I have been reading up on GERD symptoms which I seem to have (tight chest, lump in the throat sensation). What I've read is that the GERD often disappears after going gluten-free. My symptoms have come since going gluten-free (around 4-5 months in). I was wondering, do you think that my body becoming more sensitive to ANY gluten could cause me to get reflux reactions to it? Its making more and more sense to me that most of the symptoms I've had are related to the IBS induced gluten-free diet. I don't mean in a bad way but simply that I need to go totally exclusive as my body has become more sensitive to gluten. Does this sound right. Here's the list of symptoms I've experienced in the last 6-12 months:
-Heart palpatations (strong enough to have a monitor on for 7 days, finding an abnormality but not life threatening)
- breast soreness
- back issues
- Some shooting pains in the legs/Sciatica
- Muscle spasms
- tingling and numbness from pinched nerves/tense muscles
- facial burning/hot and cold sensations on one side that was bad and then decreased to almost totally gone
- Jaw soreness (TMD from jaw clenching) leading to teeth sensitivity
- Vision zig zags, three 2-5 minute episodes over a 6 month period (once sending me to the ER as I was terrified)
I believe I have slight TMD (from jaw clenching from stress), IBS (gone gluten and lactose free), low iron, hormonal fluctuations and maybe GERD.
As I said, all of this is from a period of chronic stress.
Can anyone join the dots so to speak and tell me if things look like they are connected to one thing?
I realise your post is a few months old but was interested that a lot of symptoms have begun since you went gluten free.
All the advice you have been given is very relevant - I went gluten-free over 2 years ago and felt great for a while only to start getting bad reflux again (tight chest, something in throat etc.) after about 1 1/2 years. It was very depressing as I had been feeling so good, but it led to me giving Enterolab a try - they test for many food intolerances via your stool. I live in the Caribbean and was able to order the test and send it back from here overnight. The interesting thing is that I have discovered I am also intolerant to dairy, soy, egg and oats - many gluten intolerant/sensitive people have a hard time with these foods also, it is very very common. I cut out all of these and my symptoms have pretty much cleared up. Because dairy doesn't affect me as much as gluten, I sometimes have milk in my tea, but I definitely feel it the next day with mild acid reflux and sometimes headaches. Once you clear your body of these foods it does become much more sensitive.
By the way, you can be gluten sensitive and not have celiac disease. The harm to the body and symptoms are the same though. Dr Fasano at the Center for Celiac Disease Research at the University of Maryland has recently published very interesting information regarding this.
Hope you are feeling better and good luck - it can be a long road full of self diagnosis and research but definitely worth the effort.
P.S. Not sure if they have enterolab type testing in Australia - but I highly recommend it