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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   04/07/2018

      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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  1. 1desperateladysaved I really hate the pinpricking/stinging and numbness! It drives me crazy. I'm an artist and my hands and arms are my living. If I can't use them I'm in trouble. I was thinking of having food allergy tests done but I'm not sure I want to know if there are other allergies. It's hard having to watch everything that you eat, I'm sure you know what I mean. It would mean having to add more things to the "can't have" list. I guess if I can't get this under control the way things are at present, I will have no choice but to get the testing done. But I promise it will be with much dread! I just keep telling myself "one day at a time". It gets hard though and my determination wears down when I'm tired from the pain. I will be looking at the forum for posts about the stinging. Thanks!
  2. I do have my levels checked at least once a year and sometimes twice a year. I have had my vitamin D level low before and I take extra D. I also take vitamins that are supposed to be gluten free according to the label. How much to trust labels? My thyroid was borderline low at one point but it came back up. I go next week to my family doctor. I'll make sure all my levels for everything are checked. Thanks saaa-wheat<3 and 1desperateladysaved for replying! Maybe I'll find something out in my blood work. I'll let you both know what turns up. If my info could help someone else, all this wouldn't be in vain!
  3. Hi everyone! I'm new here and I'm trying to figure out this whole gluten sensitivity thing. I was diagnosed with IBS by my GI doctor. I was negative on the celiac and wheat allergy, however, I had put myself on a gluten free diet 2 weeks before tests were done which I hear will cause the tests to be negative. I just couldn't bring myself to eat any gluten for the tests because I had been so sick! The reason for the gluten free diet is because I have 3 sisters and one aunt with confirmed celiac and I thought maybe that was the problem....you know, grasping for straws. I have suffered since I was a child with stomach issues. I was adopted so my family history was a puzzle to me until recently. I now have been gluten free for 7 months and my stomach is so much better! Before my gluten-free diet had begun, my joints had been painful and my right pinky finger (weird place for this to happen) was getting very inflamed and twisted looking. Two weeks after going gluten-free the pinky finger stopped hurting and the inflamation started to get less and less. So at that point my stomach was doing great, my joint pain was going away....wow, I'm well! NOT!!! Now for the past 4 months I have been having stinging, shooting, creepy crawly feeling pain in my muscles mostly in my upper body and some even in my scalp. Some of the pain feels like I'm being stabbed with pins. I've even been to the hospital with it and I think the doctors have written me off as a lunatic. I really don't have the time or energy to be a lunatic!.... This is real pain. I just think this is strange to have pain like this after I've gone gluten-free. Someone said maybe I was detoxing. Is this common? If so, how long does it last? Or is it something else? I just want to get well. I'm so tired of the pain and not knowing what this is. I also have to worry about my grandson. He has the same problems as I do and he put himself on the diet. Very mature, I think, for an 11 year old to make that kind of decision! I just want to know as much as possible so we both can benefit. Help? Advice? Thanks!
  4. Hi, I'm new here. I came here looking for answers and have found some interesting things posted here. First I should mention that my GI doc's diagnosis is IBS. However, I was on a gluten free diet for about 2 weeks before tests were done. I was so sick that I could not bring myself to eat ANY gluten/wheat even just long enough to do the tests. I have 3 sisters and 1 aunt that are confirmed with celiac. We also suspect my father has it but he won't listen to us. You know how men can be bless their hearts! Anyway I've been gluten free now for 7 months and the tummy is much better. My biggest problem now is pain in my muscles. Stinging, shooting, tingling, weird pains mostly in my upper body and some in my scalp and even in my tongue! Someone mentioned that maybe I was going through detox since I had been eating wheat for so many years, 52 to be exact. I didn't know if anyone here has experienced these type problems after going gluten free. The doctors I've seen are not very helpful. I think they've written me off as a lunatic. I'm really too busy to be a lunatic! I just need to be well and get on with everything else. I've been really good on my diet, mainly because my grandson who lives with me seems to have the same problem. I really want to help him more than myself. I cook most everything from scratch and am label reader so nothing slips by me. I'm trying so hard...I just want to get better!