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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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Well, I don't have a formal diagnosis, and I don't happen to believe that you are more deserving than I of support. I'm quite certain that I feel better when I don't eat gluten, and I'm also quite certain that that it's not a mental illness causing me to believe this.

People have different lives, and I personally don't believe I have the right to judge someone else's illness, nor do I believe you have the right to judge mine.

You are right --everyone is different and there are some varying symptoms when it comes to Celiac Disease.

As a person who has been without health insurance most of my life I have had to try to figure out how to help myself with medical issues. I was forced to read and learn about health issues and research my symptoms. I did not have much knowledge of Celiac Disease when I had chronic diarrhea in the early 1990's -- no one at that time knew much about Celiac's Disease. But I was able to figure out a few things on my own, like acidophilus helped me to some extent, and if I ate less bread I did better too. Because I stopped eating bread my symptoms abated and I never really gave that much thought. I was just happy that the diarrhea went away.

I do now have a medical diagnosis of Celiac Disease, but I definitely understand that there are people who try going gluten-free, find relief and might come to this forum to find others with common problems. This forum is a resource for us all.

I think that informed people, people who inform themselves naturally find forums like this because we are looking for people with a common ground to discuss our condition or diagnosis, hopefully to help each other.

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