This is my first post, so please forgive if I ask questions that have already been addressed on this forum.
I've been Dx with corn and dairy allergies, and also with a wheat intolerance. Although the test results didn't indicate the wheat to be as severe as the other allergies, I still definitely have symptoms when I eat wheat, oats, and other gluten-containing grains. In addition, I have hypothyroidism as well as some hormonal imbalance issues, which are being treated through medication and supplements as Rx'd by my health care provider.
However, I am still having numerous issues with my health. I suspect it might be celiac disease, so I'm going to have the Antigliadin Antibody blood test done.
Here's my question -- since I've been off gluten for about a year now, and I would like feedback as to how long I need to go back on gluten before I have the blood work done. I know it's important to have enough gluten in my system to have an accurate test. My health care provider suggested eating wheat daily for only a week, but that sounds too short to me. The last thing I want is a false negative test result!!!
If it makes a difference as to how long/how much gluten I need to ingest, I'm a slightly built, female in my early 20s. If you have any more questions, or need pertinent information that I left out, I'd be glad to fill you in.
Anyone else out there who had to go back on the gluten to be tested? Could you share your experiences, and tell how long you had to do so?
Thank you SO MUCH for your input!