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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. Could This Be A Dh Reaction?

    Thank you cyclinglady!
  2. Hi Everyone, I have Gluten sensitivity. I've been gluten free since February 5th. Beginning three days ago I began using a hand cream with vitamin E and to my surprise on the third day of use I happened to be in the sun and I got a terribly itchy rash in all the places I used it. The rash was particularly bad on my forearms. I had a similar rash on my scalp and groin, however, it cleared up since going gluten free. In addition to the rash I also noticed my anxiety and depression has ramped up considerably. My initial thought was this was a reaction to the sun, however, this didn't make any sense because I've been in the sun many without this type of reaction. We happened to read the ingredients on the hand cream and noticed "wheat germ oil". In looking this up I noticed it is refined so that gluten may not be a problem but I am allergic to wheat also, a slow reaction allergy, igG. My sense is that my immune system ramped up to cause these reactions. Can anyone tell me if this might be a typical DH rash? Thank you, Frank
  3. Hi CL, Anti GAD antibodies presumably would be an autoimmune reaction to ingesting gluten in susceptible people. The treatment would be a gluten-free diet and for some like myself, IVIG treatment along with a gluten-free diet. In my mind, I'll be keeping track of this for the rest of my life, perhaps as a potential biological marker of gluten? The serum levels of GAD antibodies from gluten appear to be much higher than those caused by diabetes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20456245 Frank
  4. Thank you for that CL, I'm guessing anti GAD antibodies aren't checked often in celiac and GS but they ought to be with the high prevalence of ataxia, joint and muscle stiffness reported. Frank
  5. Hi all, This is my first post! I have gluten sensitivity with serum and fecal evidence including, IgG, IgA and HLA DQ1 gene. Celiac panel was normal. I also have very high serum anti GAD antibodies (390 U/ml) along with crippling stiffness and spasms, (potentially stiff person syndrome) not to mention unbearable fatigue. I began a strict gluten-free diet as of 1/5/14 and the stiffness is very slowly receding. I haven't read about anti GAD antibodies on this forum but others must have them, if you can relate please let me know. Best regards, Frank http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20456245 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stiff_person_syndrome http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glutamate_decarboxylase