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Angry / Jittery After Eating Pasta,pizza.intolerance ?

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Hi everybody ! :)

I am a guitar player / composer from Italy,

still undiagnosed with any intolerance but I really

think there's something wrong with me and

I've decided to further investigate because I'm

tired of feeling so bad after meals .

First of all,let me state that in the morning

I feel GREAT,I feel relaxed positive and inspired.

Then,approx at 12.00,I have lunch....my family

always eats pasta,almost everyday,and I've noticed

that after eating this food I get immediately

agitated,i feel restless and my mind start racing

at 200 mph....feels like I'm going crazy

every time I eat it..I feel like

I need to smash things !

I even told this to my doctor once,

but she said that I don't need to worry,'cause I'm

super-healty. That's what my family says as well,

'cause apparentely I look very healthy so they are

convinced that it's all in my mind.

But it's happening right now.I had lunch and I'm typing

at the speed of light.This also have a negative impact

on my creativity and music-making,some days I really wish

I didn't have lunch at all !

What do you think ? Could this be a sign of

some kind of intolerance ? I still haven't done

tests because they're kinda expensive here (120 EUR)

and I'll have to take a day off my job....

Thanks to anyone who could help me,and I apologize for

my bad english....

peace

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First of all, welcome!

Funny how my worst symptoms started after a few months of eating lots of pasta and bread!

My symptoms were very different, however, but then there is a huge range of how celiac affects people.

Why don't you try a couple of weeks without eating wheat or gluten and see if you feel better? If you decide to try this, remember that wheat, barley and rye can be hidden in all sorts of other ingredients, so read labels super carefully. I thought I was pretty aware but learned a lot the hard way when I first went gluten-free.

Also, if you are later going to go for tests, you'll need to be back on gluten for up to six weeks. On the other hand, if you feel a lot better, you may just skip the tests stay gluten-free for good.

Everyone's different.

ps. Your English is great!

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Your doctor said you were healthy, but have you had any tests for diabetes? Foods like pasta and pizza can spike the blood sugar in diabetics into dangerous levels, and in many people (including my husband) it can leave them feeling very irritable until the blood sugar levels out again.

Testing blood sugar is quick and easy. You might try testing it before eating, and then about 30 minutes after eating high-carb foods like pizza to see if it made a big difference. In most places you can buy disposable blood sugar test sticks for pretty cheap.

At least it's something you can rule out without going to the doctor and having expensive tests.

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I have just realized my symptoms started after 6 months living in Italy.

I hope you find out what is giving you these problems.

It might be worth checking out other things you eat or drink around lunchtime. I am thinking of something like coffee. I know I drank a lot of (really excellent) coffee, and I was a bit wired and loopy sometimes.

Read around this board some more and see if you find more to suggest gluten is your issue.

I dont know what the typical route for diagnosis is in Italy, but if you can find that out it might help you decide whether to push to get tested (maybe you can see if you can get some help with costs somehow) or if you are happy to just try the gluten-free diet and see if it helps.

Good luck

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Hi Acid Ghost. Nah, all of us creative musician types are edgy and irritable like that. :lol: Take heart - at least you're not a banjo player. :blink:

That was just a joke, by the way. A non-musician friend of mine works in the music department of a major US university, and after she had been working there for a while she told me she understood me now. She said that it ISN'T just me - ALL musicians are crazy! :lol:

OK, all silliness aside, you might well have at least an intolerance to gluten. I think they say there are 300 symptoms that can be associated with celiac or gluten intolerance. Not all of us have the classic digestive symptoms. With me it shows up in my skin, and I get terrible insomnia along with other symptoms that I never even recognized as symptoms.

And I DO get VERY grumpy when I am glutened, so it's very possible. If you live with your parents and they don't agree with a gluten-free trial, that could be tough. See if you can talk to them about it and maybe get them to help you. Your best bet would be to eat plain, simple foods. Fresh meat, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruit. After a few weeks you might notice a difference, then you can decide whether to continue. But after you have been gluten-free for even a few weeks, if you try pasta again and get the agitation and grumpiness, you'll know that gluten is not your friend.

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Yes! It could be a sign of some sort of intolerance. Anxiety was the thing that made me realize I had a problem with wheat many years ago. I was trying a combination diet (can't mix carbs and protein, for instance), and after a whole wheat bagel for breakfast I had some meat and vegetable for lunch, and the anxiety went away. Too bad I didn't make the gluten connection then, too. And being angry or agitated is definitely one of my symptoms of being glutened.

If you want to do a search of the forums for the word 'anxiety' you'll probably find a lot of threads where people ask if that's a symptom, so it's a pretty common symptom. Hope that helps, and welcome to the forum.

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That was just a joke, by the way. A non-musician friend of mine works in the music department of a major US university, and after she had been working there for a while she told me she understood me now. She said that it ISN'T just me - ALL musicians are crazy! :lol:

And I DO get VERY grumpy when I am glutened, so it's very possible. If you live with your parents and they don't agree with a gluten-free trial, that could be tough. See if you can talk to them about it and maybe get them to help you. Your best bet would be to eat plain, simple foods. Fresh meat, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruit. After a few weeks you might notice a difference, then you can decide whether to continue. But after you have been gluten-free for even a few weeks, if you try pasta again and get the agitation and grumpiness, you'll know that gluten is not your friend.

AHAHAH yeah man,I know we musicians (and painters also :P) are crazy !

But I really prefer being crazy on my own ,rather than because of food :)

anyway I've decided to substitute pasta with "rice pasta" and see what happens.... regarding coffee,I switched to green tea (gunpowder) a couple of months ago...there is no comparison,less caffeine,less bitter....and much healtier than coffee..

also I'm thinking about SUGAR ...it's really likely to be a sugar spikes thing....and wheat pasta from what I know does BAD things to blood sugar level... anyway yesterday I had a herbal tea (chamomile,valeriana)ad I put a teaspoon of white sugar (poison eheh)in it...so instead of relaxing it woke me up ! I think i'll try Stevia instead .

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Funny how my worst symptoms started after a few months of eating lots of pasta and bread!

My symptoms were very different, however, but then there is a huge range of how celiac affects people.

my ex girlfriend ate pasta and pizza during her whole childhood,and then when she was 20 she discovered she was celiac...but her symptoms regarded stomach area,so yeah,looks like there's a very wide spectrum of symptoms....I'll check the forum more and meanwhile I'll do my best to not eat gluten...

another symptom that I have after pasta/pizza is clenching teeth....it's probably the WORST effect of all !

Thx for all your help oh and by the way I'm glad to be here,looks like a fun place to be :D

cheers !

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I put a teaspoon of white sugar (poison eheh)in it...so instead of relaxing it woke me up ! I think i'll try Stevia instead .

Another reason to get tested for diabetes.

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