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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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My name is Crystal and I am 34 yrs old I Just got my diagnosis on Tuesday what a kick in the gut. Celiacs. I have been having symptoms for 7 yrs, serious for bout 18 mths heard everything from gallbladder to pancreas. My joints and muscles have been affected. Not to mention every digestive issue my dr thought up. I am at a lost as to even where to begin. I have done Internet searches of course but I still don't feel prepared to deal with all these changes I mean this is forever. What is one piece of advise you have found invaluable?

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I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling so poorly but I'm glad you have a diagnosis and can move forwards towards healing.

 

Acceptance is the key to happiness... That was the best fortune cookie I ever got - or ever will get since I've never seen a gluten-free fortune cookie. LOL  I just found I had to accept it and move on. Really, we have no other choice. Fighting this diagnosis will get us no where, all we can do is embrace it and do the best we can with it.

 

It helped me to look on the bright side too. Celiac disease is the only autoimmune disease out there that the patient has full control over her or his own treatment. We don't have to rely on doctors to medicate us properly to just treat the symptoms. Over time, we can pretty much stop the autoimmune attack and actually heal. that doesn't happen in RA, Lupus, Diabetes (type 1) or even hashimotos. I consider it to be the best of a lot of other bad options.

 

Yes, it sucks that I can't eat any baked goods that I want, or that I have to read any processed food label, but in the long run it is probably better for my health anyways.

 

Best wishes to you. Give yourself time - possibly months to years - and you'll feel better.

 

And welcome to the board.  :)

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