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

I Could Punch Myself Right Now!
0

12 posts in this topic

Okay so I've been being really good with this gluten free diet for the last almost month now since I've been diagnosed. I'm doing research and reading labels and being really good with just doing whole foods as much as possible so I can reassure myself I'm not being secretly glutened. Well...it happened anyway. And a lot of it. Literally about 10 minutes ago now. I was in a rush this afternoon and had some stuff to do so I rushed out of the house and told my mom to make me something to eat because I was starved and hadn't eaten all day. So when I got home, I don't even think about it and ate what she cooked. I can't believe I didn't even think about it. All I've been doing is thinking about gluten and making sure it does not get into my body and here I was, chomping away on 4 peices of heavely breaded chicken and not even stopping to realize it. UGH! I feel so dumb right about now. I think my mom wasn't thinking about it either because she wouldn't have made them for me. I don't know what was hanging over our heads today that made us both completely forget about it. It's really weird. Maybe it's because it's only been such a short time...I'm not sure. But anyways, I'm now getting a little nervous about what I'm going to experience. The past 3 1/2 weeks, I still haven't felt much better to begin with but now that I've actually eaten a lot of obvious gluten, I'm worried. Before I was diagnosed, I didn't get D like I know some people get but I was having these terrible sharp stabbing pains all over my stomach and a lot of gurgling in my stomach as well as extreme nausea. Should I be expecting that or something much worse considering I've been gluten free for a while? I'm just in shock over how absent minded I was today. Thanks!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

No punching yourself allowed (flipping thru Ceiac Handbook) - yep there it is - Rule #2 - accidents happen - especially in the early days.

It will happen again, not in the same way, but an ingredient will change in a product you have purchased before or you'll go out to eat and think you took all possible precautions or a million other scenarios. These accidents will become infrequent as you transition - you'll still get a bit angry with yourself each time it happens, but try not to.

You may not have a severe reaction, but if you do - hang in there and drink lots of water!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

These things happen. After 10 months I ate soup that got me because I am apparently incompetent at reading labels. Everyone reacts differently. I take every time as a lesson learned, muddle through because that is all I can do with a gluten head and move forward. Accidents happen to all of us, the best we can do is learn from our mistakes, smile through it and carry on.

Lots of water. Foods that are easy on your stomach if anything is troubling you. Take it easy if you need to and if you feel like you need to sleep your weekend away, do it. Let your body take the time it needs to recover.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just feel so dumb about it. It took a couple hours but I feel disguting now. All it mostly is is really bad nausea. I feel like I want to throw up everything I've ever ate in my whole life! And my mouth feels really dry. Thanks for the support guys! Now I get to go through the best part...waiting it out. I can see this will be a fun weekend!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh...I am sorry it hit you hard. Lots of water. Ginger tea helps me as well - usually not until the next day.

Do you have digestive enzymes? They are a good thing to take daily while healing and do help a bit with accidental glutenings.

Hoping you feel better very soon :(

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




Ohhhh this was so painful to read... I have no idea why I haven't done that yet, because I am sooo capable of popping something into my mouth without thinking about it. It's been a miracle I haven't done it (yet). Done plenty of other dumb stuff though, like seeing "berries" on the label of a drink and not realizing until it was way too late that it said "wheat berries." Doh.

I sure hope you get through it quickly!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

happens to all of us. I actually have nightmares about it sometimes. I'll dream that I'm halfway through a donut or a cookie or something when I realize and then I am just so SCARED when I wake up.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can try some Pepto Bismol for the stomach nausea. Nettle tea may help if you are sore. Peppermint tea can help get gas out of the stomach. Lots of water is good too and some aspirin if there is lots of pain.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I spent the first two months after my diagnosis using black pepper and baking soda that "could contain traces of wheat". I felt like a complete idiot when I discovered it, after thinking I was being so careful reading lables... and wondering why I was still having setbacks. I already had those in my cabinet, and never thought to look at them.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't be too hard on yourself. After nearly two years of always thinking about what I eat, I absent mindedly grabbed a Nestle Crunch bar a few weeks ago and started to put it in my mouth before it dawned on me that DUH, I should probably look at the label! And of course it has Barley mAlt in it! Sometimes our brains just aren't on the ball, it happens. Hope you feel better soon!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was at Olive Garden the other night with my daughter to celebrate the end of their soccer season. I wasn't sure if they even had a gluten free menu, but I'm not a fan of their regular food so I chose to just have a soda. I didn't even touch a breadstick or crumbs, but at the end the waitress brought me my bill for the sodas and handed us mints. I avoided food all evening and even spoke with a man about his health problem and he asked about mine. But there at the very end, what did I do? I opened the mint and had it almost to my mouth when I realized I had no way of knowing what was in it. It was chocolate and mint, but there was no way of identifying the ingredients. I was about 6 inches from the same thing you did when I caught myself. I gave it to my daughter to enjoy since she likes them and I made my way to the restroom to wash my hands.

