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?
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
My fingers went from little bumps to huge fluid filled itchy blisters that would pop, refill, pop again and then would finally scab over. Almost like a burn blister. Just an incredibly painful experience. I so hope you get a proper dx and you’ll be amazed how quickly you will begin to heal & feel better!
Jane, my rash didn’t go to the bloody, pressure filled blisters until about a year in. They would get filled with so much fluid they would pop on their own, especially my bottom area and elbows. I hope for you you get a proper dx quickly as I found with each passing week my rash worsened and basically took on a life of its own! Of course, I was poisoning myself daily with Gluten, building up more and more deposits, which just lead to more breakouts. And each breakout got steadily worse, leading to the bleeding and deep scabs that lasted for weeks. I wish you a speedy dx and a quick recovery next month. Do keep us posted on your progress. Happy Holidays.
Thank goodness you got a Dr in the end that recognised what was happening! I will have to see what my bloods show in January, I really hope they show coeliac, not because I want it but because I feel that's what this is!
A fair few people yourself included Barbie have said my elbows remind them of theirs! The only thing I'm wondering is, mine never go bloody/open like yours and some other DH members on this forum. I can't stand the thought of scratching my elbows when they flare so I scratch around the bumps. With my back I can't help but scratch as the itch is wild and as it's a flat surface I feel less sickened by the thought of scratching my back and legs.
I'm so sorry to hear that! (((Hugs)))
I do wonder if gluten has been causing the symptoms of what your Dr believed was gastritis.
I think either a whole foods diet or whole foods plus certified gluten free for a time would be good. Maybe 6 months and then retest.
In my house we only cook gluten free. I do let my kids have crackers and snacks that have gluten, but they are in their own area and everything has to be cleaned up after. I tried doing a shared kitchen after I was diagnosed, but it was too hard. I do all the cooking and decided that we would just cook gluten free things. My family fully supported me and brag about how my gluten free stuff is better than gluten stuff. 😀
Maybe it's time to make your home gluten free?
Just a thought...big ((((hugs))))