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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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Does anyone know where I can be tested? I have low income, and no insurance.

What level of testing (if any) would be appropriate for me given my symptoms:

- difficulty focusing, forgetfulness

- headache

- diahrea, loose stools

- depression/fatigue

- feeling a need for nurishment, even when full

Also, I am thin despite eating plenty.

I have been unable to clearly establish a link between eating wheat and my

symptons. If there is a link, there seems to be a delay of three days to a week.

This delay (and perhaps lack of mental clarity) makes it difficult for me to know

whether of not I am imagining the connection. I do not have any obvious

increase in symptoms on the same day I eat wheat, even in large quantities.

My understanding is that the response time to wheat among people with celiac

disease varies. Is three days to a week typical?

After avoiding wheat for a couple months, I noticed improvement, but this could

be due to a variety of unrelated causes. Casein or lactose intolerance may be

another suspect because I was severely allergic to milk as an infant.

I am starting a spreadsheet to track diet and symptoms over time. This should

be useful in any case.

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BTW, I am in the Santa Cruz, California area. Any thoughts about how

I can find a good clinic that can to celiac screening?

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I know what everyone else will recommend so I may as well say it now: Enterolab. You get advice on what tests to take (and they're supposed to be more inexpensive)....you have choices on how many and which you choose to take. Someone else can give you more info. I haven't taken any tests there, but many others have.


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If you're trying to do a dietary challenge for gluten intolerance, don't forget that just cutting out wheat is not enough. You have to cut out anything that has or is made from wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Have you gone over the safe/unsafe list on this site?

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