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Glutening Symptoms Lessen After Being gluten-free?


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#1 kbtoyssni

 
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Posted 16 August 2006 - 01:56 PM

Most people here talk about how the symptoms of glutening get worse the longer they've been gluten-free. Is there anyone whose symptoms of glutening have gotten better after going gluten-free?

I'm asking because sometimes I have mild stomach upsets and I'm not sure whether it's gluten or not. This happened yesterday a few hours after I'd eaten out for lunch, so cc was definitely a possibility. A few weeks ago I ate accidently ate something with malt and didn't get sick at all. The mild symptoms make it really hard to determine if I've been glutened or if I have other food intolerances going on.

When I was eating gluten I did have stomach problems, but the worst symptoms were fatigue and joint pain and brain fog. But I'm not getting those at all now, just a little bit of stomach pain.
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Posted 16 August 2006 - 08:25 PM

Looks like I'm the only one whose symptoms have gotten better since going gluten-free :)
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 08:20 AM

You know, I'm not sure but I've been thinking the same lately. I haven't been clearly glutened for at least half a year, and I wonder if I've really been that succesful with my diet or if my symptoms have gotten milder. When I first went gluten free my glutening symptoms got way worse, but then after a while they did start to get less dramatic, and now I wonder what they would be actually.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 08:37 AM

Looks like I'm the only one whose symptoms have gotten better since going gluten-free :)

I don't think its that but the fact we seem to go through cycles... often early gluten-free can be worse and then get better and then long term we get glutened later and think hey it can't have been this bad EVERY TIME?

Its really subjective and hard to pin down and I think that is why I didn't respond earlier.
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 09:33 AM

Most people here talk about how the symptoms of glutening get worse the longer they've been gluten-free. Is there anyone whose symptoms of glutening have gotten better after going gluten-free?

I'm asking because sometimes I have mild stomach upsets and I'm not sure whether it's gluten or not. This happened yesterday a few hours after I'd eaten out for lunch, so cc was definitely a possibility. A few weeks ago I ate accidently ate something with malt and didn't get sick at all. The mild symptoms make it really hard to determine if I've been glutened or if I have other food intolerances going on.

When I was eating gluten I did have stomach problems, but the worst symptoms were fatigue and joint pain and brain fog. But I'm not getting those at all now, just a little bit of stomach pain.


Here is what I have heard....that initially after going gluten free...the symptoms of glutenings may be much worse....this is the 3-6-12 month ranges. But, after being gluten free for a long time >1-2 yrs), the reactions may actually lessen, because the immune system has had a chance to calm down. Of course, repeated glutenings would cause the immune system to go back into overdrive.

This is almost the same speech my allergist gave me in regard to my rather severe cat allergy...that first my reaction to cats might get worse, but over time it would lessen, so when I heard this about gluten... it made sense to me. NOW...is it true???? I can tell you that I CAN step into a house with cats now, and I couldn't for a long time!

I wonder the same about gluten reactions in my daughter, and I do believe hers are milder (she's been gluten free 5 years)...but it is so often a puzzle to whether you've been glutened or not. In the beginning, my daughter would have a week of diarrhea and some neurological symptoms (leg drag, eye lid drooping). Now...she mostly just feels really blah/irritable/tired...and might have a stomach ache/headache. She struggles with diarrhea on and off due to other food sensitivies...so milder diarrhea isn't always our best indicator.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:34 PM

From what I've heard Cara has it right! But just remember everyone is quite different and reaction intensities may vary.
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Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 16 Units (Normal Range <10 Units)
Anti-casein (cow’s milk) IgA antibody 21 Units (Normal Range <10 Units)
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