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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 Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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I'm still kind of new to the scene and think I was glutened last night. I ate a premade restaurant salad and some homemade chicken rice soup. I'm guessing I got glutened from the salad. Anyways, I feel sooooo nauseous, have a migraine, and have pain under my sternum which makes it hard to walk around and stand up. I"ve also visited the bathroom quite a bit. I've been drinking water and ginger ale to help, but it doesn't do a thing. Do you have any suggestions on how I can feel better? Do I just have to wait it out? How long will it take for me to feel better?

;) Jen

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It sounds like you are already doing the things that i normally do. Usually i take some Tylenol or Motrin and it helps me with some of the pain. Other than that, just get some extra rest and wait it out. I wish i had a quick cure to give you.

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Reaction times for people vary. I feel really bad for a good 2 weeks and the 7th day is the absolute worst.

Basically you just have to wait it out. There are some things that may help ease the symptoms but other than that there is not much to do.

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Each person is different in their reaction but I usually feel better if I take a walk. It helps get my mind off how I feel when I can enjoy the sunshine, hear the crickets, etc.

When I really feel lousy I take Pepto Bismol for some relief.

Best of Luck!

Cleveland Bob B)

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Hi Jen,

I'm sorry you got glutened. It could have been the salad, or they may have used four in the soup to thicken it. <_<

Yes...drink alot of water, try cranberry juice as it is very cleansing. Eat simple food for a few days. Grapes are great because they are also cleansing. Eat as much organic as you can so that you stay away from pesticides. After being glutened many people get really achey, and bad firbromyalgia attacks. Pesticides can cause swelling and aggrivate the joints and muscle tissue making you feel worse.

You can take a probiotic like acidophillus. It helps the digestion process and helps to build the immune system. But mainly each person experiences the reaction differently. You have to find out for yourself how long your reactions will be and what they will be like.

Hope you feel better, Wendy :)

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Thanks for writing back everyone. I went for a slow walk today with my dog and that did help to get my mind off how I was feeling for a while. Other than that I've been drinking water, ginger ale, and munching on some rice crackers.

I'm not sure it was the soup broth because it says gluten free right on the box (imagine brand). I didn't use any flour to thicken it. I guess it's just a waiting game at this point. I have to discover how long it will take my body to cleanse itself, but is it normal to be very nauseous for some time?

Thanks again for the advice.


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