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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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yo!melee    0

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I am new to the forum. My mom was diagnosed with Celiac disease two years ago and I recently stopped eating gluten last January because I had many of the symptoms. I just had a blood panel test done but it came back negative. Does anyone know how much gluten you are supposed to eat, and for how long, prior to the test? I don't think I ate enough (I only had one pretzel on one day, and then ate gluten once day for a week before the test). Thanks

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squirmingitch    494

The medical info. I have read ranges from 2 to 3 months eating the equivalent of 3-4 slices of bread per day. HOWEVER, you had been gluten-free since Jan., that's 7 full months. That's not "the norm" so i would say IMHO, a bare minimum of 3 months & even then you may show negative. It takes time for the antibodies to build up.

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GottaSki    459

Ditto - minimum of three months on significant gluten.

You may have a tough time getting gluten into you now that you have been gluten-free for over 7 months -- if your symptoms return or become worse, I'd say you have your answer that you can not eat gluten and will have to weigh the possibility of getting very sick and/or damaging your intestines against the possibility that you could ingest all that gluten and still have negative blood work.

My kids all tested negative, but with my history and improved symptoms have all remained gluten free. They have each tried at one time or another to eat gluten and each had enough reaction that it convinced them to stay gluten free.

Good Luck!

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squirmingitch    494

Many people who have gone gluten free before testing find that when they try to go back to eating gluten for testing then they are unable to tolerate it long enough to do the challenge. Most find they have much stronger reactions than they had before going gluten-free.

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