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Member Since 11 Apr 2012
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#817652 My One Week Update

Posted by on 14 August 2012 - 03:46 AM

Today has been a week in my gluten-free life. Ive had more energy this week than I have in years. And the kids are back in school so Ive been getting up early. Yesterday morning I washed AND waxed my truck :blink: and then in the evening I bathed my dog. Which I paid for last night because I was sore, but it was a good kind of sore. Not the debilitating aches. Its obvious that my body is going to have to get used to all this moving around again. I was talking to DH last night and I told him that I feel better, and that I wasn't sure if it was all in my head or if I really am improving. I want to believe that its true progress and its not all in my head. I guess Ive been told "its all in your head" one too many times.

My headaches seem to be lessening in intensity, but not frequency. One thing that is bothering me though. I am absolutely ravenous. I was that way before but this has just taken it over the top. Could that be a gluten withdrawal? I don't feel the absolute need to go raid the bread box per se but I feel as though Im starving. That is not a good feeling, and the scale is starting to creep up, which really bothers me since I constantly struggle with weight. Just curious as to if others have experienced this.

I started feeling better after a week too, but not completely healed. It's been over four months, and I sometimes have setbacks, but the healing is still continuing. The first things to disappear were the D and the headaches, and the energy came back very quickly too. But the anxiety part, although reduced, is something I'm still struggling with. The brain fog comes and goes too, but less frequently.

As for the hungry feeling - I didn't have that. It could just be a mental thing, where you feel so deprived by not being able to eat the foods you're used to that your brain tells you to eat to overcome the deprival. I used to get that when I was trying to lose weight by cutting out certain foods. Not eating gluten will get easier though.
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#812080 15+ Years Suffering W/ Mis Info.

Posted by on 19 July 2012 - 08:05 AM

I had almost exactly the same symptoms as you, missed a LOT of work, and also the same battle with doctors. It's so depressing when you know you feel ill, and these experts with years of medical training look at you and call you a faker. Many of my coworkers also though I was faking when I missed work, which really hurt. The problem with Celiacs is that the symptoms can be all over the place, and all my doctors wanted to do was treat the symptoms, and not find a common cause. I KNEW there was a common cause, and it was through a process of trying different elimination diets that I found the source. I have ZERO confidence in doctors now, because they did nothing to help me get better.

I'm quite new to gluten-free as well, and still learning about what is *really* gluten-free. At first I ate a lot of the gluten-free breads because I missed sandwiches, but I've since given them up because they didn't taste great, were usually full of preservatives, and they were packed with calories. I've found completely changing my eating habits to be easier than trying to find substitutes for the things I used to enjoy.
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