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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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So I'm about 10 days into my 100% gluten free diet because of celiac disease and let me tell you, it has been interesting to say the least. About 2 days ago, day 8 I started having very vivid dreams. Mostly erotic dreams, go figure!! Haha. Anyway, I know that we all dream but it seems like my subconscious has taken a walk down the red light district. The last time that I can really remember dreaming like this was when I quit smoking 3 years ago. It seems like I have the ability to stop and start and control when and where my dreams take me. Strange right? It must be a byproduct of my new lifestyle changes.

Also, my anxiety and irritability has subsided considerably. My memory is working better and my mood has elevated and is more stable and I find it easier by the day to be my old self of glass half full again.

I guess that it really is true that you are what you eat. No explanation for the red light district thing though but who's really a victim here right?

Has anyone else experienced these types of things?

What seemed to be a real bummer 10 - 12 days ago, has really turned out to be a very good thing so far.

I just thought that I would share this with all and get some feedback.

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The anxiety, irritability and the memory issues resolving --most of us can relate to and that is a very good thing.

 

The lessening of nightmares and insomnia and getting "our old selves" back--ditto.

 

The x rated dreams....hmm, well, in 3 years of reading this forum, I can't say as I have seen that one before, but if they are pleasant, how can that be bad?  A return of libido is often reported by both men and women, so that seems like a win-win, yes?. :)

 

I have read your other thread and I know you are concerned about the meds situation--so, be sure your doc is aware of the possibility

that you may need to slowly decrease the dosages (and you may find you will not need them at all.)

 

Stay the course, hang in there and I am glad you are seeing postiive changes already.

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Well, can we trade dreams? :)  Believe me, you'll be getting the short end of the stick though.

 

Celiac disease can affect any part of the body, so anything is fair game.  Hormones can be affected too.  Hashimoto's Thyroiditis destroys the thyroid via an autoimmune attack.  Of course the thyroid produces a very important hormone that we can't live without.  Hashi's T. is more common in people with celiac disease than the rest of the population.  So, no reason I can think of why other hormones couldn't be affected also.  Possibly through other processes, like malabsorption or nerve impairment or other?

 

It's good that your having improvement so quickly.  Don't be too surprised if things go a little wonky at times with the recovery process.  It often enough seems like recovery is a bit of a roller coaster effect for people.  But as long as the general trend is positive overall, that's a good thing.

 

It may be helpful to write down your symptoms from before the gluten-free diet and also how the changes have felt.  It might be handy to review later on.  It's also helpful to be careful about adding new things to your diet.  Adding one new food item per weeks is good idea.  Adding two or three foods at once makes it difficult to figure out which may be causing a reaction.  Slow and steady is quicker in the long run.

 

I know you travel a lot for work. So it might help to stick with one restraunt for a particular trip, as long as it's safe.  The more variables in our diets the harder it is to keep clear of gluten.

 

All ahead full steam now though, you are on the right road! :)

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Another guess, the first thing that entered my mind was how medications that block nicotine receptors cause increased dreams for some people and the same neurotransmitters are associated with some of the complications of celiac.

 Every brain is just a bit different so I wouldn't be blown away to find dreaming was affected.

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Interesting. Thank you. And yes, one day at a time.

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