How To Deal With Questions At Social Situations? in Coping with Celiac Disease Posted May 15, 2009 · Report to Admin I know what you mean - I always hated birthdays in school because everyone would stare at you during the singing! For that matter, I never sent anything back or liked to ask too many questions of waiters, etc. In some ways, celiac has been good for me, learning to do these kind of things; it's gradually getting easier. Although, sometimes, I will avoid a situation if I feel too overwhelmed to answer questions. Mostly though, I enjoy talking with people about celiac if they seem interested. I think it's funny that I ended up having celiac when I'm so embarrassed about talking about digestive symptoms. The most I'll ever say is "GI problems". Nobody, except those who are dealing with stuff themselves, has ever gone further, and nobody's ever - even when they have a laundry list of symptoms - asked me more questions! Sometimes I'll say something like your body can't absorb nutrients from food - without the details. "Multisystemic autoimmune disorder" ... and mention symptoms like fatigue and migraines. One thing to remember is that most people don't embarrass that easily about this stuff, so it's really about your comfort level. (And that that's important too). And, I too, when in public will sometimes default to food allergies, or even just "funky food issues"! Lucky you to have found some people to talk with.