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Got Glutened!

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So I started eating gluten-free 5 months ago. Here were the symptoms that got better:

1. D and other gastro issues

2. fatigue

3. achy joints

4. my thyroid is apparently behaving better because my TSH is going down and I'll be lowering my synthroid dosage

But for awhile I was still taking a vitamin with gluten in it, so I've been completely gluten-free for 6 weeks probably, and I got glutened this weekend. I KNEW I got glutened, but before I figured out the culprit, my husband was scrubbing the toaster, and throwing away jelly jars. I finally figured out that the culprit was dried wasabi peas (not smart on my part), and here are all of the odd things that came back that I didn't really even notice were gone (in addition to above symptoms BAD):

5. a long-term, but very mild rash showed back up on my legs (apparently, it had disappeared and I hadn't noticed)

6. a rashy, bump on my head that has been there my WHOLE life re-flared and itched horribly (it hadn't disappeared, but was smaller and less itchy)

7. my seasonal alleries flared up big time and I feel like I have a sinus infection (looking back I haven't been taking my daily claritin for awhile)

8. I got a headache.

9. And I'm totally brain-fogged.

I was totally shocked that this many things really do seem to be connected. It's really a shocker. Maybe some day I'll even be able to wean off my psych drugs (although I'm not depending on that). I'm just so amazed how much healthier I am in so many ways.

Thanks for listening/reading!



Gluten Free Since 4/1/06 and feeling much nicer!

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Sorry about the glutening Catherine. :(

Who'd have thought it would be the dried peas.

Your husband sounds very supportive, that is great. :D


Enterolab positive results only June 06:
Me HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0301; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2, 7)
Husband HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0302; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2,8)

The whole family has been soy free since February, gluten free since June 2006.

The whole family went back to a gluten diet October 2011.  We never had official testing done and I decided to give gluten a go again.  At this point I've decided to work on making some gluten free things again, though healthwise everyone seems to be fine.  The decision to add gluten back in was also made based on other things I'd read about the 2nd sequence of genes.  It is my belief that we had a gluten intolerance, but thanks to things I've learned here, I know more what to keep an eye on.  If you have a confirmed case of celiac, please don't go back to gluten, it's a lifelong lifestyle change.

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