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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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-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 can't believe it, but in about one month it'll be my one-year gluten-free anniversary. :-) Quick update:

- I'm still growing, though it's slowing down. I started at 5'4" and I'm now about a half an inch shy of 5'7". I didn't think that was possible at my age!

- GI symptoms totally gone, 'cept the occasional glutening.

- The rash (which I'm almost certain is DH) is relatively under control. It is very sensitive to iodine in addition to gluten.

- No headaches, migraines, nerve pain or tingling, exhaustion, weird "illnesses" (I've gotten sick once in the past 11 months and it was just a cold!), nausea, brain fog, everything is GONE! I was actually diagnosed with sensory processing disorder when I was little and even that has gotten much better! I'm in awe of how amazing I feel! 11 months ago I never would have believed it.

- I can tolerate lactose (in moderation). :-)

I was blood tested in October 2011 which was negative, but at that time I was gluten-lite and my doctor did not inform me that I needed to stay on gluten. Therefore, my primary doctor has told me not to go back on gluten, saying that she thinks it sounds like celiac, and we should wait until better testing comes out. I have a GI doctor appointment in January just to see if I should be doing anything else and/or getting his opinion.

I'm thrilled: I can live my life, handle stress and stay healthy and on top of things. Thank you to everyone who helped me through this. The vitamin, probiotic and digestive enzyme suggestions were invaluable and made such a huge difference. I'm so grateful. I wish I could give everyone hugs! THANK YOU!

Laura

P.S. For those of you struggling right now: things do get better! It is slow, but persistence and patience will both be your friends through the healing process. And questions! Ask lots of questions!

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Oh, I am so pleased for you Laura :D What a difference that has made to your life. I am so glad the people on the forum were of help to you and I wish you continued good health and happiness, and a joyous Christmas. Hugs right back atcha.

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Laura

This is brilliant, what a wonderful change for you

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Thanks for sharing your story, this newbie is very happy to hear a good outcome.

Wishing you the best for 2013

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i'm just a month into it and am so glad to hear your story. thanks for the inspiration - and good luck to you!

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Thank you all! I've learned so much... and there is light. :-)

Happy health and healing for 2013!

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