I'm being tested for celiac right now, but I've yet to follow a completely gluten-free diet (it's harder than it sounds). From what I understand, it's not that celiac disease (or gluten) causes Lupus, just that it is often found in association with lupus, ra, etc.... Celiac disease is just another AI disease after all. However, I did read that once people go gluten-free, some find some arthritis benefits because arthritis can also be a symptom of celiac in addition to lupus and ra.
I don't see what it can hurt if you just wanted to try going gluten-free to see how you feel. Don't do it, though, before you are tested or you can end up with a false negative.
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I have Lupus, Crohn's and Gluten Intorlerance (we thought celiac but thankfully it is not). Going off gluten has done wonders for not only the Crohn's but also for the Lupus flares and joint pain.
It is not an easy diet to follow when starting out but once you get the hang of making your own things it is pretty easy. I also tend to follow a Low-carb diet as it is, so I do that when eating out also.
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for anyone that does gluten free- i work at starbucks and we have a gluten free valencia orance and almond pastry now. We give it to u in the package so as for it not to be contaminated with anything else. its yummy!!