Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

How Do You Comfort Yourself When Glutened?
0

15 posts in this topic

I'm just wondering what people do to comfort themselves when glutened. I sleep and tell myself it will pass but I'm wondering if others have ways of coping. Things I'm interested in are things you do- not vitamins you take, etc. It seems that lately sleeping and telling myself it will pass has not been enough and I've been crying a lot with frustration. The people on this board have been a HUGE comfort but I'm just wondering if there's other things I could do, even if just to lift my mood and distract me for awhile. So what do you do to help yourself? Thanks, Beverly

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

I like to sleep but something I love to do to lift my mood is watch comedies. Whenever I get laughing I seem to forget about how bad I feel and it really helps me to feel better.

I also love to eat my comfort foods too

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I lay down (I can never sleep, but am so tired I want to die! Good ol' molasses feeling), and chill out. I usually need time to myself because it is always depressing for me. I drink lots of herbal tea and when it's meal times, steam everything to mush. I always feel good eating mushy vegetables.

I tend to feel sorry for myself the first day, which isn't good, but i'm still new at all of this. It's so frustrating still. :(

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Go about my normal practices. I know it sounds ... something ... but I'm often cranky, so I might whine "I don't want to go to yoga; I want to sit on my ass tonight", but I go. I'll generally be somewhat quiet, sleeping when I need to sleep and doing other low key things like reading or surfing the net or updating my website until the abdominal bits pass. I try to spend some time meditating too, but my ability to not get distracted varies. ;-)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi -

Good post!

What do I do?

I do some more reading/research about what to avoid, and what to be more suspect of, to help prevent it from happening again. I also commit right away to being MUCH more careful about what I put in my mouth, and that makes it easier to not take similar risks again.

I also drink more water, get more sleep and take digestive enzymes...and Tylenol PM (or Ambien or Valium) if I need it for sleep...to let my body rest and heal up...

Plus, my cat, Mr. Bo Jangles, seems to know when I am not feeling well...so, he's always a great source of warmth and cuddling :-)

Gina

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




What helps me is to relax the cramps, cope with the bloat and move the gas. So I drink really strong herbal peppermint tea, wear my 'celiac' episode clothes (really loose fitting tops and elastic waist pants) and walk, do yoga positions or elevate the foot of my 'tempurpedic' bed while I watch funny movies or "Funniest Animal Videos". :D Also just focussing on anything else which I feel passionate about distracts me enough to remember "This too shall pass ..." I just assumed leadership of our local floundering leaderless celiac support group. I've been soooo busy that I only noticed the excruciating pain once in awhile, even though I've had several 'episodes' in a row this week. :o I'm still not sure what caused this last one. I've been too busy to do adequate post episode contamination culprit sleuthing. :lol:

BURDEE

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The only thing that really helps me is sleep....and lots of it. I do get extremely tired but also it helps me escape the pain. If the reaction is bad I'll sleep for most of 2 days. Also I cry alot but after a crying session I'll feel better...then I'll fall into a deep sleep. If the reaction is mild then I'll go outside in the sun and start doing yardwork or something. For some reason being in the sun relieves some of my symptoms. My doc told me its because I'm lacking vitamin D...I don't know if thats the real reason...I just know that it works for me. Luckily I havent had many of the real bad reactions lately.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I usually try my best to go to school, work, ect, but I don't push it. When I am extremley tired and not feeling well from the gluten I will sleep in for the morning and go to school late. When I get severe pain while I am out or at home I just have to sit there and wait it out.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Most of the time I walk.Just go out in the yard and wear out the grass.I can't be still,because I am so uncormfortable.I tend to withdraw from everyone and try to walk where no one will bother me.I don't like for people(even family) to see me when I am not my best.I have a hard time coping with being sick.I have never been a whiner,nor could I tolerate anyone who was.If I can't go outside,I do to another room and do some kind of craft--standing up.When I sit down I feel like there is something on top of my stomach that doesn't belong there.Sometimes I get into a good hot bath and just lie there.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rest, watch funny shows like Kaiti mentioned... I'll put on some Sex in the City or Gilmore Girls... Focus on normalcy, because I will be there again, take a walk, even a slow one and get some fresh air. I also just taken everything slower and cut back on what I do. If I am really in a bad spot, I may choose to lay down and veg, rather than clean the sink. That's important for types like me who have a tendency to do too much...

