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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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how long does gluten free diet take to work and leave the body??

i was on stomach tablets for acid stopped them 6 days ago to see my my stomach would break up my food more... i started getting stinging in the intestines and find it very hard to pass as my poo is rock hard and big i have pins and needles in my hands the last 6 weeks i started a gluten free diet 8 days now have a feeling im letting gluten in some way buy im very strict on my diet very plain diet gluten free bread with ham dinner i have chicken or salmon and breakfast i have porrage wheat and gluten free oat free organic stiff im on my pins and needes go from my hands to my lips and up my arms goes to my legs as well any ideas?? im 8 days clean of wheat now 

 

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how long does gluten free diet take to work and leave the body??

i was on stomach tablets for acid stopped them 6 days ago to see my my stomach would break up my food more... i started getting stinging in the intestines and find it very hard to pass as my poo is rock hard and big i have pins and needles in my hands the last 6 weeks i started a gluten free diet 8 days now have a feeling im letting gluten in some way buy im very strict on my diet very plain diet gluten free bread with ham dinner i have chicken or salmon and breakfast i have porrage wheat and gluten free oat free organic stiff im on my pins and needes go from my hands to my lips and up my arms goes to my legs as well any ideas?? im 8 days clean of wheat now 

From what I've read and heard, you need to cut out the gluten free foods as well.  They could be causing you to have the same symptons as gluten.  You can add the gluten free foods once your intestines have healed.

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From what I've read and heard, you need to cut out the gluten free foods as well.  They could be causing you to have the same symptons as gluten.  You can add the gluten free foods once your intestines have healed.

im on gluten free food for about 2 weeks now with no cheating i dont think unless its in something like but as far as i know im good so far like its def intestines like and making me get pins and needes all the time 

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Hi Kerrylad,

 

The gluten will leave your body quickly.  But the immune system reaction is what takes some time to stop.  That could be months before stopping, as even very small amounts of gluten will keep it going.  You need to avoid all wheat, rye, and barley.  Plus you should avoid oats for the first year as some celiacs react to them also.

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Hi Kerrylad,

 

The gluten will leave your body quickly.  But the immune system reaction is what takes some time to stop.  That could be months before stopping, as even very small amounts of gluten will keep it going.  You need to avoid all wheat, rye, and barley.  Plus you should avoid oats for the first year as some celiacs react to them also.

thanks for reply im on organic oats they are wheat and gluten free but thinking of changing my breakfast from today like.. have moments it kinda goes but comes back might kick the porrage for a bit and see im sick again with it and dont think i had wheat like gluten free bread and ham for lunches and mainly chicken on its own for dinner alot or turkey fillets 

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A severe B12 deficiency gives you numbness and pins and needles in your extremities. Most celiacs are deficient at first diagnosis. I had it bad enough to have numb fingers and pins and needles. How long will it take? how long did it take to do the damage..... wont take that long but it's a very very long process (years)

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A severe B12 deficiency gives you numbness and pins and needles in your extremities. Most celiacs are deficient at first diagnosis. I had it bad enough to have numb fingers and pins and needles. How long will it take? how long did it take to do the damage..... wont take that long but it's a very very long process (years)

do u have same symthems?? took months coming up to it my bloods are good no defincy in anything allergies grand celiac grand but my intestines are like someone standing on them and when they are bad pins and needles are bad when it settles they settle

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I just had stomach cramps and diarrhea whenever I ate gluten and later on I had really bad acid reflux and permanent bloating and just felt generally like I was dying, I honestly didn't feel like I was going to live more than a couple more months at the time I finally gave up eating gluten, I was pretty sick. I used to get swollen hands and pins and needles. You could be deficient in something else, once your gut stops absorbing food you get deficient in lots of things. I haven't had stomach cramps or diarrhea for a couple years now but for the last year or so I was having a persistent burning pain in the guts, it's hard to say exactly how much pain that was because I was used to it, but you really had to twist the skin on my arm A LOT to induce enough pain elsewhere to make me not notice the gut pain, so I'm figuring it was pretty bad. It didn't really bother me though because like I said, I was used to it. It's gone now though.

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I just had stomach cramps and diarrhea whenever I ate gluten and later on I had really bad acid reflux and permanent bloating and just felt generally like I was dying, I honestly didn't feel like I was going to live more than a couple more months at the time I finally gave up eating gluten, I was pretty sick. I used to get swollen hands and pins and needles. You could be deficient in something else, once your gut stops absorbing food you get deficient in lots of things. I haven't had stomach cramps or diarrhea for a couple years now but for the last year or so I was having a persistent burning pain in the guts, it's hard to say exactly how much pain that was because I was used to it, but you really had to twist the skin on my arm A LOT to induce enough pain elsewhere to make me not notice the gut pain, so I'm figuring it was pretty bad. It didn't really bother me though because like I said, I was used to it. It's gone now though.

gluten free diet is hard to stick like how long on the gluten free diet did it take for it all to settle down?? my guts feel like on fire and sting after i eat alot of the time like thanks for information much appreciated 

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The burning in the gut was something else, that was small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). It happens sometimes when your gut is no longer in good condition. You need to take antibiotics to get help with that. You might also have the bacteria helicobacter pylori which gives you stomach ulcers

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Hi Kerry

 

I'm hoping you've looked at other parts of the forum (see Post-diagnosis, or Coping With) for more specifics of adjusting to the gluten-free diet and what to expect when you first start.

 

To answer your question, everyone is different, but it takes an average of 6 months for your gut to heal completely, sometimes longer, but you'll probably start feeling better before that. The first few weeks can be tough because your body is basically suffering from withdrawal, and doesn't really know what to do with itself.

A whole foods diet is often best when starting out, since our guts haven't healed enough to handle processed gluten-free foods (breads, pasta, etc) or grains like oats. Best to go easy on your stomach for as while.

 

And you could very well be low on some vitamins and minerals, since your body hasn't been absorbing them until now. If you haven't already, get a full vitamin panel done to see what's low, and talk to your doctor about supplements, etc.

 

Also, digestive enzymes and probiotics can really help things out.

 

If in a few months you're still having problems, then you could have another intolerance.

 

Hope that helps. It's a long road, but it gets better.

 

Happy healing!

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gluten free diet is hard to stick like how long on the gluten free diet did it take for it all to settle down?? my guts feel like on fire and sting after i eat alot of the time like thanks for information much appreciated 

 

 

Hi Kerrylad,

 

You should talk to a doctor about your symptoms IMHO.  Stinging in your gut could be from many things.  It could be irritation from celiac disease  It could be H. Pylori, it could be gall bladder problems, a sphincter of Odddi dysfunction, or a parasite etc.  There are multiple things it could be.  Have you had celiac disease testing yet?

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