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Anxiety And Panic, When Does It Subside?

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My first celiac-symptoms started about 1.5 years ago, the big D, loose stools, small but constant weight-loss, went down about 5 kg over 1 year, during this time I had minor anxiety attacks, minor depressions and minor mood changes once every month or so.

About 7-8 months ago, when things got really bad, I lost about 5 kg within few weeks, I experienced mood swings, depressions, panic, anxiety and aggression on a daily basis. Now, after ~5 months gluten-free, it's gotn a lot better. I've gained about ~12-14 kg's, lost the big D and all other gastrointestinal symptoms, yet the anxiety and panic is still there, more or less.

I take multivitamins, b-vitamins and sublingual b12, i'm also lactose-intollerant.

Now, I was hoping that anyone could tell me how long it took them to completely lose their anxiety/panic-attacks?

Are there anything that helps? (I'm not interested in meds)

Something you can eat? etc


Gluten-free, almost 2 years

Egg-free, never cared much for eggs anyways

Lactose light, only causes minor d by now

Fructose light, found the source of my unexplainable gluten-like reactions

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My first celiac-symptoms started about 1.5 years ago, the big D, loose stools, small but constant weight-loss, went down about 5 kg over 1 year, during this time I had minor anxiety attacks, minor depressions and minor mood changes once every month or so.

About 7-8 months ago, when things got really bad, I lost about 5 kg within few weeks, I experienced mood swings, depressions, panic, anxiety and aggression on a daily basis. Now, after ~5 months gluten-free, it's gotn a lot better. I've gained about ~12-14 kg's, lost the big D and all other gastrointestinal symptoms, yet the anxiety and panic is still there, more or less.

I take multivitamins, b-vitamins and sublingual b12, i'm also lactose-intollerant.

Now, I was hoping that anyone could tell me how long it took them to completely lose their anxiety/panic-attacks?

Are there anything that helps? (I'm not interested in meds)

Something you can eat? etc

I also have severe anxiety and depression along with the agression at times. Mine started 2 years ago manily during my periods and ovulation- so I thought it was hormonal. I lived a very sound life before all that, not an ill-thought in my head and it's been a rollercoaster.

I don't know how long it takes but for me I assume it takes time. I've had IBS symptoms for 16 years. I've been on the diet for 2 weeks and I am sure gluten has snuck in from toothpaste, etc. I also think I can't handle milk and I am having a hard time giving it up. I even had Vegan cheese in my cart but resorted to regular seeing the price drop.

I am not interested in meds either. My brother died from taking an anti-depressent and a pain med and it scares me. I believe symptoms are signs something is off and those just band-aid problems. I do take Xanax here and there but it's to help me cope.

Just give it time. So for me, I'm 2 weeks in still with anxiety. I am sure it's different for everyone.

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I had anxiety and panic attacks going back at least 20 years. Since the day I went gluten-free (about 2 1/2 years ago), I have not had a single panic attack.

The anxiety took longer--about 18 months--and it still comes back if I get glutened.


Patti

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Been gluten free 5 months too and I am still having MAJOR anxiety. I had anxiety that was directly related to gluten, of course, and depression, and certain aspects HAVE CHANGED since I went gluten free but it's still bad.

If they don't get better over the next few months I will see someone about it.

Good luck and be well :)


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Glad to hear that the anxiety of some others have subsided, guess there's still hope for me.

I know how you feel sickchick, the anxiety is worse than all the other symptoms together and also harder to explain to others than the gastrointestinal symptoms. Does anyone know WHY celiac patients experience anxiety? I've heard that most of the symptoms come from malalbsorbation caused by damage to the villi, which over time leads to a lot of "mental" symptoms, but why does people have fallbacks when accidently glutened?


Gluten-free, almost 2 years

Egg-free, never cared much for eggs anyways

Lactose light, only causes minor d by now

Fructose light, found the source of my unexplainable gluten-like reactions

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I had severe anxiety for years. Mine was centered around the fact that I was afraid of not being able to get to a bathroom in time. I was on different anxiety meds for many years. Once I was gluten-free and I stopped having diarrhea, the panic/anxiety slowly went away. It probably took for me about 3-4 months. I too haven't had another panic attack, but I still get anxiety sometimes.

I don't know about the medical reasons why Celiacs have anxiety issues when they've been glutened, but for me I think it's because when I get the glutened it reminds me of how I used to be and it brings back all the fears and anxiety that I had before I was diagnosed, and was gluten free. Don't know how true that is, or not! :)


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Or perhaps it's our bodies trying to tell us SOMETHING IS VERY VERY WRONG HERE? :P


Gluten-free, almost 2 years

Egg-free, never cared much for eggs anyways

Lactose light, only causes minor d by now

Fructose light, found the source of my unexplainable gluten-like reactions

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I take multivitamins, b-vitamins and sublingual b12, i'm also lactose-intollerant.

Wondering what brand of sublingual B12 you take. I stopped taking mine long ago when I saw IT had lactose in it.

I haven't looked in quite a while but I was under the impression most have lactose.

Now, I was hoping that anyone could tell me how long it took them to completely lose their anxiety/panic-attacks?

Are there anything that helps? (I'm not interested in meds)

Something you can eat? etc

For me, the anxiety disappeared when I stopped eating other foods I'd become intolerant to.

I still think they are temporary intolerances caused by leaky-gut, but I suppose I have no proof .. ..yet.


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Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.

