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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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Hi guys,

Im sorry, I have one more question. I have not yet stopped eating gluten(ever)....Trust me, I got a hefty load over the holidays. And have been eating out a lot the last two weeks, consciously choosing more gluteny items. Actually the only thing I did stop, is drinking beer. I actually had a few the other night thinking, well if I haven't gone gluten free yet and I feel miserable, I might as well have a buzz. ;) Bad idea...I felt nauseous and wanting to throw up all the way through to the next day.(My main reason for stopping beer besides the fact that alcohol isn't the greatest for us, is that it makes my skin flare up the most! First it burns for a few days, like I can't scratch my itch-it just burns like someones cutting my skin. Then it gets really itchy with bumps and feels like a million mosquitos are biting me. Glutenous foods do it for sure too, but nothing like the rash I get after a few days of drinking beer-ESP Stella Artois! Stella's are made from Barley malt.)

Question: Being that I've never gone gluten free, do I still need to up my intake of gluten? I've never given my body the break it needs, so there should still be plenty antibodies? And possible damage?

I just got some frosted mini wheats to eat every morning. I figured if I try to eat gluten throughout the day with my meals that should be enough? I'll tell you one thing...I'm feeling the worst I've ever felt! :(

Maybe I should drink some Stella this weekend? Since my blood test is the following Tues. That way I can show my doc my rash.

Thank you in advance. Every one on here has been very helpful. :)

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...Question: Being that I've never gone gluten free, do I still need to up my intake of gluten?

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Nope.

You're right about the part that it's significant that your immune system has never had a break from gluten. There's no need to increase your gluten intake beyond the 'some every day' you're already getting.

Good luck w/ the testing!

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