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Is There Such Thing As Gluten Detox/withdrawal?

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I looked around the forums and saw some people posting about it. I stopped eating gluten two weeks ago because it was upsetting my stomach and giving me awful anxiety.

Since then I have had:

-headaches

-random panic attacks

-occasional runny nose/watery eyes

-stomach growl

-fatigue

-soreness in my lower back and neck

Could these be from a withdrawal or detox from gluten?

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Most definitely! My first few weeks gluten free were quite yucky. I felt sick in general with nausea, vomiting, headaches, intense food cravings, dizzines...and many others experience this, too. Thankfully the good news is that it is temporary. Soon this withdrawal will be forgotten and you will be reaping the benefits of your new diet and life.

Glad you've joined us! Welcome.

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Yes, yes, and yes again! Mine lasted 6 weeks. Felt ike a bad flu.

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Most definitely! My first few weeks gluten free were quite yucky. I felt sick in general with nausea, vomiting, headaches, intense food cravings, dizzines...and many others experience this, too. Thankfully the good news is that it is temporary. Soon this withdrawal will be forgotten and you will be reaping the benefits of your new diet and life.

Glad you've joined us! Welcome.

Thank you! I'm so glad there is a community on here that is willing to help and so positive. It's also good to hear that there is such thing as a gluten detox. I was getting a little nervous. I am on week two and the symptoms aren't AS bad, but the headaches are usually each day and dizziness and foggy vision is getting annoying. :). Hopefully it'll be gone soon.

Yes, yes, and yes again! Mine lasted 6 weeks. Felt ike a bad flu.

Good to hear I'm not alone. 6 weeks hmmmm that would be 4 more weeks for me :( lol.

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I have been gluten free (I think) for 3 days now and feel like I'm going to throw up all the time. I don't want to eat anything and have aches, chills and extreme fatigue.

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Hang in there Twinklestars, it is well worth it when you get to the other side :)

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Hang in there Twinklestars, it is well worth it when you get to the other side :)

I am in it right now, too. Day 4 here. Feel like crap. Very, very irritable and icky-feeling. Headache and itchy skin. You would think I had been glutened!

Depressed, too....feeling like I am never going to be able to eat normal again.... :(

I went gluten free for 2 weeks about a month ago after my blood test came back positive and I felt exactly like this. Then my GI doc ordered me back on gluten, and it went away (but all the other gluten symptoms came back). So I know it's gluten withdrawl....it just sucks.

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Haven't had a headache today, but I noticed I am getting tired earlier now.

Should I be taking a multivitamin now since I am Gluten Free? I was taking one before, but stopped awhile ago.

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Thanks mushroom :) I had forgotten I posted in this thread! I just figured out I can check the threads I posted in in my profile. It is getting easier :)

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Hi. I have just started gluten free, day 4, and the headache is so intense. I have hashimoto's hypothyroidism and the symptoms of that have forced me off milk. Not dairy free totally just milk which has made a big difference but most symptoms remain even though thyroid meds have regulated my thyroid now. So I'm just waiting for bloods to see if I am celiac. I've come off the gluten anyway as most advice for hashimoto's is gluten free. I feel loads better, apart from the headache, and the bloating seems to have gone already. I want to work through any side effects from gluten detox so I can hopefully feel better and try to lose some weight that the hypothyroidism put on for me!

It's good to know you guys are out there for help and support. 

Good luck to everyone is the journey whether just starting out or not. ?

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I hope you are all feeling better by now :) I am newly diagnosed and have been on a strict gluten free diet for 4 weeks. I was ok the first 4 weeks and now I've been running to the toilet for 5 days. I feel worse than ever, I am not sure what to do. I had no withdrawal symptoms at first and digestive issues were not part of my top signs or symptoms before. I have cut lactose too. I'm thinking of cutting tofu, but i'm vegetarian, so the options are running out. I feel fine if i don't eat. I'm glad this forum exists, this is quite an isolating experience.

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Hi healthysquirrel. How are you going today? Is it possible you have caught some kind of bug and the running to the loo is not related? I hope you feel better soon. 

 

I don't feel too bad.  Headache is easing but still there. 

 

I hate having these diseases and I hate being 20 kilos over weight because of it!

 

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On 8/2/2018 at 10:55 AM, healthysquirrel said:

I hope you are all feeling better by now :) I am newly diagnosed and have been on a strict gluten free diet for 4 weeks. I was ok the first 4 weeks and now I've been running to the toilet for 5 days. I feel worse than ever, I am not sure what to do. I had no withdrawal symptoms at first and digestive issues were not part of my top signs or symptoms before. I have cut lactose too. I'm thinking of cutting tofu, but i'm vegetarian, so the options are running out. I feel fine if i don't eat. I'm glad this forum exists, this is quite an isolating experience.

Hi,

It's not unusual for symptoms to vary a lot for the first 6 months.  What I would do if my symptoms suddenly worsened is to re-examine everything I'd eaten for last several days.  It's easy to get contaminated by something with gluten.  Some companies are better at excluding gluten than others.

One thing to watch out for is eating too much of the same foods every day.  That can sometimes lead to developing reactions to that food.  Also, I suggest you do drop soy from your diet.  Soy is not really good for us and it is put in all kinds of foods.  Soy is a top 8 food allergen in the USA.

It is helpful to eliminate all sugar and carbs from the diet also if you are experiencing gas and bloating.  The better way to eat is to stick with whole foods you cook yourself at home.

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Thanks for your reply. I have been cooking for myself and bringing food everywhere i go :)  I will cut soy, but that means cutting tempeh and gluten-free miso that are supposed to be good for healing the gut. Maybe those are ok since they are fermented ? I’m no longer running for the toilet, but I still go just as often. Like 5 to 6 times a day. Glamorous ! I have cut sugar, but still eat fruit. I really thought I would feel better and I just feel worse than before. Sucks. 

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