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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. As a child, I had nosebleeds several times a week, through high-school age. Drs always blamed it on "allergies", without ever being specific about allergies to what. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching were chronic problems until diagnosed with Celiac. My MD and dentist both told me that the teeth grinding and jaw clenching were a result of being physically stressed and fatigued. Within a few months of being diagnosed with Celiac (at the age of 40, after having classic symptoms since about age 5) and starting a gluten-free diet, the teeth grinding and jaw clenching stopped. I don't know if it was caused by Celiac or was secondary because of stress/fatigue, but I do know that being on a gluten-free diet and improved health resolved the teeth grinding. and I'm very thankful for that!
  2. I have a friend whose 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac 2 mo. ago. Since I was diagnosed with Celiac 3 years ago (as a 40 year old who had symptoms since childhood), my friend visited with me about her daughter's symptoms. She is on a a completely gluten-free and dairy free diet (and she doesn't cheat - she is miserable and wants to feel well). What concerns me is that after 2 mo. she has gained a little weight, but actually feels worse. They have narrowed things down to fat. If she eats anything that is not 100% fat free, she feels terrible. Her mom assumed this is part of the Celiac problem, but I wonder if she should get checked out to see if there is a problem with her gall bladder or pancreas. Do any of you have children who cannot tolerate any fat as a result of Celiac?
  3. Kansas Doctor Needed

    My biopsy was done by a GI named Dr. Ellis at the Mowry Clinic in Salina, KS. She is excllent. She was both knowledgeable and warm/personable. She travels to some smaller communities (Smith Center, KS and Hays, KS, probably others as well). She also gave me info from a dietician she works with and it was very helpful. Dr. Ellis has worked with two of my friends who have other GI health problems (not Celiac) and both were quite happy with her care. There is also an internist at the Mowry Clinic who saved my husband's life. His name is Dr. Paul Johnson. The phone number for the Mowry Clinic in Salina, KS is: 785-827-7261
  4. I was diagnosed w/biopsy 3 years ago and have been on a gluten free diet since. Before I was diagnosed, I weighed 93 lbs and am 5' 8" tall. Initially gaining weight was difficult as there were other issues to deal with (i.e. anemia, etc.) I received iron injections to deal with anemia since oral iron was not absorbed. Today iron can be done by IV. Along with staying on a strict gluten-free diet, I drank Boost twice a day after checking with my GI's dietician. It took time, but I slowly gained weight. I now weigh 127 lbs. and actually have to be a bit careful about calorie intake or I continue to gain. Be patient and consistent. Even though you are tired, try to exercise (walk, etc.) since this stimulates appetite and also helps you to gain muscle weight (just have to find a balance so you aren't burning too many calories while getting exercise.) Instead of trying to consume 3 large meals, try eating 5 small meals throughout the day, if your schedule allows.