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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. Crazy Allergies

    I have 100 items to avoid based on the ALCAT test and it varies every time I take it (which is why my dr. diagnosed me with Leaky Gut and then lead to my Celiac Dx). I try to avoid everything 100% so that my gut can heal. However, trying to avoid that many fruits, veggies, meats, herbs, etc is a nightmare (I carry my list on my iPhone). The rotation diet is supposed to work with food sensitivities but with all my other gut issues, I haven't tried it yet. From what I was told, it's best to not aggravate your intestine while it's healing. I eat 100% (that I have control over) clean and still have tummy symptoms so I know I'm not healed yet. I feel your pain, for sure!
  2. Blood Test

    Have you been tested for other food allergies/sensitivities?
  3. I have tested positive for both genetic markers and based on my symptoms and history of illness, the GI dr. said it's safe to assume that I have Celiac (I definitely have a gluten intolerance). He also wanted me to schedule an Endoscopy but I'm debating on it since I have been gluten-free (as well as dairy/egg/sugar/alcohol/pop/processed foods) to heal my Leaky Gut Syndrome. Is it worth it to get it done even if my intestine has already started healing? Thanks!
  4. Karen, that is why I am debating on not doing the procedure at this time. I have been avoiding everything for over 4 months now and hope that I am on my way to healing my gut. Insurance covers it but it's a day off of work and a hassle for maybe nothing. The GI dr. already told me it's safe to assume that I have Celiac based on my blood work and symptoms.
  5. You could have written my story! My 3-day hangovers from drinking 4 beers and almost trips to the ER from it finally got me into the dr and I got tested for food allergies. Fast forward 2 years later and here I am in a Celiac forum. You may not have Celiac but you could have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity or maybe it's the hops in the beer. But, something is definitely wonky! What I have learned is just because you are asymptomatic, doesn't mean you aren't damaging your intestines. If you are covered, get it checked out. Glad to hear you can drink something, I gave it all up over a year ago (I don't trust gluten-free products or alcohol). I'm the permanent DD...
  6. 1desperateladysaved could have written my story... Almost exactly what I went/am going through! I have had stomach issues, eczema, etc my entire life and all the doctors claimed I had IBS. I was a slave to Immodium and knowing where the nearest bathroom was. I got tested for food allergies 2 years ago and have a TON of intolerances/sensitivities (sugar, dairy, wheat, hops, fruits, veggies, spices, etc) and I was floored. I cut them all out cold turkey and immediately felt better, lost 8 lbs in 10 days and the stomach issues almost disappeared. I fell off the wagon and started eating some of those things again, in moderation, and started to feel sick again. I got retested a month ago and again, I was floored with the results. I was intolerant/sensitive to all the new things I was eating (I had decided to go sugar/dairy/egg/gluten/alcohol/pop/processed food-free two months prior) and that's when the dr. said he believed I had leaky gut syndrome. I am still eating very clean and still feel like crap, but not nearly as bad as before. I went to a GI dr. 2 weeks ago and took the genetic blood test for Celiac and tested positive for both genes and am going to schedule an Endoscopy in 2 weeks. The GI dr. said that I have Celiac based on my test results and my other symptoms but wants to take a biopsy to see how badly damaged my intestine is. I have had severe anemia, eczema, tummy issues, vitamin deficiencies, etc my entire life and no one could ever figure it out. I gave up... Until recently. Because I am gluten-free, I cannot be tested for the Celiac panel but I refuse to eat gluten for 8 weeks to confirm what I and two other doctors already know.