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#800588 Gluten And My Depression Experience

Posted by on 04 June 2012 - 11:27 AM

My worst symptom is anxiety. It built up and built up until I had what I assume is a nervous breakdown even though I don't know for sure. I had this sense of doom that I was going to die. I focused on it day and night and was scared to fall asleep because I thought I wouldn't wake up. Every time I looked at my young kids I would tear up thinking they would grow up without me. When I finally got diagnosed with a gluten allergy in my mind I had brain tumors, diabetes, cancer, heart attacks, you name it I had it. I finally just lost it one day and cried uncontrolably, I was apologizing to my wife for leaving her to raise two young kids without me, and cried when I saw my 5 year old. About 2 weeks after I went gluten free I was laying in bed and just started breathing deeply and realized how calm I was. It never occured to me that my gluten intolerance would cure my anxiety. Most people say that it is due to malabsorption of vitamins, but the weird thing is that if I accidentally gluten myself now, the first symptom I feel is I get really anxious. It will get better, but 1 year later it still isn't perfect. Hang in there.
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#734239 Oh Your Doing That Gluten Thing?

Posted by on 26 September 2011 - 12:51 PM

Sorry to hear that. I get it from my friends a little bit and the checker at the grocery store the other day said, "I don't get this gluten free thing, isn't whole wheat good for you?" My friends were just being typical guys, we are supposed to be silent suffers for some reason. I would hear, "You really aren't going to eat pizza or drink beer anymore?" I would just say, there is gluten free beer and gluten free pizza but I feel a lot better so I really don't care. My wife though has been unbelievable. Not only has she gone gluten free with me, she will stand up for me to anyone who questions it (she doesn't back down from an argument while I hate confrontation). But, the main part of that is I have know her for 10 years. Most of that time I was active, running half marathons, lifting weights, full of energy, easy going. Then I was always sick, couldn't exercise, tired, and anxious and short tempered instead of easy going. She knew I wasn't myself and now I am again. When anyone questions it she says, "Not only does he have it, he was really really sick for a long time. He is a completely different person on gluten." I love her. Did your husband know you before you started showing symptoms? If so, he should see it isn't in your head. No one can know what is going on inside your body except you. Ask him if he trusts you to not exagerate what you are experiencing and support you. My wife says she feels better gluten free and maybe she had an intolerance and didn't realize it. Who am I to tell her she doesn't feel better?
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#720789 New Here - Need A Little Advice.

Posted by on 04 August 2011 - 12:28 PM

Hi there,

It's my first post here, and I may not even be welcome or belong! Apologies if this is the case. :-)

First, a little medical history! I'm female, in my late 30s, and have had an "interesting" variety of medical issues in the last few years. These include two episodes of severe acute pancreatitis (no reason found), a few episodes of gastritis and oesophagitis including one serious enough to land me in hospital, and so on. After several unpleasant attacks of abdominal pain, sudden urgent need for the loo (sorry if that's TMI!) and some mucus/blood, I had a colonoscopy a few months ago which showed minor inflammation and led to a diagnosis of severe IBS, but nothing more worrying. Incidentally, I also have fibromyalgia and have suffered from depression at various points.

After the diagnosis, I started to pay more attention to which foods seemed to affect me. I noticed most obviously that if I have toast or other bread-type stuff for breakfast, I get lower abdominal cramps, stomach ache and at least mild diarrhoea, all starting within an hour of eating, followed by exhaustion. I love and even crave bread, so this isn't good!

This morning I decided to do the BioCard test, which came up negative. Given that it purports to be 93% accurate, I'm therefore presuming that I don't have Coeliac Disease - I'd been a little concerned because autoimmune problems (Crohn's Disease, hypothyroid disease) run in my family.

So I suppose the question, after all that long-windedness (sorry!) is: where do I go from here? Given that I'm not Coeliac, so that's not what's causing my pain, bloating and other unsavoury digestive symptoms, I'm not sure what to do best to help myself. I don't believe in cutting out food groups without established cause (I hate fad diets, and so on), but I can't afford the York test, don't wish to come across as a hypochondriac to my doctors and can't go on feeling so gut-sore.

Any advice or information gratefully received!

Gill x

EDIT: Given the stuff I just read casting some doubt on the York tests, maybe it's a good thing I didn't have the money, anyway! ;-)

That sounds pretty awful. I know you said you don't believe in cutting out food groups with cause, but I think you have a long list of causes. I would strongly consider an elimination diet. I am thinking of trying that myself to see if that helps me. The gluten elimination help tremendously but I still have some issues and it is very common to be sensitive to more than one thing. Two weeks of your life where you have to cut back may be more than worth it if you can figure out your triggers.
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#720285 People Not Taking You Seriously

Posted by on 02 August 2011 - 12:20 PM

Strawberryshortcake, I am sorry about your friend. I get it a little bit. When I first went gluten free I knew nothing about Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. I was doing a lot of research online and was finding all sorts of stuff that I never knew was related. I was always telling my wife, oh my gosh my anxiety could be tied to this as well. Oh my gosh, my asthma could be tied to this. And this and that. I know I talked about it a lot because it was so new to me. She has been great and went gluten free with me. She only eats gluten when she travels for work. But she sat me down after about two weeks and said, "I love you but this all scares me and I really don't want to talk about it for a while so I can process it." Now I let her bring it up when she has questions or concerns. I make a conscience effort not to bring it up. As far as the original post, everyone has been great. When I described my symptoms my Mom and sister's face went blank and said that both have been secretely suffering from almost all of the same symptoms and would give it a try. The only issue I had was on vacation one year my Dad would say, "Just have one meal, we are on vacation." I sat him down later and said that if it was just the heartburn, indigestion, bloating, cramping, etc. I could maybe handle that. But I don't want the laying in bed at night buzzing with anxiety scared to fall asleep to come back. My anxiety issues where 10x worse than my GI issues and have all but disapeared now.
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