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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
Where can I buy gluten-free stuff?
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Yes they are talking about stuff like lunch meat as one issue. Then red meat/beef as a second issue. The article doesn't say anything about chicken, etc. And it is more of a compilation of info from studies. Sometimes a study that finds that people in a country that eat a lot of beef get more of X cancer - it doesn't always take into account that maybe they aren't eating enough veggies or eating more ketchup...just as an example. and maybe the copious amounts of ketchup is the real issue?
The earliest I can get in with an endo is November, but I do have an appointment scheduled. I also have a second opinion scheduled for Monday with another general practitioner.
My gastro did tell me that it was possible the damage was patchy and he just struck out with all the biopsies. It's frustrating not to have a solid diagnosis though, especially as my symptoms worsen despite being gluten free.
I might try a paleo or WholeFoods30 type diet for a month to make sure I'm not getting contaminated by any processed foods I'm eating. My daughter doesn't prepare her own food, so I know she's not contaminating me, but I suppose I should make sure my husband is being strict about not using the toaster/pb/honey/etc. for my daughter's food. He's been gluten free for years, so I assumed he would be strict with it.
I completely agree! If I'm Celiac, I want to know. And my older sister has similar issues. My grandson has a problem with wheat allergies. I think my father had gluten problems. I think my nephew has gluten issues.
We will just see if that was enough time to raise your antibodies. They usually recommend 3 months for blood work at the U of Chicago.
Because Celiac is an autoimmune & genetic disease, it would be good to know.
Yes. I ate gluten for over a month.... EVERY DAY! I had a blast. I ate all kinds of stuff I never eat. It was so much fun.... until the intestinal issues came along. And I gained six pounds. After the blood test, I immediately stopped eating gluten.