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When I feel lousy I usually try and go for walks to get my mind off how I feel. I also like to listen to jazz or other light music and sleep as much as possible. Finally I rely heavily on my natural magnet belt to ease my aches & pains associated with the bloating etc.

Cleveland Bob B)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Everyone- I really appreciate it. I think I need a mental coping scheme. I know what to do physically but sometimes I am just so uncomfortable all I can do is cry. I hate it- I consider myself a relatively strong person but this has pushed me to my limits and I want to find more positive things to do that don't require a lot of physical energy. But maybe some yoga, comedy, sleep and a little walk would help. Calling my sister helps too. Just tired of moaning to my husband and crying on his shoulder. I've noticed if I get distracted I can usually forget how crappy I feel. Best, Beverly

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i'm new to all this, so it's good to see other strategies for coping with the ickiness!

first i call one of my very good friends (i rotate them out so no one has to deal with a crying Laurel every time she talks to me!) and i rant for a few minutes about how awful i feel. after the phone call i lie on the couch and let my cat put his warm paw on my arm (that's what he does when i'm upset -- it's too cute). and i watch my mexican soap opera that i am addicted to. or sex and the city. Bridget Jones is probably my favorite, though, for when i'm feeling down. and i am just as slothful as i need to be until i feel better. (not counting work/school of course). oh, and sometimes i journal about it first, just to get all the emotional response out. then i distract myself with the tv or movies.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
i'm new to all this, so it's good to see other strategies for coping with the ickiness!

first i call one of my very good friends (i rotate them out so no one has to deal with a crying Laurel every time she talks to me!) and i rant for a few minutes about how awful i feel.

<{POST_SNAPBACK}>

I do the same thing...its very rare now but for 2 years it was nearly daily. I'm surprised I still have ANY friends! :o Sometimes they'd jokingly say "Isn't it someone else's turn today." He-He...I guess I tortured them. Then when I started to feel better I was out and about and all of a sudden no-one could reach me. They were like "What the heck?...Before we couldn't get rid of you...now you're so busy we cant even *find* you."

I remembered a couple other things I do to feel better....I go to the gym and sit in the sauna and the steam room...which is relaxing and a good way to detox. If I'm feeling like things are hopeless (sometimes I forget that the reactions are temporary) I'll start reading positive info. on this board or elsewhere..that always lifts my spirits. I also watch Sex and the City...funny how many of us turn to that show for comfort. I just finally watched the final episode this week. I didn't get hooked on it till after it stopped airing so I had to wait for the DVD's. Anyway, it was the ending I had hoped for. :D

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Let's turn this into a list. I'll start a new thread. I was thinking about it yesterday when I picked up my pack of "52 Silly Thyings to do When You Are Blue Card" and threw out all the ones that had to do with food. :P Beverly

