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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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I have been gluten-free since Feb04 . My question is how long does it take to really start to feel like my old self again . I have been sick for several years now and was finally diagnosed with cialiacs in Feb. I lost so much weight I thought I had cancer or something. My really big problem now seems to be my weight . I was heavy b4 so I wasnt bothered by it, but now it has been months and my intestines dont seem to be getting any better. I eat a ton of food but am still losing weight. Anyone have any ideas. I also have lactose, egg,nut,and yeast allergy.

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Try not to fret....it can take over a year to get better. I've been gluten-free since February, too, and I still have symptoms -- and I've been really paranoid about the diet and have been tested in many different ways for other problems. It takes time.

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I've done some research on this since I am wondering the same thing (I've been gluten-free for just over 7 months and still not better). I know how discouraging it is.

There are a number of things that could be wrong if a celiac continues to have problems on the gluten-free diet:

1. There could still be gluten in your diet (unlikely if you're very careful about cross-contamination and reading ingredients).

2. You could have another intolerance or allergy.

3. You could have another health related problem in addition to celiac.

4. It takes some people longer to heal than others (Which can be frustrating, especially if you've been so faithful to the diet and not seeing improvements).

5. And there's also something called refractory celiac (which we hope no one EVER gets) where celiacs do not respond to the gluten-free diet. This is rare though.

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It took about 1 year for me to feel really good. I also discovered a few months in to going gluten-free that I am intolerant to casein and soy as well. I still have days where I'm really tired. But I feel the best I have in my entire life.

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Are you sure you're eating enough as well? If food was making you sick before, you may have gotten into the habit of not enough calories. You might try a food journal (you can use Fitday to do it online), to see if you're getting enough calories. Eating plenty of nutrient and calorie dense foods (avocados, plenty of oil on your salads, etc.) may help there.

(Of course, all of this comes after what everyone else said about other intolerances and giving it plenty of time.)

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