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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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I've just started a gluten challenge today after three years of being 100% gluten free. I have never, ever cheated. Long story short, I was with a very thorough doctor for another medical problem I have been dealing with, and after reviewing basically my entire medical history he thinks that the GI I saw, who does not have the best reputation apparently, was quick to say I had celiac without much evidence except that of "residual damage" on the biopsy (It had been taken after 6 months already gluten-free).

SO, three hours in and all I have is a raging headache, stomach pains and bloating... when I get CC'd, I usually have quite the reaction...what gives? Does anybody have delayed reactions? I always had a hard time tracking back what would "get" me, so maybe I react later... anyways, I'm terrified. Has anyone else done a gluten challenge?

PS. Good to be back! I haven't been on the forum since may :)

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I refused to do it myself, as I was pretty certain I had celiac disease. I was more than willing to go on the gluten free diet so I never received a biopsy or had an endoscopy. My symptoms are mild from CC but more noticeable from croutons or gravy. Never tried a whole piece of bread though (and I would never want to now!!).

Best of luck with the challenge. :)

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3 hours after your first deliberate injestion and you already have bloating, stomach pain and a headache so you are reacting but it may take a day or two before the D hits. Did you get relief from your problems when you went gluten free? What reason is this doctor giving you for wanting you to do the challenge and then retest? Is it mostly his curiosity or does he want to 'save you from such a restricted diet'? Since your being gluten free does not prevent him from looking for other issues I would want a real good explination for why he wants to retest. If you become too ill from this challenge make sure you let that doctor know.

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