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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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Hi,

I was diagnosed less than 2 weeks ago, 1/3/12 to be exact. Immediately Gluten free, no slip ups yet. Gonna get a little personal here, hope you do not mind, but this has been sticking in my head for 2 days now and I have to talk about it somewhere that people will not look at me like I am crazy.

After a meal, usually dinner, if my husband had to use the bathroom he would say to me "I have to use the bathroom do you need to go in first?" (him knowing that I ALWAYS had to go after a meal and him being a man meaning he could spend an hour in there :)). I was standing in the hallway talking to my daughter. My husband walked by and asked the question I have heard dozens of times over the past several years. I paused, looked at him and said "No." After another few seconds I looked at my daughter, smiled and said "Wow! It felt great to say that and really mean it!" I almost cried.

Thanks for listening I have been thinking about this moment and a few others like it for the past couple of days. Makes all of the label reading and day dreams of foods that are now off limits really, really worth it!

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:)

That's one of those stories that only a small percentage of the population would truly understand and appreciate . . . and you found them here.

I'm glad things are going well for you. Welcome to the board.

:D

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Totally get it! Congratulations!

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:D Isn't it fun to solve the disruption in your life. AND liberating.!!!!!
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I spent about 25 years like that.

After a meal I thought that I had to run to the restroom shortly thereafter because:

1) Everyone does that. Isn't that normal?

or

2) I ate too much. (Doctors always indicated that my stomach wouldn't hurt if I wasn't overweight).

Rolling on the bathroom floor in pain was normal, right?

Gah.

OP -- welcome and glad you got a diagnosis. It's a great feeling!

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I had that moment one Sunday in December when I realized that I had spent the whole afternoon Christmas shopping and never once thought about where the washrooms were located in the stores. Normal life is Awesome.

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I spent about 25 years like that.

After a meal I thought that I had to run to the restroom shortly thereafter because:

1) Everyone does that. Isn't that normal?

or

2) I ate too much. (Doctors always indicated that my stomach wouldn't hurt if I wasn't overweight).

Rolling on the bathroom floor in pain was normal, right?

Gah.

OP -- welcome and glad you got a diagnosis. It's a great feeling!

Exactly! Same for me. And it is a great feeling for sure!

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I had that moment one Sunday in December when I realized that I had spent the whole afternoon Christmas shopping and never once thought about where the washrooms were located in the stores. Normal life is Awesome.

Normal life is awesome :)

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Normal life is awesome :)

...and we appreciate it even more when we realize just how abnormal it had been.

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Since I know where every single bathroom is within the 175 mile radius of my home, including the back roads in 3 neighboring states, (and sadly, some remote spots once employed in emergency situations :( ) I can so relate to your pure joy at being "normal" again. :)

I was never "normal" in my life. :rolleyes:

Until now. :)

so, YEAH, BABY!! That is AWESOME news!!! B)

So happy for you and WELCOME to the forum!

You can't see me, but just know that IH is clapping enthusiastically !!!

Cheers,

IH

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Big smile on my face as I read your post. I know that feeling very well! Welcome to "normal" aint' it great?! :D

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