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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. Ok. Obviously that is not the correct test. I have a copy of all of my health records from that time but I will have to look again... TBC...
  2. Hi! Five years after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I finally got the follow-up tests to see how I am doing with the diet. Problem is, I had to go to my general physician and request the test, as I do not have health insurance. So, the only thing my general doctor can tell me is that I came back positive for Celiac Disease, which is not very helpful. What I want to know is if my results show that I am doing well on the diet. My results are: Deamidated Gliadin Abs, IgA: 7 (units 0-19, negative 0-19, weak positive 20-30, moderate to strong positive >30 ) Deamidated Gliadin Abs, IgG: 45 High (units 0-19, negative 0-19, weak positive 20-30, moderate to strong positive >30 ) t-Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA: <2 (u/mL 0-3, negative 0-3, weak positive 4-10, positive >10) t-Transglutaminase (tTG) IgG: <2 (u/mL 0-5, negative 0-5, weak positive 6-9, positive >9) Endomysial Antibody IgA Negative [These are LabCorp results] I am most concerned about the Deamidated Gliadin test that came back "High". Can anyone help me read this? THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!!!! xoxo
  3. Thanks everyone. I appreciate the responses. What kinds of things do you make in a slow cooker? Stew? Maybe I should get one. And this week I did have some soy-- and just a little bit of dairy-- so I will try eliminating those things as well. Thanks, Kassandra. And what does PM mean? I just might take you up on that.
  4. Hello. I was diagnosed with celiac disease about a year and a half ago. While it was easy for me to eliminate gluten from the food I eat at home, its been too hard to avoid eating out, as Im in graduate school and REALLY busy. Lately, I've been feeling really frustrated and overwhlemed. I know Im busy, but no matter how much rest I get, its never enough. I cry all the time, I feel bloated, heavy, and Im always tired. I feel "normal" about 1/10 of the time. I dont have any more stomach pain and Im relatively regular. I dont eat out carelessly-- I always ask & pray that I can trust the gluten-free word. However, I have yet to truly learn when I have gluten in my body & I have these other symptoms all the time. I know that healing itself can be hard on the body. I've considered other allergies but I cant pinpoint anything. I dont really know whats going on. I've complained to the doctor about this a handful of times and even AFTER I was diagnosed with celiac, she still alwyas recommends the same thing to me: anti-depressants. I feel like I need to go back to the doctor but I dont know how to convince her that I'm not depressed. Does anyone have any suggestions? Maybe another doctor in Chicago? Thoughts on what it could be? Shared experience? THANK YOU.
  5. WHAT? How do you know if it has casein in it?? News to me!
  6. I've only been gluten-free for 3 months and in that time I have had pain similar to what you are describing. It is pretty much the first time I've ever felt that kind of pain & I have read somewhere that arthritic-like pain is a symptom of gluten in the system. Even if it is just another symptom, it's no fun & worries me too. I have spoken to a few people who recommend that I see an acupuncturist. Maybe you could give that a shot too. Acupunture is supposed to do worlds of good for those who have intestinal disorders/intolerances. Good Luck!
  7. Need Help

    Welcome! You should begin by eliminating all major sources of gluten from your diet-- the big ones: breads, cereals, pastas, beer, bottled sauces, and try not to eat out too often. Your stomach may take a few days-- but I've found that exercise (especially yoga), extra sleep, and sometimes tylenol can be of great help. Drinking lots of water, and trying to get rid of the dairy, fat, and spice in your diet can help too if the other things don't. I have been gluten free for only two months but the stomach upset is now much more rare & intermitent. Be patient but do try your best just to rid of the gluten and you will see effects almost immediately! Be well.
  8. You can buy chewable multi-vitamins which are FAR easier to digest and will help you exponentially during those times when your immune system is at a low. Take only when you feel you need a boost.
  9. Hi! I have a friend who has chronic IBS and has tendonitis in her hand. When she gets stressed & her IBS is really bad, her hand swells up so much that she can't use it. THis can be problematic for someone who SEWS for a living!! SO-- when it's really bad she takes Chlorophyll so that she can alleviate the swelling & function somewhat normally at work. She said it doesn't upset her stomach & works just as well as Benedryl which makes her far too sleepy. I know IBS and celiac are different but if it doesn't cause her any irritation & it doesn't have any gluten in it, then it should be safe for you as well. Good luck to you.
  10. HI! I did have mild hypoglycemia pre- diagnosis and now, it feels like its going away (one month glluten-free)! The highs and lows are a LOT better. The food seems to sustain itself for longer & I dont have those crazy mood swings unless I have wheat in my system! Either way, my dietician said it is common to see improvement in hypoglycemic symptoms once you go gluten-free b/c your body starts to process its food correctly. But do be sure to eat enough protein with each meal to make it sustainable anyway! Good luck to you.
  11. I've heard that it's very hard on the intestines-- dairy, that is...NOT KISSING...and that if you find yrself sensitive AT ALL, you should try the dairy free thing for your first 3 months. THEN, reintroduce it...and see what happens. (We're like little science experiments, aren't we?) I NEVER thought I was lactose intolerant. I LOVE me some cheese. Now, though, one month into the diet (with MANY mistakes) I think I have to give up dairy too. After every little bit, I get all funky. Boo. I never thought of "starch stabilizers" in creme brulee, tho. Perhaps that IS it.
  12. Ouch. Could It Be Tea?

    This is my first chinese food this month (since i've been diagnosed). I try not to go out at all, really. But lunchtime can be hard. And I do drink a cup of coffee a day in the morning, and sometimes some green tea with dinner (maybe once/twice a week) when I want to stay awake past 9pm. I assume as I feel better, that it will no longer be necessary to battle the nighttime fatigue with caffeine, tho. Why do you ask?
  13. Ouch. Could It Be Tea?

    Yes, perhaps CC. Thanks for your response!!
  14. Are You Clever?

    Buy a large box of tampons or pads, take out half, use the other half to cover the food. I guarantee they wont even touch it. Anything that implies an embarassing bodily function usually helps mask an offending item. While people should be over the whole menstruation thing-- they aren't.