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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. Meeting celiacs in Seattle

    Hey! Nice to e-meet you. That's a good idea on the meetup groups. Are you in Seattle proper or in the surrounding area?
  2. Gluten Free In Washington State?!

    Bumping this, I'm 24 and live in Seattle in case anyone else is out here
  3. In some ways it is a traumatic event. Celiac can totally change the trajectory of your social/personal life, without your consent. I've found the best thing for me to do is focus 110% on my life goals as it helps to propel me forward
  4. Has anyone found a good way to meet other people with Celiac? The hardest part for me about Celiac is some of the loneliness that accompanies it. Although many friends and partners may be accommodating, nobody except for another Celiac will truly understand the nuances of life that we live. So, if anyone has a good solution to this please let me know. Or, if one of you is in the Seattle or Eastside area, lets chat.
  5. What do I even do now?

    Hi Lacey, I sympathize with your situation, as I myself have long struggled with finding the right foods to eat. Even eating extremely clean foods like brown rice and chicken upset my system. However, I eventually did find something that works: raw foods, in their natural state. Primarily based around fresh fruits and tender leafy greens, these are very easy to digest and are high in vitamins. I have experienced a level of health that I never thought I would experience again. Now, I don't know about the long-term viability of this diet, but in the short term it has provided me with an immense amount of relief, and has allowed my system to heal quite a bit. Best of luck, Hobbes
  6. Finally some popular media that makes fun of the REALITY of the Celiac situation.
  7. Anxiety?

    No problem! Good luck
  8. Anxiety?

    Yeah, I understand. My experience was very similar to yours, where I would get anxious in situations where there was nothing to be objectively anxious about. I would highly highly HIGHLY recommend staying on gluten until you take the test. I know that it's difficult, but you will get through it, and once you get confirmed Celiac it will make your life a lot easier.
  9. If I understand your situation correctly, you have been just a regular gluten-eating person for a long time, and have recently eaten somewhat gluten-free for 4 days. If this is the situation, then yes, you can still test. It's highly unlikely that your villi have healed in the 4 days of somewhat gluten-free eating period. Until you get the test, keep eating gluten.
  10. Anxiety?

    Most definitely. I had very high anxiety for many years before cutting out gluten. Once the gluten was gone, the anxiety went too.
  11. ^^^ What mr sawyer said. 20 ppm is the threshold for many Celiacs. Some are a bit more sensitive.
  12. I definitely gained weight due to getting sick. Even now, when I get glutened I get bloated and puffy. So it could be a problem for you. I would encourage you to get tested before going 100% gluten free. I wish I had done that.
  13. Anyone Under The Age Of 25?

    I can definitely relate to how you feel. I've never met anyone my own age (or any age!) who has celiac. I'm pretty fortunate though because my girlfriend is very understanding, and won't even touch anything with gluten. I'm 20 btw, working as an intern at 2 different places this summer and it's been quite the challenge so far.
  14. This makes me incredibly frustrated. You could try to explain to your boyfriend that you have a DISEASE. If he found out you were allergic to peanuts, he wouldn't try to throw them in your face, would he? It's a disease, and he needs to treat it like one. I understand that it can be hard for him to understand, but it's honestly not that hard to put into practice. I don't know how sensitive you are, but for most people simply having their boy/girlfriend brush their teeth after eating gluten is enough to stay gluten free. Honestly, just refuse to kiss him after he eats gluten unless he brushes his teeth. He will also probably see you get glutened at some point, sometimes that's what people need to truly understand that this is something serious for you. I wish you the best of luck! And don't despair. There are plenty of great people out there that will understand and accommodate to you. I've been with my girlfriend for 9 months now and she is completely fine with it. She even defends me in front of other people! Take the same approach with your parents. Simply refuse to eat anything with gluten in it, and do your research well. No parent will want their child to starve, so they will inevitably buy you gluten free foods.
  15. Hi everyone, I'm 20 years old and want to share my story and my perspective, on some common issues for people with celiac. I have been gluten-free for various periods of time in my life, as I tried different diets to help get rid of fatigue, brain fog, and anxiety. When I look back, I can see now that I have been allergic to gluten ever since I was 13, maybe even before then. I ignored the symptoms for the most part, until at 16 I began to realize how I would feel different after eating certain foods. So I tried a variety of different diets over time: Atkins, Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Fruitarian. In between all of these diets I would try to go back and eat "normal" foods again, and would inevitably get sick, and the cycle would start over again. However, some of these diets, particularily Paleo and Fruitarian, made me feel really good. I realized what they had in common: they were gluten and dairy free. I did some research and figured out that I had celiac and was lactose intolerant. I've been on a gluten-free, vegan diet for about 9 months now. It's been tremendously successful for me. However, there are aspects of life that can be challenging for this lifestyle, namely college, work, travel, and dating. College is difficult because the beer&pizza stereotypes exist for a reason - college is full of it. The way I have gotten around it is to have a mini fridge, microwave, and large rice-cooker in my dorm room, which allows me to prepare essentially all my own food. Classes are also only a couple hours a day, so it's no problem. The problem for me right now is with work. I have two internships this summer back-to-back through-out the day. I leave my house around 6:30 am and don't get home until 5:00 pm. This represents a huge challenge to me, as I now have to either bring enough food to last me all day, or I have to bring some food and eat out at lunch. The problem is that there is essentially NO gluten free place in the area I'm working in that can provide me with 100% gluten free food on a daily basis. It's a challenge. Right now I'm just bringing enough food for the day, but it's hard to do. Travelling is difficult for obvious reasons. You can't prepare your own food most of the time, and you're constantly on the move. However, I've found it to be significantly easier than work. Since you're not tied down to being in any specific location, you're more free to hunt and explore for places that have gluten-free accommodations. A lot of people on here have expressed concerns about dating, and I would like to echo some of the advice already given on here. It's really about respecting yourself first and foremost. Celiac is a disease. It is a medical necessity to you that you are gluten free. When you find the right person for you (and you will), they honestly will not care about the restrictions this poses to them. Life is about people and human contact first, and food second. Having celiac has made me more aware, empathetic, and tolerant of others' struggles and disabilities, and it's made me realize that we all have them. Nobody is perfect, and that's the point. When you're dating someone, it's because they want to be around you, not because they like to eat pizza (and besides, there's always gluten-free pizza). So there's both hope and despair, for on the hand being gluten free has allowed me to live once again! It has represented the largest single change that has brought me the most clarity, and I'm very thankful for that. But on the other hand, it feels like it has severely restricted my ability to be free. My life has become more routine and structured and isolated, and I sometimes feel irrationally afraid of the world (filled with gluten). So it's bittersweet, and I'm sure it's a normal part of the process as I learn to live with this. It's really interesting how much diet truly does matter.