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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 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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Hi all, this is about my Dad, not me.  I am not biopsy diagnosed but have Celiac (ataxia, stomach problems, migraines, weight loss etc when eating gluten - worse after two years avoidance).  My Dad has been admitted to hospital with severe prostatitis, liver stones, kidney stones, renal failure and bleeding gut (alternating const/diarr).  Does anyone recognise these as celiac symptoms?  He also has MS, and has had digestive problems his entire life...particularly in adulthood.  Any advise on what to ask the doctors?  He is very stubborn and proud and wants to do everything himself but I'm sure he'll think the celiac connection is lala unless I can come up with some peer reviewed medical articles to show him.  He has been treated shockingly by his GP surgery and I think is honestly expecting to die some time soon. Any help will be welcome.


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Hi Caroline.  I'm so very sorry to hear about your Dad.  I will pray for him.


As far as your questions are concerned.   The prostatitis, if bacterial should be able to be cleared up, if not bacterial then I don't know.  The renal failure does have a connection to celiac.  Here is the information about that. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21813475. Since the stones and the bleeding gut are also digestive issues they may have a connection but I'm not personally aware of it.  


I do think it is worth mentioning it to the doctor even if not to your Dad.  I do hope they can get him stable.   Don't hesitate to ask more questions if you would like.  We are not doctors here but we have a wealth of experience.


All the best to you and your Dad.




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Thanks so much Colleen.  I haven't had a chance to talk to the doctors as visiting is out of daylight hours.  He is now out of hospital so that his kidneys can recover enough for them to do the barium meal contrast scan... but he is still very poorly.  I'll see if I can mention to his wife this weekend about the celiac.


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