I've been gluten-free for about a week now. So far, it hasn't been hard, as I didn't eat processed foods or a whole lot of "bad" foods before, I've just had to check and double-check things like spices, sauces, dressings, etc. (I eat produce, meats, dairy, nuts, fats.)
For the first few days, I felt absolutely great! More energy, no bloating, no gas, no brain fog, and my mood improved. On day 5, I felt sick--a deep ache in my stomach/intestines, fatigue, and a feeling of impending diarrhea. (I did have a BM, but it was not diarrhea. It was, however, like cookie dough--very sticky and mushy.) On day 6, I still had the deep ache inside, but with headache and nausea and even more fatigue. Today is day 7 and I still have the ache, though I admit, it's not as severe as yesterday. I am still very tired.
I am almost 100% sure I have not eaten gluten-containing foods. (I've been eating fresh fruits and veggies, peanut butter, honey, fresh meats, eggs, some cheese, some beans, etc.) There is still the chance of cross-contamination I suppose, possibly from a cutting board (though to my knowledge, we've never used that cutting board for anything but meat) or possibly a lunch tray at work?
I have been reading a lot of posts on the board and I've been doing lots of reading on celiac disease and gluten-intolerance, and I know that healing and improvement takes time. Weeks, months, years.
My gluten symptoms are NOT the same as the symptoms I've been experiencing. I am trying to figure out if this is "detox," if I've been glutened, if perhaps my intestines are healing, or if it's something totally unrelated.