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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Hi

Recently I ate something that apparently had a small amount of gluten.

My symptoms aren't that strong, so I can't be sure.

A. Does this  reverse my body to stage A? How can I heal my body?

B. I needed to do a blood test to check my celiac levels and another biopsy. Do you think that a small amount of gluten will show up in the test? If yes, when do you think I can do the tests?

Thanks

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No.  this would not put you back to the beginning and you do not need a blood test.  1 accidental glutening will not produce enough antibodies to show up on blood work.  That is why they tell people to eat gluten for 12 weeks to get a positive blood test.

 

Here's some info

 

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/archives/faq/do-i-need-to-have-a-follow-up-test-each-time-i-get-glutened

 

"Follow-up tests are intended to test whether there’s significant (and repeated) exposure to gluten. A mistake (or two) may cause symptoms, but they will only activate the disease for a short time, though it must be noted that each celiac responds differently. It’s the repeated exposure for the long-term that keeps the disease active enough to cause damage."

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I agree with Karen. A small amount of gluten will usually not show up in blood tests. The gluten may set your body back a couple of weeks, but it won't take you back to the same level of damage as when you were undiagnosed... I'm assuming you are a diagnosed celiac?

 

If you already have a diagnosis, there is no real need to test if you consumed gluten by mistake.  You already know you have the disease so testing will not be of any real benefit.  That being said,many people get retested after 6 months or a year gluten-free to see if their auto-antibodies are coming down, and to check for dietary compliance.

 

Hope you feel better quickly.  :)

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Thanks. I am a a diagnosed Celiac.

I meant that I'm supposed to get retested to see if I'm healing, and wanted to know if that accidental glutening would show up.

Thanks for clearing it up.

Another question- if my symptoms aren't so strong, and small gluten doesn't show up on the test, how do I know if I'm not cross-contaminated by mistake (since there are gluten eaters around me and even though I do my best, I'm not sure), and that my gut is healing?

Thanks.

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if you don't have symptoms, i guess you don't know?  unless you go and get retested (which you're going to do)  :)  are you going for another endoscopy as well?

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Thanks. I am a a diagnosed Celiac.

I meant that I'm supposed to get retested to see if I'm healing, and wanted to know if that accidental glutening would show up.

Thanks for clearing it up.

Another question- if my symptoms aren't so strong, and small gluten doesn't show up on the test, how do I know if I'm not cross-contaminated by mistake (since there are gluten eaters around me and even though I do my best, I'm not sure), and that my gut is healing?

Thanks.

If your antibodies are going down on your yearly checks. The link I gave you says that occasional accidental glutenings won't raise your antibodies.

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/?s=Follow&submit=Search

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Thats nice to know. I also wondered about that. Even tho I don't think i'm getting really Glutened, but thought possibly a CC. Only because I eat at a restaurant once in a while. I trust it but really who knows right? I am not getting sick but just wonder. 

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