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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.  My name is Catie and I have been sick a long, long time.  I will try to condense my story and make it as clear as possible.

 

My tummy has always hurt.  At 25, it got dangerous.  The abdominal pain was really scary.  The med that helped was Bentyl, but it was not a cure or even that effective.  Sometimes, I would take a prescription pain killer leftover from my DH's kidney stones.  Mutliple MD's, a positive celiac panel,  following a strict gluten free diet DID NOT improve  the pain AT ALL, and then I landed in the hospital.

 

The gastro told me that I did not have celiacs and I went back on gluten.  The major trigger I could identify for the previous pain was Splenda.  Came off Splenda, and the pain *mostly* went away, but I have diarrhea  EVERY DAY.  This went on for 2 years.

 

Fast forward to the end of January.  I had a checkup at my regular MD's office and I asked him if my tummy pain would ever go away.  He reminded me I had tested positive for celiacs and suggested I go back to gluten free.  

 

In the past week and a half, the diarrhea has been remarkably better, but not gone.  Bowel distention is improved, my girlfriend says it looks like I lost at least 2 inches around the middle.  I am doing more than just gluten free because I really, really want to feel better.  

 

So, I made eggs last night in a cast iron skillet.  Awful.  DH has cooked many a pancake in it.  The pain was so bad that 2 Bentyl took the edge off but I still was super restless, could barely sleep and awoke to MORE tummy pain.  Egad.

 

I understand that this is a process and takes time  I am ok with that.  I feel like I need an older sister.  Does that make sense?  Just a friend to kind of mentor me thru this process.  I am grateful to have found this forum but am nervous about posting as I don't really know the etiquette of forums boards.  Is it OK that I am a newbie and I start a thread, that kind of thing?

 

 

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Welcome,

 

You find out, on the forum, that other people have experienced the very things you do.  We all bumble around a bit at first and learn the hard way!  I wish you well on your recovery.

 

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You're in the right place!  This place has provided peace of mind many a time.  Post any time!

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Hi Catie and Welcome!

 

You're definitely in the right place!  Collectively, we can be your big sister and get you through this!  The first few months are the hardest but once you realize how much better you feel you'll know it has all been worth it.  Poke around on the forums - there is tons of good information in here - and post whatever questions you have. 

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Thanks y'all.  I really appreciate it!  xo

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Welcome to the board! You will always find friends and support on this forum. Many of have been on this site for years because we find this kind of community support is incredibly important and also because it so important to help out others - we were all in your shoes at one point.

 

Remember: it may be hard now, but once you get the hang of it you will feel amazing!!

 

Welcome! Search around on the board and feel free to ask questions!

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