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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 Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  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
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Everything points to celiac's and doctor's are setting up tests for celiacs. Except I tried eating gluten-free at which I was highly successful - minus a few small cheats - such as when one of the kindergartners I was subbing gave me one of his birthday cupcakes - but besides an initial weight loss of 7lbs in one week - I've noticed no improvements. However, I'm constipated, depressed/anxious, and iron levels are still very low. How long does it take to get better?

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It takes longer than 1 week ,even if you had been strictly gluten-free , to get better. There is no time. It will depend on lots of things like how bad the damages, what vitamin deficiencies you have, how fast your body heals, A few months at best, a few years at worst.

Don't go gluten-free if you are going to be tested.

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Karen said what I was going to say. :)

There is no set time frame for recovery.

Some people feel great at 6 months, some take years.

Stay on gluten for testing, otherwise, you'll get unreliable and invalid results.

(is there an echo in here? :unsure: )

It is hard to stay patient when you feel so lousy (believe me, I know!) but it gets better and better as the months pass and your body starts to heal.

Hang in there! and welcome to the forum. :)

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