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Help Healing After Accidental Glutening

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I just wanted to see if any of you have any suggestions. I had (I think) several accidental glutening situations over the holidays. I made some stupid mistakes while driving home for Christmas and ate some salt and vinegar chips that had malt vinegar on them. Didn't think to look at the bag, as most of the company's chips are gluten free, until I had eaten 5 or 6 chips. Then I had a hot sauce packet that had wheat in it. I made it through that episode with not too big of a reaction. Over the weekend, I made some gluten-free cookie mix. My fiance's parents' kitchen is very small and NOT gluten-free in any way. I am assuming that the cooking were slightly contaminated and I ate some over a couple of days unknowingly. I started to get this slight burning sensation to the right of my belly button (I am assuming that indicates the damage to the small intestines). It went away once I got to my parents' house. When my fiance came to visit a few days later, he brought the cookies and I ate one immediately bringing back the burning sensation. It has now been around on and off for a week and a half. It moves around, but is mostly located to the right of my belly button. Has anybody experienced this? Any suggestions to give this area some love so it heals faster? I have decided to take it easy on the caffeine (I usually just have one cup of green tea a day, switched to peppermint or chamomile), sugar, lactose rich foods, and no alcohol for a few days. I am also trying to remember to take some digestive enzyme with every meal. Any other suggestions to help this along?

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I can't help you too much...except I was glutened about 2 weeks prior to the holidays then again on Christmas Eve....and I am still paying for it. Things just aren't quite right in my intestines...and my skin is horribly peeling off and painful still.

My only strategy has been to be severely restricting on eating ONLY gluten-free labeled things...and no eating out etc.

Well today I had to eat out for lunch, so I am terrified as to what the next 12 hours will bring. =( I am starting to wish I lived in a bubble for the next 3-4 weeks.

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I totally understand. I have social engagements with my fiance 4 times in the next week that involve eating outside of my little bubble. I do have staples that I order all of the time that never make me sick, so hopefully, I will be fine. Let's both hope that we start to get better. I am generally really good about not making mistakes, so I am crossing my fingers that everything will be okay.

On an unrelated note, one thing that didn't make me sick, but tasted like it would was the gluten-free cinnamon roll that I had a Wheatfields in Omaha on Sunday. I kept waiting to get sick because it was that decadent!!!

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Yeah I can relate! Over the holidays I met a friend for dinner at PF Changs and totally got glutened.. I ate from the gluten free menu and had the lettuce wrap appetizer, and my main dinner (Mango Chicken) arrived late (due to me sending it back because it was too spicy) I never got to enjoy it, except for a few bites. The next morning I didn't have stomach problems, but my whole left side of my face was swollen, and red. I guess I was lucky I didn't eat my whole dinner. Geez I thought PF Chang's was gluten-free safe. Dunno now.

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I've seen some posts where people talked about using charcoal pills (??). I am curious about this too.

Anyone?

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I haven't found the charcoal pills but I would think that they would be for RIGHT after you get glutened to curb your reaction rather than to aid in healing. I take asidopholis and something my herbalist gave called "colon cleanser" that helps after I have been poisoned. Basically though, I have found that there is nothing you can do but take it easy and wait it out. Good luck.

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Well, I have figured out that I am eating something that is continually bothering me. I was fine all weekend and it is coming back a little bit today. Now I need to figure it out. I am wondering if Walmart has reformulated their generic rice chex. I checked the ingredients when I first started buying it and it has never bothered me before. They are famous for doing that. I might just have to pay the money and buy the Chex brand ones as those are actually tested. I will have to check and see. If not, it is the chocolate I have been eating at work or a little bit of both. This is stupid!! Anyway, I will figure it out, but had to vent!

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Well, I have figured out that I am eating something that is continually bothering me. I was fine all weekend and it is coming back a little bit today. Now I need to figure it out. I am wondering if Walmart has reformulated their generic rice chex. I checked the ingredients when I first started buying it and it has never bothered me before. They are famous for doing that. I might just have to pay the money and buy the Chex brand ones as those are actually tested. I will have to check and see. If not, it is the chocolate I have been eating at work or a little bit of both. This is stupid!! Anyway, I will figure it out, but had to vent!

The Generic Rice Chex we used to buy had malt in it. It wasn't Walmart brand. Sometimes malt tricks people.

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And....it is the rice chex, ate breakfast, tummy pain again. They used to have a blanket statement about all allergens possible and did not contain anything in the ingredients list, but they must have changed their supplier. It now says that it may contain traces of wheat....I am thinking shared equipment. Awesome. Well, I guess my fiance will be given yet another free box of cereal and I will just have to buy the real rice chex or the Safeway brand ones (they say gluten free on the box). I have been so good for so long, but have been slipping lately. Well, I guess I need to start being super careful again.

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