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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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I've been gluten free for 1 week 1 day and I still have my symptoms before I got diagnosed

(diarrhea, bloating, gas, fatigue)

How long do i have to wait :(

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I've been gluten free for 1 week 1 day and I still have my symptoms before I got diagnosed

(diarrhea, bloating, gas, fatigue)

How long do i have to wait :(

One week is not long at all...Unfortunately it can take time. The dietician I saw told me to give myself a YEAR...I had tons of damage...However, everyone is different,not trying to freak you out that it will take a year! It has been 5 months for me and I am seeing improvement. Give yourself time.

Good luck!

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Everyone is different! The variables here can be the severity of your damage and diligence to the diet.

It took time to create damage in your intestines and will take some time to heal. You can start to feel better in a few weeks, if you eat well and carefully. There are several thread about cooking and meals that might be helpful to you. It's pretty difficult in the beginning and it's a major life style change......until you get the hang of it.

After you get the used to the diet, your life can be pretty normal again and you will feel great! There is a method to the madness!!!! ;)

Read, read and read some more here. It will be your lifesaver!

Welcome!

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One week is not long at all...Unfortunately it can take time. The dietician I saw told me to give myself a YEAR...

My GI doctor said the same thing. A minimum six months to a year unless I was an exceptional case and I could expect to be normal again within 18 months to two years.

Unfortunately, going on the gluten-free diet isn't like flicking a switch inside your body. It really can take a lot of time to heal. And sometimes it's so gradual, it's difficult to see the progress your making.

Hang in there and try not to get too frustrated.

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As somebody already said, everybody is different. There's no one answer. It was a few weeks before I saw any major improvement and several months before I was able to do all I had been doing before I fell sick.

richard

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I've been gluten free for 1 week 1 day and I still have my symptoms before I got diagnosed

(diarrhea, bloating, gas, fatigue)

How long do i have to wait :(

It also depends on if you find that you are also intolerant to other foods. Many of us, after giving up gluten, find out that we also can't eat other things like dairy or soy or corn. You should absolutely stay away from dairy right now since your gut is healing. You will probably be able to eat dairy again when your villi get back to normal. Dairy is digested by the tips of the villi, so if your gut is damaged, it can't process dairy right now and you'll have bloating, gas, diarrhea...

You won't know about other intolerances until after you've been away from gluten and dairy for a while. If you see little or no improvement after a month, then you should consider giving up soy. If that doesn't work, you can go back to soy and give up corn. And so on. Just go with the gluten and dairy for now. You can post again in a month if you don't feel better. It's not so bad, I can't eat a lot of things but I feel great now.

In the mean time check EVERYTHING for gluten - including your personal health and beauty products.

Hope you feel better soon!

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I was told to allow 6 months to 2 years to heal. It all depends on your age and severity for the disease. I am at 11 months and while I feel so much better there is still issues. It is hard to be patient but know that each day you follow the diet you are one day closer to healing and feeling better. One day you will wake up and suddenly realize that you feel better!

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I've been gluten free for 1 week 1 day and I still have my symptoms before I got diagnosed

(diarrhea, bloating, gas, fatigue)

How long do i have to wait :(

I know how you feel...I wish it would go away NOW!! But, the reality is, the gut lining takes some time to heal. My doctor wouldn't even "ball park" it for me....just said "No gluten or dairy." (ya, I got that part!!) I did most of my "learning" about what to do from reading the posts on this site. My cousin, a celiac said..."give it 6 months to year"....some people on here say they feel substantially better in 6 months, some say longer. So, it varies from person to person.

But they all say they feel BETTER and that's what I focus on.

When I get frustrated by the thought of how long it takes, I remember how long I have been sick (years)and how it was a mystery why I was so sick every damn day because no one could tell me why. I was scared and depressed because I thought I'd never feel better ever again, BUT NOW...!!! that part's over and I am on the healing path and I am getting better every day, even if I don't see it right now and that, in time, I'm going to be out of this pain and feel great.

I notice small improvements every day and it's only been a month for me. Baby steps, but steps forward and that's a good thing.

There's no quick fix, but there is a fix--and you are doing it!!Lots of helpful people on here to talk to--they have made this a lot easier for me and you can ask any question and someone answers.

Hang in there!

Ginny

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