thanks- read the Chicago center and they say 1/2 piece of bread or cracker a day for 12 weeks before test. Will look at the other centers then decide.
Ah, a thorny question indeed, and one to which there as many different answers as there are people answering, it would seem.
Sadly, the middle ground, where you are likely to be sure of accurate results, is probably 6-8 weeks. However, each individual is different, has differint levels of sensitivity, has been susceptible to gluten for shorter or longer periods, has been gluten free for shorter or longer, and probably has different levels of damage to the small intestine, which can affect how long the trial should be. Also, some people heal faster than others. And you cannot always judge by the severity of the symptoms.
Many people have done shorter challenges of one or two weeks as recommended by their doctors; a few have come up positive regardless while most simply had not been at it for long enough and were disappointed.
Discuss it with your doctor, read what the major celiac centers (Mayo, Columbia, Maryland, etc.) recommend and then you will have to decide for yourself.
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