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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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Guys,

I'm curious. I know some of you - and you know I'm a biopsy diagnosed celiac (have been for almost 10 years). I go in regularly to get looked at by the doc and seem to be healthy.

Does every celiac get a zillion other autoimmune diseases? Or can someone just have celiac?

I know that it happens - others get Hashimoto's etc...but does anyone on here simply have celiac disease?

Thanks for understanding,

Amanda

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Right now, I just have Celiac (cross my fingers, etc). :rolleyes:

Pos blood & biopsy - 3 years

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LOL. Cross my fingers too.

Right now, I just have Celiac (cross my fingers, etc). :rolleyes:

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My daughter only has celiac - diagnosed by biopsy, antibody tests, and genetic test. That's enough and I hope that's her only problem! We are strong and healthy and want to stay that way!

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my wife has Hashimoto's(hypothyroid), has had it all of her life, her GI doc said it was caused by Celiac, which she was only diagnosed with about 4 years ago

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I have the zillion, or at least it feels that way. LOL ;)

As far as I understand it, those with untreated celiac are more likely to get multiple immune problems because you are keeping your body in a constant state of inflammation while eating the gluten. Other AI disorders will wax and wane but if a celiac eats gluten, he's fanning the autoimmune "flames" as it were.

I have 3 or 4 AI diseases but I'm certain I've had celiac for over 30 years without realizing it; most of those other AI's cropped up when I was 20+ years into eating gluten AND after a nasty virus like EBV which can kick start an AI disease which may have otherwise stayed dormant... at least that's how I understand it, and I'm no expert. ;)

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IMO it is a very complex equation. Some factors include but are not limited to:

Length of time undiagnosed/misdiagnosed.

Level of immune response within one's body.

Level of inflammation throuout the body.

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