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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. Seattle Area Anyone?

    I'm live in Bellevue...just moved here with my DF three weeks ago. I'm not officially gluten-free yet (tried an elimination diet, found some positive results, but waiting until I have Enterolab or similar to go off officially), but I would love to hang out and talk with other Seattle-area gluten-free folk. I have had eczema since I was an infant, IBS since 17 or so, and after I moved to Russia for six months, an explosion of systems, mostly related to pain/cramping/heaviness in legs and arms, breathlessness, bloatedness, and anxiety. Getting an EKG in Moscow....quite the adventure! I also have a family history of GI problems, anemia and infertility. I like the idea of drug-free treatments, so if the tests turn up even suggestive of gluten intolerance...I'm done with it. I'd love to stop by these groups. Thanks for letting us know about them!
  2. I’m a 25-year-old female who’s living in Moscow, Russia, and will living here until January. For the last few weeks I have been suspecting a gluten intolerance. I had eczema as a child. I’ve was diagnosed with IBS when I was 19, noticeably for the stomach cramps and constipation and bloating (I don’t even know what a non-bloated abdomen is like, except in the morning!), though sometimes diarrhea. Four years ago I had a bout of colitis, though it was never determined what caused it. Six weeks of diarrhea and pain, it went away after I changed my diet. Five months ago, I got an outbreak of eczema on my heads and feet (palms are the worst, though its not too bad), and for the last two months, since coming here, I have felt terrible…bouts of diarrhea, stomach pains, joint aches, tiredness, heartburn. The diarrhea and heartburn was first, now subsided some, but now the achiness, nausea, depression, abdominal pain, and eczema are worse. I thought I had everything from traveler’s diarrhea to B12 deficiency to pregnancy. Found out about celiac by Googling all my symptoms. And the veins in my legs have been bluer, more pronounced and spider veins. Common knowledge says that my body should have adjusted to the water, food, etc. in the last two months unless something else was going on. Regarding our diet, we eat more bread and pastries here (so good!) and more sour cream (smetana). Both my little brothers have acid reflux, rosaea in their cheeks, and had eczema as young children. My youngest brother has migraines as a child and was told he couldn’t have artificial sweetners and Cheetos (artificial cheese). Why those foods specifically, I’m not sure. But, I’m here in Russia, and have insurance, but it certainly won’t cover a trip to the allergist! Also, I can’t always read food labels properly, if they even report all the ingredients. Does anyone have any advice? I want to go on a gluten-free diet to test it out, but I’m not sure how accurate I could maintain one.