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HopefulMama23

5 Weeks gluten-free/cf: Observations

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Hey experts!

I'm 5 weeks gluten and dairy free as of yesterday. Here are some of my observations:

My D has pretty much stopped. It was daily pre-diet change. My stool is still very soft, which does concern me a little.

I have not had ANY abdominal cramping since I changed my diet. Not once.

I have gained 3 pounds. It's hard to celebrate this one, but I take it as a sign that I'm absorbing some nutrients again.

My hair stopped falling out and I can see some growing back in (although this is AGONIZINGLY slow process).

I am constantly exhausted. This one concerns me- for about a week after I stopped eating gluten my energy shot up, but since then I am soo tired. I sleep about 9-10 hours a night and I'm still tired by the early afternoon everyday. I tell myself this is becuase I am healing, but I wish I had more energy.

I can concentrate better and I feel like my IQ is about 20 points higher. I'm embarrassed about some of the dumb mistakes I made at work when I was at my sickest.

The change itself has gotten a lot easier- I am learning what to cook and what to buy at the grocery store and I don't feel nearly as overwhelmed. I'm also touched by how many people are aware of this condition and have a friend/relative/spouse/kid who can't have gluten. There are a lot of great resources and people out there (including all of you!).

I'm happier and more optimistic- at my sickest I was very, very depressed, even had suicidal thoughts. I feel MUCH more hopeful that my health and outlook are improving.

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It sounds like your doing great and healing well. Hopefully the energy levels will improve soon. If you not already taking them get some good gluten free vitamins, Stress levels of B and C as well as D3 and a sublingual B12 may help with the energy issues.

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It sounds like your doing great and healing well. Hopefully the energy levels will improve soon. If you not already taking them get some good gluten free vitamins, Stress levels of B and C as well as D3 and a sublingual B12 may help with the energy issues.

Thank you! I am feeling a lot better. Do people find probiotics or digestive enzymes helpful in healing?

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