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So my husband who had went about 6 wks without gluten with great results (fatigue went away, indigestion went away, diarrhea got less). He was still having some diarrhea issues and pin pointed that to being peanuts. When all his worst symptoms...with a pattern started is when he started eating and keeping peanuts on his desk at work. When he went gluten free he was eating them more than ever and noticing that by the end of the week (buiding up) he'd have diarrhea and has felt it was the peanuts. So a couple weeks ago he stopped the peanuts and the D ended. He then decided to try gluten products again because maybe all the problems were peanuts. Though, I don't find it a coincidence that his fatigue and indigestion disappeared so quickly going gluten free. It's been 5 days on gluten and he wasn't having any problems. Though, last night he blamed my cooking on his stomach hurting after dinner....however, it was a gluten free lasanga that I've made in the past. My theory is that gluten is starting to make his system act up again and he'll start with the indigestion and fatigue sometime soon...and the D too.

Can gluten problems sort of build up in some people? So that they don't react immediately but react after a period of time?

I'm continueing to cook gluten free because my 13 yr old daughter went gluten free as well and has no joint pain or stiffness anymore. That was going on for 2 yrs and I know it's not a coincidence that this went away. Even when she go through lapses of no pain...she'd still have the stiffness. Gluten free she's pain and stiffness free :)

Any thoughts on my husband?


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It is quite possible that it's taken a few days for the gluten to catch up with him. He probably healed enough so that the reactions were delayed.

It's different with everybody, though.

Also, it's likely that he has a peanut (or legume) sensitivity in addition to the gluten intolerance. People sensitive to gluten often have other intolerances. I can not tolerate legumes, either :)

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I can eat gluten without any GI problems or getting a headache now... but I'm not sure how long. As Jerseyangel said, he's probably healed enough that it is going to take a few days to catch up with him, which it sounds like its starting to. That's what I think has happened with me. I am healed enough that I don't get those immediate reactions anymore, although if I do get glutened, I get VEEERRRYY lethargic. I don't feel bad though, just wiped out. I don't know how long, at this point, it would take to start back with the headaches and digestive problems. But I'm sure that they would.

I hate to say that he will probably have to learn the hard way, but that's what it sounds like. At least then he'll know for sure.

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with me, it tokk 6 weeks for the neuro symptoms to return. and, I read an another board that someone's father went back on gluten and did fine but tested sky-high on antibodies after a year. (he then died of lung cancer after a few months. She thinks the gluten did not help his immune system..)


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Thanks everyone. He's doing ok. Today though he said his constipation is back. So he gets that and then gets D days later. I think he's realizing that some things are starting to appear again. It's a matter of time before the D starts and his fatigue and indigestion. Just waiting...and then he'll realize what he needs to do.

My 13 yr old has been cheating. Her joint pain and stiffness was gone but today she said she's getting stiffness a bit...and she realized on her own that it was from cheating so often the last few days.

Thanks for all the advice.


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