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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   04/24/2018

      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 is Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet? 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. Parallel rash on chest + belly button?

    Have you been checked for Lyme Disease? Having a reaction of hives after eating meat is connected to Lyme Disease. See this article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614139/ Here's another article about skin problems associated with Celiac Disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3369470/#!po=51.5000 Hope this helps.
  2. Unusual symptoms, any help appreciated

    Sympathy and explanations...... https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4199287/ This article explains how certain vitamin deficiencies can cause tremors, shaking, tics, etc. Celiac Disease causes malabsorption which results in malnutrition. I had vitamin deficiencies. I had episodes like what you've described with the shaking and fever, etc. Have you been checked for nutritional deficiencies? Many doctors seem to overlook vitamin deficiencies as a source of problems. Also found this article that links vitamin D to IGF1... https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24005315 Hope this helps!
  3. Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include dizziness, anemia, chest tightness, tingling, and depression. You may want to have your doctor check to see if you have any nutritional deficiencies. Celiac Disease causes malabsorption which results in malnutrition. Products containing wheat are required to have vitamins and minerals added back to replace those removed in processing. Gluten free versions are not required to be enriched. So when you begin a gluten free diet, you need to be sure to get enough vitamins and minerals, preferably by consuming nutrient dense foods. However.... Intestinal damage may make proper absorption difficult. To be properly absorbed, B12 needs an intrinsic factor produced in the stomach. PPI's may deactivate this intrinsic factor. Low stomach acid (also a Celiac thing) will also negatively affect B12 absorption. Certain other prescription medications (like Metformin) can also affect B12 absorption. Your liver can store a small amount of B12, but stores of B12 may be depleted quickly. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas like at the dentist or when you were given anesthesia for an endoscopy) WILL deplete B12 stores within weeks. Until damaged intestines heal, taking a multivitamin or a B Complex supplement may help ensure you get enough. Remember there are eight B vitamins that all work together. You're much more likely to see benefits if you take a B Complex supplement. Discuss supplementation with your doctor before starting supplementing in order to get an accurate measurement of vitamin levels in your system. Hope this helps!
  4. hands - weird...

    Celiac Disease causes malabsorption which results in malnutrition and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Here's an article that explains how vitamin deficiencies might be the cause of your finger problems. https://www.livestrong.com/article/511834-vitamin-deficiency-with-muscle-twitches/ I found I felt much better after going on the AutoImmune Paleo Protocol (AIP) diet and a low histamine diet. Others follow the Fasano diet with good results. The AIP diet cuts out most processed foods. Gluten free versions of processed foods often contain additives like microbial transglutaminase (called meat glue) which is used to enhance texture and flavor. It's even used in yogurt. But, it causes inflammation in Celiacs. Here's an article about it. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27640315 You might want to discuss deficiencies with your doctor before starting supplementing on your own in order to get a base line, an accurate measurement of your nutritional status. Hope this helps.
  5. I found this article helpful... https://www.livestrong.com/article/410341-vitamin-b-mouth-sores/ There are a few other B vitamins that if deficient can cause mouth sores. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1941656 The eight B vitamins work together. Supplementing just one doesn't always work because the other B vitamins are needed, too. The B vitamins are water soluble and need to be replenished every day. Any excess is excreted in urine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4003613/ Even mineral deficiencies, like iron, caused by Celiac malabsorption can cause mouth sores. Posterboy is right about lysine helping, too. (Thanks, Posterboy)... And getting rid of my SLS containing toothpaste helped me, too, like Plumbago said. Hope this helps!
  6. I found this article that connects vitamin B12 and folate deficiencies to HELLP. Celiacs often suffer from malabsorption which results in malnutrition and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19304410 Hope this helps.
  7. Apparently, yes.... https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6165199 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3941070/ Not a substitution for professional medical advice.
  8. Could be celiac

