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.
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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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Of course you shouldn't cut gluten unless you need to. But, there's one point I tried to make in the FAQ but bears repeating. If you go through the diagnostic process and test negative for celiac, please give serious consideration to trialling the gluten free diet regardless.
The reason for this is that some people test negative, but gluten is still the problem. If you were one of those people you'd have a lifetime of issues but never find the truth because of the negative test. I am one of those people and it was my reaction to the challenge which finally settled any doubts.
As for the diet itself, yes its a pain, yes there's some foods that aren't quite as good as before, but after some time you forget and for me now I can sit and enjoy a plate of pasta or a pizza without feeling I'm settling for second best and in any case, its totally worth it to feel healthy. There isn't a cheesecake in existence that would tempt me back.
Now steady on, I only meant in terms of suspecting celiac, I make no wider claims
No, I was eating gluten (and still am) when the tests were being done. I haven't cut it out because I know I'd never get a diagnosis if I did, and I don't want to if I don't have to. I love food. At this point, I just want to know the root cause, whatever it is. I don't want to give up gluten if it's not the problem. As far as military career, there is no impact. There is no reason why a dietary restriction would effect me, so that's not an issue. Thanks for the links! I'll definitely read (and thanks for affirming I'm not crazy!)
Do you drink milk? The year I went off milk products I THINK it went away.... but I was too sad to stay off milk. I try to do as little as possible now, but can't resist cheese.
thanks for the other info! I'll read the paper now. I use ketaconazole too! At least I recognize it from my arsenal.