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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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And wheat free. I'm starting with a month off of dairy and then moving on to wheat. My question: are eggs a protein or dairy item? If they are a protein, why do they give me pain?

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Why? I don't know...but a lot of people who are Celiacs have mentioned on this board that they feel great pain after eating eggs...as a matter of fact, that seems very common among Celiacs....don't know why, though....I just know that you're not alone in "egg-pain".

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I've had serious chest pains that aren't related to my heart or lungs, and my doctor is running some tests. I've had an endoscopy with no significant results. Not sure if she is considering celiac or not, but I'm to go off of wheat beginning next month. I'm scared. I'm scared that I won't be able to cut it all out.

Anyway, thanks a lot for the info. If nothing else, it may explain why I am feeling so bad right now. I thought I was being safe with scrambled eggs for breakfast.

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I've had serious chest pains that aren't related to my heart or lungs, and my doctor is running some tests. I've had an endoscopy with no significant results. Not sure if she is considering celiac or not, but I'm to go off of wheat beginning next month. I'm scared. I'm scared that I won't be able to cut it all out.

Anyway, thanks a lot for the info. If nothing else, it may explain why I am feeling so bad right now. I thought I was being safe with scrambled eggs for breakfast.

That was one of my concerns, as well: cutting out ALL the gluten, because I knew that even a tiny bit would throw me off. When you look at it that way, it may seem challenging, and at the beginning, you might not be able to elimate everything at once...for example, at the beginning, I thought that eliminating wheat, rye, and barley was sufficient; not realizing that there was malt to contend with, as well as a slew of questionable ingredients. Therefore, to make sure you're on target when you start, look at the forbidden ingredients list on this site (it's at the site index). That's what actually got me on track, or I would possibly, to this day, not be doing it right.

I haven't heard of chest pains as a common symptom, but all of us are unique. I had a barrage of bad symptoms. The most disruptive, painful, and displeasant for me were nausea, cramping, and vomiting. Then, I also had a tremendous amount of bloating and a distended stomach. Finally, I had occasional diarrhea, tons of gas, and floating/stinky bowel movements....all common symptoms of Celiac. Since then, I'm less gassy, the bloating is gone, and all that's left is occasional (but more infrequent) diarrhea and some cramping/vomiting, but that's nearly gone, if not gone.

Don't worry about diet restrictions...the most important thing in the beginning is staying entirely gluten-free...and the beginning is when you have the least food choices. You'll find, though, that you quickly find more and more options as you go along. Especially with the use of this site and with the advice from any other Celiacs you may know in person or be able to talk to over the phone, you can eliminate the trial and error tasting of gluten-free products and find the tastiest gluten-free recipes. Now, if you're going gluten-free in a month, I'm not sure if you want it, but whenever anyone is about to start or has just started the gluten-free diet, I have a list of some really delicious products that I copy from a word document where I've saved it and post for them. If you'd like that list early so that you can have good choices from the start, let me know....I don't usually visit the Pre-Diagnosis section since I can't interpet blood results, nor offer anything about testing besides encouragement :) . Therefore, if you want the list, PM me or send me an e-mail and I'll either send it back in a reply or post it as a reply to one of your threads.....it's really overwhelming at first, but now it's second nature to me...after only about 19 weeks it's becoming harder to imagine life without Celiac. Plus, I haven't had any temptation for any gluten-filled food since the start of the diet. You'll be fine, but good luck, anyway. I'll try to help in any way I can...as I always try.

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I am finding there are alot more choices out there than I thought. I have come to the conclusion that eggs must leave my diet. If I eat eggs for breakfast I will be sick all day. I thought I would try eggbeaters until someone pointed out one of the ingrediants is a laxative, don't need that!

Most mainstream and fast food restaurants have dietary information on their web pages so I basically decide what to eat before I go.

I found that if I try to keep it simple it is so much easier then I can gradually add things as I learn what my body can tolerate.

Don't worry you aren't alone! I am in my first week and I have made a few mistakes. I thought Jack in the box potato wedges were ok until I was half way through and realized they were battered!

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