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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? - 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

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I am very new to going gluten free. I am convinced that this is a life path for me. Is it usual to have several good days then have some bad days? I know that I have been gluten-free because the ONLY things I have eaten are meat and rice and a few fresh veggies. Also have checked all cosmetic products, supplements, etc.

I'd like to hear how it went for others in the "early days"!!!

fritzicurls

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I also had good and bad days at first. I really didn't start feeling alot better until month 3 and then it took me a few more to get back to normal.

Everyone has different times for when they start feeling better but it takes time for your body to get used to this new way of eating and for your body to heal.

That's great you have been on top of things and checked makeup, supplements, etc. That eliminates alot of risks of contamination right there.

Feel better soon and hang in there :D

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What you are experiencing is typical, I think.....

Keep on reminding yourself that it took years of gluten damaging your system to get you to this point and it is not going to turn around overnight..... There will be good days, bad days, days where you wonder if it is worth the hassle, days where you will thank your lucky stars you went gluten free, and a myriad of different feelings in between.

Everybody's bodies heal differently,some quicker than others......

Hang in there! ;)

Karen

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I think it's also possible (not like we need to make matters worse, but hey, we're human!) that as the first few days go by on a gluten-free diet, first few weeks and months as well, we tend to by SO hypervigilant about how we are feeling physically that we no longer overlook small things we may have overlooked in the past. So, because we're looking so very closely, we may feel worse sometimes, than we might otherwise. Essentially, becoming hypersensitive to how we're feeling. (I don't necessarily use hypersensitive in a bad sense though. While it's possible to take it too far, I would argue that most of us - well, most Americans in general, I don't know... once you've got celiac disease and go down that path, I don't think it's true any longer - are not sensitive/aware enough of how our bodies are feeling.

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It seems that the average time to start feeling better is 3 months and a year to reach the healthy point. That is the way it was for me too. It is so worth it to follow this path. You will make mistakes along the way and get nailed with gluten from time to time. The only thing you can do is keep yourself as healthy as possible so that you can weather the storm better.

I have been gluten-free for over a year and last night I accidently used my sons Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toothpaste, with gluten of course. Fortunately the amount must have been really small and the only reaction I had was a tingling sensation in my mouth and a nightmare. The only time I dream is when I get nailed with gluten. Even us veterans slip up sometimes.

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I can relate to what Tiffany said about being hypersensitive to what's going in our bodies. Shortly after learning about celiac disease two months ago, I noticed how sore/irritated by gut actually was. I am observant about everything that goies on with my body to the point that it has become obsessive. I am trying to get over this and hopefully as my GI symptoms improve I will also put my thoughts on the back burner.

Patience is the key.

Ally

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Thanks to all of you for your replies. I think I figured out the culprit!!! I helped clean out an old barn yesterday and all the dust and mold did a number on me!!!

I am going to persevere no matter what. There are too many great stories on this site to give me the inspiration that I need. Thanks everyone!

fritzicurls

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In the future you should wear a good particle mask when cleaning dirty area. I have to wear one just cleaning out my garage because the dirt and dust makes me rather ill.

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