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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.

Why Does Gluten Cause Headaches?
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Just curious if anyone knows the physiological reason why gluten causes headaches? I plan to ask my doctor next time I'm there, but that's not till the end of this month and I'm curious now. lol.. Just wondering because I got glutened the other night :ph34r: and had the worst headache I've had in awhile. (my own stupidity too, which makes it worse)

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I think it can be due to a number of different things, depending on the individual. For me, it is a secondary reaction, after the intestines are effected. And possibly involving dehydration.

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I think it can be due to a number of different things, depending on the individual. For me, it is a secondary reaction, after the intestines are effected. And possibly involving dehydration.

Interesting about dehydration, because I know that as soon as the gluten hits my system I get incredibly thirsty.

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Interesting about dehydration, because I know that as soon as the gluten hits my system I get incredibly thirsty.

That is interesting to me as well, because IMMEDIATE and unquenchable thirst was my biggest clue. No amount of water would remedy it.

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This is one of my big reactions to gluten. I get a bad migraine, and I can feel the places on my scalp that are sensitive and hurting. I went my whole life without getting headaches, and now it seems like a big part of my life.

I read that it has to do with the blood brain barrier.

Google that.

I'll try to find out more info on it too.

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I think it may have something to do with the inflammation. It seems gluten antibodies can inflame just about any organ in the body. Some of us get hit in the joints and muscles, some get liver impact, some get signs of inflammation in kidneys or heart (my heart wall is thickened and the doctors blamed that on the inflammation I had for years) once those antibodies get into the bloodstream they throughout the entire system. I get the headaches also but not as bad as when I was first diagnosed and now only when I get glutened. Before diagnosis I had lived with daily migraines for years.

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