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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 have known of my Celiacs since November 2009...and I swear the glutenings feel worse every time it happens (luckily they are few and far between). When I get glutened I am up for trying anything! Today I got CC'ed and it was one of those bad, bad days :( So I was researching like crazy other ways to help this pain. I have tried ginger tea, but didn't really notice anything different and the taste to me is not good at all....?

So, I see there's an Enzyme? I know nothing about these, I don't know what it's called, or if there are different kinds? Advice anyone?

Then I found that marijuana can help? So I researched medical marijuana, and celiac disease is apparently covered along with many other digestive diseases and syndromes...but not in Minnesota. So that won't be an option for me for now, but has anyone tried this? Does this really work?

Any other ideas?? I can't believe I lived with this crap (literally haha) and pain for years, unknowingly poisoning my poor intestines....any advice is great! Thanks!!

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I think we all cope with it different, as the symptoms tend to vary from person to person. It kinda becomes a game of trying things that seem like they might work, and finding what works best for you.

When I get glutened, I feel like I have the flu for a good portion of a day, and then feel either achy all over my body, or lightheaded, or both. I lose my appetite, and be really irritable for a day as well. Digestive-wise, I'll have nausea, lower abdominal cramps, and get really bloated feeling.

There are a few things that seem to help me, being Junior Mints and Vernor's. Don't ask me why, but they just seem to work for me.

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I have recently discovered something called K2 incense, you find it at a head shop, where they sell bongs and other things like that. You smoke it like the other, it is just herbs not the real stuff. I almost forgot, it does have something called synthetic cannabis. It dosen't show up in a blood test, but it is illegal in some states. You need to check to see if it's allowed in yours because it does cause impairment. It gets rid of my fibro pain and my glutening pains but don't plan on going anywhere or doing anything. I like it because it dosen't cause the munchies and I can still walk a straight line, lol, it just makes me numb all over. Just a suggestion, it's up to you. Good luck

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Thanks for your suggestions!! I will have to try the Junior Mints thing as they are delicious!! I have never heard of K2, but I will look into that as well. Hopefully I can find something!! I have a very bloated tummy tonight :(

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I found rubbing rose oil into my stomach, massaging clockwise helped alot and sipping black sweetened tea stopped all nausea and doesnt taste as bad as ginger tea! I do not like ginger tea at all. And just relaxing! Just lie down on the sofa and chill out reading or watching something, staying warm as well! I find if im cold i feel so much worse, being anemic i do often feel cold! Hope this helps!

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I found rubbing rose oil into my stomach, massaging clockwise helped alot and sipping black sweetened tea stopped all nausea and doesnt taste as bad as ginger tea! I do not like ginger tea at all. And just relaxing! Just lie down on the sofa and chill out reading or watching something, staying warm as well! I find if im cold i feel so much worse, being anemic i do often feel cold! Hope this helps!

Thank you!! I will try the black sweetened tea.

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Depends on the symptoms... I get terrible migraines w/nausea and appetite loss and irritability/emotional craziness (go figure). If I lived in a med marijuana state, I would definitely go that route - but I don't, so a dark room and a cool compress are the best I can do. And I don't think MJ would help w/diarrhea, gas, bloating - might work on stomach pain, though.

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OMG don't mess with that K2 stuff! :o It has cannabis-like designer drugs in it. The drugs have never been tested, nobody knows if they are safe. As soon as the government makes one illegal they invent another. You are a guinea pig for completely untested drugs. If you find pot helpful for fibro, see about getting the natural stuff for medical use.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_cannabis

I get mostly GI symptoms from gluten so I use Pepto Bismol and Immodium.

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i stop eating b/c i have no appetite. also soooo tired. hot tea with sugar and lactaid.... hopefully a nap then i will feel progressively better but my digestion will be messed up for 4-5 days no matter what i eat. also feels like i am hit by a truck. i like the junior mints idea :)

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It depends on the symptoms. MJ has helped me with the pain, nausea and general sick feeling. But I also have discovered that I now get dizzy with glutening. And I have taken dramamine to combat that, it helps and even with the nausea. I think many of us have had to try different things to see what works. You may have to try until something works for you. I hope you feel better. :)

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oh, yeah, and have been self mj'd for years even before my dx, so i believe there is truth to it's medicinal qualities. it does help, even if it's an attitude adjuster. i get really irritable when i have been zapped, so it keeps other people from killing me. eventually, when i feel better it helps with the appetite. i agree with skylark - don't mess with that synthetic sh*t. get the kind God makes. if you can't find it, ask a senior citizen ;)

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Thanks all for your replies!!! I won't try synthetic stuff....I am not much into ANY drugs, but was wondering about MJ....maybe someday they will legalize it ;) For now I will stick to my tea, pain relievers and immodium! And maybe some MJ someday....

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