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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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After discovering my sons issues, I found ALOT of supporting info re celiac and me.. I made an appt with my family dr in 8 days~ do I HAVE to stay on gluten until then? if so, how much is the minimum?

I have concluded nearly 95% that wheat IS causing my horrible hives, that includes my face/eyes/lips and tongue swelling. I was gluten-free for about a week with my son with subsiding of my hives, and then binged this weekend on pizza. I have horrible muscle aches/severe joint pain to the point I don't want to move. My hives are back full force, and the antihistamines aren't helping. I have an upset tummy. I have sharp pains in my stomach area. I don't want to do this for another week if I don't have to, but if I must, for proper blood work, how much is the minimum to consume?

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In order to find out if your body produces antibodies to something, you have to be "getting" that something for it to react to. So yes, you have to continue eating plenty of gluten - the recommendation, I believe, before testing, is a minimum of the equivalent of three slices of wheat bread a day.

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