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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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How Long Of Being Gluten Free With Result In Negative Tests?

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I'm not sure if that wording was right..Lol. But anyways, does anyone know about how long it takes to get a negative test result?? I know no one probably knows for sure... But i'm just wondering from anyones expiriences or maybe someone who just knows a lot about this?...

 

Since the beggining of the year I was following a really clean diet with just a few slips here and there. Then I tried low fat and high carb on and off, and then strictly for about 2 weeks. Then I had a carb binge and a week of eating bread with constant stomach pains(which led me to celiac) I tried a few days gluten free but I went back on it for about a week to get tested. After my negative tests I quit eating it for a week and then started eating it again for a new test within a week. How accurate would you think the results would be? My doc will probably get me an endoscopy and im hoping to be on a gluten full diet for at least 6 weeks before the biopsy.. I hope thats enough, since I've never been strictly gluten free for that long of a time period?.

 

Lol, sorry, I'm just very frustrated witht his and have so many questions :)

 

Thank you!

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I think the time required to get a negative test result can really vary. I've heard just a few weeks to up to a few years for the autoantibodies to stop production.... Thats not helpful is it.  LOL  Hopefully someone else can give you more advice.  :)

 

Could you repeat the blood tests in 6 weeks when the endoscopy is done?  6 weeks of gluten would most likely give more accurate results.

 

Best wishes.

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Nobody can tell you for sure.  Some of the tests seem to be sensitive to the amount of damage in the gut.  So if you don't have much damage yet it may not show up on the test.  Celiac disease testing is not a perfect thing at all.  Positive test results are pretty darn reliable.  Negative results are not so reliable.  After all the testing is done, it is best to go ahead and do the gluten-free diet for a good 3 months trial.  Write down your symptoms an dhow you feel before starting and compare them after 3 months.  That may give you a better answer than any medical test you can buy.

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