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clafran

Member Since 17 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Sep 15 2013 07:45 PM
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In Topic: Glutened, Nightmares, Insomnia Oh My!

27 July 2013 - 06:00 PM

Sorry to hear you had such a rough go!  The nightmares are new for me (although most symptoms are -- only 6 months since going gluten-free), but that has become the first sign of a glutening for me.  So you're not alone on that issue.  No sleepwalking for me, at least that has been reported...  Hope you flush it out quickly!

Cathy


In Topic: Female Cramping...men Read At Your Own Risk :)

27 March 2013 - 07:21 PM

I've only had one period since going gluten-free, and it was a nightmare.  The PMS was insane -- I felt like I was in "The Excorcist" and the cramps were the worst I've had in *many* years.  I haven't been on the pill in over 10 years; we have two kids.  I'm early 40s, and menopause comes late in my family :(  So I have a ways to go with periods, yet.  Hopefully, they will calm down.  If not, my family doctor is very forward-thinking (and male!), and he will happily get my hormones monitored if we think something is not quite right...

 

All I know is that I'm less than 2 weeks away from round two.  My husband has orders:  chocolate and wine.

 

Take care of yourself!

Cathy

 

Also, forgot to mention I've been fairly regular almost my whole life, albeit with longer cycles (around 35-42 days).  Minor infertility, which my family doctor got me through with progesterone supplement shots.  5 miscarriages total, two healthy kids....  


In Topic: I Got Glutened, Quasi-On Purpose. Bad Cathy...

27 March 2013 - 07:07 PM

I have no official diagnosis, as I went gluten-free before I knew that I needed to get tested first. I get very similar symptoms to what happened to you...feeling hot and flushed, and "hung over" in the morning....tired, headache, in a fog. But with the extra fun rash to go with them. So needless to say I will not be doing a gluten challenge. ;)

 

No compulsion to cheat here...cross contamination even makes me a little itchy and rashy. My "big one" was when I assumed all tamari was wheat free and found out the hard way that Tree of Life tamari is NOT. My bad for not reading the label carefully. After that I have no interest in eating wheat ever again.

"hung over"  -- absolutely!!!  I'm thinking "gluten hang-over" or "gluten flu" are two things that most accurately describe how I felt.  Plus, I have a slow metabolism, so it took a while for me to feel sick.  I am really starting to feel better, and it's Wednesday night -- I got glutened Saturday night!!  Unreal...


In Topic: I Got Glutened, Quasi-On Purpose. Bad Cathy...

27 March 2013 - 10:16 AM

Thanks so much to all of you -- I appreciate your support.  That's why I joined the group... 


In Topic: I Got Glutened, Quasi-On Purpose. Bad Cathy...

27 March 2013 - 10:16 AM

I know the feeling!  Were you ever dx'd by a doctor or did you just decide to go gluten free?  I have a bunch of symtoms and pretty much self dx'd myself because when I went gluten free for close to 3 months, almost every symptom went away.  I accidentally glutened also - eating out at restaurants - I can totally identify with the "hangover" feeling.  Not sure what it was that I ate and I had wine instead of gluten free cider and back in the day I could easily drink 3 nice glasses of wine and feel fine.  Now I get very ill from just one glass.  I am back on gluten again so I can get an endoscopy on Friday.  My tummy is starting to hurt but not like it did before (although I am eating gluten, I am eating fruits, yogurt and taking a good probiotic - something I never did before - never touched fruit or veggies - just at processed junk 24/7).  And all my other symptoms - fatigue, bags under eyes, rashes, itchy eyes, achey joints - all came back. 

I have an actual diagnosis, although until my first "glutening," I never recognized any GI symptoms or reactions.  This was a HUGE wake-up call for me.  I feel like the diagnosis is real now, which is bittersweet for me...  my mom also has an official diagnosis, but her DH issues were very evident as soon as her celiac manifested...

Thanks so much!