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Posted 19 July 2010 - 05:39 PM

For those with neurological symptoms from gluten, how long does it take for them to subside after being glutened? How long did it take to feel better after going gluten free?

My 8 yr old daughter is suffering (and in turn me too). I don't know for sure it's the gluten since she has another medical condition too. But I am desperate for information to try to help her. She's been gluten free for 1 1/2 years but I could be better regarding the cross contamination or hidden gluten. I know she's been glutened recently several times from my stupidity.

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LYME diagnosed 11/2010, allergic to wheat, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, allergic to all grasses, most trees, dust
Mom to 9 year old dd, lyme, diagnosed 11/2011, highly gluten intolerant, epilepsy w/ generalized seizures, mitocondrial markers, malabsorption, recurring candida - Gluten-free Casein-free since 9/16/08. Diagnosed with P.A.N.D.A.S. 6/20/09, seizure free since going gluten-free!
and 10 yr old dd, Lyme diagnosed 11/2011, severe dust allergy, allergic to most trees/grasses/weeds. Positive gluten intolerance testing. Gluten Free since 12/09/08. Diagnosed with P.A.N.D.A.S. 6/20/09

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 06:24 PM

I've been gluten-intolerant since getting the flu last September. CC results in my GI tract purging and minor lethargy, but being slapped upside the GI tract by a bit gluten hit results in a stronger reaction. I suspect everyone has different reactions, rate of reactions, and recovery times. For me, a heavy gluten hit results in depression, mood swings, and lethargy that take about 5 days to go away. GI symptoms take about 3 days. My emotions aren't severe, especially because they are due to gluten, rather than being tied to life experiences. I can ignore most of it, but that is an advantage of age, too. If I was young I think the mood swings would hit me harder, especially with the feelings of isolation that come with "not fitting in" and not being able to eat some of what most people do. There are so many unknowns and what-if's with gluten intolerance, that it takes an emotional toll even without the gluten-induced mood swings. Best wishes on your research. It takes a lot of strength to question and look for answers.
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Posted 22 September 2010 - 10:40 AM

I personally have really strong Neurological side effects from gluten, including: feeling irritable, depressed, "out of it" tunnel vision, inability to focus and pay attention, quick tempered, etc. For me, it partially depends on how much gluten I have ingested. For instance, if it were cross contamination, I would experience symptoms within an hour or so and may feel the Neurological symtpoms for a couple hours. If it was something more substantial (such as a croûton on a salad or the salad dressing) the symptoms could last for over 24 hours and I may not feel fully over being "glutenized" for several days. It depends on a lot of things...I believe it might make a difference of how long the child feels symptoms depending on their size, how much gluten he/she ate, etc. I hope that helped...feel free to ask any more specific questions if you need!!

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 12:40 PM

It took 6 months before the neuro symptoms were noticably improved. I still have significant problems though 2 years later. Every time I get cross contamination, I get 5-7 days of terrible neuro symptoms and then 2-4 weeks of diminishing neurosymptoms. Unfortunatly, I'm hypersensitive and manage to CC myself every 6 weeks or so.
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