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kokoann(sara)

Few Symptoms After Eating Gluten Again

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Hello All,

I am new here to celiac.com, but not so new to problems with gluten.

I have exhibited classic gluten intolerance symptoms for many many years and am now finally catching on. About four years ago I was tested as being allergic to wheat only to help lesson some of my symptoms; mucus in stool, bloating, cramps, gas, low iron, low energy, bruises, nasea etc. It wasn't until three months ago that I decided to go gluten free. This made all the difference and never felt so good. Soooo, I just saw a gi dr. and he wants me to go back on the gluten diet for a little while to get accurate test results. Its been 6 days that I have been eating gluten again and am having very little symptoms if any. Is this normal? Does it sometimes take the gluten time to work its way back into some celiacs and give full blown symptoms?

Thanks,

Sara

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The fact that you are exhibiting some symptoms means you are having problems with gluten. The disease has 200 symptoms, and all of them can have a wide range of effects. I don't know why drs insist on getting a "medical" dx. You responded to the diet challenge. That's all it took for my gp to dx me 9 yrs ago. And I've never questioned the dx since any time I ate gluten I got so so sick. But my responses to gluten have changed over the years - less D, more C, now aches that I didn't have before in my major muscles. If gluten is poison to us with celiac disease, why do drs insist on us eating it to get a test? And the tests aren't 100% reliable either. My two cents; I do want you to be as healthy as possible. Just keep in mind that the tests can't rule out celiac, but definitely can rule it in.

Annette

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Sara, I have been gluten-free for 9 months.

I did a challenge after 3 months with 2 slices of ordinary white bread. Immediate symptoms - was as sick as a dog for 10 days. However, my GI wanted to do a biopsy so I went back onto gluten for a couple of days - not bread but small amounts of gluten in puddings, sausages etc. I never had any immediate symptoms and I thought this was wonderful, that there had been some mistake and I can obviously eat small amounts of gluten. Hah! A week later my arms starting aching to the point where I couldn't lift them, the headaches and brain fog were back, looked 6 months pregnant.

So for me, it depends on the amount I eat and smaller amounts must build up in my system and then cause symptoms.

Well I stopped right there. I don't need a biopsy and I'm not willing to deliberately make myself ill when its so obvious my body doesn't tolerate gluten.

From your history, I don't think you need any further proof either!

However, some people need medical proof so whatever you decide, good luck and let us know the test results!

Yvonne

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