I never had stomach pains before going gluten-free. 5 months after going gluten-free however, I experienced a severe pinch/ sting in the very bottom of my stomach (by the pelvis bone) either to the left or right for two days. I assumed the pain was due to being glutened (since others specified that cramps can develop once a person has gone gluten-free). My assumption seemed to be accurate since I would experience those cramps (together with constipation) whenever I ate packed foods, but would not get any symptoms if I simply stuck to dishes which I've made at home from raw ingredients.
By packed foods I don't mean chips or tv-dinners, I mean plain nuts, peanut butter, tahini, gluten-free soya sauce, vanilla essence, and things like that.
I live in sweden by the way, and many (but not all) manufacturers are not very knowledgeable about cross-contamination. I have called many companies and most of them process wheat or gluten containing ingredients in factories which produce foods that are supposed to be gluten-free. In sweden, most people think that simply not adding gluten to a food is what makes it gluten-free.
The thing is, it just seems unrealistic that I'm getting these cramps from almost any packed foods I eat. I'm starting to think it might be something else which is causing them, and that I'm depriving myself from eating many things needlessly. I have already tried so many brands of different foods, and the cramps usually show up. I went to the doctor complaining about these pains, and the man didn't find (or do) anything.
My diet is already extremely restricted. I avoid eating sugar, soy, corn, potato, rice, lactose or legumes. I avoid eating them but that doesn't mean that I don't use corn or potato flour/ starch in cooking however.
The cramps are not constant. They come and go throughout the day. I would feel a sharp pinch /sting by my pelvis either to the left or right, and my back muscles would be sore as well. They usually last for two days, and I would also experience constipation. I don't know if this is related but I usually get hungry for days once the cramps stop.
I'm away visiting family in London right now. I had some marinated chicken from the store the first day I got here which was 10 days ago, and the cramps started the day after of course together with the constipation. They were severe and painful. I was so fatigued I could barely move. I had to use medicine to get my stomach going because nothing else usually works.
I had already decided not to cook in someone else's kitchen before arriving here, but I ended up having to do so after what happened with the chicken. As a result, my family were regarding me as an obsessed crazy person because I kept wanting to wash everything before using it, and because I'm always worried about someone dropping something into my food while / before cooking. Just the other day, I found an open bag of wafers lying on top of my cooking things. Exactly why I didn't want to cook outside my own kitchen.
I decided as a result to eat only raw foods and spare myself from worrying about people's reactions and absent-mindedness, but I started feeling really faint, so I bought myself some smoked salmon. The cramps persisted. Ouch. I went to the store again and bought nut-oat cookies this time (which also contain corn, tapioca and rice flour).. Not compatible with my no carb or sugar diet but I was really, really starving and feeling lethargic.
The cramps seem to be subsiding now, but I can still feel some faint ones in the morning or evening.
I am really sorry for mentioning this so please don't read on if you'll get grossed out: I was finally able to get BM on my own without medicine today and yesterday, but it was undigested food.
I decided this morning to read the label of the salsa which was the same brand as the one used on the chicken the other day, and I found that it contains wheat.. meaning that I didn't just get cc from the chicken, but a full good dose of wheat. That was 10 days ago however! These cramps could be caused by some other problem that isn't being addressed.
My brother thought that they could be caused by irritated bowels, and gave me buscopan. I didn't notice any change after taking it however.
I'm begging anyone who has experienced these cramps or might know what could be causing them, heeeelp :-( I need to know if it's possible to be THIS sensitive.. to react to almost anything or if this might be something else.
I'm worried that I'm simply depriving myself from sooooo many foods for no reason.