I'm new to the forum. I have a question about the duration of symptoms once you have been 'glutened'.
I have been gluten free for 11 years (I'm 27) and have recently had a bloodtest for celiac disease - I'm still awaiting the results.
About 3 weeks ago I ate a piece of bread in preparation for the test, in order to create the antibodies needed for diagnosis. I had immediate effects including sore joints, awful nausea, stiff legs, abdominal cramping - I began to experience these 45 minutes after consuming the bread (I timed it).
Over the last 3 weeks have had terrible depression (very out of character for me), crippling anxiety.. and although these have thankfully now subsided I still have abdominal pains each late afternoon/early evening and in the morning. With this pain comes fatigue. Furthermore I am still experiencing joint pain - including pains in my hip/pelvic region and my fingers.
I understand from wider reading that the symptoms of celiac disease are often quite unique to the individual; but I wondered if anyone else has had similar experiences to mine.
In particular, is it 'normal' to still have abdominal pains 3 weeks after eating gluten?