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#1 Myself

 
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Posted 20 June 2013 - 04:20 PM

Does anyone have any knowledge or suggestions related to aspirin usage and how it might affect someone with a gluten problem?  Should you be avoiding aspirin altogether or can you take certain kinds like for example say ibuporofen?  I have been taking a lot of aspirin for a long period of time now and I have since become quite concerned about how it could be interacting with my intestines/leaky gut as well as the long term effects in general.  I've read that too much aspirin can potentially increase the risk of blindness as well as cause other conditons such as aluminum toxicity.  I wonder if there is even a viable natural alternative to aspirin?  I suffer from terrible night sweats, migraines and chronic sinus inflammation especially at night and most of the time aspirin is the only thing that can give me any kind of relief.  What good is it though if it's just causing me irreparable harm in other ways?  I've tried Feverfew but I had no luck with that at all. 

 

Potassium/magensium seems to help me with the night sweats and Red Marine algae helps sometimes with the inflammation.  These problems like night sweats which we often consider to be merely symptoms of celiac disease/gluten intolerance can also create additional problems of their own.  I didn't know that night sweats can lead to deficiencies of many crucial nutrients such as potassium/magnesium/calcium/iron/zinc which can then wreak havoc upon your system.  And it's a double threat because not only are you not absorbing nutrients propelrly due to your leaky gut but also because you're losing them through the skin as a result of the profuse sweating.  Excessive vomitting and diarhea can only have an adverse impact as well.  I believe that's why this issue is such a difficlt one to tackle because it's so multi-faceted and self-propagating.

 

I have also been drinking vanilla almond milk mixed with whey protein powder (labelled as gluten-free) which tastes great and makes for a quick and easy snack when in a pinch.  Has anyone else had any experience with it?

 

 


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 04:29 PM

Aspirin is not the same thing as ibuprofen. I haven't found any ibuprofen or acetaminophen that contains gluten. I like Target brand because they say gluten-free on them. I don't take aspirin, so I'm not sure but I doubt it contains gluten. You could call the company and check if its gluten-free.
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Posted 20 June 2013 - 07:45 PM

Aspirin is not the same thing as ibuprofen. I haven't found any ibuprofen or acetaminophen that contains gluten. I like Target brand because they say gluten-free on them. I don't take aspirin, so I'm not sure but I doubt it contains gluten. You could call the company and check if its gluten-free.

Its in the same family of NSAID though.


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:03 PM

I think I should really try to avoid anything like that which is going to make my digestive system more acidic and most likely aggravate GERD.


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:55 AM

Take it from the "Once Queen of Hot Flashes and Night Sweats"........the odds of anyone sweating that much , which would lead to a deficiency is highly improbable.  I don't know where you heard this but in all my years of menopausal symptoms, that's a new one to me.  You would have to be running marathons to lose enough sweat, and not replacing the fluids you lost, to cause an imbalance of electrolytes.  Night sweats are not a "usual" symptom for a gluten problem but it is not completely out of the question for them to happen. They are more common with menopause/peri-menopause.

 

How long have you been gluten-free?  Your symptoms should improve on the gluten-free diet but it does take time...unless your symptoms are menopause related.  You are correct...it is not good to take either aspirin or ibuprofen, long term..They both can cause a stomach bleed.  I would only take them when absolutely necessary and certainly not everyday.  Do not take them on an empty stomach.

 

Vanilla almond milk is delicious and used with a protein powder, make a very good Celiac snack.  I have never had a gluten reaction to almond milk and most of them are gluten-free.

 

Hope you feel better soon!


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 03:08 PM

Take it from the "Once Queen of Hot Flashes and Night Sweats"........the odds of anyone sweating that much , which would lead to a deficiency is highly improbable.  I don't know where you heard this but in all my years of menopausal symptoms, that's a new one to me.  You would have to be running marathons to lose enough sweat, and not replacing the fluids you lost, to cause an imbalance of electrolytes.  Night sweats are not a "usual" symptom for a gluten problem but it is not completely out of the question for them to happen. They are more common with menopause/peri-menopause.

 

How long have you been gluten-free?  Your symptoms should improve on the gluten-free diet but it does take time...unless your symptoms are menopause related.  You are correct...it is not good to take either aspirin or ibuprofen, long term..They both can cause a stomach bleed.  I would only take them when absolutely necessary and certainly not everyday.  Do not take them on an empty stomach.

 

Vanilla almond milk is delicious and used with a protein powder, make a very good Celiac snack.  I have never had a gluten reaction to almond milk and most of them are gluten-free.

 

Hope you feel better soon!

 

For what it's worth here is a link to an article (below) where I found that severe night sweats can possibly lead to such conditons.  This is all new to me so I can't confirm the accuracy one way or another.  It would seem to me that the effects could easily vary from person to person according to their diet and regular potassium intake.  If your body is already depleted of a particualr mineral or nutrient due to poor eating habits then perhaps heavy sweating might affect you much more so than another person?  I have to say that I'm a male so obviously menopause doesn't apply.  But I have endured consecutive nights of severe sweating where my clothes and bedding were drenched just as explained in the article.  Sometimes I would feel so degyhdrated that my eyelids literally felt as if they were glued to my eyeballs and it actually hurt to open them.  I would often wake up with a tremendous thirst and sometimes terrible headaches like a hangover.  And a hangover is basically caused by dehydration due to the overuse of alcohol.   

 

http://www.ehow.com/...deficiency.html

 

I didn't realize that night sweats weren't typically associated with gluten issues?  That's good to know.  Maybe I am on the wrong path?  I thought I once read that when you first go gluten-free your body can initially go through a withdrawal phase and sort of a detoxification process which can manifest in the form of night sweats?  Is it not true that when you have celiac disease your damaged intestines aren't able to differeniate the essesntials from the waste products during digestion?  That's what causes the malabsorption of nutrients.  That's why it would seem to me that night sweats would only make matters worse as you could sweat out what little you have left.   

 

As far as how long I've been gluten-free it has only been a couple of weeks now.  I'm in an experimental phase.  When I stopped eating gluten the first major symptom that I noticed right away were night sweats so I just assumed a connection.  It could be just a coincidence but it doesn't seem so.  It seems to have helped my complexion quite a bit as well. 

 

Interestingly enough I just found this thread from this very forum.  I'll have to browse through that thread and see what can be found. 

 

http://www.celiac.co...2-night-sweats/

 

It has been hard but I have really cut back on aspirin. 

 

Thanks for the wishes of good health and likewise to yourself.  Also thanks for the input.


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