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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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2 Years Later And Still Dealing With Major Symptoms...

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Two years in and I feel like I am still in transition.  I had to make many changes.  I cut out many foods that I didn't tolerate.  I am currently doing the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  That is grain free.  I picked up some new foods.  I am contacting food producers before I buy.  Don't give up.  It can be very complicated, but there is hope.

 

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Blood tests came back showing that I do, in fact, adhere to a very strict gluten-free diet (which I knew)...doctor did some biopsies from the endo/colonoscopy, but said it's obvious that being gluten-free is not healing anything internally. 

 

In response to some of the above posts, I have tried Align, but got no relief :/  I've definitely considered going to a naturopathic doctor, and depending on what my biopsies show, that might be the route I take.  All my vitamin levels have always come back ok, which surprises me considering food literally goes through me like water.  Definitely not lactose intolerant, gave that up for 6 months and slowly reintroduced with no reaction.  Could it be a fructan issue?  Maybe.  Before being diagnosed with celiac I had looked heavily into the FODMAP diet, might be something I go back to.  Hopefully I'll have more results in a few days, and can start to move forward!

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Hi luvrdeo,

I'm glad to hear your blood test came back fine, but sorry to hear your endoscopy didn't turn out as well.

I just wanted to mention that I tried the low FODMAP diet for a couple of weeks after my GI Dr. suggested it and it really helped my system to calm down. I think my symptoms are different from yours, but I was struggling to feel better and it made a difference for me. I would guess that you would know if it helps you within a couple of weeks on the diet. I really hope you feel better soon.

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Hi luvrdeo,

I'm glad to hear your blood test came back fine, but sorry to hear your endoscopy didn't turn out as well.

I just wanted to mention that I tried the low FODMAP diet for a couple of weeks after my GI Dr. suggested it and it really helped my system to calm down. I think my symptoms are different from yours, but I was struggling to feel better and it made a difference for me. I would guess that you would know if it helps you within a couple of weeks on the diet. I really hope you feel better soon.

Going to the store today with a list of foods that are FODMAP safe - minor changes (have to swap some fruits and veggies) since I am paleo anyway - but it's worth a shot.  I'm beyond anxious to get my biopsies back, simply because I don't like what I read about the damage that is still happening inside.  It's flat out scary!  I'm pretty sure I'll end up back on steroids and immunosuppressants, that's always fun!

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Looks like it's just the colitis giving me hell...non-stop - and no matter what I eat it makes me sick.  They want me on steroids again, and I said no - didn't work the first time, and that was an awful experience.  So then they suggested Uceris, which I just got done with 60 days of...it helped some when I was on it, but the day I stopped everything fell apart again.  This has to be the most frustrating thing ever!  Sorry, needed to vent...

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Looks like it's just the colitis giving me hell...non-stop - and no matter what I eat it makes me sick.  They want me on steroids again, and I said no - didn't work the first time, and that was an awful experience.  So then they suggested Uceris, which I just got done with 60 days of...it helped some when I was on it, but the day I stopped everything fell apart again.  This has to be the most frustrating thing ever!  Sorry, needed to vent...

Sorry to hear this. I sure do hope your colitis calms down soon. I mostly have "C" and I feel so bad for people with "D". Yours sounds like a really bad case of it that has lasted a very long time. Hope you feel better soon.

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