Feeling Very Lethargic
Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:18 PM
Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:37 PM
Hang in there!!
Soy is a problem for many. You could try eliminating it and see if that helps. Dairy is also one to give up for a little while too.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 04:20 PM
Son: ADHD '06,
neg. CELIAC PANEL 5/07
ALLERGY: "positive" blood and skin tests to wheat, which triggers his eczema '08
ENTEROLAB testing: elevated Fecal Anti-tissue Transglutaminase IgA Dec. '08
other food allergies
Posted 10 July 2008 - 08:00 PM
Most Celiac symptoms are due to malabsorption, so a SAFE multivitamin should help. For me I found that i needed extra potasium, electrolytes, and iron, but everyone is different. Also check, double check, triple check everything! Medicines and vitamins can be dangerous as dairy and gluten are frequently a part of their makeup in the forms of lactose and food starchs. It may be worth paying extra just to get one that says "Gluten Free". Keep in mind that every time you have a whoops it sets you back some too ; )
Posted 10 July 2008 - 09:15 PM
Posted 13 July 2008 - 04:38 AM
Ill cut out dairy and soy and see if that helps. Thanks!
When I cut out dairy and soy (at the same time, if that matters... I'm not sure) I was on the couch for 4 days of exhaustion, tremors and light-headedness. FYI! Good luck.
Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 46 Units (Normal Range <10 Units)
Fat Score <300 Units (Normal Range <300 Units)
Anti-casein! (cow's milk) IgA antibody 54 Units (Normal Range <10 Units)
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0602
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0602
Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 1,1 (Subtype 6,6)
Anti-ovalbumin (chicken egg) IgA antibody 8 Units (Normal Range <10 Units)
Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (dietary yeast) IgA 10 Units (Normal Range <10 Units)
Anti-Soy IgA 17 Units (Normal Range <10 Units)
Posted 13 July 2008 - 10:00 AM
I highly recommend taking a digestive enzyme with your food. This is especially important during the healing phase (the first few months of gluten-free diet). Extra enzymes will help to extract the full nutrient value of the food you eat.
I, too, was very sensitive to soy and dairy at first. I know it's difficult to give up so many foods at once, but it will certainly help in healing your intestines (and it may help with those headaches as well...I know that a small amount of dairy used to give me terrible headaches.)
The lethargy you report is common among celiacs. Although your intestines are healing now, they were not functioning well during the entire time you were eating gluten. You may still have a nutrient deficiency which requires supplementation. You could be low on iron. But iron overdose is toxic, and could lead to fatal poisoning, so have your iron or ferritin levels checked before you start taking iron at doses higher than 20mg daily.
B-vitamins is another supplement to consider. They're cheap and widely available (WalMart), and because they're water soluble, any excess is excreted in urine. B-vitamins are essential for metabolism and energy production, so this might help with lethargy.
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