I'm 2 months gluten-free and, although it was likely safe, I almost bit into it without even thinking. It happens. We've thrown out pots of noodles because we've cooked gluten-free and non-gluten-free on the same stovetop, carefully using only clean metal utensils in mine...and then making the mistake of using one utensil to quickly stir both. It's that easy to forget. If we're ever unsure we'll throw food out. What a waste and frustration. Since everyone is not gluten-free we do our best to make gluten-free dinners but sometimes they want non-gluten-free and they deserve to have it. But...our guard can't come down.

I feel your pain. I got glutened only once and it was rough. I know it will happen again but I pray and work hard to avoid it. We're human and prone to mistakes for sure. I hope you heal quickly and if you have any capsule probiotics, those may help. They don't break down until in the intestine so high doses of probiotics could also assist, along with the other great suggestions already mentioned. I take 20 billion cell probiotics (10 strains) but there are some much stronger. I doubled up when glutened for a week. Anything to help grow those healthy bacteria back, especially if you also have heavy D. Good luck!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

happens to all of us. I actually have nightmares about it sometimes. I'll dream that I'm halfway through a donut or a cookie or something when I realize and then I am just so SCARED when I wake up.

I have those dreams too!!! Weird...

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
      104,651
    • Total Posts
      921,611
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • How about reaching out to your local celiac disease support group? http://www.houstonceliacs.org
    • Yes, I am in Houston, TX. Can anyone recommend a good GI in Houston, lots of experience with celiac?  
    • I am sorry to hear about your mother.   It is not so hard to get a medical doctor to order a celiac panel -- especially if your father was diagnosed with celiac disease.  Our family GP did not blink an eye when I first asked my daughter to be tested.    If you think your doctor will disregard your legitimate request, you can either fire him or put the request in writing and send it certified (attorneys love documentation!)  I agree that our doctors should support us.  I have a great GI, but my GP  is pretty clueless when it comes to celiac disease, but she admits it.    She does always order all the lab tests I request.  Perhaps it is because I come in with supporting medical documentation and evidence.  If she was not supportive to my satisfaction, I would find a new doctor.   Again, you can go gluten free in your own.   Chance are you have celiac disease.    But it is hard.  Really hard if you do not have the support of your family.  That is my concern.   Are you in the US?  
    • I've just read SO MUCH about the long, arduous process of getting a positive diagnosis through traditional medicine - I'm not sure I want to put myself through all that. Since my father WAS positively diagnosed - I carry the celiac gene and another gene that predisposes me to gluten sensitivity - and my fecal tests for gliadin were SO elevated - there are enough reasons for me to go to a gluten free diet. The true medical diagnosis would just make it easier for my family/friends to believe the necessity of it. My children are adults and not particularly health care nuts. I doubt they would take their own risk seriously without a medical diagnosis. I'm afraid my husband, while he is trying to be supportive at this point, will grow weary of all the things I no longer serve at meals and all the places we will no longer go to because there are not gluten free alternatives on the menu. A medical diagnosis would make it easier for him, long term, I think.  I don't have much faith in general in our western health care system. My mother died 6 months ago at age 82 after 4-5 years of many different health issues. She had given up the keys to her car in her late 70's after getting lost several times. I became her designated driver to all doctor appointments, procedures, hospital stays, etc. The incompetence and disregard I saw blew me away. I'm surprised any elderly people survive our health care system once they get on that revolving door. The reason I started seeing a naturopath is that I am looking for an alternative to medical doctors for most of my health issues as I age. I know there are some things I still have to see them for - and of course, they are essential in trauma and emergency situations. But I am on a quest to follow a more holistic approach to my health care. If this is the path I am choosing, then I have to follow my gut (no pun intended) in situations like this. I think the only reason I would go through the medical testing would be for other people - not me. It seems to me, that with so many people being gluten intolerant these days, a decent M.D. would listen to a patient that was adamant about their intent to live gluten free - positive celiac diagnosis or not (and especially with the gene and stool test results). I mean, they don't tell vegetarians they have to eat meat ... and vegetarianism is a personal choice. Sorry if I seem to be rambling ... this is all so new, and I'm trying to find my way.    
    • This subject is often raised on this site, especially by women.  I am prompted to raise it again today, having spoken to my doctor who has said that she has noticed that celiacs often have thin hair, especially in later years.   Rather than just accept what she thinks is just the inevitable I would really like to hear from anyone who really has seen great improvement in their own hair and what they did. There are lots of tips on line but I am particularly interested in hearing from someone who has actually been there, done that, and now has better hair!  
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,653
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    KerryO
    Joined