About 6 weeks ago, I decided to try a gluten and milk/casein free diet to see if it would benefit me. I have a pretty sad mix of symptoms, starting with problems with sleep since I was approximately 6 weeks old, ADHD-like symptoms for my whole life, and a chronic depression for seven years that among other things has left me extremely emotionally numb as well as with no appetite or thirst, and constantly sluggish and confused. I have responded poorly to terribly to every medication I have tried, almost 15 of them, so I am pretty motivated to try out other treatments. My stomach has never really been much of a problem for me, except when I am sick or under heavy stress, which is why I have never suspected a food allergy/intolerance or anything like it.
After 2 weeks without milk and with a reduced amount of gluten (I had accidently been eating some without knowing) I seemed to have improved a little bit, so I tried to eat gluten on purpouse again to see how I would react. In about 10 minutes I started to feel confused, spacy and weird, and it got gradually worse during the day until I was depressive and unstable during the evening. So ok, that kinda confirmed my intolerance to gluten for me. The next day I felt good again, so I decided to try the milk too. I had a glass and didn't seem to react to it, so I took another half an hour later. Still nothing. I seemed fine until 2 hours later around 4 PM when I felt a little tired. I went to bed to take a little nap...and woke up 4 hours later. I hadn't been tired before the test and hadn't slept worse than usual, and I have never slept that much spontaneously before, so that was a bit odd. The next days I felt worse and worse and I suspected I was reacting to the milk in a more delayed way. Took about a week to recover to where I was before the test...
I will get a stomach biopsy this week, and will get my antibodies tested again after that. I had them tested once before for celiac but that didn't show anything, but maybe something will show up now, who knows. I am clearly intolerant to gluten and milk anyway, regardless of what the tests say.
Does anyone else here have had problems such as these, with no stomach problems and no obvious reaction to food until after having excluded them for some time and then tested? How long did it take for you to experience significant improvements in your symptoms?
Also, I have had several stomach problem since I started the diet. I was constipated for 4 days shortly after starting the diet, and have had daily minor pains in my stomach. And without going into any messy details, I have also had some problems with my feces which have _always_ been fine before. In fact, this is kinda weird as my stomach has mostly been fine through my whole life. I don't understand why it would get worse now. Some kind of withdrawal reaction?
Thankful for any replies.
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