I've been suffering for a long time with ADHD type symptoms, mostly lack of concentration and focus, tiredness, forgetfulness, zoning out, irritability and so on. Oh, and feeling like a hermit. Not wanting to go anywhere or see anyone... I recently became aware that these things could be caused by a gluten sensitivity, so I decided to try going gluten free to see if it helps.
I'd really like to hear from anyone who has had similar problems and has tried a gluten free diet... Did it help? Did you have to cut out other foods? I know some people have cut out dairy, but I'd really rather not go that far, I'm already fed up of trying to be gluten free! (and I love tea with milk in...) I'd love to hear how long it takes before people start to notice a difference with neurological symptoms - I know it's probably different for everyone, but it's always good to hear how it went for different people, it will help me decide whether to stick with this, or just give up! I've been gluten free since mid April this year, so for 5 or 6 weeks now. I'm just not sure whether I'm seeing any difference yet, it's kind of hard to tell. (There are some changes for the better, but my mum is sure they are attitude related, and not because of going gluten free..) If gluten is my problem, should I have seen a big change by now? Or does it happen very slowly? Is it worth my while to try a test, like having a day where I eat gluten and see if I notice a difference? I've never had any gut related symptoms, as far as I've noticed, and since I'm not even sure whether or not the diet is working, would I even notice a reaction if I ate loads of gluten for one day? Is it too soon for a test? Sorry for asking so many questions, I'm just feeling at a bit of a loss here, and don't really know what to do! I've just started an Open University course, and I really want to be able to concentrate on the work this time around.
(I'm also taking some vitamins to try and cover all the bases... B5, B12, D and Omega3 oil.)
Oh, one more question! I saw someone in another post mention that they thought eating gluten free bread and pasta was a bad idea, at least to begin with... Is that so? Why would that be? I've been eating the gluten free bread (from Genius) every day for breakfast... Is that bad?
Thanks in advance for any replies!