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I have always had mild anxiety, but about three years ago I started getting severe anxiety. Was even hospitalized for it. And I've had it ever since. No big life events happened though I started feeling weak, dizzy, jolting as I fell asleep. Could this be related to celiacs?

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Yes, it could be. I suffer from GAD and social anxiety and it is unbearable and full of panic attacks if I am glutened (or if I have any of my other intolerant foods, dairy, corn, fructose). Anxiety is common with gluten intolerants

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It's very common in Celiacs and can be due to various vitamin/mineral deficiencies. See if you can get a blood panel done to pinpoint anything you might be low on?

It's my opinion that the reason we react to glutening with anxiety is because we get a temporary flattening of the tips of the villi, which leads to malabsorption to some degree?

I've suffered from general anxiety for most of my life. I was surprised to see it's a symptom of Celiac. Mine is so bad I need mdcation for it.

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It's definitely possible. For one thing, they have found that emotions and nervous system reactions can arise from the intestines, as well as the brain. This is why people have always said they have a "gut feeling", now scientists know why. It's pretty fascinating stuff.

There's an article about here:

Think Twice: How the Gut's "Second Brain" Influences Mood and Well-Being

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I've had pretty severe anxiety for a few years now and used to get jolted awake too just as I was about to fall asleep which was pretty upsetting and frustrating. I also get weak and dizzy when I am about to have a panicky episode.

I've done TONS of research online and have a bunch of theories, one is that somehow the vagus nerve is being irritated causing all kinds of disturbing symptoms. Maybe all the bloating is causing the diaphragm to push up on everything, including the vagus nerve as well as the lungs, which would explain why I feel short of breath sometimes. I also agree there may be some malabsorption, as well as possibly lack of oxygen to the brain.

However, I have learned recently that Pepto stops my panicky feelings when I get glutened. Within 30 minutes of taking it, I feel 100% better. I also noticed that if I took it before bed, I would not be jolted awake or have nightmares. Pepto has been my best friend lately. Besides helping the panic attacks, it also really eases my GI symptoms like nausea, burning, etc.

I really hope this will help anyone having anxiety attacks from gluten. Pepto is pretty safe so it's worth a try!

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I've had pretty severe anxiety for a few years now and used to get jolted awake too just as I was about to fall asleep which was pretty upsetting and frustrating. I also get weak and dizzy when I am about to have a panicky episode.

I've done TONS of research online and have a bunch of theories, one is that somehow the vagus nerve is being irritated causing all kinds of disturbing symptoms. Maybe all the bloating is causing the diaphragm to push up on everything, including the vagus nerve as well as the lungs, which would explain why I feel short of breath sometimes. I also agree there may be some malabsorption, as well as possibly lack of oxygen to the brain.

However, I have learned recently that Pepto stops my panicky feelings when I get glutened. Within 30 minutes of taking it, I feel 100% better. I also noticed that if I took it before bed, I would not be jolted awake or have nightmares. Pepto has been my best friend lately. Besides helping the panic attacks, it also really eases my GI symptoms like nausea, burning, etc.

I really hope this will help anyone having anxiety attacks from gluten. Pepto is pretty safe so it's worth a try!

Around the time I was first DXed I was getting that same "jolt awake' when starting to fall asleep. It lasted quite a while. I found it was linked to an iron deficiency.

I've never tried taking Pepto, but I've seen others post that it helps them a lot when they get an accidental dose of gluten.

It would probably be a good idea to have it on hand..just in case?

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