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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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Yesterday my 15 year old, who's been on a gluten-free diet for 3 months now, accidentally ate 3 prezel thin cookie sticks (a tradition from 1st grade when a friend came back from Asia, he'd bring these.) My son said he ate them without a single thought except how wonderful they tasted. 10 minutes later his body was covered in a light, bright red rash, he started exhibiting intense allergy symptoms (sneezing, watery eyes, etc.) These were his usual signs before going gluten-free, just not so bad! Then, however, he started getting queasy. His joints all began aching. And, to top it off, he got his first migraine. This morning he's still draggy with a hangover headache and the aches and allergy symptoms, not as bad though. His face is still red, but no rash, the rest of his body has cleared.

He complained at first when I put him on this diet that he really wasn't that bad or that intolerant and being gluten-free was so much trouble. Now, he and I know what his body really feels about gluten. I feel so bad for him :( but it's better to get this poison out and away from his system now than have it slowly damage him over the course of his life.

Someone stated that they didn't know why anyone would go on this diet without getting all the testing proof first. My son's blood tests came back just barely into the positive numbers. The doctor was ambivalent about the diet. Said it was up to me, basically. I didn't get the biopsy (since I decided to go by way of the diet anyway and the dr said with the numbers, it was very unlikely he'd test positive.) I find it interesting that most people are totally willing to take pills whether they're prescribed, OTC or homeopathic stuff, yet will not even consider altering their diets to improve their health unless it's the last option.

We're a weird animal. :rolleyes:

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We are a weird animal! I would much rather change my diet than take a pill, it puts everything in my control that way. Now your son knows for certain what gluten does to his body, he will be more likely to avoid it in the future!

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