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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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Yes I made it Welcome Lakme, you've found a great community and resource and I'm sure myself and Ennis won't be the only ones that recognise elements of our own experiences in your account.
In addition to the links Ennis sent you above and the stickied forum faq, I tried putting down some info that may be useful to people just realising they may have an issue with gluten, you can find it in this thread:
Reading your account you do tick a lot of the boxes and perhaps you have found the underlying cause. As that thread explains however, we can't diagnose you, if you want answers you'll need to be eating gluten in order for the tests to work. I know this is probably the last thing you want at the moment, but do read the thread and think about it. You're young and that diagnosis could prove useful for a number of reasons in the years ahead. The longer you leave it, the more of a challenge the gluten challenge may prove.
Out of interest how long since you started on the diet and have you noticed any change in symptoms? You may want to consider keeping a journal, it can be very difficult to track the neuro type symptoms in particular, a written account helps you do that and tracking progress can help with anxiety issues and depression too.
I get these too. It's not formally diagnosed, like you I had a physical exam of the eye which failed to show anything, but I believe it to be optic neuritis. It's vastly improved since my diet change, as has an awful lot of other stuff. So if you're celiac or non celiac gluten sensitive you will hopefully see similar improvements in the weeks, months and even years ahead.
I wish you the best of luck.
Lenbh- I was diagnosed last year and I have wondered that very question. Not too long ago (before kids) I traveled quite a bit. The idea of traveling now with celiac is a bit overwhelming. I am pretty strict at home to avoid gluten and almost never eat in situations where CC is even possible- and as far as I can tell, I don't really get any symptoms of glutening.
I have definitely heard that it is easy to travel to Ireland with celiac. In fact, many restaurants have 2 menus - a regular and a coeliac. They often cook the food in a separate kitchen as well.
I can't wait to take my kids to Italy and am already thinking "how in the world will that ever work???"
I have decided so far that I will do my best, not knowingly eat gluten, and try to buy food in stores or eat in "safe" restaurants -but understand that the more often I eat in restaurants, the more likely it is to be exposed to gluten. I guess it's just a risk I'm willing to take every once in a while so that I can explore the world with my kids.
And, yes, Gelato! At least twice a day while in Italy...:)
They do not work for prevention, they might help with getting over the gut pains. But will not stop the antibody reaction, or the damage. At $100+ a bottle your better off investing in Nima or EZ gluten strips and testing foods.
Other thoughts for quick alternatives. They sell microwave cookers out of plastic and silicon for eggs, bacon, etc. Might be worth getting and doing dishes that way. Steam bags and fresh veggies also to avoid pans and pots that could have issues. I been looking at MRE type stuff allergen friendly myself for trips and emergency's. Things get expensive at $6-7 a meal compared to bars or shakes.
I would not use these as prevention, but maybe they would help a post-glutening. In my case, I travel with lactose tablets and digestive enzymes. When glutened, I become lactose intolerant again. Would hate to miss out on some gelato. Do not forget any meds you normally take too.