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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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You know how many celiacs are tired all of the time? It makes performing well at school or work very difficult. Even when I eat as healthy as I can and take my supplements  I still have issues falling asleep or not being able to focus. 

 

So in college when a friend I trusted gave me adderall, I gave it a shot. I would take 10-20mg to study during finals week. I loved how tuned in it made me feel. Like awake and able to access all of the information in my brain, rather than stupid brain-fog. I had never been able to feel so clear (I wasn't dx'd until a year after graduating from college). 

 

I stopped taking adderall after college and didn't start taking it again until about two months ago. It had been about 3 years, and I figured I knew how to control it. But I was so eager to perform well at my job that I lost my head and started taking 10mg on work days and 20mg on weekends. Always for work, never for play. 

 

But yesterday I experienced serotonin syndrom. Luckily, my roommate is a nurse and he knew how to counter act the effects. But that wasn't until hours after taking the drugs, and my suffering and fear of dying. 

 

I am done with the drugs. Forever. But I worry I won't be able to be productive at work. I know I should eat well, take supplements, and exercise. But even with all of that I can't focus and I fall asleep. I've been dx'd with celiac for over a year and a half, but I can't beat the fatigue.

 

What can I do to be healthy and productive?

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Please have your thyroid checked because it can cause all the symptoms you are describing.  Thyroid disease is very common with Celiac. At 1 1/2 years into the gluten-free diet, you should not be this tired and unfocused so I would look for another underlying cause.  Also, have your vitamin levels checked to see if they are within normal, optimal ranges.

 

I work more than full time and, although I still had some symptoms until the 3 year mark, the brain fog and fatigue were much, much better after a year. I also have Hashi's thyroid disease and those particular symptoms will return if my thyroid is off.

 

Hang in there and hope you feel better soon!

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