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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. Yes, I am aware of this. I had a "legitimate" blood test 3 years ago that came out normal, and so it wasn't until recently that I even considered gluten could be part of my problem. I am fairly sure I don't have celiac, and I don't have or plan on having kids. I really just want to know if I have intolerance, sensitivity, or the genes for any of those so that's what I've ordered. I don't even have a doctor that's in on this -- I"m doing it all on my own.
  2. Thanks for your input, D. I am glad I'm not the only one suffering with the bloating, fatigue and brain fog. Fortunately it seems to already be improving. I'm sorry to hear about your "lowest lows" though... they were purely caused by the diet alone? I'm hoping I don't experience that same effect.
  3. Thanks for the tips, Scarletgrrrl. I am ordering tests from Enterolab, however, and their website explains that you can eat a gluten-free diet while being tested so long as you haven't been gluten-free for a significant amount of time, as in 6 months or more. It's a stool test, hence the difference, so I'm not worried about it. I had no idea about the wooden spoons, though! Crazy!
  4. Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and new to all of this... A quick synopsis: a friend recently told me I should look into gluten intolerance as a potential source of my strange symptoms, and lent me the book 'Life After Bread' by Dr. Eydi Bauer. I read the book and was shocked at how many symptoms I've experienced in my life: continued digestive distress diagnosed as IBS, irregular periods and endometriosis, eczema, depression, fatigue, bloating. But the kicker was that I never knew joint pain, swelling and arthritis had a connection to gluten. I've been struggling with a knee trauma that wouldn't heal, and after continued rounds of PT kept swelling and has caused all kinds of structural and alignment issues/pain in my body. In the past couple months, I've suddenly developed a swollen, painful right knuckle and wrist pain. An MRI in my knee revealed arthritis (I'm only 32) and my rheumatologist and all of the tests say it's not rheumatoid, thankfully, but something strange is going on. Thanks to my friend's advice, I am now investigating diet as the culprit. I just ordered my Enterolab tests and started eating a gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and egg-free diet 10 days ago. I'm also vegetarian (eat fish occasionally) so the diet has been a real challenge. Fortunately I like to cook and have already been cutting down on gluten over the past couple years anyway, so it has been manageable. I'm pretty sure that I have been 100% gluten free, but I have not yet fully cut out products (like bulk foods, nuts, etc.) that may have been processed in the same facility as gluten products. Anyway, to get to my question... It has been less than 2 weeks, and I have noticed an increase in my symptoms. I've been pretty bloated, had constipation last week (fortunately seems to have subsided), but what's most scary is that I've started experiencing numbness in my fingers and thumb on my left hand. It happens in the morning and takes about 10 minutes to go away, then pops up a little during the day. I looked it up, and read that neuropathy also has a connection with gluten/celiac. Is it possible that my diet is triggering this and other symptoms to intensify? I also am not yet seeing a significant, consistent impact on the arthritic pain in the morning (fingers and wrists). My knee, however, seems to be less inflamed. I am wondering if it's normal for symptoms to appear and get more intense during the withdrawal process? Since most of my symptoms are not digestive, it is unclear if it's diet-related. I've read that it takes at least 30 days for the diet to really take effect, so perhaps I'm just being impatient... but any advice or input would be very much appreciated! Thank you! Raeanne