Yes, MisterV, that is entirely possible. For those who react extra-intestinal to gluten with ataxia and neuropathy responses, physiological responses have a longer rate of resolution with some symptoms lasting for up to a year before final resolution and after adopting the gluten free diet.
There is less research on accidental or inadvertent gluten ingestion but in my case, I am looking at up to three weeks before seeing an improvement in the ataxia, slurring, tiredness. It takes a while for the antibodies to leave your system and consequently for your body to quiet down. I also notice the severity in my reaction is increasing the longer I am gluten free and inadvertently get glutened.
A word of note: Hadjivassilliou's research in gluten ataxia points to the fact that the damage to the cerebellum could become permanent due to the loss of the Pukinje cells which are the target of the ttg6 antibodies if gluten is continually ingested. He highly recommends avoiding all gluten (even processed gluten free products) as gluten ataxia / neurological persons appear to be more sensitive to lower levels of gluten that some other celiacs/NGCI can safely consume.
"In order to work as a treatment for gluten ataxia, the gluten-free diet must be strict: You can'tcheat on the gluten-free diet at all, and you may need to eliminate "gluten-free" products that still contain tiny amounts of trace gluten, according to Dr. Hadjivassiliou.
This may be a stricter diet than is necessary to eliminate intestinal damage, he notes. "It is imperative ... that close monitoring should be undertaken with the use of antigliadin antibodies [i.e., celiac blood tests] and dietetic review to ensure strict adherence to the diet," Dr. Hadjivassiliou and his co-authors concluded."
Good on you for being able to talk yourself out of the anxiety. Sometimes it's hard once we're in the midst of the anxiety to maintain some distance from it and consequently be able to manage it. It always helps to remember that the anxiety is 'not you' and it's totally based on your body responding to the gluten.
I hope this was of some aid to you.
Referenced: 1 http://celiacdisease...a-Treatment.htm