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Member Since 13 Apr 2012
Offline Last Active Nov 20 2012 03:54 AM

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Two Questions

19 November 2012 - 03:59 PM

Two questions:

1. Is it possible that (inadvertantly) eating (minute quanities) of gluten can cause migraine-like headaches and ZERO energy? I'm thinking I need to go see a doctor, because after years of no headaches at all and an abundance of energy, since going gluten-free, I've been getting terrible headaches, and getting laid out for days with no energy at all. But it ALWAYS happens after eating something that I didn't prepare myself. I'm being careful. Or rather, I'm trying to be careful, but I think there must be gluten in things that I think wouldn't have gluten, like sausages, or.....I don't know. I can't even think right now.

2. If, after going gluten free (it's been nine months for me), what does it MEAN that I seem to be quite sensitive to even minute amounts of gluten? If years of eating gluten only caused tolerable (though persistent) problems, now that I've eliminated it, after a period of several months of feelings gloriously well, now I seem to have reactions to all sorts of things. Isn't that worse for my body than what was going on before? I mean, if my system was so overwhelmed with gluten that it couldn't react properly, now that it's reacting, isn't that doing even MORE damage?

Which Is More Likely?

05 October 2012 - 09:58 AM

....that I am unintentionally getting glutened, or that I have a problem with dairy, despite many months of eating dairy with no problems? For the past several weeks I have been having a resurgence of symptoms that almost completely disappeared when I went gluten-free seven months ago. Mduring this time, I have eaten out several times (Mexican restaurants, and only rice, bean and corn things) and eaten stuff I didn't make myself at social gatherings. I've been pretty careful. I've never been able to quit dairy, though I,ve wondered if it could be bothering me, though for many months I ate plenty of it with no adverse effects.

Increasing Sensitivities

12 August 2012 - 07:48 PM

So, I have been reading in this forum that it is normal to become increasingly sensitive to gluten the longer you have been gluten free. Onevof the most interesting comments was about someone's untested daughter who was afraid of going gluten free, because she didn't want to develop extreme sensitivities like her stepdad, and someone said that if she DOESN'T have celiac's disease, then she won't become sensitive to it by not eating it. I went gluten free back in March, to see if it had any effect on my daily midday bloating and abdominal pain, and it totally did. So I was never formally diagnosed. But I am noticing more and more reactions to even small amounts of gluten that wouldn't have bothered me earlier this year. Like tonight, I had a small piece of pork that probably had soy sauce on it, and a few bites of potato salad that listed "food starch" as one of the last ingredients, and I ate them both anyway because it was a potluck, and the only other things I could eat was watermelon, cantaloupe and carrots, and surely that tiny amount of gluten wouldn't affect me. But my abdomen hurts, and I feel nauseous. So does this make it more likely that I really truly am sensitive to gluten? Testing at this stage in the game seems pointless......


Increased Sensitivities?

07 May 2012 - 11:07 AM

I was just wondering if folks have had the experience of, once going gluten-free, becoming aware of other food sensitivities you have, that before, when you were eating gluten, must have blunted other things. I honestly don't remember ever thinking I had any problems with ANYTHING, except maybe eating too much cheese or protein late in the evening, yet, now, two months after going gluten free, I am aware of not feeling so good after eating certain things--like sudden stomach cramps, or a tightness in my chest, or my throat getting all gummy. Did I just not notice because my body was so assaulted by gluten that these we minor in comparison (like when I had a bike wreck many years ago, I didn't notice that my wrist really hurt until all the other pains subsided), or am I really becoming more sensitive to other things?


13 April 2012 - 08:42 AM

I realize that I have been going about this all wrong, but I stumbled upon a gluten-free site somewhere on the Internet a month and a half a go when I was looking around for possible explanations for why I started every day feeling fine, and then got very uncomfortably bloated by mid afternoon, until I could barely walk by evening, and was getting a headache every night. I ate oatmeal for breakfast, but then ate bread products the rest of the day. It seemed very unlikely to me, but I was really tired of the discomfort, so decided to see what would happen if I eliminated gluten, and sure enough, those things almost completely disappeared within a couple days. Some other pains and perpetually cracked skin also disappeared, so it really seemed like I was having some kind of bad gluten reactions.

But then last weekend I finally did a "challenge"--ate a bagel and had Chinese dumplings made with wheat flour, and didn't really have all that much of a reaction. I felt briefly nauseous, had a brief bout of violent diarrhea, one day of nothing at all, and then three days of zero energy (even took a day off work for one of them), and very mild bloating and discomfort for about five days, and a return of the skin cracks. Could those diverse and not very severe things be related to eating gluten several days previously? They,ve gone away again now (six days after the gluten day), but it makes me feel like this is all in my head.

What I realize, having done this, is that I probably should have done some kind of testing before I tried the gluten-free experiment, but I honestly didn't know what to expect. And now I don't know what to think.

I don,t have what seem to be most people,s usual symptoms (diarrhea, namely), but bloating, discomfort, headaches, congestion, skin problems, and now that I read more people's stories, a dubious history (embarrassing periods of diarrhea as a child, cracked and bleeding skin on my feet my entire childhood that none of the doctor-prescribed creams ever did a thing about, iinconclusive abdominal pains as an adolescent that doctors never did find a cause for, a diagnosis of "spastic colon" as a graduate student, discomfort off and on--telling myself that everyone experiences "aches and pains"--though this past month has shown me that that perhaps isn't true.)

So, the question in--what now? My symptoms, of whatever it is, are mild, not debilitating like so many people's appear to me. My two grown children pretty much had diarrhea their entire childhoods, so maybe THEY should be tested. One of them suffers from depression, and sleeping inordinate amounts of time (he's on an antidepressant and ADD medication, and STILL spends long periods of time in the bathroom).

I'm not feeling terribly inclined to go back on gluten, even though the results of that one gluten day weren't so bad. I'm not craving it, or even really missing it, and one of the god things is that I have stopped feeling hungry all the time.

Any suggestions?

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