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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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Hello. I am a 26 year old female who has been experiencing some GI issues for a couple if years. Up until recently my symptoms were mild and not concerning. In 2010 I had my gallbladder removed. After surgery I began noticing that my bowels had changed. I could no longer eat fried foods, sauces, processed meats, etc without having diarrhea. Since then I can't remember the last time that I had a "normal" BM. Anyhow around Christmas of last year I developed new and alarming symptoms. I experienced diarrhea for 2 weeks straight. No I did not have the stomach by or anything else GI related. During these two weeks I would experience severe aBD pain, sweats, nausea and burping. Just this week the pain was soooo bad I had to leave my 4 year old who had a 103+ fever and my other 2 children with their grandmother at 2a to go to the ER. Along with the above symptoms I also experienced dizziness and felt like I was going to pass out, my heart was racing and I felt so weak. Diarrhea was also accompanied. I also have another symptom not related to GI but over the summer my right hand became really dry ( almost like dermatitis). My right hand is still the same and drs do not believe it to be dermatitis. They have suggested it could be diet related- milk allergy or gluten allergy. I am going to the dr on Friday for a ER follow up and just wanted opinions of others. Thanks.

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Thank you! I just hope the drs listen and don't give me the run around!

When others have been tested for celiac disease did they instruct you to go on a gluten free diet first or did they do labs etc???

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They are supposed to do the tests first, the blood tests measure whether or not you have antibodies to the proteins in the wheat family. A lot of people who are celiac or gluten intolerant also become lactose intolerant as a result, this may clear up after being gluten free for a while, so people can add back in cheese or yogurt. Others are casein (milk protein) intolerant and end up off of dairy, fortunately, there are a LOT of tasty non dairy substitutes now like coconut and nut milks, even hemp milk.

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Thank you! My two youngest children have a milk protein allergy. So they are on a soy diet. You can see a reaction if they consume something with casein in it!

I don't always have "D" from eating fried foods. Just French fries take an immediate toll on me. That is why I also thought gluten intolerance. My family eats a lot of pasta and such because my husband is Italian.

Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get some answers. :)

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Nightshades? I don't know if I have any other issues to potatoes. I just eliminate French fries. I do however experience almost immediate diarrhea after eatting. Pastas, grains especially. :( I always attributed it to not having my gallbladder but once it's removed those symptoms are suppose to be eliminated. I just want to find out what it wrong. I had a ct scan while in the ER and it ruled out appendicitis, Ibs and chrons. ER doc suggested the milk/gluten allergy as did other drs in the past with my hand issue. Just add the past two episodes of extreme adb pain. It scares me. :(

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