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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts 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 Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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I'm trying to understand the science -- if I've been gluten-free for a month (diagnosed celiac) and I accidentally get glutened, am I back to Square One?  Was all that effort (and saying 'no') wasted?  Are my villi and gut back to where they used to be before I went gluten-free?

 

Or is it more a cumulative impact of repeated glutenings?

 

Thanks,

Nikki

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No, you are not back at Square One; you have suffered a minor setback, which happens to us all at some point.  While it doesn't help it will not matter that much in the overall scheme of things.  Repeated glutenings, however, will have a definite impact because they keep that antibody production active and increase the damage..

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Not back to square one at all - think of it as four steps forward and two steps back.

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I think of it like digging in sandboxes. When a hole is dug, it's like our villi being flattened down. When we heal, it is the equivalent of slowly re-filling the hole with a small shovel - it takes time but it's getting fixed.  Everytime we gluten ourselves I think of it like a few shovel-fulls being taken out again. if you accidently eat gluten, it will hollow out your hole a bit and slow down the re-filling but it won't take you right back to a big hole in the sandbox that was dug out with many shovel scoops/glutenings.

 

I hope that made some sense.  LOL :rolleyes:

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Thanks.  This is helpful.  I think I got glutened this last weekend, and I was miserable but at least don't feel like the end of the world.

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