Gluten-free since 12-03

Dairy-free since 10-04

Soy-free since 5-07

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NOW B-12 Nervous System Health, from the box, quote unquote "Contains no salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives. No milk, no lactose eh? :)

Besides, you think lactose could have anything to do with my anxiety? I mean, the lactose intolerance is simply from the lack of lactase, could it affect my "mental health"?


Gluten-free, almost 2 years

Egg-free, never cared much for eggs anyways

Lactose light, only causes minor d by now

Fructose light, found the source of my unexplainable gluten-like reactions

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My feeling is that anxiety and panic have a lot to do with the fact that our bodies are under seige. What you absorb or don't absorb are going to have an effect on your hormones, nerve functions, brain function, endocrine system, etc. The wonder would be if you DIDN'T feel some of those unsettling things. I am looking forward to feeling normal.....one of these days (sigh) :unsure:


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Besides, you think lactose could have anything to do with my anxiety? I mean, the lactose intolerance is simply from the lack of lactase, could it affect my "mental health"?

Oh I didn't mean that to look like I was blaming lactose. That part was FMI (for MY information ;) )

Thanks for the info. I'll prob buy some TODAY!!


>>>>>>> tom <<<<<<<

Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.

Gluten-free since 12-03

Dairy-free since 10-04

Soy-free since 5-07

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My feeling is that anxiety and panic have a lot to do with the fact that our bodies are under seige. What you absorb or don't absorb are going to have an effect on your hormones, nerve functions, brain function, endocrine system, etc. The wonder would be if you DIDN'T feel some of those unsettling things. I am looking forward to feeling normal.....one of these days (sigh) :unsure:

Funny, until now, I never connected my anxiety to the celiac but it makes sense. I never used to be an anxious person but now I find I have to push past it when I know it isn't based on anything (as in the activity I'm attempting to do). It would be nice to see those feelings completely go away. I'm generally a calm person (on the outside) but boy would people be surprised to know what goes on inside me. lol

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I, too, suffered from severe anxiety related to not getting to the bathroom in time. For example, back before I knew just eating the topping off a pizza is a no-no, I would panic b/c there was only one restroom in the pizza place, as opposed to a place that had more than one stall. Hence, if it was taken, I could get in bad shape. I can now be more calm and wait patiently, if necessary. And, no, I no longer eat pizza toppings!! :huh:


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So gluten is definitively a trigger for anxiety, now the question is, is there any way to ease the anxiety? or even make it go away? or you just gotta be patient with the diet and watch out for cc?


Gluten-free, almost 2 years

Egg-free, never cared much for eggs anyways

Lactose light, only causes minor d by now

Fructose light, found the source of my unexplainable gluten-like reactions

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It is said that much of our serotonin is manufactured in the gut, and if the villi are damaged, maybe that is why anxiety can be such a problem. Maybe if you ate a lot of the foods that are converted into serotonin, like turkey, I wonder if that would help. Or google "increase serotonin" and see if there are any natural supplements that might be helpful.

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It is said that much of our serotonin is manufactured in the gut, and if the villi are damaged, maybe that is why anxiety can be such a problem. Maybe if you ate a lot of the foods that are converted into serotonin, like turkey, I wonder if that would help. Or google "increase serotonin" and see if there are any natural supplements that might be helpful.

Yes--over 90% of our serotonin is in our gut.

My GI told me that the gut is like a second brain because the tissue of the intestine is identical to the tissue in the brain.


Patti

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Yes--over 90% of our serotonin is in our gut.

My GI told me that the gut is like a second brain because the tissue of the intestine is identical to the tissue in the brain.

Interesting. My anxiety has gone down although it hasn't completely gone away yet. I've spent most of my life fighting anxiety. I didn't do alot of sports growing up because of anxiety (and I come from a very sporty family - dad was a weightlifting coach with his own club, brother was in the 88 Olympics for weightlifting and my sister is extremely fit and sporty). As an adult I have made myself try new things and just pushed through the anxiety because I was tired of feeling like a wuss.

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Hey, I wonder if the serotonin thing is why some have trouble sleeping, since serotonin is converted into melatonin, which makes us sleepy. I wonder. My son has trouble sleeping when he's been glutened.

It makes sense--one of the first things I notice if I've gotten some CC is that I don't sleep well--I lay there and worry or over-think things. The anxiety creeps in....


Patti

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"When people show you who they are, believe them"--Maya Angelou

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Acidophilus heals the gut. Your intestines have more neurotransmittors than your brain!! B)


Collette

Positive Bloodwork Oct 1st 2007. Gluten-free 3 YEARS Oct 1st!

Dairy & Soy free since Dec 1st 2007.

Potato free since January 3rd 2008.

Remaining Nightshades since April 1st 2008. Back on September 2010. :)

Developed Rice & Tapioca & Corn Intolerances...

NO Carageenan.

In a constant state of evolution... sending love! :)

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wow, interesting, really, thanks guys!

done some quick research and seems that low amounts of serotonin can lead to a lot of typical "mental symptoms" that we often see in celiac disease.

Anyone have more information?


Gluten-free, almost 2 years

Egg-free, never cared much for eggs anyways

Lactose light, only causes minor d by now

Fructose light, found the source of my unexplainable gluten-like reactions

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I know how you feel, I would never have connected this with my anxiety. How interesting, being new to this site, when I read what others have to say they feel the same things I do! I think all the time, is it just me? Wonder what it would really be like 'feeling normal' .....and what goes on in the inside lol man if anyone ever knew! LOL ;)

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