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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. We want to purchase some of the precooked grilled chicken breasts from Trader Joe's for the crazy weeks. Trade Joe's says it does not contain gluten but I couldn't get any info on where/how it is cooked. Anyone have any other info? Thanks!
  2. So I have Celiac and am on a completely gluten and dairy free diet. I also avoid potatoes because they hurt my stomach, but don't know if its an allergy or whatnot. Recently on two different occasions, eating a type of processed meat has caused awful gastrointestinal issues. The meat was thoroughly cooked and reached appropriate temperatures and the symptoms do not match up with norovirus or any other type of food poisoning, etc (skin rashes and mouth ulcers and a few other things). Here's the ingredients: Meat 1: cured with water, honey, salt, sugar, potassium lactate, sodium phosphate, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite. I can't find the second meat label but it was a similar type of food (think ham, pepperoni, corned beef, etc). Does anyone else have this problem or know what it could be? Any suggestions would help!
  3. Looks like it was just a really bad reaction to gluten- i haven't even been cross contaminated in over a year, according to the gastro the reactions can get worse the longer you're gluten-free. I've got a gastro appointment in a week to make sure there's no Chron's and to schedule an endoscopy to check on healing. My blood relative is considered refractory Celiac so they're thinking that could be part of it. they really don't think it was norovirus or anything, sort of wish they did!
  4. I accidentally ate something with malt vinegar on Friday. I threw up twice but had no other symptoms so I thought it was just food poisoning or stress or just having a weird stomach. I ate a half serving of the food Saturday around eleven am...and by one pm I was in awful shape. Nausea, some vomiting, awful stomach cramps of evil, headache, body aches, sweating. I vomited every forty-five minutes until about ten am on Sunday. I tried to hydrate in between but it made things worse. By Sunday evening my husband brought me to the ER where they gave me a liter of IV saline, two doses of IV zofran, and a dose of dialudid (they said it was an antispasmodic and would help me to sleep...) I felt much better after leaving- my stomach was cramping and I felt a little weak and achy but I got home and managed to hydrate as directed and get some sleep. I slept from about midnight to seven am on Monday. Woke up feeling awful- headache, dizziness, falling over when I tried to stand up. We went to immediate care and they directed me to the ER (at this point I was pretty listless, peeing dark yellow/brown, dozing off). At the ER they checked me for UTI, kidney infection, gallbladder, pancreatitis, and a few other things I didn't catch. Nothing abnormal except for the crippling stomach/vomiting which led to the dehydrating. Two bags of saline, a couple of IV doses of a stronger anti-nausea medicine, felt a lot better. I urinated and it was a normal color! Well I ate peanutbutter toast today- vomiting commenced. Trying to stay hydrated again. I have an appointment with my primary care tomorrow- anything I should ask? I'm wondering if its time to go back to the gastro.
  5. Constant Diarrhea?

    I'm pretty sure I don't have food poisoning, my whole family ate from the food and no one else is sick. Luckily it seems to have slowed down as of this morning. Hopefully it sticks!
  6. Constant Diarrhea?

    That's what my husband thinks too! I may be taking a trip in tomorrow. This whole awful stomach pain thing is getting VERY old VERY quickly!
  7. I'm having a bit of a problem. Six days ago we got food from a Thai restaurant where we've never had trouble. Well trouble indeed occured- some cross contamination or something. Within about fifteen minutes I felt gross. Twenty minutes I was running for the bathroom. And I've kept running from the last SIX DAYS. I've never had constant diarrhea like this for this long. I'm defecating essentially brown water. It turned to what we call "sick dog" stools, the texture of like, rice porridge for a day or two, and now its back to pure liquid. I'm drinking apple juice and water so I'm not too dehyrdated. I've tried immodium and gas x and nothing is slowing it or making me feel any better. Its been accompanied by that lovely gut cramping all up and down my abdomen and an occasional bit of vomiting. My hands are feet are also swollen and achy. I'm not even sure what to do! I don't even know my exact question- has this happened to you? any suggestions? how can i feel better? I've been gluten free for about six months and I'm also dairy and butter free. This is my first major cross contamination so I don't know if its just how its working now, but ugh.
  8. Hi! I'm so glad to find this place. My mother (who has Celiac) mentioned it might be good to get some advice here. Thanks in advance! I really hope this is the right place to ask, please let me know if I'm being rude or should post elsewhere! For the last three years I've had: Bloating Extreme gassiness Diarrhea (often three to four times a day) Abdominal soreness Abdominal pain Bloody diarrhea Bone/joint pain I went to a Celiac center due to my mom having Celiac and they originally were like "Oh, IBS" but once they realize I was my mom's daughter, they did a bunch of bloodwork. I don't have the tests handy, but they indicated Chron's disease and I remember that CRP was ridiculously high. I underwent an endoscopy and colonoscopy. I got a call saying the biopsies were all negative and that I should maybe try a gluten free diet if I wanted to, and otherwise to assume I "just" had IBS. I accepted this and continued to try to manage my symptoms. My doctor sent me to a rheumatologist based on some weird "ANA" results. The doctor was quite mean and only wanted to prescribe psychiatric medications, despite no psychiatric issues other than being a bit depressed that my bum is constantly chapped! (Literally I walked in, he looked at some test results, and was like "you probably need psych meds" and started to write out a script for Prozac. I stood up and left and filed a complaint.) In the last six months, the pain got a lot worse. I went to the ER twice based on horrific stomach pain that had me think I had a colon blockage or something. Diarrhea three or four times a day, sometimes bloody, generally miserable stomach pains. I asked my old doctor to send me a copy of my biopsies. Quite clearly in the pathology report it states "indicative of mild/beginning celiac disease." Since I currently don't have good insurance coverage, I went rogue and am three months into a completely gluten free, dairy free, caesin free, diet. I feel a lot better and am down to maybe one or two episodes of diarrhea a week. My insurance coverage starts soon and I'm not sure what to do. Are there more tests I should ask for? Do I want to/have to go through the biopsies again? If so, I'll have to start eating gluten again and I really don't feel like being that miserable again. Does this sound like celiac to you? What would you do if you were me?