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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Barilla makes great tasting gluten free pasta, Etalia makes a great artisan style bread, Canyon Bakehouse makes great bagels and sandwich bread so your good to go there. Canyon also makes focaccia but I've never tried it and it couldn't possibly compare to my sisters focaccia.
I would be very careful here, and mindful of long-term damage not short-term symptoms. I had no immediate symptoms, when I consumed gluten. The first I knew about it was when I developed an intestinal ulcer. So take care here. Just because people may not react immediately to gluten does not mean there there is no damage occurring. Rather it may well be just be silently accumulating like it did with me. I think people should go on the assumption that it IS accumulating, until proven otherwise, or you may end up with a totally messed up intestine like me!
I have never been diagnosed officially as having Celiacs, because the blood test failed to show anything, but I can tell you most certainly I do have it! My symptoms are textbook. Unfortunately because the blood test didn't work I did considerable damage to my intestines before I realised what was wrong and changed my diet..which immediately changed everything for the good. I would recommend going on a gluten free diet for at least two weeks, it may well tell you far more than any blood test.
I hear ya NHmom. But I also hear cyclinglady, and the many others on this board.
Take it from me, it is horrible to have some questionable bloodwork and/or a questionable biopsy. I cannot imagine going through what you are with your little one. I cannot even handle it for me and I am an adult!
It is worth the wait to get an educated opinion vs getting what you want test wise at Walmart quickly. And trust me, I am a mom too so I have been there.
How old are your kids?
September is a quick appointment. Take it. And Dr. Leonard is great too if she can see you sooner. She was the first doc I met in person. You can always go from there.