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How Long To Eat Gluten Before Testing?

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Are 2 days with Gluten enough time for it to get back in my system and show up on blood tests? I hate to do this to myself, but I need to know. I want that documentation that says I AM SICK and it's not in my head like others have told me. It means so much to me and I"m scared that I DON'T have it actually. Anyone experience this?

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Gluten challenges are usually about 6 weeks. Sorry to say but, I think I'll have to do it in February too. Not looking foward to it, though Olive Garden will see lots of me!!!

Oh, I believe this is for endoscopy testing...not sure about blood tests.

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Are 2 days with Gluten enough time for it to get back in my system and show up on blood tests? I hate to do this to myself, but I need to know. I want that documentation that says I AM SICK and it's not in my head like others have told me. It means so much to me and I"m scared that I DON'T have it actually. Anyone experience this?

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I have heard gluten challenges need to be the equivalent of four slices of bread for four months. I am very sensitive to gluten and tortured myself for six weeks ... all tests were negative. I was very ill for those six weeks, and would not have been physically able to do four months. I would either choose to have the challenge be the right length or not bother with it at all. Why make yourself sick if it's not for a long enough time? Besides, if it makes you sick, you KNOW it's a problem!!

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I was off gluten for 8 weeks before going back on it for two before my blood test. That test came back "equivocal", but when I was tested again after three months on gluten, it was positive. If I'm not mistaken, with the enterolab testing, you don't need to be on gluten to test.

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If you've been gluten-free for any longer than a week or two before this, no, two days won't be anywhere near long enough. You'll need about three months, with at least 3 slices of bread a day, to have confidence in the tests.

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