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hi everyone!

yesterday was 1 week gluten-free for me and i have an amazing amount of energy all of the sudden, my stomach pains are already getting a lot less severe and the constipation problem is getting better!!!

what is weird though, is now i'm having a couple new problems: headaches & insomnia. i have been having headaches everynight, and have also been waking up a few times a night. i havnt had theses problems in the past, so i am wondering could it be from gluten withdrawls?? i am not sure if people even get withdrawl symptoms from giving up gluten, but i cant think of what else would cause this.

thanks in advance for your answers.

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My guess would be that your body is hungry, I suffered from those symptoms both before and after going gluten-free. If you are not eating as much as usual or as much as your body needs you will get both symptoms (headache and insomnia) Now that your body is absorbing nutrients it wants and needs more...EAT!!

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I totally had those symptoms. The insomnia was terrible, and I still have it. I take Tylenol or Ibuprofen at night just so I can sleep. The headaches finally went away, though. I also had and still have some days really bad acid reflux that I didn't have before. It's weird, but in my opinion normal from what I have heard from others.

Deanna

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Wow! It's really odd that you mention those symptoms! Our family has been gluten free for 5 days now and those are the exact symptoms that my husband has been complaining about. I blamed it on the heat, though, since our air conditioner wasn't working for a few days. Our house will be cool tonight, so we will see if that will make a difference. Unfortunately, we haven't seen any improvements in anyone's health so far. I'm here looking around, trying to find out how long it takes to see a difference if the symptoms aren't full-blown celiac. Thanks for posting-- it gives me encouragement!

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There's no question at all that some people -- though not all -- do have withdrawal symptoms when they stop eating gluten. Same with sugar.

richard

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i have been having headaches everynight

I had no problem sleeping, but I did find my hurt head for awhile. Maybe a week max? And my headaches were constant, pounding, then got less and less until I didn't notice I had them anymore.

Reading the other posts, sounds like they should go away. =)

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kathyhay, i think the healing process is quite different with each individual. i did notice a difference right away, just in the fact i havnt been in constant pain all day lately. i still have pretty bad stomach pains at certain times in the day, but it isnt as constant.

i dont really expect to be back to normal for quite some time, but i do feel like i am on the right track.

i dont think i could do this without the support from this forum, so thankyou to everyone that has replied to my posts :)

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This quote is mine from the following thread from last month on a similar topic;

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?s...t=0entry12733

I've also had some strange symptoms which may or may not be related to the new diet, including bone pain and ankle pain, and an increase in bruising (I never used to bruise visibly). I've also started noticing some disrupted sleep patterns, although I already avoid caffeine since it gives me headaches.

It's interesting that these side effects are not mentioned in any of the literature I've ever read, perhaps more research is needed.

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