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KaleidoscopeDream

Member Since 17 Dec 2012
Offline Last Active Feb 08 2013 06:44 PM
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Going Gluten-Free Causing Mania?

21 January 2013 - 11:03 AM

Hi, all. I'm schizoaffective/bipolar subtype and have been taking the same meds for over a year and have had relative stability. Last month I finally went gluten free after a celiac diagnosis and I started to feel really good. More energetic, more motivated, and more productive. However, as of last night/this morning I have had uncontrollable, racing thoughts. I couldn't sleep at all, and now my anxiety and agitation is through the roof. It feels like the start of a yucky mixed episode or dysphoric mania, only it has come on a lot more suddenly and stronger than usual.

My question is: can removing gluten from my diet trigger mania? Or did I maybe become cross-contaminated this weekend? I know there's some kind of link between gluten and schizophrenic spectrum disorders, but I don't know how exactly. I'm definitely going to do some research on the subject, but I was wondering if any of you might have experienced something similar? I just need some reassurance that I'm doing what's best for myself.


I did see my psychiatrist this morning and we're altering my meds a little to try to counteract this, so I'm not in a crisis or anything at this point. It's just... am I right in wondering if this sudden onset is due to dietary changes?

New To This And Feeling Desperate

18 December 2012 - 10:27 AM

Hi everyone. I've only been gluten-free since Friday, when I decided that enough is enough. Celiac runs in my family and recently my health has declined rapidly. I have terrible GI problems, extreme joint and bone pain, THE RASH (oh god, help me!), and a myriad of other health problems that, over the past couple of months, have rendered me almost an invalid. I have not gotten a diagnosis yet, as I am uninsured, but I have gone gluten-free at my Mother's urging (she had similar symptoms to mine and they are clearing up now that she's gluten-free). I am only 28. I'm too young to feel like I can't function. So that's why I've been here, reading all your posts and trying to make sense of this. It has made me feel less alone and helpless.

I'm posting now because, while going gluten-free has already improved my stomach problems noticeably, the pains in my legs have gotten worse. I know I'm only a few days into this, and I haven't really had the energy or ability to completely de-gluten my home (though I have made great progress thanks to my incredibly supportive boyfriend, who has gone to great lengths to help me through all this), but now I'm just overwhelmed. I've been sitting here on the couch with my laptop, crying through the pain and trying not to scratch all my skin off.

I feel really lost and overwhelmed. Where do I begin de-glutening my home? How do I explain this to family and friends? When will my energy come back? How long until the pain stops or the rash clears up? What else can I do to make this easier?