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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. Well thanks everyone seriously. I'm sure this will get better and I'm thankful this reaction is normal. So guilty when I think of others worse off than me. I will read and read and read until I've taught myself to feel better. And then help others ((((hugs all around)))
  2. I found out roughly 3 -4 months ago by accident that I am gluten sensitive. One day I woke up and had joint pain in just about every joint on my left side. ie, elbow, wrist, knuckles, hip, knee, ankle and feet. I was already having issues with intense foot pain that I mistook for plantar fasciitis. Once I googled the symptoms, and realized ALL of several other things were happening at the same time as a result of gluten as well, I knew the answer. I had been bloating in my belly for decades, and also having migraines for years, but as of this year, I was looking VERY pregnant after each gluten episode. This was highly upsetting. I am 52, and fairly active otherwise. I had Migraines, depression, anxiety and now joint pain and peripheral neuropathy. I'm on anxiety meds, and have hypothyroidism and diabetes 2. Getting to the bottom of the problems with my symptoms finally, has been exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. I cannot test for Celiac because my insurance won't pay for this since I am not anemic and have no family history of Celiac. Since I have been eating gluten-free, I have been feeling better, besides the mistakes that produce symptoms within 30 min-an hour. When I make a mistake, my symptoms come on faster and faster, and also more intense. For example, I ate at a restaurant thinking I was okay, and by the time I got home and exited the vehicle I looked 7 months Prego, and my feet felt like I was walking on razor blades. The last week or two has been the best for not making mistakes, and finally I can eat without feeling horrible. Here's the thing: I still can't wrap my head around this! I comb through the forum for answers and have learned so much! I have an extremely supportive boyfriend. I just am in so much denial about this. It's emotional for me and some days I just can't handle it. I know many people with full blown Celiac's disease have it way worse than I do, I just can't deal with this very easily. Has anyone else been through the denial phase and emotional upset upon realizing the life changes that have to happen just to feel better when eating? What did you do about it?
  3. Fuddruckers

    I ate there July 23 2017, had cheeseburger with gluten free bun (charged extra 2 dollars) which tasted very good. dressed burger with tomato, pickles and onion and even mayo with no unpleasant affects. I appreciated the choice of gluten-free bun. Also, the young man serving us asked if I wanted my French fries on the same plate as my burger, I guess their fries are not fried in a dedicated fryer. Nice of him to give me a heads up though. I am NCGS not proved as celiac disease.
  4. Well, thank you for replying. Yes, I would also like to know and have a certain "validation" but I will go on to eat gluten free. Thank you for the idea of keeping a food diary. I was keeping one for weight loss, but I guess my primary focus will be gluten-free as well. I'm sorry you had to eat gluten just to find out both tests were negative. That was disappointing, I can only imagine.
  5. ***UPDATE*** 7/17/2017 I went into the doctor and was told my insurance wouldn't pay for the blood test unless I was anemic (I am not) or I have a family history. I was also told that without insurance this test is expensive 300 or 400 dollars. At this point I think I will just do my best to just not eat any gluten and pray my health won't suffer. The end result is the same...no eating gluten. But I can't help feeling disapointed
  6. Oh wow thank you for this information. There is just so much to learn that I wouldn't have guessed it could be so complicated. You mentioned gum disease...my teeth have always been bad I really do wonder how this will affect them. I wish you the best in following your diet. Thank you for your support and well wishes.
  7. Hi Awol, Wow you really go through a lot! I can imagine you have somewhat of a relief actually finding out it's not IBS so that you could at least know... I'm tired of being so careful thanks so very much for your welcome!!!
  8. Thanks JMG, I just posted a question about Celiac testing. I had hoped to get tested next week for the blood tests, have an appointment Monday. Thanks for the heads up about the thread being older. I'm just so excited and happy that I am learning more about what's wrong with me and all the support of course. Thank you!
  9. I recently became aware that I have been Gluten Intolerant. I began immediately eating gluten-free even though it's a large learning curve, and I fail often to eliminate gluten from my diet. This results in symptoms such as swelling of the belly, joint pain, anxiety, almost within 30 min or less, then other times I will have Migraines, foot pain, diarrhea gas and bloating. Recently, The symptoms are more pronounced and come much faster than when I first found out I was intolerant. The bottom line, I would like a diagnosis whether or not I have the disease. If I have only been eating gluten-free since May (and that with Several mistakes) does anyone think I would have an accurate result either by blood tests or Endoscopy?
  10. Within 30 minutes, my belly will swell up, and I will appear pregnant even though I am in my 50's. I will also have moderate pain in my feet, but more so in the right foot. These are the two immediate things that stick out to me. Since I am new to the gluten-free lifestyle, everyday, I mess up and eat something wrong! It's highly frustrating. Later on, other lovely symptoms kick in, such as anxiety, migraines, restless leg syndrome, the list goes on and on. When I first found out I was Gluten intolerant, I could eat a cheat and I wouldn't know until the next day. now it's about under 30 min.