick to get a positive diagnosis? Should I just concede that I likely am coeliac and just continue doing what I'm doing, knowing I won't ever get a positive diagnosis? Really not sure what to do here...