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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts 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 Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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I was just diagnosed with "frozen shoulder", and my doctor said that it has a relationship to my celiac disease (diagnosed 2 months ago). Has anyone else had both problems or any words of wisdom?

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Have you had joint issues before? The other person I knew that had this dx also had an iron overload (hemochromatosis) which can damage joints and cause them to lock. If you haven't had your iron/ferritin levels checked, you might want to.

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I was just diagnosed with "frozen shoulder", and my doctor said that it has a relationship to my celiac disease (diagnosed 2 months ago). Has anyone else had both problems or any words of wisdom?

Wow! Just joined tonight to try and find some answrs to what seems to be never ending health issues. I too have had extreme pain in one shoulder and down my arm. Grinding, loss of range of motion. This too could be from celiac disease?

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My hubs had/has frozen shoulder. At first we didn't know what his shoulder problem was & then a friend who has Lupus has the problem & mentioned hers to us & described it. I Googled it also & yup, that's what my hubs has. It presented about 3-4 months before we figured out he was celiac also. He's been gluten-free for 3 months now & it's much, much better already.

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OH, Yes!! This is one symptom that led my brother and I to celiac disease!! We both started developing increased levels in our Liver Enzymes AST and ALT, and then the frozen shoulder! (my right, his left) After going gluten-free for three months, my pain in my right arm really diminished and my liver enzymes went down as well. Now being 6 months gluten-free, the pain in my shoulder is barely there and my liver enzymes are back to normal!!

My brother is experiencing the same results...!!:)

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