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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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-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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My title says it all. I'm new here. Have been helped a lot by reading for the pat few months and finally decided to join. Here's my too-long story. I apologize in advance. I'll make it point-form!

-March randomly fainted...followed by a week of dizzy spells

-March - June continued to have random dizzy spell, felt faint, light headed, had migraine with aura for 1st time ever, caught every cold, flu, bug going around.

June got sick. Couldn't get out of bed for 2 weeks kind of sick, loss of appetite, diarrhea, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, lost 10lbs in 1 week Bad. Went to ER, found nothing, but clued in that my mom has celiac and I had the exact same symptoms that she had before diagnosis. So, did the blood test, went home and immediately went gluten-free. Took over 2 weeks for results in which time I was very slowly but also very definitely improving. Results were "inconclusive" and I postively refuse to eat gluten to do biopsy!

Digestive symptoms improved quickly, but took all summer to get any sort of strength/energy back and get rid of brain fog. Don't work in summers and it's a good thing. No way I could have worked.

End of August started back to work (home daycare) which was extremely difficult and caused me to have anxiety/ sleeping problems. I overcame it within a few weeks realizing that I can do it!

mid Sept had a set back of abdominal pain. The Dr's guess was gastritis or ulcer caused by Advil. Took about a month to finally start seeing an improvement. Again, just when I though I was overcoming that I had a major bout of diarrhea last night like I've never had in my life! Today I'm left weak, exhausted and wondering where the light at the end of the tunnel is.

In 2 weeks I'm seeing a gastro for the 1st time in all of this! Gotta love our health care system here in Canada. Don't have colon cancer, so I'm not much of a priority...as I was actually told in emerg!

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Welcome to the board and sorry you are having such a hard time.

You mention starting up a home daycare. Do you also the kids in the day care to consume gluten in the house? If you do that may account for your setback. We even need to be careful with stuff like Playdoh and paints for the kids as those can be an issue for us.

Eat as much whole unprocessed food as you can and be careful to avoid cross contamination and hopefully you will be feeling better soon. We can have real ups and downs for a bit. Some of us will develop other intolerances with soy and dairy being the most common. If you consume either you may want to drop them for a bit and see if that helps.

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Thanks. I initially eliminated dairy, and successfully reintroduced small amounts, although every time I have a setback I cut it out again. I also eliminated soy as it made my throat itchy when drinking soy milk....

The daycare eats a regular diet, and I believe that I am careful with their food and PlayDoh.....

Maybe last night was just a `fluke` who knows... I feel like it`s always a guessing game.

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