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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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This very well could be a topic that should be posted elsewhere, but my "presenting symptom" almost three years ago was an itchy rash, so that's why its here.

I know its not good to self diagnose, but at the same time I was dealing with the rash, I was helping my daughter through her problems. Long story I've told previously, won't repeat. But whenever I suggested to one of her physicians that gluten might be a contributing factor, I was either patronized or looked like I was one of those looney parents. When it finally entered my thought processes that my itchy itchy rash was possibly gluten related, I was not confident of an open perspective from my own physician (I had recently changed drs), did not want to deal with a negative response, nor did I want to incur any more expenses. That summer was a bad time for my family on several fronts. So I just went gluten free. (along with my daughter).

That was a little over two years ago, and my rash healed slowly over time; still have a couple of light purple spots but those are fading.

Every once in a while, I experience some regret that I never pursued testing. Even though I had begun to experience at the time of the rash, other things that you can string together like so many pearls (feeling occasional tingling in my hands, bone scan indicated slight osteopaenia, had been hypothyroid for several years.) And the fact that the tingling went away completely and the rash began to improve after only a few weeks on the diet. I look at these things and say, what more proof do I need?

Lately I have been feeling regretful/doubtful again, and this morning I had to go to the dentist. I hate going to the dentist. Its no fun for me, its like a torture chamber. My gums have been borderline for many years, some areas of recession, and they tend to bleed easily during cleanings. As they scrape away the tartar I get the lecture about not flossing enough...

Today was very different. No bleeding. No massive scraping session. It was the easiest cleaning I have had since....since I can remember. The hygienest said my gums looked much better, had I been flossing more regularly?

I nodded dumbly yes, but the truth is, I haven't! In fact the past few months, probably less! go figure.

I think, somewhere, I have read about a link between peridontal problems and gluten/celiac. Is this wishful thinking, or could it be another pearl/piece of evidence, supporting my self diagnosis?

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