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Jesse E, September 7, 2007 in Coping with Celiac Disease
Lucky you. I get completely nonsexual.
About the appetite. I get that sometimes. I don't think I blush or sweat though...
I notice that my face looks red alot like I have been sunburned or maybe am blushing. I never thought of it as being glutened! Do you guys think that is what it could be? I didn't use my face wash, Cetaphil, today b/c I thought maybe that's what it was, but it still looks red. I have been hungrier this week too, but I just thought it was a diet thing b/c I am on WW.
If those are symptoms of a high histamine reaction, then they're related to an allergy you have, as opposed to celiac disease, I think. I never got horny when I was sneezing at the cats, though.
I have gotten sick after eating anything with gluten or dairy now....I end up with painful cramps and a long trip to the bathroom followed by complete body sweats and eventually passing out due to my body not being able to take the pain. I know when I'm getting sick because the sweats come on. I've so far been able to conquer the passing out by putting my head down when I feel it coming on. This is my first Gluten free day after 10 years of miss diagnosis and I couldn't be happier to know that I'm not crazy and there's a way out (if you call no fast food a way out!) I've also noticed the increased sexual drive like being 18 again, partially due to being bored out of my mind though because I can't sleep-but then again when I do it's for days. At work I am very sensitive to temp changes and blush very easily-almost like menopause!
I sweat profusely when I have been glutened. At first I thought it was menopause cause i had a hysterectomy four years ago. after being gluten-free for about three months the only time i have the hot sweats is when I have made a mistake with food.
People with celiac may actually have high histamine: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlere...gi?artid=497731
Thanks for all the replies! Just bumping this thread to see if anyone else has these symptoms too...
I haven't noticed those symptoms since going gluten free, but my face was always red prior. I also had night sweats and my stomach always felt naggingly hungry.
I have a few million food allergies. I get that red, instantly sunburned face thing whenever I drink alcohol, eat wheat or rice, or anything super-yeasty. It actually hurts like sunburn.
These sound like symptoms of too-high thyroid to me. Perhaps you should have your thyroid checked?
It is also possible that when you get glutened, your immune system attacks your thyroid, which then overproduces.
wow, I have to say reading your symptoms sound so similiar to mine. After eating gluten I would get so sick.....and actually end up in the hospital from being dehydrated and in so much pain. Has anyone heard of being diagnosed with celiac from their biopsy, and not finding it in the blood?? Is that normal? I am so glad I found this forum. I don't feel so alone. I think changing my diet is going to be rather challenging for me.
I definitely get an increased appetite when I get glutened; I can't stop eating! Red skin, too -- all over, not just my face.
Back before I went gluten-free, I couldn't sweat at all. As I've healed, I begun to sweat more normally. And whenever I get glutened, I'm so tired and foggy that sex is the last thing on my mind. . . . I've never heard of any celiacs who get revved up by gluten; it's usually the exact opposite -- we get chronically exhausted and have severe 'brain fog'.
I agree that these kinds of symptoms are likely connected to hyper/hypo thyroid issues. My doctor had this take:
He said that whenever people have a chronic disease that is undiagnosed/untreated for a long time, glandular systems like the thyroid and adrenal gland will get out of whack. when we start getting sick, our body can tell that something is wrong. So it starts pumping out different hormones in a trial & error manner in an effort to fix the problem. Of course, it doesn't help any. This leads to an oscillation of hyper/hypo symptoms in the early stages, and steady hypo symptoms after a longer period of time after the glands get worn out. As we heal, the glands get in this hyper/hypo oscillation again, until they eventually get back to their normal equilibrium.
How long were you sick before being diagnosed with celiac disease? If you're in the early stages, the increased appetite/drive/sweating could be a hyperthyroid reaction to the gluten.
I was sick for about a year before figuring out what the problem was. I have major problems with both dairy and gluten. Although in very small amounts, they don't affect me nearly as much.
I recently found this study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?c...pt=AbstractPlus
It found that people with celiac have increased plasma testosterone and increased free testosterone...but only when they are eating gluten.
This could explain the whole libido thing...
Well, the sweating and blushing I have not noticed even after getting a glutening......
the increased appetite heck yeah! gimme food and lots of it however I dont seems to be gaining weight I think I am maintaining quite well right where my dr says I should be...
the increased sexual thing..... yeah hubby is liking that quite well but mostly I figure thats because for so many years I "just didnt feel like it" I am now "catching up" not to mention I dont have to worry anymore about becoming ill at "the wrong time" or being ashamed of what my body had begun to look like.... not that I was "really" fat but compared to what I had been used to most of my life it was a step in the opposite direction..... My current weight is comfortable, I am not a beanpole (like my teen years) but not "malnurished fat" either like I was before I started the gluten-free diet.
He said that whenever people have a chronic disease that is undiagnosed/untreated for a long time, glandular systems like the thyroid and adrenal gland will get out of whack. when we start getting sick, our body can tell that something is wrong. So it starts pumping out different hormones in a trial & error manner in an effort to fix the problem. Of course, it doesn't help any. This leads to an oscillation of hyper/hypo symptoms in the early stages, and steady hypo symptoms after a longer period of time after the glands get worn out.
This could explain bipolar syndrome, too!!! The oscillation of hyper/hypo symptoms match bipolar symptoms....
A big insulin rush can also increase adrenaline, which will also cause those symptoms. Does this happen when you load up on starches and sugars?
I had similar symptoms without the increased sex drive. I collected a 24 hour urine sample to be tested for Cushings Disease as well as an adrenal tumor. When this came back only slightly elevated, I was told it was either menopause or anxiety. Are you a Jesse man or woman? I experienced menopause at age 50. The fluctuating hormones can really cause a lot of symptoms and provides a convenient diagnosis for just about everything. Most drs. seem to like easy explanations.
As far as the comment about bipolar...this is NOT a symptom of bipolar. Something physiological has to be happening to cause these symptoms. Yes, bipolar is also one of these easy to make diagnoses. I had that one too. Being told you're mentally ill is usually effective in quieting patients at least until they find the symptoms are still there even on psych drugs. I also was told I had CFS, IBS, Crohns, anxiety disorder...just to name a few. No one thought about celiac because I'm about 30 lbs overweight. My symptoms from celiac started in my 20's. I'm just now getting diagnosed. When I think of the time, money and lost quality of life as well as damage done to my body, I could just cry. I have a lot of the problems people encounter with delayed diagnosis. At least celiac disease is something I can have some control over.