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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I recently believe I inadvertently found out I suffer from Celiacs Disease. My girlfriend recently determined she was gluten intolderant and I decided to join her in the change of diet as a way of support. Since High School, I have suffered from what I thought was severe, painful itchy acne on my buttocks. Over the years, I have tried various acne medication, dietary changes (became vegan) and had no results. I noticed that almost immediately after starting eating gluten-free, it began to clear up. I thought it was maybe just coincidence, but I recently had a friend visit and decided to splurge and ate a lot of glutenous things. Almost immediately it returned with a new found vengeance. So, I began to research Gluten and what I still thought was 'acne', and discovered Dermatitis Herpetiformis. I looked at images and symptoms and realized this was what I was suffering from. I then made the link to Celiacs. At that point, I began researching all of the other symptoms and found myself relating to the majority of them. As a child, I was in and out of the hospital and ultimately diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I suffer from anemia, had a delayed onset of puberty, have struggled with being underweight my whole life, struggled with depression, fatigue, Eczema, Keratosis Pilaris, dry skin, etc etc I also noticed that my bowel movements were exactly like the descriptions and that has also miraculously improved since cutting out gluten. I suppose my question is, how important is it that I get professionally diagnosed? Are these symptoms enough to just assume it is what I am suffering from and continue with my path of eating gluten-free or should I seek a doctor's opinion? My main reason is due to the fact that I do not have health insurance and am struggling financially. Any feedback is greatly appreciated! Thanks!