I've been gluten-free for about 3 weeks now and just want to share my story.
I've always have signs of gluten sensitivity but did not know much about it until I stopped eating wheat. I was ignorant until it basically punched me in the face and knocked me on my butt. I've had on an off issues with fatigue, mental fog, lack of concentration, and sleep issues. I've always thought that it was sleep apnea (mistaking fatigue with sleepiness).
What prompted me to stop eating wheat is when I went to visit family and went out to a lunch that 100% made from wheat and as soon as I got home, I was so tired I could not move for a few hours. (and I knew I had plenty of sleep the night be before because I've started using cpap and have an electronic device that tracks my sleep) Later on, I ate some of the leftovers and starting feeling like crap again. I decided to stop eating wheat and started researching. Which brings me to discover the "amazing" worldof gluten free. It took so long to realize wheat and gluten was the cause of my issue is that I just didn't eat much wheat related foods normally.
Anyway... I'm 3 weeks in and definitely have more energy and sleep much better... however, the mental fog has not lifted and I'm now dealing with something that is totally new to me: depression. I've never been a very emotional person and have to say that I've lived a very charmed life...absolutely nothing in my life to be depressed about.. but the last 2 weeks has been pretty debilitating. I'm aware that this happens because of gluten withdrawal, but it still sucks! how long does can it last? should I be slowly reducing me gluten intake instead of cutting it out cold turkey?
ps.. I don't think I have celicacs...I've had no digestive issues, stable weight, and only minor gas that would be considered normal among my guy friends. never had the blood test for celiacs but tested normal in vitamins and minerals in my blood test.