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Talking to Your Doctor About Celiac Disease
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions you may not have thought to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and ask for clarification if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions and to find out where you can get more information. You have a right to know.
- How common is it?
- How serious is it?
- Members of my family have celiac disease, but I’ve never had symptoms. Should I be tested?
- I have celiac disease. Should my children be tested?
- If celiac disease does not run in my family, can I still get it?
- What treatments are available if a gluten-free diet does not control all of my symptoms?
- Do you recommend medications for me?
- What benefits and side effects should I expect from medications?
- Is there a chance that at some point I may be able to re-introduce some gluten-containing foods to my diet?
- Where can I buy gluten-free foods?
- Are there any alcoholic beverages that are gluten-free?
- What if I accidentally eat gluten-containing foods?
- Do I need the help of a dietitian to maintain a gluten-free diet? If so, can you refer me to one?
- What specific precautions should I take before eating at restaurants?
- How can I eat when at other people's homes, on vacation, etc?
- Other then maintaining a gluten-free diet, can I live a normal lifestyle?
- If I maintain a gluten-free diet, can I avoid severe complications from the disease?
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 12/2015
- Update Date: 12/20/2014