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Terrible Back/kidney Pain After Being Glutened. Why?
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I am newbee so I hope this is the right are for my question.

I am self diagnosed gluten intolerant at this point. Gluten free for 6 weeks. (But still learning and have been glutened several times!)

I ate in a restaurant two days ago and I could tell immediately that I had been glutened. I don't have the major stomach issues that so many people mention here, but I have terrible foot pain and pain in the kidney area. Within 20 minutes of eating spinach artichoke dip, my feet were aching and my back pain was so bad I could barely sit in the car on the way home. It has been two days. The back pain is still persistant and I don't understand it. Could it be kidneys, adrenals, gall bladder? I have no idea but it so uncomfortable. I had this symptom often if not all of the time (for years) before trying a gluten free diet.

It has been so much better and almost nonexistant since eating gluten free. I would appreicate any comments on this. Also, is it weird that I have terrible foot pain? That also seems so much better when gluten-free. Thanks for any replies!

Sandra

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Hello,

I am newbee so I hope this is the right are for my question.

I am self diagnosed gluten intolerant at this point. Gluten free for 6 weeks. (But still learning and have been glutened several times!)

I ate in a restaurant two days ago and I could tell immediately that I had been glutened. I don't have the major stomach issues that so many people mention here, but I have terrible foot pain and pain in the kidney area. Within 20 minutes of eating spinach artichoke dip, my feet were aching and my back pain was so bad I could barely sit in the car on the way home. It has been two days. The back pain is still persistant and I don't understand it. Could it be kidneys, adrenals, gall bladder? I have no idea but it so uncomfortable. I had this symptom often if not all of the time (for years) before trying a gluten free diet.

It has been so much better and almost nonexistant since eating gluten free. I would appreicate any comments on this. Also, is it weird that I have terrible foot pain? That also seems so much better when gluten-free. Thanks for any replies!

Sandra

No that was the primary reason I stopped eating gluten - severe back pain. As a note, my dad (who has also stopped eating gluten) was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerial Sclerosis (spelling?) (FSGS) and he was getting nearer to needed a kidney transplant. He went off gluten and his kidney numbers improved to the point where he may NEVER need the transplant!! I assume my back pain may be involved with the Kidney. Gluten can affect any part of the body and my only sign was an abnormal IgA Anti-gliadin blood test and gastritis in my endoscopy. After being gluten free for 2 years now I haven't had any back pain UNLESS I get cross-contaminated and I notice it almost immediately. If you are feeling better gluten free you are intolerant.

BTW I had the gene test and came up as a DQ8 celiac gene (which is not the typical DQ2). Hope this helps!

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Count me in to for the kidney issues. My reasoning is that since our bodies react to gluten as a toxin and the kidneys help with clearing toxins from the body it is not surprising that this would be an effect of gluten injestion.

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If you think the pain is centered in your kidneys you should get that checked out!! CKD (chronic kidney disease) is a lot more common than you might think. Ask a primary care doctor for a urinalysis... the presence of protein and/or blood will tell you if you have any damage. It's cheap and very easy.

BTW... although CKD is most common in people with diabetes and/or high blood pressure, it's not necessary to have either one. I don't.

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If you think the pain is centered in your kidneys you should get that checked out!! CKD (chronic kidney disease) is a lot more common than you might think. Ask a primary care doctor for a urinalysis... the presence of protein and/or blood will tell you if you have any damage. It's cheap and very easy.

BTW... although CKD is most common in people with diabetes and/or high blood pressure, it's not necessary to have either one. I don't.

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Thank you. I will have it checked. I have had some simple blood work where most things look fine.

But no doctor has tested for protien/blood in a few years. I certainly can't get much help for my local doctors. If I specifically ask, they will test for it. Thank you, I greatly appreciate the reply!

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