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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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New Diagnosis Of Celiac Disease, Just Out Of Hosp.

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Hello,

My name is Cindy. I just got out of the hospital on Tuesday. I was diagnosed with Celiac disease after a biopsy revealed why my body was going growing crazy.

I have lost a ton of weight and have been having problems keeping food "in". This after just two months ago I had a partial thyroidectomy due to a neoplasm and thyroiditis.

I'm wondering if there is a relationship between the two problems.

Regardless, I am grateful we've found out about the wheat allergy, and I'm ready to be wheat free.

I'd appreciate any suggestions on food recipes. There is an alarming amount of "flour" choices. I live in a very rural part of Kansas and specialty items need to be ordered on-line. Advice on steering clear of the pitfalls would be very, very welcome.

I was in the hospital for 5 days, but I am still tired and my stomach is still not very happy. It probably didn't help that for breakfast I was given cream of wheat (they though it was cream of rice!) and then the rice crispies were not gluten free....ugh... :o) Live and Learn!!!

Somedays, I wonder (as do my family and friends) if I'm EVER going to feel better.

Thanks for listening, and thank you for your help.

Cindy

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Cindy,

Congratulations on your diagnosis! Hopefully this will finally be a turning point for you and you will begin to feel better. I can definitely empathize with you on always seeming to feel ill- out of the 18 years of my life, I've been so ill with what the've always called "Irritable Bowel Syndrome" that I can't even remember a time in my life when I wasn't always feeling ill. After numerous doctors, an 8 day stay in the hospital, 4 endoscopies, a colonoscopy, removal of my gallbladder, and another two years of waiting, they FINALLY diagnosed gluten intolerance. After just two weeks on the diet, I already feel as though I've found the part of me that has been missing for the past 13 years.

To address your question...I've found a few sites with recipes, as well as some very good books, and a couple of online stores that may be of help to you...

Savory Plate- Recipes

Gluten Free Pantry- Online Shopping

Gluten Solutions- More Online Shopping

Excellent list of Gluten Free items

Live Journal Community dedicated to sharing recipes and information about Celiac

Gluten Free Recipe Book Found @ Borders.com

I hope this helps! Good luck!

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Deb,

WOW!!! Thank you so much for the links. I'm off to surf on them!

Is it common for celiacs to have to have their gallbladders removed? Mine was removed 2 years ago....

Thank you again for the well wishes and information!

Cindy

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Hi Cindy,

Yes, it is common for Celiacs to have gallbladder disease and have their gallbladders removed. Soem doctors, if they find the celiac disease before they diagnose gallbladder disease, will wait a while before removing it to see if the gluten-free diet will help the gallbladder fix itself. Unfortunately for most of us, the gallbladder was removed before they found the celiac disease. Mine was removed 4 1/2 years ago, and I found out about Celiac about 2 1/2 years ago, finally diagnosed Nov. 2003 by Enterolab and a biopsy was just done last month. I wonder if I would have been able to keep my gallbladder if they had found the celiac disease earlier, since I have had symptoms for over 25 years...

Hi Deb,

Thanks for the great links. It is the most I've seen in one place for getting food ideas. I have only been gluten free (for good this time!) for 18 days. I am very knowledgable about the disease, but very new to the diet. The links are very helpful.

Mariann :)

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Glad the links were helpful...I have no idea what I would do if it weren't for the internet. I never would have gotten diagnosed, that's for certain. I'm not sure how common it is for Celiacs to have their gallbladders removed--now that I've tested positive for gluten intolerance, I can't help but wonder if it didn't have something to do with it. I've only been gluten free for two weeks and even then only truly gluten free for a week or so--it's darn near impossible to stick to this diet unless you do specialty shopping, I tried--but I've already felt an amazing change.

I will continue to peruse and will let you know if I find anything else.

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