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Is The gluten-free Diet Making Me Stupid?


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#16 coffngrl

 
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Posted 04 December 2013 - 06:32 AM

Thanks y'all for the kind messages. I've started taking lysine to drive off the virus and it's seemed to work - that, or the extra sleep and limits on activity. It's hard being this lazy, but it seems to be working. I've tried the digestive enzymes and vitamin supplements - I'm not entirely sure they do anything but will keep at it. I'm not someone with a lot of patience, and this whole "wait and it will get better" answer isn't easy to take... I'm really just left wondering what triggered this all of a sudden. Seriously - I was FINE, took a trip to Europe and then came back and was screwed up.


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:56 AM

I know!! It is hard to wait to feel better! I am about 6 months in to this whole gluten-free thing and I think I am finally feeling better. Patients is a virtue! That is for sure!! 


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 09:02 AM

I know!! It is hard to wait to feel better! I am about 6 months in to this whole gluten-free thing and I think I am finally feeling better. Patients is a virtue! That is for sure!! 

.....and a virtue is no virtue untried......lol


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 08:00 AM

.....and a virtue is no virtue untried......lol

So true!! I like that!


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#20 coffngrl

 
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 07:08 AM

OK, so it's not the gluten-free diet making me stupid - I'm just stupid and will probably stay that way because I fried my brain with gluten!! What a frightening article. At least now I have a good excuse for being an idiot! Just one more reason to be vigilant about avoiding gluten...


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:06 AM

No, no, no! First of all, you are NOT stupid! And second of all, unless you have had untreated celiac for years and years, your brain fog WILL lift, and you WILL get full cognitive function back! Be vigilant about gluten, yes, but don't just assume you will be in a fog forever. Vitamins can help too, especially B12.

 

My poor Mom had celiac all her life and wasn't diagnosed until she was in her 40's. She had to take B12 shots for the rest of her life, but let me tell you, my Mom was a VERY intelligent lady.

 

And you are too. (((((HUGS)))))


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Nightshades now seem to bother me too.

 

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:38 AM

I was lethargic and spent my weekends sleeping --up to 18 hours of sleep a day, both Saturday and Sunday.  After being gluten free for over 18 months I finally noticed that I was sleeping much less.  Sorry to say, but some things just take longer than others, and we are all different,.... you have to stick with the diet and give your body time to realize that it can stop fighting everything all the time.

 

You are not stupid! You came here and asked your questions and laid out relevant explanations.... nothing stupid there....  

I have found that taking a vitamin B12 supplement helps clear that brain fog.  In fact, when I first started the B12 it was like someone lifted a curtain! No more brain fog!

 

 

 

Also, by the way, thank you!! For helping me to understand that I am NOT alone in this "laziness" --but IN FACT it may be part of the healing process of being gluten free (after being sick for my entire life until recently because I never knew I had celiac disease.).


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#23 coffngrl

 
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:34 PM

OK, I was kidding a little bit about the stupid part, but since I just turned 47 I'm not sure I'm getting much back from the damage that's been done after probably decades of being undiagnosed. According to the article "With grey matter damage, you may have balance issues, problems speaking or sensory symptoms" - which describes me to a T. I've been taking B12 and my blood values are normal for most of the vitamins, but I'll probably have issues with this and bone density (not been tested, but a rarely seen fibular stress fracture from running makes me think mine's low) my whole life because of this.

 

At least I'm stopping the damage being done, but this really makes me think that insurance companies should pay for, and encourage testing for celiac at least, say, once every 5 years if you have a family history of autoimmune as part of a regular physical.


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 07:27 PM

I was lethargic and spent my weekends sleeping --up to 18 hours of sleep a day, both Saturday and Sunday.  After being gluten free for over 18 months I finally noticed that I was sleeping much less.  Sorry to say, but some things just take longer than others, and we are all different,.... you have to stick with the diet and give your body time to realize that it can stop fighting everything all the time.

 

You are not stupid! You came here and asked your questions and laid out relevant explanations.... nothing stupid there....  

I have found that taking a vitamin B12 supplement helps clear that brain fog.  In fact, when I first started the B12 it was like someone lifted a curtain! No more brain fog!

 

 

 

Also, by the way, thank you!! For helping me to understand that I am NOT alone in this "laziness" --but IN FACT it may be part of the healing process of being gluten free (after being sick for my entire life until recently because I never knew I had celiac disease.).

 

Thank you for that. I have been really down on myself for years for being "lazy." I'm a type-A personality and I feel like I need to "get things done," but often I just don't have the energy. It's easier to deal with and to forgive myself and my body when I know other people are going through the same thing. :) 


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 06:52 AM

OK, I was kidding a little bit about the stupid part, but since I just turned 47 I'm not sure I'm getting much back from the damage that's been done after probably decades of being undiagnosed. According to the article "With grey matter damage, you may have balance issues, problems speaking or sensory symptoms" - which describes me to a T. I've been taking B12 and my blood values are normal for most of the vitamins, but I'll probably have issues with this and bone density (not been tested, but a rarely seen fibular stress fracture from running makes me think mine's low) my whole life because of this.

 

At least I'm stopping the damage being done, but this really makes me think that insurance companies should pay for, and encourage testing for celiac at least, say, once every 5 years if you have a family history of autoimmune as part of a regular physical.

You know my last broken bone was 3 years ago , it was the 2nd time I had broken my wrist, had 2 extensive surgeries on it. When I was all clear to get everything ok'd the Dr. Looked at me and said  "We don't know whats going on with your bones" I looked at him and said " If you don't know, I don't know. Your the expert".  And thats the last time I seen that dr. I told my Dr. What he said and nothing. between miss Dx's and Drs. that don't care. Pffttt! I am kinda feeling the same way. My husband tried to tell me my bathroom problems were stress. I just thought I get stressed out when I eat?? lol 

I didn't know I had a history of Autoimmune , I have the Celiac gene , but none of my family has it that I know of , that is active anyway. Guess I am the "LUCKY" one lol. Sorry for the rant. I hope you feel better soon. I feel your pain. 


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