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Feel Weird- 3Rd Week Of gluten-free Diet
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I have felt horrible my entire life, and have had hundreds of tests done to figure out why my intestinal tract reacts the way it does. I stopped having tests done about 8 years ago because I couldn't afford it anymore, and was told I had IBS. I recently have been doing some more research and found out I was 0- blood type, and that I should try a Gluten Free diet. I've been gluten-free for about 3 weeks now, and as of this past week I feel as if I'm lacking something. I can't pin point exactly what I'm feeling but I feel a little nauseous, dizzy, and get sweats. Has anyone else felt this? The past 2 days I've started taking a multivitamin and some fish oil. I'm not sure if it's helping or making my symptoms worse. I have yet to see a doctor because I just got insurance, and have not seen a nutritionist. I've been getting most of my information from forums. Thanks for listening.

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What kinds of foods are you eating?

Oftentimes, whole unprocessed foods make a huge difference compared to a diet w/ a lot of processed foods, made from a long list of ingreds.

It also makes it far easier to find which foods might be problematic.

Lactose, casein (milk sugar & a milk protein) & soy issues are pretty common around here.

Something you've been fine eating before might not agree w/ you while healing.

It could be as simple as, say the one 'replacement product' (gluten-free reformulations of cookies, crackers, bread etc) that uses some tapioca flour, or mung bean or fava bean flour or some other ingred that you just weren't exposed to much before might have always been disagreeable but never came up.

It's a lot simpler to find out when eating a simple diet.

Or maybe the current issue 3 wks in is from something else - ppl w/ pets might try a different pet food that's on sale & find out later it's got gluten & has been affecting them.

All sorts of unlikely things might be involved & ppl here will help you find them, so don't be daunted by the scope (easier said than done - we've all felt overwhelmed early on).

Gotta start w/ reviewing current diet.

So, whatcha eatin'?

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I call what you're feeling gluten withdrawal. I felt like that & then some. It lasts different for different people. But you will find plenty of discussion on it here in threads. Use the search box & put in gluten withdrawal or just withdrawal.

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I am three weeks into gluten free and can relate. I felt so good for the first week. The swirls in my head are quieter, but they are still there.

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Withdrawal. First 6 weeks can be tough for a lot of people. Stick with it, it gets better!

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Yep, I think it's a sort of withdrawal. I had the same thing a couple weeks after I quit. I suddenly had crazy headaches and was wicked dizzy with terrible stomach pains. I felt like I was hung over! What I read is the gluten submits a toxic layer to your stomach lining. When you quit the gluten is starts to peel away and enter your stomach for a bit before it passes. Just stick by your water bottle and it'll pass. Keep up the good work!

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