I've just started my 4th week gluten-free. I haven't had any diagnosis, tests run, etc., but gluten-free seems to be working for a lot, if not most, of my health issues: vertigo, migraines, excessive fatigue, severe menstrual issues, severe bloating, etc. I could go on with the list, but I won't.
It wasn't as if I had a plan when I started eating/living gluten-free. I've always wondered if a gluten-free life would make me feel better. After reading an article about someone with decidedly similar health issues who was diagnosed with a severe gluten sensitivity, I made the final decision to do this; and so here I am. Being in the profession I'm in, I've been able to find most of the gluten-free life information I needed to make this change happen.
The kitchen and bathroom have been purged of gluten and scoured. I'm reading labels until I go cross-eyed. Since I was already lactose-intolerance, the dairy elimination has been something of a non-issue for me. I've never been a fan of eating out often, and I like to cook; so food prep is working out fine.
The first three weeks weren't necessarily the easiest I've ever experienced; but they were valuable. When the vertigo disappeared within days of going gluten-free, I knew this had been a good decision. I honestly don't remember the last time I felt so good!
And then . . . this past weekend happened. I went out shopping, touched all sorts of fun things, washed my hands using commercial liquid soap in store restrooms (what was I thinking?); and by Saturday night, I felt like I was dying--awful stomach pain, a return of the vertigo, rounded out with constipation. I didn't eat anything that was prepared outside of my home during the holiday week. So, I'm a bit stumped. Can a glutening happen so quickly, so slyly that you never quite figure out what happened? (The only food that contained gluten on Thanksgiving Day was a pumpkin pie brought to the lunch by a friend. I used a separate pie-cutter for it, and didn't let it touch anything else.)
I'm finally starting to feel a bit more like myself today, except for lingering vertigo and headache.
Anyone have any thoughts, suggestions?