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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 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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Hey everyone,

4.5 weeks ago I decided to go gluten free to deal with a crazy amount of symptoms with no found medical cause (anxiety, depression, dizziness brain fog, weakness, fatigue, nausea etc). I went through crazy withdrawals, my sister did as well, but she started to feel better about 2 weeks in. I however never really felt better. I did end up with a kidney infection in there so that probably didn't help. After taking to my naturopath and dietitian they both said because I hadn't seen a major improvement in 4.5 weeks I should not worry about consuming gluten. They advised me to eat to stabilize my blood sugar and told me to go back to gluten. Yesterday I ate a chip, a cracker and a pretzel. I also started my new blood sugar diet. Last night I felt more anxious then usual and today I have felt depressed and out of it. I ate a bit of cake and a bite of gluten soup today and tonight my stomach feels a little off. It is very noisy and I am nauseous. I am still on meds for the kidney infection, but I don't think they made me feel like this before. I don't know if I should go back to gluten free or give it a few more days. I am worried because we are leaving for florida next weekend and really don't want to be feeling crappy. What should I do????

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It sounds like you have a pretty long list symptoms that could most certainly be

due to gluten intolerance/Celiac. One month really is not long enough of a test

to see whether or not being gluten free affects you, especially with something

as serious as a kidney infection happening concurrently. It is so easy to replace

gluteny things with gluten-free ones that I just don't see how being gluten free

could affect your blood sugar. Have you been entirely grain-free for this month,

or have you been using replacement products like pasta, bread, bagels?

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A three-month gluten free trial period is normally recommended because not everyone starts feeling better right away. Those with mostly GI symptoms often show improvement the fastest; the neurological symptoms seem to take a little longer on average and often don't show up on blood tests.

If you felt better off gluten than on it, I would stay off it. You don't want to be feeling crappy in Florida and if you go back on it now you may well end up feeling worse than you did before. Besides which, you would have to start your gluten free trial alll over again :( if you really wanted to find out if that was your problem. You were just getting started.... :)

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i did eat pastas, breads. I made muffins and scones, ate cereal and rice cakes. Almost everyone I spoke with said you should feel better in 2-3 weeks. This is so confusing.

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i did eat pastas, breads. I made muffins and scones, ate cereal and rice cakes. Almost everyone I spoke with said you should feel better in 2-3 weeks. This is so confusing.

It is confusing, you're right. Fortunately, here on the Celiac forum you've found a huge community of

people who can help you by sharing their personal experiences. A lot of times, that can be more

helpful than what one doctor with limited experience can do for you.

If you've been using the gluten-free replacement products, there is NO reason whatsoever that you

would somehow 'need' gluten-containing foods to add carbs or starches to your diet to control your

blood sugar. I would seriously question whatever doctor told you this. Hopefully someone else will

jump in if I'm off-base with that.

I would strongly urge you to return to the gluten free diet. It's clear from your post that you're feeling

worse since you added gluten back in, and that's pretty good evidence that you need to be gluten free.

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Thanks so much for the feedback and support. I was thinking at some point I would go back to gluten to get the official celiac test, but I don't think I want to. I cannot believe how crappy I feel. Last night I said ok I am going to eat a piece of toast and see how I feel tomorrow. Well I woke up this morning with diarrhea so back to gluten free I go. Just wish I knew if it was celiac or a sensitivity. Is there any testing that I can do without going back to eating gluten?

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I'm dx celiac, going on 7 months, still not really better. Getting there though. Your naturopath and dietitian, while trying to make things easier for you, obviously aren't aware of how long it can take some people to feel better while being gluten free.

Were you 100% gluten those 5 weeks? Didn't eay any traces of things, or used dishes that probably have gluten on them, or ate out or at someone else's house?

No, there's not really testing you can get without going back on gluten. It's not useful to define difference b/w gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, except for what other people will treat you as (which, albeit, can be a really big difference). I read evidence everday that gluten sensitivity sounds like pretty much the same autoimmune disorder, just doesn't affect the small intestine.

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