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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 wanted to jump in and say hi. I was diagnosed a week ago tomorrow so this is all relatively new to me. I consider myself blessed because I was only miserable for six months before my diagnosis. I know others waited much longer. My main symptoms were pain, bloating, and headaches. The D didn't come until the last month. My blood work was negative, but the biopsy was positive.

I'm just trying to figure everything out, I almost tasted my daughters pasta last night to see if it was done! It is just a whole new way of looking at things. Thanks to all who post on here. Your experiences have been really helpful.

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welcome Jill :) This is THE place for help and suggestions. Right now Im gonna hit the recipes.

I understand how you must stop yourself and it will take some time. I must dedicate half of my cooking time - first, for my daughter's gluten-free meals then prepare my husbands meals. He is slowly coming around to becoming gluten-free to help our daughter, but it isn't easy for him.

I am still learning about cross contamination (sometimes the hard way with daughter becoming ill :( ). Any questions, feel free to ask.

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Spend time here reading and listen to advice and experiences. I've been at this 2.5 years and this community has had a huge impact on improving my life. It's become second nature to think about everything. Last month, I purchased a new kind of gluten-free spagetti that looks like regular spagetti and when it was time to test the gluten-free noodle it was pretty strange to talk myself into eating it.

Keep educating yourself and get strict fast are my two biggest pieces of advice. A plain Hershey's bar is also gluten free for those early days when you are feeling deprived.

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Thanks for the welcomes. Today I am feeling pretty positive, but who knows what tomorrow will bring. Now I guess I actually have to learn how to cook :)

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My daughter went gluten free a few weeks back. Try the quinoa spagetti noodles. They taste and look normal. Also try the gluten free snyders pretzels. I'm the pickiest eater in the world and they taste normal. Also today we tried the schar bread sticks. Although bland like an ordinary bread stick would be you can't tell they are gluten free.

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I was just dx'd in Sept and I was at a party the week later and someone gave me a piece of pie for dessert and I started eating it, my best friend was like- are you supposed to be eating that?? Totally hard to break the habits, I can relate!

Where was your pain pre-diagnosis?

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Welcome! I just got my confirmation last Thursday so almost the same day as you. :D

I was making gluten free brownies and accidently grabbed the PAM spray for baking (it has flour in it!) Had to use a different pan and I chucked the PAM in the trash.

As for pasta, I have found a pasta my family likes and can't tell the difference so we mostly eat that. (Sam Mills)

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There is definitely a learning curve and breaking old habits. My pain is centered right between my rib cage, right near the bra line. It generally feels like someone is stabbing me. At times it was worse than others, but it landed me in the ER a couple times because I couldn't handle the pain. It is funny because the doctor didn't think the pain was related to celiac, but it has gone away since I've been gluten-free...and it came back last night after I was glutened by my well meaning husband. It just goes to show that we know our bodies best :D

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