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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. BPV - benign positional vertigo A couple of years ago, I experienced sudden, intense vertigo after crawling into bed with my son. I was lying on my left side, and thought at first that the bed broke - it was that intense. I thought I was having a stroke. The ER doc determined that it was only when I was lying in a certain position. Apparently, some of the little balls that float in your ear fluid and help you tell what your relative position is can break free and float around. If you tilt your head a certain way, they float into one of the receptor areas that scream "falling!" and you get vertigo. There are more technical descriptions out on the Web. I can, in fact, initiate the vertigo by tilting my head at a certain angle. It doesn't scare or bother me nearly so much anymore, now that I know what it is and how to make it go away - turn over! Hope this helps.
  2. Cold-water coffee - we have used a Coffee Toddy for years (20+) and have given one to every member of our family (to varying degrees of acceptance). It's basically a plastic bucket/bowl, with a filter in the bottom, and a plug below that. You fill it up with a can of ground coffee, add water to the top, and let it set a day or two. Drain it into a carafe and keep it in the refrigerator. Then you use it like instant, putting a 1/4 inch in the bottom of your cup and filling it with boiling water. It's smooooth and acid free, and I think it's the best tasting coffee in the world. Those who love the bite of Starbucks don't like it as much - they feel like it's too weak, but since you can control how weak or strong it is, that's not the problem. They're just missing the acid. We take a jarfull on our trips, so we always have our favorite coffee, with no more hassle than boiling water. It's nice to know that something that tastes so good might actually be compatible with my new gluten-free diet!
  3. Greetings to all. This is my first posting. I'm 46, and was diagnosed about a month ago. My GE noticed "prominent villi" (he later stated that he should have said, "damaged") when he was looking around my gut, trying to figure out if my chronic heartburn was doing any longterm damage. He sent me for the blood tests, and they came back quite positive. He said, somewhat accusingly, "I don't know why you don't have symptoms. You should!" So, now I'm trying to change my diet, heck, my whole life (and that of my family) because of something the doctor noticed by chance? I tell my friends that I'm past the denial stage, and well into the anger stage now. My mother, on the other hand, has had the classic symptoms all of my life. I spent much of my childhood trying to find bathrooms in a hurry for her, and standing guard outside while she made disgusting noises and smells in there. I'm trying to convince her to get tested, but she's resisting. I think she doesn't want to deal with the disruption to her eating habits, if she finds out she has it. One of the other ladies in the retirement community makes a big deal of having it, and talks incessantly about it, and she is afraid she'd have to be like that. I can relate. Part of my job is taking committees out for nice meals (rough life!), and in the past month, the wheat issue has come up in every one of them. I don't want to talk about it, but I can't help talking about it. Anyone else? Add that to shellfish (and living on the coast) and nightshade (tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers) allergies, and restaurant eating gets pretty challenging. I figured steak should be ok (so much for my semi-vegetarian preference), but the last one I got had a (wonderful) sauce on it. Guess there's no avoiding grilling the waiter (hmm, now there's a visual image.... ). Ok, that's enough whining for now. I do feel better, though. Thanks for being there.