How Long Until I Feel Better?
August 23, 2011
I am in the process of going gluten-free, and I am being tested for celiac disease now. I have been sick for 3 years now. How long will it take for me to feel better? Will I see some improvement right away? Help please.
Hi Colleen. Before I answer your question, it’s first important to ask: Were you gluten-free before being tested for celiac disease? I ask because gluten must be in the diet in order for a celiac disease blood test to be accurate. If you had already eliminated gluten from your diet prior to being tested, I would suggest speaking with your physician about your test results.
With that being said….yours is a great question and one that gets asked quite a lot. I can completely understand how eager you must be to start feeling better, fast! The bad news is that there is no definitive time period I can give you as to how soon you will start feeling better. However, the good news is that, in my experience, the majority of people who are found to have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity start to feel at least a little better very early on after adopting a gluten-free diet. Then, as time progresses and your GI tract heals, you should continue feeling much better as long as you remain on a strict gluten-free diet.
In good health,
EA Stewart, MBA, RD