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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Sour Cream

    I have had two separate restaurants say that they would leave off sour cream to make the food gluten free. Do you think that is that ignorance on their part or something else? Laura
  2. Is it common for sour cream to contain gluten?
  3. Playa Del Carmen

    Can anyone give me a few examples of foods which tend to be gluten free in Mexico? I am looking just for a starting place. I know that there will be variance from one place to the next. I am hoping to eat mostly in small, non-chain, non-hotel restaurants and don't know where to start. I basically stopped eating mexican food when I was diagnosed with celiac. Plus, it may be different up here anyway. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Hello, I was diagnosed with celiac 6 mos ago through biopsy. I had no intestinal symptoms whatsoever, but had iron-deficiency anemia and had lost some weight. So, I have no idea from how I feel if I am eating any gluten. I am endeavoring to eat none, reading labels, preparing food from scratch, checking medicines, trying to avoid cross-contamination in the home. My GI doesn't want to see me again. So I asked my regular doctor to run follow-up labs to make sure that I'm avoiding all gluten. I didn't know what tests to ask for and she didn't run the tTG, which maybe is necessary (?). However, I'm wondering if the fact that my numbers on these other two tests are not zero means that I am still getting some gluten. Here are the results - Under 11 was considered normal for both: Antigliadin IGA - 7 (previously 81) Antigliadin IGG - 3 (previously 12) I don't know what the difference between those two tests are and I can see that my first number is much lower. Also, my iron is better. Clearly I have improved, but my son also has celiac disease and I want to be an sure as I can that we aren't getting any hidden gluten. He will go in for his follow-up labwork in the middle of October. I would like to try to determine if we are getting any gluten as soon as possible though. Any insights on these labs would be appreciated (including whether it makes sense to go back and ask for the ttg test - I'd rather not (all things being equal) because I think I am irritating them in that office, however, if that is the only way to know, I will certainly do it). Thank you. Laura
  5. My diagnosis from biopsy was positive, so that is not my question. I thought I had read somewhere that it was a good idea to have other tests done, like bone density scans and maybe to check the levels of iron, folate, b12. That sort of thing. But I cannot remember specifically and I don't necessarily trust my doctors.
  6. I am curious whether there are additional blood tests that ought to be done on someone diagnosed with celiac disease. I have decided to see my GP to discuss follow-up antibody testing, and am wondering if there are other tests that ought to get done. Thanks - Laura
  7. Does anyone know if there is any gluten in the butter flavored topping for movie theatre popcorn? Laura
  8. My 5-year old son was diagnosed with celiac disease by biopsy about 10 days ago. He is a very sweet boy. He is extremely sensitive though and will cry easily. I know that might just be his disposition, but I am wondering if being worn down and not feeling well from the celiac disease might cause him to be more sensitive than he would otherwise be. This seems logical to me, but wasn't mentioned by his doctor. Laura
  9. Thank you all so much. I have been eating gluten free since my diagnosis and haven't had any serious lightheadedness since, but I keep worrying that it will come back and it had been making me miserable. It is comforting to know that it is a symptom of the celiac disease. Laura
  10. Patti, were you able to stop taking the iron then? I hate taking it and am hoping I'll be able to stop eventually with the gluten free diet. Laura
  11. Thank you for the responses. That is good to know. I've been worrying that the lightheadedness might be caused by something else. I feel better. Laura
  12. A little background first. I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease via biopsy. This was after unexplained anemia. I originally went to the doctor because I was lightheaded throughout the day, particularly after eating, and quite tired. She checked my ferritin level (but not hemoglobin - I'm not sure why). My ferritin was at 5. She said that explained the symptoms and she prescribed iron. I went back 4 months later. I had stopped feeling lightheaded after 4 weeks on the iron, but it had returned about 1 week before I went to have my iron rechecked. Again, she only checked the ferritin which was at 4. I switched doctors. Three weeks later the new doctor checked my hemoglobin (it was 11 which is okay I believe), my ferritin (5) and did a CBC and screened for celiac disease. At any rate, the doctor said the lightheadedness shouldn't be caused by the iron because the hemoglobin was at an acceptable level. I am still taking the iron to try to build the ferritin up. Anyway, this leads to my question, the doctor said that it was probably the celiac disease that was causing my lightheadedness. I have never heard of this as a symptom. Has anyone else experienced anything like this with celiac disease? Thanks. Laura