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3 Weeks Into Gluten Free Diet.

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I'm now 3 weeks into my gluten free diet and i think i'm getting better, the first 2 weeks were up and down mentally but i feel kind of strange is it normal to feel a little strange ? i think it could be depression i'm not so sure, i feel better overall but still don't feel 'right', just feels like something is off, i seem to feel different everyday, could this be my body readjusting ?

Can going gluten free make anxiety and depression worse to begin with ?

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This sounds funny but you almost have to go through a grieving process for losing gluten....especially if you were like me and it was a staple in your diet. You get angry and sad ect. It's normal to have ups and downs. For some the actual healing of the intestines can take up to two years but most people see some kind of result after a few weeks.

It can make you down in teh dumps.....it's hard to adjust to the diet and worry about every single thing you put in your mouth!

I hope you feel better soon!

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Thanks, i guess the very fact that something seems to be happening after going gluten free is evidence that i do have a problem with gluten/wheat, ive heard people talk about there depression /irritability/mood lifting after around 2-3-4 weeks so i'm hoping i have a lifting soon.It could well be a side effect of of going gluten free in much the same way you get side effect from anti-depressants, which create canges in the brain, which also can make you feel worse before getting better.

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Could the withdrawal feeling be worse because for the 2-3 weeks prior to going gluten free i was eating a lot of gluteny foods, i had just began adding wheatabix to my breakfast, which i guess is probably one of the worse things you can eat iof you're gluten/wheat intolerent ? when eating wheatabix for breakfast my sumptoms got worse 10 fold and i felt like crap, thats what originaly got me to thinking it's something in my diet making me feel bad.

How bad would someone suffering from gluten intolerence feel after consuming 2 weetabix every day for 2-3 weeks and how long would it take them to recover, i could be recovering from a major glutening and experiencing withdrawal, a double whammy if you will ? and there is always the chance i'm getting hidden gluten from somewhere.

sorry for sounding self obsessed and banging on about myself.

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Guest j_mommy

This is the place to get it all out!!!!

I've been gluten-free since may, when I get cc'd or glutened it will last anywhere for a day to a week or two~~~ To totally heal your body after going gluten-free it may take a year or two(to heal your intestines).

It takes alittle while to get the hang of the diet. and to be comfy with it! But overall I have felt better after the first few days and that in itself is worth it! THere have definetly been bumps in teh road but it has smoothed out~

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Andy,

I went through a body readjustment process just like you are describing. It actually has lasted weeks and even months, but I especially noticed it at first. I actually got worse rather than better, but my symptoms prior to gluten-free were not that apparent.

I felt strange too, like shifts were taking place. Had a period of acne like when I was a teenager even. Some people here told me about "retracing" which is a concept in alternative medicine or something. Where you go through all the symptoms you have had in the past as your body readjusts.


4/2007 Positive IGA, TTG Enterolab results, with severe malabsorption: Two DQ2 celiac genes--highest possible risk.

gluten-free since 4/22/07; SF since 7/07; 3/08 & 7/08 high sugar levels in stool (i.e. cannot break down carbs) digestive enzymes for carbs didn't help; 7/18/08 started SCD as prescribed by my physician (MD).

10/2000 dx LYME disease; 2008 clinical dx CELIAC; Other: hypothyroid, allergies, dupuytrens, high mercury levels

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I'm now 3 weeks into my gluten free diet and i think i'm getting better, the first 2 weeks were up and down mentally but i feel kind of strange is it normal to feel a little strange ? i think it could be depression i'm not so sure, i feel better overall but still don't feel 'right', just feels like something is off, i seem to feel different everyday, could this be my body readjusting ?

Can going gluten free make anxiety and depression worse to begin with ?

Andy,

I'm here to commiserate. I've been gluten-free for 6 weeks and sometimes (not always) my mental health feels out-of-sorts and my body feels heavy or coming loose at the seams. It's different than feeling sad or mad about giving up gluten (which I definitely am sometimes). Perhaps I'm being inadvertently glutened, but I doubt it since I threw out all health and beauty products containing gluten, I don't allow others at work to come into my office, and I no longer use our communal office kitchen. Maybe it's due to adjusting to a new diet... I think that's entirely possible - are we having withdrawal symptoms from eliminating highly addictive food?

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Andy,

I went through a body readjustment process just like you are describing. It actually has lasted weeks and even months, but I especially noticed it at first. I actually got worse rather than better, but my symptoms prior to gluten-free were not that apparent.

I felt strange too, like shifts were taking place. Had a period of acne like when I was a teenager even. Some people here told me about "retracing" which is a concept in alternative medicine or something. Where you go through all the symptoms you have had in the past as your body readjusts.

Thanks for the reply-

I just seem to feel mentally different as each week passes, not always a good different though, just different, sometimes i feel pretty good, other times i feel spacey/lethargic/weak/tired/irritable/anxious/depressed it's quite frustrating, i just want to get on a even keel, i feel a bit out of whack i hope it's passes soon.

But as i said above, this is perhaps a good sign that changes are taking place.

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