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I have been Gluten free for a week, and today I have a terrible headache on and off all day.. Is this normal??

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Y. :D

That was the short answer. The longer answer is that was my experience, I don't think it's terribly unusual.

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I have been Gluten free for a week, and today I have a terrible headache on and off all day.. Is this normal??

For the first two weeks after I quit I felt like I was on drugs, then the next two weeks I was light-headed. Now I'm just getting fatter lol. I bet the head ache is just some weird symptom.

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I have had Migraines recently and I am in my 3rd month of being gluten free. I also felt drugged and lightheaded in the beginning weeks. I thought my headaches were because I had accidentally Glutened myself but I am pretty sure it was withdrawal symptoms :)

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My withdrawals to gluten were 10x worse than my caffeine addition...both I stopped cold turkey! Yeah they are bad :( but they will get better.

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**well this thread really makes me excited to start going gluten-free** :unsure:

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**well this thread really makes me excited to start going gluten-free** :unsure:

You just have to keep swimming to the other side of the river, where there is a nice sandy beach and soft green newly mown grass, and ...... :D

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I wonder what causes withdrawal symptoms from gluten.

I guess I am fortunate I had none. The carbs I deleted by going gluten-free I just naturally made up for by eating more rice, corn and even some sweets. ( Mind you, this was not from any logical nutritional decisions but, rather, my tendency to indulge myself because I was feeling "deprived.". LOL

One really nice thing happened rather quickly for me was that I stopped craving bread and sweets. I still love my corn tortillas, potatoes and Asian rice dishes.

Here's a little tale off topic but so typical of me. I have already smacked myself good over this one. After about 3 weeks of gluten-free food I was craving fried rice. I easily found gluten-free soy sauce and after lots of recipe reading I made a delicious version that my husband now asks for once a week. I always start with cold, long grain rice cooked in broth, at least 8 hours old. Two days in the fridge is even better. I use sauted chicken, pork if I have it and shrimp. Onions, a tiny bit of ginger, some sesame oil, soy sauce, peas and it is easy and so satisfying. So we've had this maybe half a dozen times. Visiting family last week they all wanted Chinese take out so I just asked for a side of fried rice. It was filling and I was happy. At 3:00 in the morning I woke up scratching myself raw. DH flare up! I completely forgot that the soy sauce they used was likely full of gluten!

Sheesh!

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Give it about six months, so ya got 5.5 months to go. I read in a couple of places thats how long, about , for it to get out of your system. GL :)

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Sorry to hear about the soy sauce. Look into salt triggering dh also. I use sea salt, no iodine. ;)

And theres a lot of different types of sea salt, go figure :lol: I dont even use surgical scrub on my hands or I break out.

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Peter

I just today started looking at all the evidence for iodine triggering the DH stuff! I am currently cooking and seasoning food with Kosher salt but using "Iodized table salt" sparingly as I dont want to go totally without.

I am going to really pay attention to the DH reactions to try to figure it out.

All of these things are so NEW to me as my Dr is good but not an expert by any any stretch on the whole celiac/DH/Hashimoto's thing. I am alternately grateful and frustrated at all the issues presented on this forum.

Bless all of you. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I appreciate it very much.

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I guess I am fortunate I had none. The carbs I deleted by going gluten-free I just naturally made up for by eating more rice, corn and even some sweets. ( Mind you, this was not from any logical nutritional decisions but, rather, my tendency to indulge myself because I was feeling "deprived.". LOL

Same here! I am on day 5 of being gluten-free and getting a little nervous that I'm not having any withdrawals at all. I should probably note that I was diagnosed on accident after suffering from stress induced ulcer-like indigestion. The testing came back negative for an ulcer, but my doctor tested me for celiac just in case... and I had it! I took Prilosec for 10 days and all of my stomach pain went away... Now I feel fine, and I feel a little bit guilty when I read all of the comments on this forum.

Did you have a lot of pain being diagnosed. And did you find that after being on the gluten-free diet for a long time that you started having more severe symptoms when you were glutened?

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Same here! I am on day 5 of being gluten-free and getting a little nervous that I'm not having any withdrawals at all. I should probably note that I was diagnosed on accident after suffering from stress induced ulcer-like indigestion. The testing came back negative for an ulcer, but my doctor tested me for celiac just in case... and I had it! I took Prilosec for 10 days and all of my stomach pain went away... Now I feel fine, and I feel a little bit guilty when I read all of the comments on this forum.

Did you have a lot of pain being diagnosed. And did you find that after being on the gluten-free diet for a long time that you started having more severe symptoms when you were glutened?

I was one of the lucky ones who did not experience withdrawal symptoms when I went gluten-free the day of my endoscopy, Some people do; others do not.

I did not have a lot of pain when diagnosed...only the big D, which was bad enough. I do think we become more sensitive after we've been diagnosed and go gluten-free. Sometimes we find other intolerances, which are many times difficult to figure out.

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For some people there is an opiate affect on the brain. :blink:

To ease some of the headache pain. Vitamin supplemented water (smartwater), sublingual vitamin B12, deep breathing as if you were smoking a cigarette, and slowly stretching your neck and shoulders. Use the mantra. Remember what it feels like not to have a headache.

If the headache is still persistant, or you have a fever,, stiff neck get medical attention.

Seriously this really can take away a lot of headache pain. I drove myself to the doctor's office when I had meningitus. (Was promptly wrongly diagnosed with a migraine and sent home.) So like I said any fever with a severe headache, hurts to move your eyes (side to side will send bands of pain), putting your head forward and the pain just explodes, my neck was also swollen to twice the size.

Adults usually do not seek treatment for most viral cases of meningitus. :huh:

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**well this thread really makes me excited to start going gluten-free** :unsure:

lol, I can't wait for my bloodtest to confirm this or not for me.

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I LIVED on gluten, and I did have withdrawal symptoms, but they only lasted a few weeks, and during that time OTHER things started feeling better so it was no big deal.

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I have been Gluten free for a week, and today I have a terrible headache on and off all day.. Is this normal??

It's usual to feel worse during withdrawal from anything as the toxins leaving your body cause symptoms. The toxins get stirred up in the process. A detox bath in Epsom salts could help and drinking lots of water, of course. Hope that helps. Hope you feel better :)

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I'm not sure if it's normal or not. When I first went completely gluten-free, I felt some serious fatigue for a few days - week. I usually really feel it throughout my body when I get some gluten in my diet and feel quite a bit better when following a strict gluten-free diet.

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