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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The GP has sent me to the opticians for an eye test. My blood pressure is ok and my last diabetes test a year ago was absolutely fine. She doesn't think it sounds like MS although she admitted she wasn't sure about what else it could be.
Unfortunately I don't have much faith in my local doctors surgery. I've seen 7 different doctors the last 7 times I've visited. So you never get a chance to build up any kind of rapport or knowledge. This latest doctor was a locum and I don't think they want to commit to anything hence sending me to the optician. It's not the end of the world, I was due an eye test anyway, but no further along with an answer.
Indeed that is interesting. I'll add parasitic microbes to my list of woes
I have never posted here before but am having difficulty understanding my results. Based on the celiac panel my doctor ordered, everything was normal except for my IgA, which was too high. The other results I do not know the specific numbers of because the lab just reported >20, for example, and not the actual number. I have a ridiculous amount of symptoms of celiac, and I have been totally cleared of everything else. Chron's and all of the IBD testing came back negative and I don't really have as many symptoms of those either. My doctor said I may still have a gluten intolerance though. I am quite honestly sick of feeling so unwell all of the time and there is no other explanation as all of my other bloodwork was perfect. Is it possible that maybe my body hasn't had enough damage from the gluten so the results were negative? I just want to understand what is going on and no one seems to know because other than these awful symptoms I am totally healthy. I just hope someone can provide me with some knowledge on this as I find it quite confusing. Should I just assume it is a gluten intolerance and cut out gluten or should I get retested? Thank you for any help.
You're most welcome
Everyone here was once in your position and remembers just how confusing and sometimes scary it could be. The good news is that as you get more experienced in the diet that feeling lifts. The noisy tummy quietens down. You may get unexpected health bonuses, I had chronic lower back pain for 20 years which suddenly resolved, who would've guessed?
Use this site and the experiences of the people on it to help you through the tough times. If you're ever feeling isolated or excluded from your gluten munching friends come on here and vent, we've been there
It may not always feel like it and at times you'll feel some grief and resentment, but you will look back on this time as the moment you got your life back. There's no cheesecake, bagel, pizza or doughnut in the world that can rival that feeling.
Sounds like she's not into the whole thyroid idea, but is willing to check the t4. She also wants to check for other autoimmune diseases as she said some of my symptoms could match up with other issues. So I'm eagerly awaiting the blood draw.
Thank you so much for the reassurance! That makes me feel a lot better and ease some of the anxiety going through this lifestyle change.
It is so amazing to me how much our bodies are impacted by things they don't respond well too.
Luckily I haven't discovered much of the gluten free replacements yet. I'll definitely avoid those through this beginning phase until I start feeling better especially when I feel like I can eat all day long!
The list of foods with the low GI rating was super helpful also!
Thank you for taking the time to offer some advice. I need all the pointers I can get at this point!