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I have been off gluten now for a week since my 3 week gluten challenge.

Yesterday and today I woke up with such stiff muscles and sore joints. I felt puffy, my sinus felt congested but I didn't have a runny nose. I almost felt like I had a 6 pack of beer last night. And soooo tired.

Anyone have these symptoms after going off and how long did they last?

Thanks!

Mia

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Have you completely eliminated gluten from your system? All meds, toiletries and such confirmed gluten-free? Once I got off of it, the only time I had problems was when I was cross contaminated. Did you eat out? Use a toaster, old pan, wooden spoons or something from your pre-gluten-free life? I hope you are better soon.

Annette

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Have you completely eliminated gluten from your system? All meds, toiletries and such confirmed gluten-free? Once I got off of it, the only time I had problems was when I was cross contaminated. Did you eat out? Use a toaster, old pan, wooden spoons or something from your pre-gluten-free life? I hope you are better soon.

Annette

You know I did have Chipotle the night before the "hang over" started and I was too shy to ask for new gloves. Maybe I will try not eating out for a month and then I can see more clearly what is a gluten reaction. Thank you Annette. I can see there will be a high learning curve for a while.

Mia

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Hi There-

I'm new here as well and was going to post a similiar message. I am also one week into a gluten free diet. Two days ago I felt extreme fatigue and a detox feeling in my muscles but today I woke up pain free, the first time in many months. I am hopeful that this isn't just a coincedence but my pain cycle is so consistant that it is really a shift for me. I have heard that it takes longer than just a week to see a difference but maybe someone can shed a little light for us here.

Thanks-

Diana

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You know I did have Chipotle the night before the "hang over" started and I was too shy to ask for new gloves. Maybe I will try not eating out for a month and then I can see more clearly what is a gluten reaction. Thank you Annette. I can see there will be a high learning curve for a while.

Mia

I love chipotle and it is usually fine for me. Last week however, not. Had some and could tell almost immediately that something was wrong. Guess I got some cross-contaminated. Do folk usually ask them to change gloves then??

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You know I did have Chipotle the night before the "hang over" started and I was too shy to ask for new gloves. Maybe I will try not eating out for a month and then I can see more clearly what is a gluten reaction. Thank you Annette. I can see there will be a high learning curve for a while.

Mia

Once I needed some cuts from the deli and the lady was just finishing up reloading the breaded chicken when she came over to help me. I asked her to please change her gloves in a rather apologetic way, and she apologized to me for not changing them as a matter of course. First time I had ever stood up for myself that way too. I was proud of me and I didn't get sick from my food items! I find that usually when I preface something like that with "I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to ask you.... I can't risk cross-contamination..."

mature people will try to be helpful. Yes, celiac does make you do things outside of your comfort zone, but it will come to you. The more you want to be healthy, the easier it will be.

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I love chipotle and it is usually fine for me. Last week however, not. Had some and could tell almost immediately that something was wrong. Guess I got some cross-contaminated. Do folk usually ask them to change gloves then??

I ask them to change gloves most of the time, although I've never been glutened there. I only get the bol, not the tacos, so it doesn't make a huge difference. If I got the tacos I'd definitely make them change gloves. They also use their hands to serve up lettuce and cheese, so there is a cc risk there. I always get mine without lettuce or cheese. As always, buyer beware!

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I ask them to change gloves most of the time, although I've never been glutened there. I only get the bol, not the tacos, so it doesn't make a huge difference. If I got the tacos I'd definitely make them change gloves. They also use their hands to serve up lettuce and cheese, so there is a cc risk there. I always get mine without lettuce or cheese. As always, buyer beware!

What do you do generally at Mexican restaurants - do you avoid the corn chips in case they've been handled?

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Although most people see an improvement fairly quickly going gluten-free, I think it's normal to notice problems after a week or so. It's as though your body just goes, "Phew what a relief", when you get rid of the major sources of gluten, then starts hassling you about the little bit that's left. It will get better, but takes time. When I look back I don't really think I started feeling sane until about 6 months in, even though it only took me a week or 2 to tell me I was doing the right thing with the diet.

I think it will take time. I saw on another post that you can feel worse before better. One major thing I feel is like a dark cloud has been lifted off. I don't wake up with stomach pain every morning and major constipation anymore. I was so constipated I couldn't eat breakfast until I had metamucil and went to the bathroom first.

I just have to be patient and I so appreciate all the info and support and personal stories here. It helps me get through each day.

Mia

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i have been gluten free for 2 weeks now, not that long and i had instant improvements almost all of my symptoms went away besides for my stomic poping/gurgaling all the time. but after the first week it was like all the symptoms had just magicaly come back and im super carefull with cc. so im pretty sure its normal for you to go in and out of feeling like poop for a couple of weeks or months. dont really know though just my opinion

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Have you completely eliminated gluten from your system? All meds, toiletries and such confirmed gluten-free? Once I got off of it, the only time I had problems was when I was cross contaminated. Did you eat out? Use a toaster, old pan, wooden spoons or something from your pre-gluten-free life? I hope you are better soon.

Annette

WOODEN SPOONS?

Is there something I don't know about using wooden spoons? (I use them all the time - could they be contaminated?)

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WOODEN SPOONS?

Is there something I don't know about using wooden spoons? (I use them all the time - could they be contaminated?)

if you use wooden spoons and you haven't replaced them from before going gluten free, then yes absolutely you need to replace them. Wooden spoons are very pourous and can hold onto trapped gluten particles... old scratched up non stick pans too, even collanders used to drain pasta. All have to be replaced, If you live with non celiacs and they are not eating gluten-free and cooking in the kitchen, you may want to designate a part of your kitchen a gluten-free zone and keep all your gluten-free utensils, pots and pans and even a gluten-free toaster in this area. I had to get rid of all my wooden spoons and got new nylon ones and stainless steel. Also invested in stainless steel pots and pans that are much easier to keep clean and decontaminated. (my hubby eats gluten and cooks his own food sometimes when he doesn't want to eat what my daughter and I are eating). If you share a toaster, get a toaster oven, that way you can put foil down on the rack before toasting your gluten-free breads.

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