What Exactly Is The "gluten Challenge?"
Posted 30 December 2004 - 09:48 AM
Posted 30 December 2004 - 01:53 PM
1. Prior to diagnosis you ate gluten...and you got sick.
2. You stopped eating gluten...and you're feeling better.
so....if you start eating gluten again, you should feel sick again. Some doctors have you eat gluten for a couple weeks after the diet seems to have helped. This way they can make sure that it was gluten that was giving you your problems and not some other problem. It's simply verification. So, a gluten challenge is when you purposely eat gluten for numerous weeks (after having tried the gluten-free diet and felt better on it) and note any symptoms or effects it has on your body. If you feel sick on gluten the second time, too, you can determine it was celiac.
I don't like the idea of a gluten challenge cause I feel that if you've tested positive before, you shouldn't put your intestines through distress again. A gluten challenge would be better suited to people who tried the gluten-free diet without first testing and now want to make sure they really have celiac.
There are probably better explanations...try a search for gluten challenge, but write it as follows: +gluten +challenge. Otherwise, the search will come up with everything that has the word "gluten" in it, regardless of whether it has to do w/ challenge. If you do a plus before each word, every search result must have both words in it.
Posted 30 December 2004 - 04:40 PM
9 yrs gluten-free
...also DH, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, osteopenia, hypothyroid...
After almost 10 years, I am doing soooo much better!
Posted 02 January 2005 - 01:18 AM
Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy
G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004
Hiker, Yoga Teacher, Engineer, Painter, Be-er of Me
Posted 02 January 2005 - 08:42 AM
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