• Ads by Google:
     




    Get email alerts Celiac.com E-Newsletter

    Ads by Google:



       Get email alertsCeliac.com E-Newsletter

  • Announcements

    • admin

      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 Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

How Long To Eat Gluten Before Blood Test?
0

7 posts in this topic

Hi all,

 

I've been bloated for about six months, which roughly equates to the time I stopped eating white bread/pasta and started eating brown. I've always had trouble putting on weight/muscle, and this has been (I think) more severe in the last few months. So, I thought I might have coeliac, and I've not been eating wheat or gluten products for the last month. I *think* it has improved the bloat, though it's hard to say. However, since I haven't seen a lot of difference, I've booked in a blood test for a week today, and I'm going to resume eating gluten products. As I say, I've been gluten-free for a month. Will a week of eating lots of gluten products be sufficient for the blood test to be accurate, or should I push it back a little?

 

Thanks in advance!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:
Ads by Google:


Hi all,

 

I've been bloated for about six months, which roughly equates to the time I stopped eating white bread/pasta and started eating brown. I've always had trouble putting on weight/muscle, and this has been (I think) more severe in the last few months. So, I thought I might have coeliac, and I've not been eating wheat or gluten products for the last month. I *think* it has improved the bloat, though it's hard to say. However, since I haven't seen a lot of difference, I've booked in a blood test for a week today, and I'm going to resume eating gluten products. As I say, I've been gluten-free for a month. Will a week of eating lots of gluten products be sufficient for the blood test to be accurate, or should I push it back a little?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

 

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/archives/faq/what-is-a-gluten-challenge

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would push it back by a month if you can handle it. The longer you consme gluten, the more certain you can be of your test results.  I've read that a gluten challenge should be anywhere between 4 to 12 weeks and consist of eating half a serving to 4 servings of bread (gluten based food) per day. The average seems to be 2 slices of bread per day for 6 weeks.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Interesting, thanks both. I'll try and push it back. Will a month of gluten-free have been enough to set me back to "zero" in terms of the blood test, then?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In some it could, but in others it could take a year. There is no way of knowing.  I would guess that you are not back to zero but that your results would be lower - but that is just my personal guess. If you are newer to celiac disease, recovery is often faster; the younger you are the faster you generally heal too.

 

I would push it back just to have your bases covered... if it's not too uncomfortable or negatively affecting your life too much.  Good luck with it. Eat a cinnamon bun and a drink a pint of beer for me.  ;)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:


For me, my numbers were more than the tests "count".  So 4 months gluten-free, they were still a bit elevated. 

 

This assumes you have enough antibodies to register in a test:

 

 

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/archives/faq/what-is-the-half-life-of-antibodies-in-the-blood-serum

 

 

"What is the half-life of antibodies in the blood serum?

tTG and DGP typically decline to half their initial value in 3-4 months once on a gluten-free diet, but there are variations between patients."

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Haha, many thanks both. @NVS, I've actually grabbed some beer for the first time in a while today for precisely this reason! I'll push it back a week, I think. @ Kareng, thanks for the antibodies info, that's good to know. One month gluten-free (well, 25 days or something) should still lots of them floating around them, but I'm stuffing myself full of whole wheat food at the moment to try and get them up. Thanks all for the advice :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      106,797
    • Total Posts
      932,510
  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      64,283
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    Michael McNamara
    Joined
  • Popular Now

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • In comes SIBO Girl to join Captain NCGS   One other thought:  have you looked at the possibility of having small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)?  The pain you are feeling may be related to bloating pressure, which, if it is caused by SIBO, would continue after the removal of gluten because lots of foods feed the bacteria in your small intestines once they have become established where they don't belong.   One of the things that is confusing about celiac/gluten sensitivity is that is causes so many other things. Anemia, for example. Remove the gluten you feel better, but you may still need to treat the anemia to make those anemia-specific symptoms go away. Same thing with B vitamin supplimentation (nod to Professor Pellagra) and some of the neurological symptoms. Same with bacteria in the small intestines.  Guten affects my daughter's nerves. These affect motility, which affect her body's ability to prevent bacterial overgrowth. The removal of gluten was key to eliminating most of her symptoms. But removing excessive fermentable carbs was important for the SIBO to be kept at bay. That's the Fodmap component (but not JUST Fodmaps).  Going grain free has been amazing for her health.   Here is the best website for SIBO. Just something to consider. http://www.siboinfo.com/symptoms.html Incidentaly, SIBO is very common in folks with gluten sensitivities. I personally think that everyone diagnose with celiac disease should also be tested for SIBO just like they test for vitamin deficiencies. It would probably greatly help in recovery if you treated that condition as well. 
    • No, I was gluten free both times I had a scope.  They found eosinaphalic esophagitis and most recently ulcers.  The ulcers were the cause of the nausea apparently. i feel pretty good most of the time if I take all my vitamins, avoid sugar and carbs and lean toward the AIP diet.  I then have a corn tortilla or popcorn with my dinner and it's enough carbs for good sleep.
    • It needed paragraphs 
    • Hi Victoria I hope you get some replies as some of these people are still on this board.   Is this something you are suffering from? I thought I'd just let you know that I had this very badly at diagnosis, and it went on and on for some time. I had pelvic u/s and also a precautionary sigmoidoscopy - all was clear.  In the end what really helped was giving up all dairy for a few weeks.  It pretty much stopped - I missed my dairy though, so reintroduced it. But it was good to know it was bloating that was causing it.   But the pain was also due to something else. I still get pain to the left of my groin/pelvis when I've been carrying heavy bags and doing a lot of walking.  I have an issue with my sacroiliac joint.  Look it up - it is a common problem for coeliacs.  The pain transfers to the front of the groin, and also to the buttocks.  If I touch my left sacroiliac joint now it is really tender.  But with it I have an accompanying feeling of pain and pressure in my left groin/pelvic area, which reminds me of the time when I was expecting a baby , a simliar type of pressure.   I hope you hear from others but maybe this will help? Cristiana
  • Upcoming Events