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Hello :) in new to the forum and am 3 days in to my gluten free diet - and I have never felt worse. 

Persistant nausea



sore stomach 

muscle pain


please let me know if this is normal !!


thanks so much 

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Hi I am new too, but the symptoms you are explaining sounds like I felt when eating gluten! But after 3 weeks of being off it I can't believe how much better I am feeling. So keep going and hopefully you will feel much better soon! 

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Hi Missing,

I don't think your symptoms are anything to worry about.  They may be unpleasant but should dissipate after a few weeks.  Unfortunately they may come back from time to time as you are learning the gluten-free diet and your body is healing.  It seems like recovery from celiac damage is not a straight-line process for many people.  We may get better for a while and then get sicker for a while and then better etc, etc.  A roller coaster is a good analogy.  The overall trend should be improvement though.

The less gluten you get in your system the better for healing.  That's why I recommend eating whole foods you prepare yourself, rather than processed foods, even gluten-free ones.  Your diet should be mostly meat, veggies, nuts, eggs, fruit for several months, maybe 6.  Avoid restaurants also.

The immune system produces antibodies to protect us from pathogens.  It's really good at that and won't stop for a while as it just doesn't seem to trust the little buglies.  So any ingestion of gluten can kick off a month or more of immune system attack on the body.  The other thing causes discomfort is the upset to our gut bacteria colonies and excess gas they produce.  (Plus of course gut damage hurts).  So it's real helpful to avoid sugar and carbs during the healing process to reduce the gas production pipeline.

Another gotcha is the fact that gut damage inhibits absorption of nutrients that our bodies need to heal and maintain tissues.  As time goes on and your gut heals you can absorb better, and healing can proceed faster.  Easy to digest foods are helpful there, well cooked veggies may be less irritating.

There are gluten-free beers available but they an be kind of pricey.  Wines are generally safe though.

Welcome to the forum!

Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."

Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

Thyroid cyst and nodules, Lactose / casein intolerant. Diet positive, gene test pos, symptoms confirmed by Dr-head. My current bad list is: gluten, dairy, sulfites, coffee (the devil's brew), tea, Bug's Bunnies carrots, garbanzo beans of pain, soy- no joy, terrible turnips, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, celery, strawberries, pistachios, and hard work. Have a good day! 🙂 Paul

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