    Congratulations on the new baby! Sorry you're not feeling well. Pregnancy can be very hard on the mother's body, sometimes leaving the mom depleted of certain vitamins and minerals like B12, calcium and iron. Here are a couple of articles that explain vitamin deficiencies after pregnancy. http://www.worldofmoms.com/articles/tackle-vitamin-b12-deficiency-post-pregnancy-with-these-simple-tips/1233/4 http://www.worldofmoms.com/articles/9-signs-that-show-nutrient-deficiency-in-women-watch-out/2817/4 Did you have any anesthesia recently? Anesthesia can cause vitamin B12 deficiency. Clearing the nitrous oxide in anesthesia can deplete vitamin B12 stores. Do your symptoms match any of the B12 deficiency symptoms? I hope your blood work includes vitamin D and B12 levels. Anxiety and depression are often the first symptoms of deficiencies of these vitamins. Also keeping a food journal might help pinpoint problematic foods. The Autoimmune Paleo Protocol diet or the Fasano diet are beneficial. Hope this helps. Keep us posted on your test results.
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4389040/ One more on NCGS, celiac disease, and mood disorders. There are lots of articles out there that connect wheat and dairy allergies to mental changes. Have you done any tests for allergies? I believe subclinical vitamin deficiencies may still be present. The RDA of certain vitamins are set too low. The level of certain vitamins in the blood isn't an accurate measure of the vitamins inside the tissues where they're used. Taking a B-Complex vitamin may help. The B vitamins are water soluble and any excess will be excreted in urine. The B vitamins all work better together. When you begin a low carb or gluten free diet, you are no longer getting the vitamins that gluten containing flour is required to be enriched with. Adding a B-Complex vitamin will help ensure you get those missing vitamins while your intestines heal. I had a horrible time getting doctors to believe me, so I know how you feel. I cut out gluten and dairy and nightshades. I followed the AutoImmune Paleo Protocol and a low histamine diet. And I began to feel better over the following months. http://www.thepatientceliac.com/tag/histamine-intolerance-and-celiac-disease/ Hope this helps!
  10. Get your vitamin D level checked! Here's a study that found a link between low vitamin D and recurring UTI's in older men. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5405662/ If you are found to be low in vitamin D, be sure to take the D3 type. D2 is the synthetic form often prescribed by doctors. D3 is available over the counter. Hope this helps!
  11. Again, always check the date. This is an old thread. You can start your own new thread. I have some articles that you might find interesting and helpful. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3271502/ Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause OCD. And strange behavior https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3067987/ And other deficiencies https://bottomlineinc.com/health/mental-health/dont-suffer-with-ocd And what wheat and dairy can do to your brain. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4809873/#!po=18.2432 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3945755/ Hope these help.
  12. Sleeping

    A zinc deficiency can make things taste funny. Zinc is another mineral Celiacs might be lacking.
  13. Sleeping

    Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) can help you fall asleep. Tryptophan is an amino acid that can help you sleep. The body can turn tryptophan into vitamin B3 (niacin) which helps heal the intestines. Are you taking a B complex vitamin or a multivitamin in addition to the shots??? There are eight B vitamins that all work together. B12 (cobalamine) needs folate (B9) to work. (Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate.) Folate needs B2 (riboflavin) to work with. Riboflavin needs pyridoxine (B6). The B-complex vitamins are water soluble, so any excess is excreted in the urine. Since you were found deficient in B12, you may be low in some of the others as well. The other B vitamins are tough to test for, so they usually get ignored. Was your Vitamin D level checked? Low vitamin D will disrupt your sleep cycle, too. Alas, all doctors are not as thoroughly educated on vitamin deficiencies as we would want. But do discuss the addition of any supplement with your doctor. Hope this helps!
  14. Sign language for babies might allow you and your son to communicate better. Babies taught sign language are less fussy and not delayed in learning to talk. Keep a food journal for your son, with notations for bowel movements, bloating and behavior changes. Food journals help in pinpointing problematic food and progression of symptoms. Also a handy record for the doctor. Be encouraged.
  15. It's a Sulfur sensitivity. Those food dyes all contain sulfur. Toothpaste frequently contains sulfur as sodium laurel sulfate (SLS). http://www.thepatientceliac.com/tag/celiac-disease-and-sulfite-intolerance/ New Celiacs are often low in certain vitamins and minerals due to malabsorption. The mineral molybdenum and Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) are needed to help metabolize Sulfites and clear them from the body. Try a toothpaste without SLS like Jason's. Hope this helps! P.S. this is an old post. Always check the date. You're welcome to start a new thread about old topics. 😸