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Do You Have Dreams (Nightmares) About Being Glutened?

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Since I was diagnosed 4 months ago (and more since I accidentally glutened myself bad enough to vomit 2 months ago), I'm noticing a recurring theme in my dreams: realizing I'm eating gluten after it's too late.

 

The dream setting, events and gluten containing food always change with each dream, but one thing remains constant. I'm eating something delicious, like a pastry or something you can pull apart with your fingers, and really enjoying it. I'm about halfway through whatever it is (never just a bite), when I REALLY look at it and realize...it's got bread in it/on it/ surrounding it. Bread with a LOT of gluten! I've eaten enough that there's no way I'm not going to get glutened. After a few moments of panicked realization, I wake up.

 

I still have a vivid image of the last dream: A pastry with a red, gooey filling (raspberry I think) with a cinnamon like, crumb topping sitting on a piece of wax paper. The paper is next to me on a black leather backseat of a taxi cab. The crumb topping is especially clear. As is the memory that it was absolutely delicious enough to break of lots of small bites and savor each one.

 

I also have dreams (though not as often) of being with people and we all go out to eat, but somewhere that I can't eat anything - even though everyone with me knows I have celiac and can't eat there, but it doesn't seem to matter. Everyone with me is eating and enjoying themselves, while I just sit there and watch.

 

Does anyone else have dreams like this? Enjoying something (I've never eaten a pastry like that one) in a dream only to realize how much gluten you've just ingested? Or is it my overactive imagination?

 

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It is common...especially the first year...if you search dreams or nightmares you can read lots of stories...here is one old thread:

 

http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/95802-gluten-nightmares-literally/?hl=nightmares

 

I haven't had a dream I was eating something I shouldn't for a very long time now....mostly it's an adjustment thing or sometimes recurs after accidental glutening.

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LOL, this is so funny. The first few months after I was diagnosed I would dream that I was happily eating away at some giant slice of pizza or a giant chocolate cake and to realize only after I was finished that it was all gluten! Cue the panic nightmare scenario.  :lol: But I rarely get those anymore

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i had one that we were all getting ready to go on a trip, and i had all my food set aside so i could package up my cooler.  my mom, who had been dead for years (and i miss her so much!)  cut up all my food when i wasn't looking on the wrong cutting board!  so, basically, yelling at my dead mom.  yup  :(  i should probably get therapy lolz :D

 

that was in the first year, i think before it gets to be second nature/automatic.  we must be still freaking out, subconciously!  they have settled down, now, except when i get gluten then i guess the extra anxiety kicks in.

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I often have very vivid dreams and crazy dreams and violent dreams, so this one didn't surprise me - not too long ago I had a dream that I was on death row (I have no idea for what) and I was requesting my last meal.  I was trying to get them to agree to let me eat within 2 hours of being put to death so that I could eat lasagna with a buttered roll and not be around long enough to feel the symptoms.

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That's a classic NoGlutenCooties!

 

Here's one that might be called a Freudian slip in reverse. I dreamed I was at a restaurant/bar/club, and a beautiful, sexy woman sat down and started talking to me. Flirting in a very provocative way. She had a short dress on, and I started gently touching her legs. Then I said "your skin is so beautiful, feels like rolls"! Then I woke up.

 

I can't even have a wet dream without lusting after real bread instead! 

 

best regards, larry mac

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That's a classic NoGlutenCooties!

 

Here's one that might be called a Freudian slip in reverse. I dreamed I was at a restaurant/bar/club, and a beautiful, sexy woman sat down and started talking to me. Flirting in a very provocative way. She had a short dress on, and I started gently touching her legs. Then I said "your skin is so beautiful, feels like rolls"! Then I woke up.

 

I can't even have a wet dream without lusting after real bread instead! 

 

best regards, larry mac

HAHAHAHAAAA!  that is freaking hilarious!!!  gives 'buns' a whole new meaning!!!  just when i wrote you off, larrymac&spootycheese - best regards, indeed lololz

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I often have very vivid dreams and crazy dreams and violent dreams, so this one didn't surprise me - not too long ago I had a dream that I was on death row (I have no idea for what) and I was requesting my last meal.  I was trying to get them to agree to let me eat within 2 hours of being put to death so that I could eat lasagna with a buttered roll and not be around long enough to feel the symptoms.

I LOVE this dream! That's so awesome! That's what I'd ask for too - give me a bunch of gluten and let me enjoy it, then put me out of my misery before my misery REALLY kicks in! This is priceless :-)

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Yep, yep. I had those very often for the first few months. I would wake up in a panic or sometimes, crying uncontrollably. Crazy how the mind processes stuff, huh?

 

I haven't had one in a while.

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