I'm going to get the blood test soon to check for celiac. What I'm wondering is how long I need to be consuming gluten before the test?
I spent pretty much my whole life consuming ridiculous amounts of gluten, and having various symptoms that I didn't realize until recently could possibly be due to issues with gluten.
About 5 or 6 months ago, I went gluten-free for a week or so, then went back (mostly) to gluten for a bit, then spent about 3 or 4 months where I was mostly gluten-free.
I felt much better when I was mainly gluten-free (although I wasn't gluten-free every day - I've often had some wheat-containing muesli for breakfast, but this was still way less gluten than I used to consume).
Anyway, I've started deliberately reintroducing gluten into my diet recently, since I'll be taking this test. I've been doing this for maybe two weeks or so.
The first week I wasn't paying attention to whether I was having gluten every day (or how much I was consuming), but this past week I've been making sure to have gluten every day.
I'm already starting to notice some of my old symptoms coming back, although not as bad as they used to be.
If I'm getting symptoms, do I still have a good chance of getting a reliable result from the blood test if I've only been consuming lots of gluten for the past 2 weeks or so (after 3 or 4 months of mostly avoiding gluten)?
I'm worried that the 3-4 months of gluten-free living might have caused too much healing - how ironic, eh? Who would have thought that too much healing would be bad thing.
Also, I've had recent issues with ovarian cysts (still ongoing - will be going for a follow-up ultrasound in November). And I know that a lot of my current symptoms could be caused by them, although I've also had a lifetime's-worth of other symptoms that fit pretty closely with celiac.
Thanks to everyone for reading this, and any advice would be appreciated!