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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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I've been gluten-free for 9 months now and doing much better overall. My last checkup showed that I'm anemic again and the nurse who called with my results said to take a supplement or multivitamin. I've been piecemealing my supplements and had discovered that all the B supplements that came in pill or capsule form upset my stomach, so I've been using liquid with no problems. I'm finding that iron is causing a similar problem.

I've tried Slow FE and Gentlesorb (from GNC) and both have left me feeling like I'm not digesting them properly. I have almost immediate vision problems (can't get my eyes to focus), water retention, and extreme tiredness. Those are my early warning for gluten, but with gluten this would be followed by digestive problems and diarrhea. I have very similar reactions to nightshade vegetables, but I've been avoiding those too and can't *see* any in the ingredient list. I checked and both of these supplements are gluten free, so I'm wondering how likely it is that they have potato starch in them, or if anyone has found a liquid iron supplement or know a better way to supplement. I am really feeling the anemia, so I know I need to take something, but I need something that isn't going to put me on the couch for the duration.

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Whole Foods has liquid iron supplements. A popular one is Floradil or Floradix is a liquid iron supplement - but check the ingredients, one of the two has gluten, the other does not (it's clearly labeled). I use a different one, but don't recall the name at the moment.

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I found I couldn't tolerate any oral supplements. I tried them all, and they all made me nauseous or actually vomiting.

My doc set me up with iron infusions. I went twice, with 3 weeks in between, for IV infusions. It takes about 3 hours, doesn't hurt and it worked.

My Ferritin went from 2 to 45, where no pill would help.

Something to consider :D

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and using cast iron pans, particularly on acidic foods.

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Watkins has a liquid iron supplement called Beef Iron & Wine Tonic.

Ingredients: Sherry wine, water, alcohol (18%, v/v), ferric ammonium citrate, solid beef extract, natural and artificial flavors, ammonium hydroxide, sodium saccharin, Red #40, citric acid.

I've never taken it myself because I've never needed it. However, I've never been let down by any of their products (other than the ones that have gluten :P;) ) and I use quite a lot of their products. I used to have a list of their gluten free products, but it would be about 4 years out of date now, and I have no idea where I've put it.


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i was really anemic person from my childtime.

the doctor sad to me that iron deficiency is the most common blood disorder and it is caused by lack of iron.

Without a sufficient amount of iron the body can not produce enough hemoglobin.

I tried to use something that will help my body to produce more hemoglobin.

Almost all life of battle with anemia and it seems now i stoped to be anemic, my last researches was good.

All people who have same problem keep trying, never give up!

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You might need to be checked for Pernicious Anemia. It has a connection to Celiac because it is caused by the gut lining lacking the proper intrinsic factor to process vitamin B12.

Iron supplements make me vomit. Foods with a higher iron level make me run for the bathroom too. :huh:

If there are any other "odd" symptoms you might be forgetting to mention, you should have your blood checked for other auto-immune disorders.

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