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Immune System And Energy Levels In The First Few Weeks gluten-free
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Hi guys,

 

I'm three weeks gluten free now (I was two weeks gluten free in September then had to eat it again for another set of bloods). The first time around gluten-free I felt better (and starving hungry!) almost straight away. I stuffed myself with gluten for a few weeks before the test and felt heavy, bloated, GI symptoms etc. This time around being gluten-free, the bloating/gas/GI symptoms have cleared up again but I caught a really bad cold two weeks ago and feel as though I'm about to go down with another one (This is unusual for me). My concentration is really bad too. I haven't experienced the rise in energy levels or increase in appetite.

Is this likely to be linked to coeliac recovery, gluten withdrawal or anything like that? If so, any idea how to combat this or how long it might last. For the record, I also have anaemia and low iron stores (ferritin?) and my ttg IgA was 128u/ml. 

Thanks! x

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You probably are going through a bit of withdrawal and then have the cold on top of it... unlucky you!  :( Withdrawal usually hits within a few days and can last up to a few weeks. If it is affecting you, hopefully it will be over soon.

 

When colds swing back for a repeat, it usually (for me) means a secondary infection like in the sinuses, ear, or chest, and I often end up on antibiotics. Sometimes it's viral and you just have to wait it out.

 

It's also helpful to remind yourself that you've been sick a long time and it will take some time for your body to stop attacking itself and start healing. Your tTG IgA is high; if you are anything like me, it will take months to a year for your autoantibody levels to fall back down to normal... and then you really start healing.  :)

 

Best wishes. Hope you feel well soon.

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Thanks for the reply nvsmom. Good to hear some sound advice rather than beating myself up for not being on form. I got the actual numbers back for my iron - both blood iron and transferrin saturation languishing at 3g/l and 3%. I'm off to eat chocolate and spinach... :D I will bear in mind about the length of time for healing with high antibodies too. 

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Spinach and chocolate... Not at the same time, right? ;)

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Gluten free chocolate and spinach cake?? 

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LOL Really? Don't mess with me, I'm trying to eat better after halloween junk food and that sounds like a pretty good compromise.  LOL

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