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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I just threw in the towel 2 days early on the gluten challenge because of pain and swelling in my legs - called the doctor to ask if I should stop and he said yes, and to get the blood test done today. Melissa my experience of eating gluten after a seven year break was that the cravings I used to experience came back full force and I found it very hard not to overdo it, even knowing how physically and mentally uncomfortable it was making me. Physically I think I will recover fast but psychologically I feel I was playing with fire. If I am considered for a gut biopsy after my blood results I will not be eating gluten again in advance of it - I can't go through that again. My body is very upset with me.
  2. The worst is my eyes/forehead feeling really swollen and itchy - a sign that the skin rash that first alerted me to the problem could reappear. I also feel like I've swollen to twice the size. And I am so hungry!
  3. just wanted to say thanks I've decided to go ahead ith the gluten challenge for as long as I can bear it because if i have an autoimmune disease id like the opportunity to be diagnosed. so far 2 days and my symptoms are in full swing but manageable. Im eating less to counteract the effect on my digestion.
  4. Hi Jamie - I wondered if you had any update on how this is going for you? And are you using your diet/exercise around the gluten challenge to try to offset some of the negative reaction? I have been asked to eat gluten by my doctor for a few weeks so that she can test me for celiac. I've had five years without eating any gluten apart from the odd accident. I've always reacted when I have eaten it by accident, but the effects haven't lasted long (between 2 hours and 24). If it happens, I drink a lot of water and keep meals light until my stomach feels normal again. But before I cut it out five years ago the symptoms were horrible. Skin rash on my face, major water retention, fogginess, major stomach issues, tiredness. I don't know if I can go back there. Then again the cumulative effect might not happen within weeks. Superficially, I am most worried about gaining weight. When I ate gluten I was literally always hungry. Trying to decide whether it's worth the diagnosis. (I should add that I am having other stomach problems at the moment so the doctor recommends this as one of several tests; getting my celiac status is part of that)