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.
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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
Where can I buy gluten-free stuff?
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I was noticeably gray at 18. Both of my parents went gray young as well. I have no thyroid problems and I'm pretty sure my celiac issues didn't start until 20 years later.... I started dying it when I was 28. I wanted to look more professional!
Celiac disease is not diagnosed by symptoms alone. Why? There are over 300 of them and many, if not all, overlap with other autoimmune issues or other illnesses. Learn more about proper testing:
I am formally diagnosed. My hubby is not. His mis-informed doctors told him 16 years ago to give up gluten. It worked, but now we do not really know if he has celiac disease or not. He will be the first to say that I get WAY more support from family, friends and medical.
I am sorry at your doctor gave you the wrong advice. Now, you must decide if testing is worth pursuing. I wish you well.
I am considering having my brother - who inherited Daddy's power woodworking tools - plane down my cutting boards and sand the edges enough so I can keep them. The spoons and soup stirring things though will have to be decorative. Breaks my heart.
I've had good luck with Merle Norman cosmetics. They have a listing of things that are gluten-free that has helped me. My local store owner was able to get the list and knows what I can use and what I can't.
While you could very well be vitamin/mineral deficient, you could also have issues with your thyroid. Autoimmune thyroid is common with .......autoimmune celiac disease. Your doctor should order a full thyroid panel, including thyroid antibodies. Your blood sugar should also be checked (autoimmune diabetes). I am not saying you have these issues, but these AI issues are common with celiac disease. In fact, you can develop or have more than one AI issue.
If I feel a very strong need to nap, I know my thyroid is off and my doctor should be notified. A simple blood test usually verifies that an adjustment to my thyroid replacement is needed.
That said, you are in the healing stages of celiac disease. Eat healthy and include plenty of fats to keep you satiated. Try to avoid processed foods. Make sure that gluten-free diet is varied and full of veggies. Get plenty of rest. Just listen to your body. Soon you will feel much better.
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Can you tell us a little about your diet? What are you eating on a typical day? You may find that some simple switches in food choices can deliver more energy and fewer spikes and crashes.
This is something that receives too little attention, particularly from the medical community. It can come as a huge shock to the system and as the implications become apparent its easy to feel overwhelmed. This certainly happened to me and many others here so first do know that you're not alone. You are currently grieving believe it or not and you will be going through the stages of grief. Second, although it may not feel it now, it WILL get better and you will adjust and adapt as you get used to the diet and start focusing on what you can still do rather than what you can't.
In the meantime, this is a good place to vent and share those feelings as they are perfectly natural and understandable and whilst not always helpful, they are a part of you and a part of the healing process. Go easy on yourself, this is very early days. You are young, which is good news, it means you will heal sooner and you will adapt quicker and there's lots of good things on the way for you as your body gets a rest from the gluten that's been holding you back.
All the best!