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Hello , I live in Ontario Canada, I have been on a very strict gluten free diet in the hope that it would help my stomach issues and my fibromyalgia symptoms . I read that there can be a long period of withdrawal however I am somewhat mystified that after 9 weeks I find myself with new symptoms , reflux has improved dramatically and the pain in my chest and upper back also but now I have pain in my lower back , legs and feet , I feel weak and tired and most importanly I went from havinbg greasy formed stools to very loose stools , is this due to detox or did I wait too long to start the diet , I am worried as to what is happening to me , I do not consume any gluten free grains , I only eat meat, non gassy veggies and bananas , no dairy , if anyone has had this experience I would be very grateful fore any input , thank you

Miche

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I would say it looks like you are off to a good start. Yes, there is a period of feeling like withdrawal from old gluten laden foods and it may take longer than 9 weeks. Lots of changes and if there was any damage to the gut (you don't say whether you had an "official" diagnosis") there will be plenty of healing that will have to take place. I know I was fatigued in a different way than before my gluten-free fatigue. 17 months into gluten-free I am feeling stronger and seem to have much more endurance but it was a long road after a lifetime of damage at so many levels from celiac and rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune issues. Be patiently impatient. Keep asking questions and keep noticing what helps and what doesn't.

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Hello , I live in Ontario Canada, I have been on a very strict gluten free diet in the hope that it would help my stomach issues and my fibromyalgia symptoms . I read that there can be a long period of withdrawal however I am somewhat mystified that after 9 weeks I find myself with new symptoms , reflux has improved dramatically and the pain in my chest and upper back also but now I have pain in my lower back , legs and feet , I feel weak and tired and most importanly I went from havinbg greasy formed stools to very loose stools , is this due to detox or did I wait too long to start the diet , I am worried as to what is happening to me , I do not consume any gluten free grains , I only eat meat, non gassy veggies and bananas , no dairy , if anyone has had this experience I would be very grateful fore any input , thank you

Miche

Is it possible you're missing some vital parts of your diet? Specific vitamins and minerals come from specific foods that you might be neglecting.

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Thak you both for taking the time to respond , wishing you a Happy Easter !

Micheline

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It is also possible that you might be deficient in many nutrients due to improper food absorption in the gut. Those crucial nutrients which should be tested include Vits. D, B12 and folate, calcium and ferritin (iron). Also, have your thyroid tested, TSH, free T4 and free T3. Deficiencies in any of these areas can cause you to feel weak and tired and will require specific supplementation in addition to what you are presently able to absorb from your food. You can take sublingual B12 capsules, but your doctor really should prescribe a high-dose cholecalciferol (Vit.D) and iron and calcium supplements. I found that a Multi B complex and a Multi Mineral tablet were also helpful in getting me back to feeling good.

I may be sounding like a pill popper here, but I also found digestive enzymes to be helpful in supporting good digestion, since gluten intolerants often have deficient pancreatic output of enzymes.

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