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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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Hello everyone,

I am new to this site and now sure if I am posting in the correct area, however here is my story, hope someone can help?

I have never had any health problems except the one surgery to remove my tonsils and adnoids when I was in the 5th grade. Over the course of the past 10 years (I am 39) I have had Vertigo, which came out of nowhere, severe bouts of "food poisening" or so the Dr.'s thought. And ongoing severe cramping, diahrea (sp?), loose stool and with this comes a seizure like reaction which I end up fainting. It only happens when I am going to the bathroom and after writing down everything I ate for a month there was never any one thing we could pinpoint this reaction coming from. One time I passed out and broke the front teeth out of my mouth (2 months before my wedding, nice) another time I was home alone with my 4 year old and passed out off the toilet face first onto the ceramic tile floor and looked like I had been in a bar fight. I also get lightheaded and dizzy if I sit too long getting up and walking around seems to help. I have no other pain, no joint pain, a little arthritus in my knees and the occassionaly achy bones feeling but it goes away and isn't occuring enough to cause me any issues.

I recently changed Dr.'s and my new Dr. found that I have tested positive for an auto - immune disease. Which one is the question. I had a positive ANA blood test which led him to this conclusion. Now I have been referred out to a Rhuematologist. We live in a small town and we only have one Rhuematologist and I can't get in to see him until the end of September. I have had a CAT SCAN, MRI, EEG, EKG, and loads of bloodwork. The positive ANA blood test was the only thing to turn up. My Dr. said I am in for a load of more tests because it is so difficult to diagnose auto immune diseases. A friend suggested I check into Celiac Disease or having an allergy to wheat. My symptoms sounded similar so as I have researched online it does seem to have similarities. I was hoping someone out there might have some of the same symptoms or be able to tell me how to get tested for Celiac Disease and do I have to wait for the Rhuematologist or is this something my family practioner can handle? Would love any input anyone could offer, thanks for listening.

Northern Michigander

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You can get a celiac panel done by your general practitioner. Be sure he does the whole panel, not just the IgA.

Also, you may want to get a Lyme test (because of the knee pain and vertigo). Be sure it's done by IGeneX. I had the test kit sent to my house, then took it to my doctor so that I was sure it was done by this particular lab (www.igenex.com).

I'd also have them test your B12 levels.

Have you had your iron levels checked?

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Crohn's or ulcerative colitis are also a possibility. Have you had a colonoscopy done?

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