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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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Well I had the blood test 10 days ago and then started my gluten free diet for stomach pain issues. I have done really well and am surprised at how I am feeling better 60% which is awesome. I am an avid walker and today my gluten-free and I walked up to the local Saturday market. One of the vendors has awesome home made tortilla's spelt kamut, wheat and corn. I of course can only have the 100% corn. We finished our 13k walk in the snow and I headed home. I put the fire on and made a homemade quesadilla. I thought it was weird as my mouth kind of burned and then my stomach was off, but I just went on with my day. Later on in the afternoon my 16 year old daughter said mom those tortillas you bought have wheat in them. I of course said THEY DO NOT!. I looked and I was so upset. I picked up the corn/wheat ones by mistake. OH boy NO blood test has to come back abnormal to tell me I allergic to wheat. My mouth and throat are still burning. My fingers are swollen and my stomach is gurgling and so upset.

I am mad at myself but I am a cup half full girl. SO now I know. I have learned a valuable lesson I must read and read the labels and make sure I get the right gorceries.

I must admit I am in shock and cannot believe it. I was truly skeptical this was my problem and it was my Dr who thinks this is what I have wrong. SHE IS right.

I would much rather know this is what is wrong with me than what I had my mind believing. I thought cancer or something horrible (thyroid cancer survivor) as the pain was so bad. To find out it is wheat is truly okay with me.

I enjoy all your posts and am so glad to have found you all

Katie who is withdrawing again SIGH.

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It's good you were able to pinpoint the problem. Kind of stinks but now you know how how to proceed. Hope you get to feeling better soon!

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Most of us make mistakes in the beginning, so don't be too hard on yourself. Those mistakes remind us to ALWAYS read the ingredient lists.

At least you get symptoms when you get glutened so you know something "got you"?

Drink a lot of water to help flush out your system.

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@Katie,

Hi Katie,

It's nice to have a first hand confirmation eh? Your body knows what it doesn't like, and it sure let you know too. My reactions seemed more noticeable after I had been gluten-free for a while. A few crumbs seemed silly worry about for to me at first but then I found out they do matter.

Yep, label reading is an easy thing to miss at first. Or even later. It's something we get used to doing after a while. Kind of a habit. The good kind though. What's tricky is when you have used product for a while and the change the ingredients. So a safe product becomes unsafe. Then you really have to be reading labels or ouchy. :~)

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Thanks for the responses everyone. This is totally new to me and what a learning experience. I am will definitley be more aware of packages and ingredients when I shop. Though some products do stump me!

I cannot wait to hear about my blood test. If it is negative I will know that I am indeed Gluten Intolerant.

It is nice to have a place to read and learn and to ask questions.

Have a great day

Katie

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Thanks for the responses everyone. This is totally new to me and what a learning experience. I am will definitley be more aware of packages and ingredients when I shop. Though some products do stump me!

If you're stumped, ask on the board. We can probably help you. :)

You found the forbidden ingredient list on the main site, right?

http://www.celiac.com/articles/182/1/Unsafe-Gluten-Free-Food-List-Unsafe-Ingredients/Page1.html

There is also a safe ingredient list.

http://www.celiac.com/articles/181/1/Safe-Gluten-Free-Food-List-Safe-Ingredients/Page1.html

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sounds like you inadvertently confirmed it! i noticed you said you were a thyroid cancer survivor ... celiac disease certainly attacked my thyroid. if you wouldn't mind answering ... did you have any symptoms before finding out you had thyroid cancer or was it discovered "by accident"?

glad to hear you are on the right track ... it takes a while but there's no going back once you heal! :)

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