Moderator's note: This discussion began in a topic started by a new member with several questions. It has been split out as a generic discussion of the question. There are differing views on this. What I perceive is that there is no one answer that fits everybody. Healing rates differ for many reasons, and the most significant factor is the amount of damage to heal from. - psawyer (mod).
... Also it is critically important that you do NOT go gluten free until after the endoscopy. Biopsies look for damage, which can heal quickly on the gluten free diet.
Really? I don't think I've seen any studies on that. (Rapid healing) Any link?
Edited by psawyer, 12 October 2012 - 04:45 PM. Added explanatory note about topic split
>>>>>>> tom <<<<<<<
Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.
Gluten-free since 12-03
Dairy-free since 10-04
Soy-free since 5-07
Tom, depending on the extent of the damage, a week or two could make the difference between a positive or negative result. For instance, if the OP has only mild villous blunting, a week or two could make the villi appear normal. After all, the intestinal lining renews itself every three days. Now, if the OP has total villous atrophy, likely a week or two would make no difference. But since they have no way of knowing the extent of the damage (if any) all precautions should be taken to avoid a false negative biopsy.
I guess it's not so much what you say, as how you say it that made me think you were irritated. I have often found myself offending people by being too blunt, when I never meant anything by it. A friend told me that if I preface what I say with, "In my opinion..." or "It seems to me..." that I could tell them what I think without seeming like I thought MY opinion was the only right one. I STILL have trouble with that sometimes, but I'm trying. (Except when I get glutened - then I don't care WHOSE feelings I hurt! )
I think you'll enjoy a wide neck. All of mine are standard width but that's because of my "delicate" female fingers. I am LOVING the baritone though, even though the longer fret spacing sure does make me stretch.
gluten-free since June, 2011
Can't eat soy, corn, or foods high in salicylates.
Nightshades now seem to bother me too.
BUT I CAN STILL PLAY MY GUITAR AND THAT"S ALL THAT MATTERS!
Very interesting. I'd love to read up more on that. Remember where you saw that?
Seems at odds w/ "several weeks to begin to heal" quote from Mayo.
The medical community statements on the amount of time to heal are just GUESSES. The truth is every individual is different.
The medical community made the most advancement in digestive knowledge from an accident. Dr. William Beaumont had a patient who was shot in the gut. The wound never fully healed and the man had a hole in his side made into a "window" to watch and learn digestion. Just saying it is a fascinating story, if you like to look up medical articles.