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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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Hello, my name is Ashlyn and I am 19, (20 next week) and I recently found out I possibly have celiac disease. I found that out in August from a friend's post on facebook and ever since then, I've lost 36 pounds, and it all makes sense..

 

Let me start when I was 6 months old. At such a young age, I gained a lot of weight so my mother took me to several doctors and they all told her, "You're feeding her too much!" They didn't even listen to what she was telling them, that I had diarrhea, I easily bruised, and I was always sick. I ate bananas, lemons, jalepenos, graham crackers, and formula when I was a year old. From when I was 1 till I was almost 6, I was always sick. I would be sick every month for about 4-5 days, not being able to keep anything down. I would throw up hours on end and the doctors never figured out why. My mom figured out that it was a small intolerance to dairy but that went away when I was 7. I was also tested for diabetes and thyroid problems 12 different times but they all said I did not have them.

 

From then on till now, I have been gaining weight every year like crazy and am clinically obese.I was in ballet for 9 years, gymnastics for 3, soccer for 1 season, swimming for 6 years, basketball for 3 years, and volleyball for 1 year. I did all these sports plus Curves, Weight Watchers, walking every morning before school, and I had PE 5 days out of the week at school. Throughout all of this, I lost no more than 10 pounds and then gained it back with even more. I did all those things while being overweight and obese and never quit. In the last 2 months of going gluten free, I lost 36 pounds, no more excema, no more unexplained bloody noses or headaches, water retention in legs went down, no more bloating, gas, acid reflux, diarrhea, & constipation. I sleep better and my head is clearer. I have ADD, Aspergers syndrome, dyselxia, anxiety, and bouts of depression. Almost all of it has stopped and I am doing better in my college courses.. 

 

Right now I am in North California, where I was born and raised, but I live in North Idaho. I am in the middle of getting insurance and finding a doctor that can help me. It would be nice to find some people my age that live close by that can help me.

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