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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Can I quit eating gluten after three blood tests, but before the endoscopy? My doctor said I could...but everything I've read says to not go gluten free until after tests...how long will the damage show up on the endoscopy after not eating gluten? I'm tired of feeling like crappp, plus I wanna be a little better by my birthday in a few days.

Thanks!! :)

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If you endoscopy is within a few weeks I would GUESS that you could cut out most gluten and that you would still show damage... but that is just a guess.  People heal at such different rates, it is hard to guess how quickly you would start to heal.  Some people have autoantibodies that hang around and continue to do damage for months or even years, for others the healing begins almost immediately.  Even if your endoscopy is withing 2 weeks, I would suggest eating some gluten every few days to keep your autoimmune reaction going.

 

I would err on the side of caution and continue to eat small amounts of gluten - if you are undergoing an endoscopy, you might as well make the test as accurate as possible.

 

happy early birthday.

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I'm having my endoscopy on Friday and was instructed to go back on gluten right after the meeting with the GI. If it makes you feel really sick to the point where you can't function, talk to your doctor. How important is having this last test to you? That being said, if you do an endoscopy stay on gluten, at least a little. Going back on is a lot worse than staying on. 

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'Tis better to err on the side of caution, however, if your birthday is a big gluten blow-out typically, you might want to start to experiment with gluten free treats for that, such as a special gluten-free cake, ice cream, homemade pizza on a gluten free purchased crust, gluten-free beer or soda, etc, but keep consuming at least 2 servings of the glue- poison per day. 

 

My husband isn't gluten free, but eats that way at home, so we had buckwheat chocolate pancakes twice that week he had a birthday, with coconut, chocolate chips, and chocolate- almond spread and sweetened yogurt.  I made some other stuff that week that was also a little fancier than the usual meat/vegetable routine, like Indian curry sauce, (mixed my own curry powder) and I think we had a homemade pizza crust in there.  The regular food doesn't appeal to me at all, because of how it makes me feel, and pizza is pizza if you get whatever concoction of crust that works for your food intolerances halfway there. B)  

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Thanks! I am not even getting an endoscopy anymore, so I'm just focusing on eliminating the gluten.I slowly start to cook different things. Thank you for the ideas :)

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