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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 Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   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 Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes

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So it has finally been a whole year. I am making an appointment because it is time to get a checkup on my liver. Because of all of the screwing around that was done, not in particular in putting off my surgery in general, but once I showed up at the ER a week before Christmas in 2011 in more pain than I had ever been in with elevated liver enzymes, I get to spend the rest of my life playing the how bad is my liver messed up game. I still get pain in my liver, but my doctor told me to give it a year. <_< It has been a year, I can link the pain to no particular food, time of day, activity or anything else. It just comes and goes. It hasn't gone away since healing from surgery either. I am just crossing my fingers at this point and hoping I am not badly enough off that I'll need to be on a transplant list eventually. (This is what they were warning me about every time I ended up in the ER... but they wouldn't just take out my freaking stupid useless gallbladder!!! GAH!) Ok, done ranting.

Since I am going to be letting someone stick a needle in me anyway, I figure I may as well bring a laundry list of tests to do. I never came up positive on the celiac blood tests, although a full panel was run twice. I don't see the point running them again, waste of money, waste of a vial of blood. I do need a follow-up ANA, blah blah blah lupus. Whatever. I figure I should be tested for vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Should I be like... test for ALL the deficiencies!!!! Or do I need to bring a list in case the PA I get stuck with is a complete and total idiot. If I need a list, I have no clue what on earth I need on it. Is there anything else I should be giving up blood for while I've got a needle in me? I feel like there is something important that I know I know, but am forgetting. Old age and all that.

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Gosh I could have written that all myself. I have liver issues too and am going to the Dr. in a few weeks to be checked again for that. I am interested in reading these responses as I have the same questions you do about it all.

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Eh, i generally get everything done at once because my viens are hard to get to (they are deep). On adveradge it takes the tecnition 3 or so times before they hit them.

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