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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? - 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
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    • I was thinking about it this morning and I was thinking it does almost seem like I somehow had some gluten.  I just can't think from what though.  But I lost 2 pounds the past few days and that is what seems to happen when I get glutened - I ge the bad stomach issues, but also lose a few pounds quickly.  When I react to other things, like possibly corn, I don't get nearly as severe in the stomach issues, and I also don't lose any weight.  That is a great idea to make a soup and just have that for a few days.  I was going to try and make things that on my food journal were all around some days I was feeling better, but soup sounds good.  Do you have any that seem more gentle on your stomach?   I am thinking maybe just a veggie one with carrots, potatoes, green beans, spinach or kale. I do usually add a small can of tomato sauce, but maybe this time I better not.  Or a homemade chicken soup with some rice maybe. 
    • Please if you do cook bacon or fish in your microwave leave a generous tip for the maid.  He/she will have to spend quite a bit of time getting the smell and grease out for the next guest.  Can you guess what my present occupation is?
    • Are primary care physicians under-testing for celiac disease in patients with iron deficiency anemia? A new survey of primary care doctors indicates that they are. It's fairly common for people with celiac disease to develop iron deficiency anemia (IDA), but researchers don't know much about the frequency with which primary care physicians test for celiac disease in patients with IDA. A team of researchers recently set out to describe how primary care doctors approach testing for celiac disease in asymptomatic patients with IDA. View the full article
    • I wanted to update since we had her appointment this morning. I am forever grateful to a local friend that has UC and spent a long time looking at her case and armed me with incredible information. I shocked him at every turn and it felt so good! We started the appointment with it's most likely Crohn's and ended with 75/25 to 60/40 it is UC and Celiac. I am clinging to that hope perhaps too much. He was supportive of the gluten-free diet change and my desire not to do steroids and start as "small" as possible. He does still want her on a 5-ASA drug. Our next step is also to get an MRI which will give us a better picture. He was impressed I knew about the promethius assay test and impressed that I knew UC usually starts in rectum and works its way up BUT there are some exceptions though rare that will not have disease all the way and will have an area of healthy tissue. Bottom line he leans toward Crohn's because (1) there are 2 spots in colon with no active colitis and (2) a part of the small intestine has something "mild" going on. I am praying we are going to be one of those exceptions!
    • My sister and I are both Celiac. We had differing symptoms. Her stomach got way worse than mine. Have you noticed that often products will be gluten free, soy free and dairy free? This is because for some unknown reason, that there is a connection between those three. Presumably, the gluten has ruined the intestines to the point that soy and dairy are hard to digest or process. So I'm thinking that perhaps that gluten exposure temporarily aggravated your dairy tolerance. My sister had to eliminate dairy and soy, after 5 years she can happily add dairy again, but soy is evil - google it, especially soy and stomach enzymes, yikes!
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