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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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I am very new to all of this, so please bear with me. I have been having stomach problems since my 10th grade year in high school, and I am now completing my sophomore year of college so it has been 4 years now of fairly consistent acid reflux, coming about mostly at bedtime. In the years since coming to college it has gotten progressively worse, along with more occurrences of severe gas, sometimes in the stomach, sometimes lower down the tract and sometimes everywhere. First my doctor told me to use zantac, and when that had no affect he told me to use prevacid. Still no result. I made an appointment with another doctor, which led to an endoscopy on saturday. The test showed that i had an enflamed esophagus, but no other symptoms. I am still waiting for the results of blood tests. Anyway, for all this time that i've been having what i thought was acid reflux i've been cutting out more and more meat and dairy out of my diet and replacing it with breads and pastas. After my endoscopy the doctor told me that its likely to either be Crohn's disease or Celiac Sprue. After my endoscopy i ate gluten free for the rest of the day and woke up the next morning with no heartburn. Same thing last night - i ate a big helping of rice noocles with red sauce tuna brocolli and mushrooms at 7 and went to bed at 10 - no heartburn. The last 6 months i had been stopping my food consumption at 5 and still suffering through the night even if i stayed upright until 12. Obviously i have been extatic about not having hearburn, but I am wondering 1. what i have done to myself in my unknowing gluten-gluttany, and 2. is this likely to be celiac sprue or just gluten intolerance, and 3. are they the same?

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