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Hi all! I started another post Thursday in this section but don't see it anywhere. Hope it's ok for me to start a new one! 

I'm new to the gluten-free diet. Today is day 9. I haven't officially been diagnosed with Celiac just gluten sensitivity via saliva. I've had some issues that came out of nowhere almost 5 months ago. Now day 9 and things aren't much different. In fact I feel a little worse (more exhaustion, more off balance spells). I'm trying really hard to convince myself this gluten-free lifestyle is worth it but since I'm seeing no improvement it's SO hard! I know 9 days is nothing but 2 gluten-free friends said they felt better overnight. Maybe my expectations are off :/

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Not everyone feels better overnight. Some people that have had problems for years and then go gluten free, a lot of damage has already been done, so it makes sense that it takes longer to improve their health.  In the case of coeliacs, which may or may not be the same for you,  damage is done not only to the gut, but other areas are affected, for example, anaemia, malabsorption of nutrients, hair loss, bone thinning, muscle weakness etc., and these things don't disappear overnight. 

I found my gut problems improved, but also had withdrawal symptoms, including vomiting after meals. 

Everyone is different and you can't compare yourself with others. Carry on with your gluten free eating plan as things should settle down eventually. 

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Despite all, remaining positive!

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Were you not able to get a celiac blood test?  The saliva test is not even accepted by celiac experts.  It can be difficult to adhere to the diet if you are not confident about your diagnosis.  Depending on the amount of damage, healing can take months to years for a celiac.  

Flowerqueen offered excellent advice!  Eating whole foods and avoiding processed gluten free foods is best for expediting the healing process too!  

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I'm seeing a functional dr. He ran a bunch of blood tests and discovered low vit D, immflamation in my body and problems digesting protein. However none of the blood test was for gluten issues. He had me do a 24 HR saliva test which also tested for gliadin (sorry if I misspelled that!) He didn't seem too concerned about celiac being a possibility but did say if things haven't improved in a couple months he'd order further testing. 

I don't eat much processed gluten free food except a piece of bread in the morning and the occasional bun, pancakes, muffin or bowl of steel cut oats (all gluten-free of course). 



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