Month-Long Reaction?gluten reaction
Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:11 AM
I'm often on this site as a guest, but rarely post (I can't remember if I've every actualy posted...). Anyway, I've really appreciated all of the information that I've obtained here. Thank you to everyone who contributes!
Here's my question... I'm 29 years old and was diagnosed with Celiac disease 2 years ago after a lifetime of one auto-immune disorder after another. Since going gluten free, I've had several accidental gluten exposures due to cross-contamination. I've learned over time what I need to be more careful about and am pretty good about it now. However, I was "glutened" at restaurant about a month ago and am *still* experiencing symptoms (sharp stomach pains, swollen/painful joints - including in my chest [my least favorite], brain fog is slowly getting better, etc.). Is this normal??? I feel like my reactions get longer and more severe the longer I'm away from gluten. I'm wondering if this is normal or if I should be trying to find another source of exposure/other way to solve my problems.
Thank you so much for your help!
Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:10 PM
Gluten free January 2012.
Tyramine free June 2012 - slowly getting a few foods back at a time.... scratch that
Low Histamine April 2013 - I swear this better be the last time I have to restrict my diet because giving up chocolate is the final straw
Iodine free briefly fall 2012
If ever you are feeling like you’re tired, And all your uphill struggles leave you headed downhill
If you realize your wildest dreams can hurt you, And your appetite for pain has drinken its fill
I ask of you a very simple question, Did you think for one minute that you are alone
And is your suffering a privilege you share only, Or did you think that everybody else feels completely at home
Just wait.... and it will come -- Just Wait by Blues Traveler
Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:18 PM
My reactions are very similar to Adalaide's. They last at least 4 weeks, usually 6, which is why I am so super careful. I don't eat out at all. I wish I could, sometimes, but I don't even like going into restaurants anymore. Makes me nervous. And it's definitely gotten worse over time - I've been gluten free for 5 years, and the reactions were not this bad in the beginning.
Can't hurt to re-check all your stuff to rule out continued exposure, but I just wanted to chime in and say that reactions can absolutely last that long. Hope you feel better soon!
Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:20 PM
Thank you again!
Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:33 AM
Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:20 AM
Chocolate Free since 2013
Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:47 PM
Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:22 AM
I honestly hate going to the doctor...
I know what you mean. I hope that you notice an improvement soon so it won't be necessary.
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