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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 have tried to find info on this and have somehow failed in my endeavor, so I'm hoping someone can link me to something.

My question is this: Which of the symptoms of celiac are caused directly by reaction to gluten, vs. which are caused by secondary factors resulting from long-term gluten damage (ex. having a damaged digestive system, malabsorption/vit deficiencies/etc.).

It seems like some of this is known but some is not, and like there's also overlap (quite a bit, actually), and there are certainly outside factors which are commonly associated that end up confounding the question further, so I know this isn't as simple a question as it seems. I am curious about what the current understanding is, though.

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My current (and personal) understanding is that reactions to gluten tend to be suddenly acute (D or C, aching bones and joints, migraines, dizziness, foggy thinking, swelling of the eye tissues, stuffy nose, etc., flu-like symptoms), whereas symptoms caused by malabsorption/nutritional deficiencies are more chronic: iron anemia, B12 deficiency (neuropathy, breathing difficulties, fatigue, etc.), night blindness, infertility, muscle and tendon issues, etc. There can also be further problems caused by auto-immune diseases that have been spawned by celiac, such as diabetes or thyroid problems. You should be tested often for these conditions and for nutritional deficiencies. I take Country Life Natural Vitamin D (which is easily absorbed because it contains Vitamin A and medium-chain triglycerides), a Vitamin B Complex plus a sublingual B12 supplement, chelated manganese, and a magnesium/calcium complex. Each person has individual needs, though, and you should establish what those are in your particular case.

Some symptoms may never resolve. In my case, I still have difficulty clotting due to my inability to absorb Vitamin K and I've been nightblind since the age of 11 due to malabsorption of Vitamin A.

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In addition to Rosetapper's excellent thoughts, may I suggest reading a copy of

Recognizing Celiac Disease by Cleo J. Libonati.

I think she really wrote it for health practitioners, but it is in layman's terms and I found it incredibly informative.

It helped me understand what had gone so horribly wrong in my own body from long unDXed celiac disease.

(all of the 65+ symptoms/conditions I suffered are in there)

It is a detailed explanation of what happens in the GI tract, the rest of the body and the resulting symptoms that occur from malabsorption. She explains vitamin/mineral deficiencies in plain English and how they can resolve.

Associated AI diseases and other complications are also discussed.

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