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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? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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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Well, I haven't been on the forum long but just to see others experiencing conditions and symptoms (autoimmune) like myself has helped me and my family out so much. It is great to have a place to go and feel you aren't crazy!

My 12 year old son has recently started symptoms of severe depression - extreme self doubt and insecurities on self worth, an eye twitch/rapid blink, and isolating himself. Knowing the benefits of removing gluten (and other foods) from my diet and my youngest son's diet (age three) that ten days ago I removed gluten from his diet and today his eye twitch is 90% gone, his mood is bright, talking, interacting, appetite has returned. I did bring him to the GP this week and asked him to please test for Celiac (as I wasn't tested myself) and got the "No, he has no intestinal issues". I didn't tell the doctor the extent of how bad his depression got as I know medication would be the first step and antidepressants in children terrifies me. I, at least got him to do a blood test and sure enough he is anemic. How does a 12 year boy get anemia? We eat beef/lamb 3-5 times/week, eat a lot of greens, he loves pumpkin seeds and eat a lot of them, raisins, fortified cereals, takes a multi vitamin. That is plenty of iron for anyone but given that gluten is involved I totally believe it is an intestinal issue of malabsorption. His doctor is against me changing his diet but just adding iron supplements.

I am mostly writing this to anyone else dealing with such a thing is to not doubt their intuition. I wish I never did because I believed in what doctors where telling me about myself well, I won't do it for my son(s). Thanks for a having a forum that isn't just the standard but opens up to so many other symptoms that really happens with this condition.

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Glad things are working out better for your family.  Any question you can come up with someone here will tackle it.  (We have had ALL kinds of questions, so you might want to keep kids in the kids only sections.)

 

Keep an eye on the anemia.  There is a connection between Celiac and Pernicious anemia.  Pernicious anemia is caused when the gut lining (think Celiac damage) lacks the intrinsic factor to absorb vitamin B12.  So it is low iron, but not a lack of eating iron rich foods.  Current research is showing sublingual vitamin B12 can be as effective as B12 shots.  (when it comes to vitamin supplememts get the Methylcobalamin B12.  The other type is process with cyanide.  There is no known "toxic" level of B12 as too much would just be expelled from the body.

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Well, I haven't been on the forum long but just to see others experiencing conditions and symptoms (autoimmune) like myself has helped me and my family out so much. It is great to have a place to go and feel you aren't crazy!

My 12 year old son has recently started symptoms of severe depression - extreme self doubt and insecurities on self worth, an eye twitch/rapid blink, and isolating himself. Knowing the benefits of removing gluten (and other foods) from my diet and my youngest son's diet (age three) that ten days ago I removed gluten from his diet and today his eye twitch is 90% gone, his mood is bright, talking, interacting, appetite has returned. I did bring him to the GP this week and asked him to please test for Celiac (as I wasn't tested myself) and got the "No, he has no intestinal issues". I didn't tell the doctor the extent of how bad his depression got as I know medication would be the first step and antidepressants in children terrifies me. I, at least got him to do a blood test and sure enough he is anemic. How does a 12 year boy get anemia? We eat beef/lamb 3-5 times/week, eat a lot of greens, he loves pumpkin seeds and eat a lot of them, raisins, fortified cereals, takes a multi vitamin. That is plenty of iron for anyone but given that gluten is involved I totally believe it is an intestinal issue of malabsorption. His doctor is against me changing his diet but just adding iron supplements.

I am mostly writing this to anyone else dealing with such a thing is to not doubt their intuition. I wish I never did because I believed in what doctors where telling me about myself well, I won't do it for my son(s). Thanks for a having a forum that isn't just the standard but opens up to so many other symptoms that really happens with this condition.

 

 

Your doc wouldn't test for celiac?  Sheesh.  There are a LOT of celiacs who do NOT HAVE intestinal symptoms, but they are definitely celiac and definitely suffering from it nutritionally.  If your doc is fighting you on the diet changes that are obviously helping your son, I think I might consider changing doctors.  You want someone in your corner, not someone you have to do battle with all the time.

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We are on our second doctor. That is why I love this site! It gives me the confidence to move forward and not question what I am doing. I am in Canada so it is a different system with standardized care. That's the thing about the anemia - the nurse called to inform us and then went to ask the doctor when we should come for a retest and he said "no need". ????. We started with a Naturopathic Doctor today so I feel good. Will have to check out the kids forum - thanks.

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