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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? - 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

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For those who don't know, I was diagnosed whilst training for my first marathon and experiencing extended runner's tummy, as well as worsening training times. I was diagnosed with severe anaemia at the same time and one of my big questions was, how will this affect my training? Should I stop, cut down, how long for? So I just wanted to share my story so far for anyone who may have the same questions.

 

I was diagnosed mid-September, ran my first marathon at the end of the month and went gluten free in early October. After that I had a few crappy months adjusting to the new diet and getting the anaemia under control - I would say I had about three months of only running twice a week and doing my pole fitness and aerial acrobatics once a week each. There doesn't seem to be hard and fast rules re. coeliac and training so this was made up as felt right.

 

Enter January 2014, three months gluten free, two months on iron tablets and a new training plan for a 10 mile race at the end of March. I'm in my second full week of the training plan and it feels so amazing to train (running) five times a week AND SEE AN IMPROVEMENT! And to not feel exhausted during every run and to be able to get oxygen to my muscles properly (and not plan my routes around public toilets)! Whereas before I would run with a feeling of trying not to do my worst, now I run wondering how good I can make it. 

 

I just wanted to share this as a lift for anyone in my situation and a reminder to be patient with yourself (as everyone here reminded me to be). You are getting a second chance to be your actual best - the results will be worth it :) 

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Thanks! I am driving everyone nuts here going on about how much I'm enjoying training now (because after all, I've been doing it for ages, right?) It's just so much better.

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Aha thank you! So nice to have the support of this board on this :) 

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