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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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  2. This thread makes me hopeful! I'm planning on going gluten-free any day now, after talking to my doc last week. I haven't felt right for several years... but it's gradually gotten worse. I'd been diagnosed with IBS when I was 21... had the colonoscopy and everything to check for Crohn's (the college friends had a field day with the jokes) But the past few months it's gotten to the point where I really can't take it anymore. I've been just so completely out of it most of the time. I can barely concentrate, and I feel just generally numb from the neck up. 3 months ago, I started getting migraine auras. The headache not so much, but the visual effect that precedes them for some people. I've had a CAT scan to check for brain tumors/aneurysms in my head, and an MRI to check for MS. (I'm 26, and there's family history) I just found out yesterday that I'm negative for all those. (Thank God for that...) But a while back I remembered something from my childhood... when I was 8 or 9, my parents took me to an allergist, and I was told I was allergic to dust, mold, animal dander... and wheat. But, being about 8 years old, I didn't call the shots when it came to meals. And I guess my Mom didn't realize what the consequences were. So anyways, given that history, I'm going to give gluten-free a shot. Hopefully the fatigue and cobwebs will clear up, and I'll be more energetic and not so run down after being awake only 8 hours. And hopefully the IBS will improve as well.
  3. Poop Pictures

    (I'm new here, so I hope you don't mind me joining the conversation...) All I gotta say is that you're all friggin awesome! (Funny, too) I think most people would read a page like this and think you're all crazy... I know some people who don't even look after going. I thought I was a bit strange, since I have a flashlight in the bathroom drawer just to make sure I get a good look at it. (I've never told anyone else that, either) I've been trying to figure things out with my doctor, and all I can think about is "If only I could get someone to look at this crap... 'cause that is NOT NORMAL!" But I think my doc would be rather grossed out if I were to bring in pictures. So I just keep going, and wondering why I keep flushing away all the evidence... Looking at that Bristol scale, I've had more than 1 type in the same sitting. Complete with mucous, too. But then again, there's always mucous. So I don't know what that's all about... Has anyone ever shown a pic to someone? I'd imagine to the trained eye, that'd be quite helpful in identifying things, but there just doesn't seem to be anyone to show 'em to.
  4. I just found this forum tonight, after spending the past 2 weeks reading about Celiac disease. I'll try to sum up my story briefly, but I'm wondering if there's a good way to sum up the seemingly large amount of evidence for proper testing without either annoying my doctor by self-diagnosing things, or coming off looking like a hypochondriac. I realize many of the symptoms are vague and general, and that they vary widely from person to person, but there are just a few too many things to be coincidental. So here's my story: I'm a 26 yr old caucasian male, in pretty good health besides my problems I'm describing. The basic gist of things is that I haven't felt particularly "good" in about 5 years. Some days I feel decent but not great, other days I'm so fatigued and run down that I just have no ambition or concentration. For several years before that, I've had general digestive irritability, and been a bit gaseous, but as a college guy, I figured these things were kinda par for the course given the junk food. In 2001, after weeks of particularly bad stomach/intestinal problems, my doctor scheduled me for a colonoscopy, suspecting Crohn's disease. They found no evidence of it. The day after that, I got sick and threw up my pasta dinner. I hadn't thrown up in ~12 years prior, and have never thrown up since. The hospital didn't find anything noteworthy, so I went home, and gradually recovered from my fatigued state after a few days. Since then, my "irritable bowel syndrome" has gradually gotten worse. Not to be gross, but mucous in the bowl is the norm. I've gone to the doctor whenever I had what seemed like a week or 2 of particularly bad digestive problems... food not being completely digested, horrible cramping, and even worse fatigue. Nothing was done, but I don't know if they tested for Celiac symptoms. In the past 2 months, I started getting migraine auras. I have no family history of migraines, but I've had 3 in this time period so far. I've felt even worse than normal in what seems to be another bout of problems. I'm having a CAT Scan on my head tomorrow, just to rule out a brain tumor or something, but my doc doesn't suspect that's the case. (I certainly would hope not...) I've had acid reflux since 2001 as well, which was described as probably causing my digestive problems. I take daily medication for it, but it doesn't seem to solve the problem, merely tame it. Last year, I started getting bumps that look just like mosquito bites, but they're obviously not. They appear all over... I dunno if they're hives, but they just come and go, day after day, wherever they want. And just this week, after reading about other symptoms, I realized that the itchy bumps on my elbows that last for months probably isn't just a dry skin rash from leaning on my elbows a lot. Right now, it's just my left elbow, and not too terrible, but I recall the same thing on my right elbow that was quite annoying for about 2 months straight before it gradually faded away. But here's the kicker... when I was about 8 or 9 years old, my parents took me to an allergy specialist, because I was sneezing a lot. I had the back scratch test, which indicated I was allergic to dust, mold, animal dander... and wheat. I don't know what they specifically tested for, though, I was just told I was allergic to these 4 things. I'll be honest, it seems quite stupid in hindsight to admit this revelation after years of not even considering it as a problem But given that I wasn't really old enough to talk to my doctor about these things, my Mom did. (This was in 1988) And well... I was told I was allergic to wheat, but I've never avoided it, and never stopped eating wheat products. I never really gave it any thought, because dust/mold/animal dander caused obvious sneezing and watery eyes, but wheat didn't seem to do anything at all. So I thought. Honestly, while I'm not thrilled at possibly having to live a life without pizza, beer, and pasta or bread, if this will make me feel better, like I used to when I was a teenager, I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to keep my usual diet going for now, in case they decide to run tests. Is this a good/bad idea? I figure I can ride out another week or 2 if we have tests. I'm already going to my doc next week to discuss my CAT scan results (hopefully lack thereof) during which case I'll be bringing up Celiac disease. So... if you've been patient enough to read this far, any comments? My doc is expecting to talk about migraines, so I don't want to just completely blindside him... Anyways, thanks for those who read all this, and thanks in advance to anyone who replies. This seems like a great forum (far more friendly than my car forum!!) Emails are welcome. Thanks again!