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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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Hi, I am Shari and I am from Akron, Ohio. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2006 and Hashimoto's thyroiditis in 2011. A little over a week ago after undergoing tests to see why my thyroid medicine was not working, I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Been gluten free now for a little over a week. Still feeling somewhat overwhelmed but starting to get the hang of it. Thank goodness to a co-worker who was diagnosed with celiac three years ago, she has been great recommending different gluten free foods.

Looking forward to getting to know others with celiac disease and any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Welcome, Shari! This forum has a wealth of information that you'll find helpful!

Just keep reading and asking questions you may have. It does get a lot easier after awhile...it's pretty normal to be overwhelmed at first.

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Welcome Shari! I never met a person from Ohio whom I didn't like & that's the truth.smile.gif

And aren't you lucky to have a co worker who can help you along this rock strewn path. And this forum is amazing too. So you have resources plus back up. It doesn't get much better than that.

I don't think I've read a single post where the new person is not overwhelmed at first (& even sometimes for a while). It's normal. Stick to whole foods for several months as your gut begins healing & while you get the hang of the gluten-free diet & all the minefields where gluten hides.

All the best to you.biggrin.gif

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Thank you Sylvia and squirmingitch for the welcomes

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Welcome aboard Shari! Our ship is setting sail for a bright and beautiful gluten free future. We all have to get out and row sometimes but we are making a little progress every day. Fortunately we have a bunch of navigators who have been there before us and can keep us pointed in the right general direction. Once we get past the rocky shoals of adjustment it is much smoother sailing.

Don't worry about being perfect at the gluten-free diet right away, but spend some time reading the threads and FAQ info here. Check out the threads on breakfast ideas or dinner ideas or even snack ideas (if that kind of thing appeals to you). <ahttps://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/uploads/emoticons/default_smile.png' alt=':)'> There even threads on safe candy for Halloween and other holidays. And a recipe area for lots of great things to eat.

You may have noticed lots of people getting on board lately who don't even have celiac disease. They know a good ship when they see one though. Our good ship has become very popular lately! )

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Welcome aboard Shari! Our ship is setting sail for a bright and beautiful gluten free future. We all have to get out and row sometimes but we are making a little progress every day. Fortunately we have a bunch of navigators who have been there before us and can keep us pointed in the right general direction. Once we get past the rocky shoals of adjustment it is much smoother sailing.

Don't worry about being perfect at the gluten-free diet right away, but spend some time reading the threads and FAQ info here. Check out the threads on breakfast ideas or dinner ideas or even snack ideas (if that kind of thing appeals to you). <ahttps://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/uploads/emoticons/default_smile.png' alt=':)'> There even threads on safe candy for Halloween and other holidays. And a recipe area for lots of great things to eat.

You may have noticed lots of people getting on board lately who don't even have celiac disease. They know a good ship when they see one though. Our good ship has become very popular lately! )

Thank you GFinDC

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I'm up in the Cleveland area. There is a support group up this way.

http://neohioceliac.com/

Maybe we'll meet up sometime! (Sorry so short.. Sleeping baby on one arm ;) )

Thank you for the information. I just signed up for the pot luck on the 25th of March

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Hello Sharilee,

I am also new to this board, but have been diagnosed for years. I live in cleveland and I wanted to say hello. The cat you have for your avatar looks EXACTLY like my cat.

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