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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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Celiac And Lupus Relationship And Possible Mimickers

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Hi everyone, I wanted to tell you all about an article that I came across as I was researching dsDNA and celiac correlation. When I had my testing done for celiac disease, my dsDNA was also detected which is a marker for SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) but my neurologist, family doctor and several other second opinions later, they all say I do not have lupus because of the low titer range being 1:10 and I never get the rashes nor joint pain association. I have had seizure type activity, photophobia, neuropathies, and weak muscles that I surely thought was lupus, however I never have had all of the criterion and things just didnt quite add up. I also tested positive for the deamidated gliadin peptide igG (DGP IgG) which indicates celiac disease.

In doing research I found an article wriiten about a woman, Margaret Romero, who was diagnosed with lupus nephritis, and she found out that she had the genes for gluten intolerance. Her story is pretty remarkable and I wanted to ask you guys if you have heard of her before and what you think about her story. I will attach a link but I am not sure what the rules are for posting for links, but here it is, I hope that you can read it and see her success. http://celiaccorner.com/celiac-gluten-free-blog/surviving-a-dual-diagnosis-of-lupus-and-gluten-sensitivity/

I also found this study for those with lupus like symptoms and even diagnosis which turned out to be gluten sensitivity. http://ard.bmj.com/content/63/11/1501.full I am not saying this is EVERY case because everyone is different. I think for learning and knowledge purposes it can be very informative. It also may offer some of us relief. I wonder if celiac really can be mistaken for lupus? Has this ever happened to anyone here? Thanks in advance and I really hope that it is okay that I am giving these links for others to read.

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Interesting links. I'm glad you posted them. :)

I suspect SLE could be a possibility for me, and I am waiting (and waiting) to see a rhuemy about it. I did not have a positive dsDNA, or any other antiautobodies that are normally screened for lupus. My only blood work was positive ANA titres (1:160) years ago but my recent one was considered negative (1:80). My SLE-like symptoms include arthritic joint pain that occurred on and off since my early 20's, ITP (thrombocytopenia), headaches, hair loss, fatigue, and a blush/rash over my cheeks and nose (but I also have some roseacea so it's hard to tell where that ends and the rash begins). I have a some neuropathy too but I think it's from a bad back.

So, I have some symptoms of SLE, and they actually got quite bad with a "flare-up" after I had been gluten-free for about 2 months, but now the symptoms are disappearing. I have less symptoms now than I did 9 months ago and I have no idea if it is just because this autoimmune problem (possible SLE) is waning or if it's because I have been gluten-free for 6 months or if it's because my hypothyroidism treatment is getting closer to optimal range. :huh:

It's possible that celiac disease is gave me Lupus like symptoms. I never experienced an immediate change in my SLE-like symptoms after consuming gluten except for my headaches; those seemed to happen a few hours after gluten. The arthitic like pain, face rash, and pain seem unrelated to gluten as far as I can tell. I know that my hair loss is related to gluten consumption because I started getting a lot of regrowth after eating gluten-free for a couple of months but then when I had an SLE like flare, it fell out again so it is linked to a couple of causes... Darn it... My problem is staying patient so I can give it enough time to be able to tell what is what! LOL

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