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lemonade

Cant Think Straight, Exhausted, Weak, Tired

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hellooo

i started my gluten-free diet 2 days ago, i didnt expect to feel better just though, and i dont, im just throwinf that in. However, i was wondering if anyone here feels the same as i do. IAM exhausted when i wake up in th mronings, even after 8-9 hrs of sleep, i cant think straight, i cant focus on work, i feel tired and weak, i am an emotionally wreck, IAM SOOO irritable and moody i can barely stand to be around myself. ANYONE?????

ps. oh ya, and i am sweaty too, i dont know why

Lemonade

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i was there in december. and have been back several times since then. i went shopping at the local health food store and spent way too much on goodies (gluten-free of course) that i could have! didn't help my budget or my waistline, but i at least felt 'normal' again. it took a couple of weeks for me to get out of the funk enough to start planning a proper diet.

the symptoms will start to lift, promise. you do have to be extra careful to really avoid gluten in the beginning. eating as few processed foods as possible right now may help you get feeling better faster. then you can add things back in as you do the research.

i have been having hot flashes with extremely cold hands and feet since finding the good life. not sure what that means but i'm sure our bodies do all sorts of weird stuff as it adjusts.

hang in there, but definitely let yourself feel all the emotions you have. just give the folks around you a hug afterward.

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Lemonade--I felt the exact same way in the beginning. Your body is beginning to heal, and the fatigue, moodiness and brain fog are all part of the process. You just need to keep at it--it really will get better--I have said that I didn't begin to improve for 4 months. It varies from person to person. Try and rest as much as possible. Get enough water, and maybe take a multi vitamin if you don't already. :)

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Yeah, it gets better slowly. I still have to sleep 9-10 hours a night and any kind of exercise does me in. Sometimes I still feel like my body's heavy and full and glue, including my brain, but those days are getting farther and farther apart.

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I've only been strictly gluten-free for about a month, but it seems as if the brain fog aspects (formulating thoughts, processing information, focusing, etc.) seem to be decreasing significantly already. I'm also avoiding dairy, soy, and minimizing a number of other potential food allergens.

As for the exhaustion and weakness feelings, I still have them although it's different day to day and week to week. Last week I got out of bed within 5 minutes of waking up a couple times. This week, my body seems to be dead when I wake up, and it's been taking me an hour or more to get out of bed the last couple days. I think something happened a few days ago that triggered my symptoms the last couple days though.

I would also advise you consult a nutritionist and supplement your diet with vitamins to make sure your body gets what it needs. And I know each person's body reacts differently, but I seem to do just as bad if not worse when I get too much sleep (even an hour or 2) as opposed to too little sleep. I probably do best with a strict 7-8 hrs uninterrupted sleep, which I rarely get seeing as how I can't quite get myself to bed early enough regularly. But I would try and stay positive, and things should start getting better in some areas.

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It does get better; remember it took a long time for your body to get ths sick - it will take a while for it to heal. But before you know it, you'll start having better hours, then days... Keep a detailed journal of how you're feeling so you can reflect back and compare how bad you were feeling on day 2, versus day 12.

I was probably 3 or 4 weeks into this when I realized I was singing on my way to work and thinking "oh - so this is how it feels to want to go to work...". And not every day is a good day for me, but over all it is SO much better.

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I felt like you and I still go through periods of time like that. You are going to need to really allow yourself some time to heal. Make sure you eat well and do get the rest you need in the meantime. And make sure you 100% gluten-free, including products, lotions, makeup etc.

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I'm right there with you lemonade! Been gluten-free for about 3 weeks and had started feeling better, but am feeling really rubbish and down this week..Here's to better health :D

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I'm right there with you lemonade! Been gluten-free for about 3 weeks and had started feeling better, but am feeling really rubbish and down this week..Here's to better health :D

Thankyou all for the support, this forum is so helpfula nd supportive.

Lemonade

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Could be withdrawls. Some doctors say that partly digested gluten protein resembles an opiate. (Milk proteins too)

Hmm..what I'm feeling like at the moment is withdrawal symptoms again. I think I might have to be completely strict with the dairy. How can I tell if I've got a problem with casein as opposed to 'just' lactose?

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Try some lactaid with your dairy, or lactose free dairy. If you react, then it must be casein. Or you can get testing from Enterolab.com.

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It's like going through detox. Your body is having to flush out all of the gluten, then your immune system has to have time to shut down all of the overreactions. You will have withdrawal symptoms, when the cravings for gluten feel like they will destroy you. You have to stand your ground, refuse to surrender! It will take a while, maybe a few months, even, but you will feel better! :)

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I know that I feel alot better, but i had know damage or lesions! I 've been gluten-free for a month also. I have a hard time getting up, but I figure it's because i have little kids! :P I have had glutten just a couple of times and laways by mistake-bad waitress. :angry: I felt so sick during, that when the pain left I felt really good- i think my mind focuses so hard on the pain, it's easier after. But I know that everyday I feel better physically. I've found that I have way more trouble with the psycological stuff. I'm mad that I have to think about my food all the time. I hate being different. I guess, that stuff makes me pretty tired! Just hang in there, I figure it's all worth it if there is a wellness in the future!

Lollie

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