Posted 19 May 2005 - 06:33 AM
1) I have not had any of the stabbing abdominal pains that I used to have, and
2) I have not had any D since going gluten-free.
I know that it may take months to get feeling really well, so I am being patient....
I still have BMs that do not sem quite right - they seem solid enough but once in the water they sort of disintegrate - there also seems to be mucus too.
Anyway, I stiil get some mild gut cramps, plus my bones and muscles always seem sore, and I am still lightheaded and often lethargic.
Something I had been trying for the muscles aches in the past was calcium, and it seemed to help. My wife turned me on to it. She swears by it. Apparently she used to have unbearable menstrual cramps, but she found they disappeared altogehter if she took calcium. Also, when we were in SE Asia and frequently suffering from gut maladies, she was taking it and says it usually relieved the pains.
It sort of makes sense to me, as I know that Ca2+ ions are used by all muscle cells as part of the activation process. Moreover I have read about calcium being used for severe muscle cramps.
Anyway, for a few months before my celiac disease diagnosis, I started taking 500mg a day, and it had a significant effect on my cramps. I went from cramps about 1/4 days to cramps about 1/10 days. But since my celiac disease diagnosis, I stopped taking it, because I was unsure if my tablets were gluten-free.
I found some gluten-free caclium pills last night and I am going to try them again. Also, since I now realize that the celiac disease was impeding my calcium absorbtion, I can see how this could lead to even worse cramps from celiac disease - the gluten itself caused reactions and cramps, and damaged the villi, reducing caluicum uptake, further making cramps worse....etc....
So I am taking 1000mg a day now, which is the RDA. Obvioulsy I will get more from other foods, etc, but since my guts are damaged, and my bones probably are too, I think it makes sense to exceed the RDA a little, for now.
Anyone else have any experience with this?
Posted 20 May 2005 - 06:40 PM
Posted 20 May 2005 - 06:57 PM
The bowel habits can take quite a while to change to reliably normal. Upwards of a year in many people. I was improved immediately but 4 months into a gluten-free lifestyle and I am still improving with some of the symptoms.
My neck pain, back pain at a fracture site, and elbow pain have gone away completely. Different than yours...
Posted 20 May 2005 - 08:43 PM
9 yrs gluten-free
...also DH, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, osteopenia, hypothyroid...
After almost 10 years, I am doing soooo much better!
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