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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.


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  1. And Laura, I actually do eat a lot of fiber. I took it upon myself to lose about 70 pounds, and my biggest thing was eating 9 servings of produce a day! So my body is very used to fiber.
  2. Hey everyone! Sorry I basically fell off the face of the earth, but I did read every reply as they came to my inbox. I took everything into consideration that you said, and I thought that maybe it was something else I had eaten, or it wasn't related at all to eating the Amy's meal. I tried another one last week, it was the tamale verde. Same reaction. So, whether it is gluten-related or not, I have sworn off Amy's for the time being. At least the frozen meals. I've never had any of the other meals, but I really don't want to take any chances. Thank you all for the suggestions!
  3. Hey all, I just wanted to share my excitement. For the past 4.5 years, I have foregone everything that involved using a toaster. I don't know what stopped me, but every time the thought crossed my mind, I pushed it back and never got one. Well, no more soggy Udi's Bagels from microwaving them!! PS: It's a pretty teal blue!
  4. Hey everyone! Everything I found online about this was pretty old, so I thought I'd ask the incredibly well-educated people here! Last night at work, I bought one of Amy's Mexican Bowls. It was labelled gluten free, none of the ingredients seemed suspicious to me, but I'm concerned that I got a mild reaction. Then again, it didn't last very long, so maybe it was something else? I am lactose intolerant, but usually that only kicks in after drinking milk or eating ice cream. Cheese doesn't bother me. Has anybody else had a reaction or know about their cross contamination care? Thanks in advance! Rachel
  5. Yep! That's the one. Thanks guys!
  6. Pseudo Coeliacs

    Oh, no, I am diagnosed! I meant that's not why I'm gluten free instead of that's now why I'm gluten free (night shift is killing me right now) so sorry about that! I felt so miserable after my suprise glutening last week, that I can honestly say I will never willingly eat gluten. So sorry about the mix up!
  7. I know this has a name and has been covered somewhere on here, but I cannot remember where to save my life. Also, is this "Certified" Gluten-free compliant with the government standard of 20 ppm, or is it 100% gluten free? I've never had a problem with anything I've eaten with this symbol on it, but I was working tonight (I work at a national superstore that makes many people cringe ) and all sorts of yogurt in the dairy that I was stocking had this on it. It just piqued my curiosity and I figured that this would be the place to come! Thanks in advance!
  8. Pseudo Coeliacs

    Before my diagnosis, I was heavier than I am now. If I look at gluten funny, I gain weight. I can't explain it, but it's true. So, I guess going gluten free made me lose weight...but that's now why I'm gluten free! I really don't understand how some of us can be super skinny before we are diagnosed (that one makes sense, since we are malnourished), but then some of us are overweight. The world may never know.
  9. These are hilariously absurd...and scary at the same time. I guess they say that ignorance is bliss...and that laughter is the best medicine. Hey, it looks like we all win!
  10. I'm still waiting to get a new toaster. I never thought I would miss it, because I never ate a lot of toast...but it would be very convenient when having something like a bagel. I'm trying to find an affordable pink one! I'd love to get a new magic bullet. I haven't made a smoothie in years! We have used it for graham crackers, making bread crumbs, etc, so there is no way I'd touch that now with a 10 foot pole.
  11. Pseudo Coeliacs

    I actually had a conversation on the phone today about this very thing. Celiac or not, if you are gluten free for ANY health reason, I'm backing you up one thousand percent. However, if you come off with "to lose weight," "because *insert your favorite "gluten-free" celeb here* is doing it" or even start to say the word "trendy," I sincerely want to punch you in the face. That makes it so much harder for us, people who have to take her gluten-free diet seriously or intense ramifications occur. Also, it is highly irresponsible to loudly proclaim your "gluten-freeness" while chowing down on a gluteny wrap. I'm also a type 1 diabetic, and I would never use diabetes as an excuse to get out of, say, eating something I don't like. The person I say that to may go the rest of their lives thinking that diabetics cannot eat said food. There is enough ignorance about diseases in this world, and that is simply contributing to that.
  12. What To Do When Glutened?

    As some have said before, getting plenty of fluids is your wife's best bet. I try drinking at least 2 liters of water every day, but when I'm feeling particularly ill from gluten, I try to set a goal of 8 oz per waking hour (I don't vomit from getting glutened, so I don't have to worry about it coming back up) to try to keep hydrated from my incessant runs (TMI ). When I get sick of water, I'll switch to peppermint herbal tea. Herbal teas are caffeine free, so I will count a couple of those as water intake. I would also assume that it helps flush out your system, therefore getting the gluten out faster. Also, I'm not sure if it's the detoxing that helps, or if it just helps me relax, but I run a very warm bath with epsom salts and baking soda (I don't measure, just dump in a pretty decent amount of each). It seems to help...if nothing else, I fall asleep pretty soon after. And last, but most certainly NOT least, try to get a lot of rest. My last glutening graciously happened the day before I had a 3 day weekend, so I had plenty of time to rest (which was actually Thursday...still trying to recover, but not feeling 100%). I've been known to sleep 12+ hours after being glutened. I chalk it up to my body having to physically repair itself from the villi being destroyed. I actually don't think I could be that far off!! Love her, support her, and hopefully she appreciates your help!!! It seems to be anymore that a good support system is few and far between. It's really sad, and I'm sure she appreciates all your effort to learn. I know I do, for her!!!
  13. Does Everyone Throw Up When Glutened?

    It sounds like you have emetophobia. It is actually the fifth most common phobia, and I am an emetophobe too! The sheer thought of vomiting terrifies me because it is, like you said, a pretty foreign concept to me, too. I wasn't very sick as a child, maybe only a handful of times, and as an adult I've only ever thrown up once from, like you said, possible alcohol poisoning (if not, very close to the brink of it...we don't talk about those lost years). I experience nausea, but never actually throwing up from gluten. The best advice I can offer is to stay calm, breathe deeply, and know that if you are to experience it, it is a very common, and 100% natural process. The body knows what it's doing! :hugs:
  14. Celiac Walk

    This is brilliant!! We have a pretty celiac-heavy area where I live. I wonder why none of us thought about this!!!
  15. Can You Physically Feel Gluten Damage?

    Thanks! I highly doubted that I was actually feeling "holes" being chewed through my body, but as you probably well know, I was certainly in a lot of pain. It's subsided a little bit now, but every so often it gets strong again. Thank goodness I'm off for the next three nights...I would be absolutely worthless at work for these next couple of days.