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BrookeT

"glutened" Symptoms

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Hi there,

I was recently diagnosed with celiac about 2 1/2 months ago and started to feel a bit better about 2 1/2 weeks ago .....until my birthday weekend which was about a week and a half ago. I went out to eat a few times, and I have felt like crap ever since. I thought I was so careful in choosing the restaurants and asking the right questions but apparently it did not do me any good. I also had some Imagine brand potato leek soup at home and felt bad after I ate it. So, who knows..... I wonder if anyone else has had trouble with that brand. I have felt so run down, crabby, anxious & depressed, along with stomach rumblings, painful gas/bloating/cramps in my lower abdomen/pelvic area, c & d, headache and pain in my right hip and lower back. How long does it typically take to start to feel better after being "glutened?" It's been a little over a week and a half so far for me. That just seems like a very long time. Are there any specific things I should be eating or doing to help speed along recovery?

Can anyone else relate to having "glutening" symptoms last for such a long time? I appreciate your input.

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Hi there,

I was recently diagnosed with celiac about 2 1/2 months ago and started to feel a bit better about 2 1/2 weeks ago .....until my birthday weekend which was about a week and a half ago. I went out to eat a few times, and I have felt like crap ever since. I thought I was so careful in choosing the restaurants and asking the right questions but apparently it did not do me any good. I also had some Imagine brand potato leek soup at home and felt bad after I ate it. So, who knows..... I wonder if anyone else has had trouble with that brand. I have felt so run down, crabby, anxious & depressed, along with stomach rumblings, painful gas/bloating/cramps in my lower abdomen/pelvic area, c & d, headache and pain in my right hip and lower back. How long does it typically take to start to feel better after being "glutened?" It's been a little over a week and a half so far for me. That just seems like a very long time. Are there any specific things I should be eating or doing to help speed along recovery?

Can anyone else relate to having "glutening" symptoms last for such a long time? I appreciate your input.

It takes me about 3 weeks to feel all the way better. The D lasts 2 days and then the horrible joint pain sets in. The 3rd week, I get a migraine and dh on my knees. What you are experiencing is pretty typical. Hope you feel better soon!

Mint tea really helps me get through the intestinal pain and gas etc. Advil or Tylenol helps a little too and just resting and waiting it out is really all that you can do. Sometimes a heating pad helps the pain too.

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When I went gluten free I felt amazing after 3 days. I've been Gluten-Free for about 4 months now and I do have bouts with feeling like this as well. I usually end up finding out that I have been consistently eating something I shouldn't. For example my last mess-up was with shredded cheese. Normally cheese (except blue cheese) is fine, but shredded cheese often has additives to keep the cheese from clumping. It doesn't say on the package, but these can often be derived from wheat.

I would say- hang in there, I think we have all been through the same thing, and continually check your food. If you aren't sure about something check it online. There are so many opportunities for cross contamination as well. I don't kiss my hubby after he has a beer until he brushes his teeth, for example.

Hope you get to feeling better soon! It's a process that's for sure!

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I also use strong mint tea. It is the intestinal bacteria causing the gas and bloating so you might try starving them by reducing the amount of carbohydrates in the diet, especially the grains and potatoes. I have found taking the spice turmeric (see recipes online) helps with irritability. If this continues you might ask your Dr to do some tests to identify the the organisms causing problems in your intestine.


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