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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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What are the NORMAL symptoms of gluten intolerance?

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Lol! That's a question without an answer. Or rather, it has a really long answer with a lot of different things. Not to mention that a LOT of celiacs do not have normal symptoms. (I didn't.) While weight loss and diarreah and abdominal pain are listed as common symptoms, some people have no physical symptoms and just mental ones (brain fog, irritability, etc), and some people have the opposite symptoms (weight gain, constipation, etc).

Have you been tested? If so, what tests? Have you tried going gluten-free? Did that make any difference? Do you have family members with celiac or IBS or other digestive issues?

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There are many symptoms of Celiac Disease, in fact over 200 of them. Here is a link to a list of symptoms located on this website click Here for the list. There are also other symptoms that are not listed, each person is different. Some people have this diease and severe symptoms and some don't have any GI problems at all, maybe just anemia.

If you don't mind maybe you should give us a little more info about yourself for example, have you been tested, what kind of symptoms are you experiencing, if any?

I hope this link helps....

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I wonder if all the different symptoms related to WHICH part of the small intestine is damaged. Perhaps different sections absorb different nutrients and that is a factor. My primary debilitating symptom was ever-increasing fatigue. A blood test showed B12 deficiency (but not iron deficiency) and I understand B12 is absorbed in the lower intestine (ileum). I also had mild-moderate steatorrhea but otherwise OK bowels. Oh, I think I had DH but that was "cured" symptomatically with cortizone cream and I regarded it as so trivial that I never mentioned it to my doctor.

The never-ending saga......

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YankeeDB,

Vitamin B-12 can only be absorbed at all if sufficient levels of "intrinsic factor" are present in the stomach to convert it into a form that is usable by the body. If B-12 supplementation is necessary, methylcobalamin is preferred because it is already the "active" form of the vitamin. Cyanocobalamin, while more common and less expensive, has to be converted by the body and is useless if the conversion mechanism is defective. I just thought you might find this interesting. I hope you're doing well!

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Sarah,

Thanks so much for your informed response. My intrinsic factor was OK, according to my doctor. Since the b12 problem was discovered, first I received monthly shots (1000mcg) and now I'm taking the sublingual form (1000mcg daily) of the supplement to bypass my battle-weary digestive track. My B12 levels are good now and I've used both methyl- and cyano- forms at different times so at least something is going right.

I'm still wondering if pancreatic insufficiency (another potential factor underlying b12 problems) may be at issue.

Quite a tangled (but interesting) web.

I'm just on the first steps of gluten freedom and have lots to learn and figure out.

Ann

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