Diagnosed and gluten-free nearly two years, I'm feeling 100% better. I've got label reading, cooking, avoiding cc at home and eating out pretty much down to a science, and I take my own food to family gatherings or events like weddings (by all accounts I'm apparently not missing much at those events, lol). I never cheat, so the only times I've ever been glutened have been from eating out. It takes about 3 days for a reaction to kick in -- fatigue, crippling anxiety and brain fog -- and it takes on average a week to feel normal again.
The tiredness is never enough to affect my daily functioning; I just take catnaps here and there when I can, and I go to bed earlier than usual. The anxiety is sometimes bad enough to affect my quality of life, and I finally realized I may have to resort to Xanax to get me over the hump until I feel better.
But muddling through that brain fog...lordy, lordy. My concentration is shot, my short-term memory is ridiculous, my attention wanders frequently. When I talk to someone my voice sounds as if it's coming from a distance. There's a rational part that knows what's happening and that it will pass, but man, I hate feeling trapped inside my own head. Is there anything I can do to help clear it more quickly? I've tried drinking more water, getting more sleep, taking brisk walks to clear my head...it works temporarily but essentially I'm stuck riding it out until my body finally rids itself of the gluten. Any suggestions?