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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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Everything points to celiac's and doctor's are setting up tests for celiacs. Except I tried eating gluten-free at which I was highly successful - minus a few small cheats - such as when one of the kindergartners I was subbing gave me one of his birthday cupcakes - but besides an initial weight loss of 7lbs in one week - I've noticed no improvements. However, I'm constipated, depressed/anxious, and iron levels are still very low. How long does it take to get better?

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It takes longer than 1 week ,even if you had been strictly gluten-free , to get better. There is no time. It will depend on lots of things like how bad the damages, what vitamin deficiencies you have, how fast your body heals, A few months at best, a few years at worst.

Don't go gluten-free if you are going to be tested.

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Karen said what I was going to say. :)

There is no set time frame for recovery.

Some people feel great at 6 months, some take years.

Stay on gluten for testing, otherwise, you'll get unreliable and invalid results.

(is there an echo in here? :unsure: )

It is hard to stay patient when you feel so lousy (believe me, I know!) but it gets better and better as the months pass and your body starts to heal.

Hang in there! and welcome to the forum. :)

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