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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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-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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Hello,

This is my first post. I was told today that I have gluton intolerance/Celiac. Sorry if I don't know exactly how to say all of this. I'm just a bit overwhelmed. I have not had a biopsy, but my bloodwork came back positive. I have a very long family history of autoimmune disorders. I've also been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, probable Lupus, Epilepsy, and dermatitis (along with about a zillion gastrointestinal issues). When my bloodwork came back positive, my doctor decided to go ahead and put me on the Celiac diet. I look at it all, and it just seems like so much. How do you all make sure you don't eat gluton? How do you know what medicines it is in? Does soap and toothpaste matter? I'm sorry if these questions sound silly...I just don't have a clue where to start. My doctor is getting me a packet of information together, but he also told me to look on-line at these type sites. thank you for reading and helping. -Jenny

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Hi Jenny and Welcome!!! B)

The Gluten Free diet is something to get use to and it seems a bit overwhleming at first but it does get easier especially when you see / feel an improvement in your health! :D You hang in there and feel free to ask questions, this is a great place for support and encouragement!

I too may have Lupus (currently being tested and treated) and seem to have more GI probs than most people but I'm hanging in there and hoping I will feel 100% better soon. ;)

Here are some helpful links that will answer some of your questions below and help you gain more knowledge of this disease:

Gluten Free Drugs

gluten-free Fiood List

Safe & Forbidden Food & Ingredient Lists for Gluten-Free Diets

Mainstream Products that are Gluten-Free

http://www.clanthompson.com/index.php3

Research on Diseases and Disorders Associated with Celiac Disease

Take care and God Bless :rolleyes:

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Last I looked the gluten-free drug list was outdated and included at least a couple that company says have gluten, like Tums.

richard

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I've had a lot of success putting the name of a drug together with the word gluten in quotes into google: "drug name gluten"

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Thank you for your information! There is a lot to think about! -Jenny

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I started out by eating only home made meals. Fresh meat, plain rice or baked potato, fresh fruit. McCormicks 100 % seasonings are safe. Meaning the Basil or the Oragano are safe but check the mixed seasoning like SantaFe etc.

Make a list of all of the products in your house that do not clearly contain wheat and call the manufacturer to find out if it is safe. Go through and mark every bottle or box "gluten-free" or "Not gluten-free" based on the label or phone call. Personally, I think calling and asking is the easiest way to go. Get a list of the unexpected items to look out for and learn the trigger words like natural flavorings etc.

The diet is labor intensive at first, but soon you will have clearly marked gluten-free items throughout your house and then you will not feel so overwhelmed.

CSA/USA and Clan Thompson also sell product lists that you may find helpful.

Good luck.

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