When I read what you all are writing - this will sound a little strange...- I almost get jelous! I was diagnosed with narcolepsy - but after years of trying to figure myself out, I have come to realize that I think i really have celiac, with mostly brain symptoms. I now know how important it is for me to stay off gluten, but my association of pain and being sick, is not there.
It would be easier for me if they were. When I eat gluten, I will fall asleep within the hour, or at least be more or less tranquilized. It will dramatically reduce my energy levels and ability to focus. It takes a good week of complete avoidance before my energy is up to normal.
And yes - the dreams. Vivid dreams with sensations of touch and pain. Both amazing experiences and horrible nightmares. Sometimes I am not able to figure out if it is happening or if it is a dream.
I know that gluten mimics opiates and I think they attatch to the same neurotransmitters- maybe it is an addicted brain talking? It does cause an addictive behavior in me..
When I look back on my childhood I realize that most likely the recurrent ear infections, the severe menstrual cramps and abdominal pains were probably a reaction to gluten.
For one month no I have been 100% off gluten! It is a first for me. I had not one single narcoleptic attack. My energy levels have been strong. I have been hiking every day and felt great. That was up until I went to Wholefoods and had tea. It smelled soooo good. Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride it was called! One would think that should have gotten my alarm to go off. I had a cup - and 15 minutes later I had to sleep.
when I later read the ingredients it had roasted barley, "natural sugar cookie flavor and other natural flavors" and also clearly state contains gluten.....
No more Celestial seasonings tea for me...