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,644
    • Total Posts
      921,583
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • The first two tests (at least in the US and most of the EU) have been replaced by the DGP tests (at the bottom) of GFinDC's list of celiac tests.  Not all celiacs test positive to the common Screening TTG.   The TTg is good and catches most and it was cheaper to run the best one (it is all about the money), but researchers realized they were not catching all celiacs.  Here is a link to the University of Chicago's celiac website.  When I was diagnosed three years ago, this site recommended just the TTg (as did the American GI Association).  Now they have expanded the list of celiac tests.   http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/screening/ Luckily, my GI must have just attended a GI conference and he ordered the complete panel for me.  ($400). It paid off.  Only my DGP IGA was positive and the rest of the blood panel (including the popular TTG test) was negative.  My biopsies revealed some severe intestinal damage.  My new health provider only allows PCP/GP doctors to only order the TTG.  So, if I want the follow-up testing to see if I have improved or had a gluten exposure, I must go to my New GI.  Yep, it is all about the money!   Keep eating gluten and make sure your  GI takes four to six samples during the endoscopy.  Maintain copies of all your results.   Your symptoms?  Yes, there are over 300 celiac disease symptoms.  celiac disease does not just affect the gut, but mis-informed and those who do not keep up with the latest in medical, do not seem to know that!   Do not give up!  
    • It's great to hear from you, Nightsky.  Glad to also hear of your steady progress.  Living gluten free is definitely a learning process, and even the baby steps are times to celebrate.  Wish you all the luck in the world as you continue to heal for the glutenization.  
    • Hi Nicky, When you first go gluten-free your symptoms often do change.  Feeling better or worse is possible.  The healing process is a major change in our gut and that means a big change in the gut flora is likely,  which can cause symptoms by itself.  Additionally the immune system doesn't stop making antibodies on a dime.  the immune system keeps working  to defeat the gluten invaders until it is darn good and ready to take a break. You really shouldn't start the gluten-free diet until all testing is completed.  That includes a full celiac disease panel and an endoscopy with biopsy samples.  It's much easier to complete testing while still a gluten eater than it is to stop gluten and go  back on it for testing later.
    • Hi Kircket, Welcome to the forum! Yes, he could be wrong.  Not everyone passes the blood tests.  And they are just one part of the diagnostic process anyway, although an important one.   Did you have the complete celiac antibodies panel? Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA
      Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG
      Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA
      Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA
      Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) IgA and IgG
      Total Serum IgA If you didn't have the full celiac disease antibodies test panel, I'd insist on getting it done.  There have been numerous people on the forum who tested positive on one antibody but not on others.
    • Three years ago I lost about 40kgs (Aussie lol) by better diet & exercise. All was going great til I stopped losing. I upped my exercise but bizarrely started gaining weight. One night a week of not being able to sleep soon became two, then virtually every night with either 1-2hrs tops or none at all. These weird symptoms started about two years ago, becoming worse in say, the last 9mnths. Then I started to get diarrhea. Occasionally then weirdly 2-3 days with multiple occurences then a day or two with nothing, then back to loose & offensive. My GP ran tests, including the TTga (hope that's  right) antibody blood test. Negative so he tells me that's not it. After 9mnths of this he shrugs and says, "I don't know what it is I've run out of ideas what ideas do you have?" Finally refers me to a gastrointerogist.  Private, of course and can't really afford it but we (my fiance and I) go. Stools and blood samples are ordered, basically bye, see you in a month. I have looked my symptoms up and they seem to point to Celiac. Today we went back. I have been having bloated stomach, sore back and limbs,  lovely burps, constant urination and crushing anxiety attacks folowed by depression (which I have never had before in my life). Admitted over the last weekend I didn't sleep for two and a half days and found myself hallucinating and crying to just be able to sleep. Mr fancy pants gastrointerogist says," Hey great news, the stools samples rule out parasites and Crohns!" I tell him how excrutiating the last month has been to which he replies, "It's not Celiac disease, (points at negative blood test results). Celiac doesnt present with diarrhea, anxiety and frquent urination all together." I also had a fecal occult blood test which showed positive & notes say are maybe due to a lower gi bleed, and a ct scan that says shows some damage which, in their words, could be due to a condition such as Celiac disease. He has booked me for a double scope as the next step, has a few ideas what it could be (won't tell me because he doesn't want me to be 'anxious'). Told me to consider that all these symptoms could be me just worrying and being anxious. Told him when this started I was not worried about anything, shrugged and said, It could stil have happened, hey, sometimes we never find out what causes it and your just stuck with diarrhea forever." Then as I was leaving he slapped me on the back and said, "Don't worry so much, see you soon." I need to have the scopes done but is it me or are the things I was told today not true?  I would honestly love it not to be Celiac disease but could he be wrong?
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,651
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    Kricket73
    Joined