Hi gang, sorry if I missed any stickies - I looked.
Since January 1, I've been on a gluten + dairy elimination diet. A month in, I had a large portion of a likely-cross-contaminated meal, and for 3 days I had severe symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, dysthymia, no appetite and a passing fever sensation (hot/cold swings). The nausea/stomach discomfort was so bad I would wake up and couldn't get back to sleep. This happened again last week after another contamination incident. These begin 12-24 hours after consuming gluten. Separately, I reintroduced dairy just once (whey protein powder) and had explosive gas and intestinal distress for most of the day (this one came on ~3 hours later but is a clear allergy). My questions:
Are these unusual gluten intolerance symptoms? It was so severe I thought it must have been food poisoning.
Does this suggest gluten/dairy sensitivity OR a natural sensitivity to foods one hasn't eaten in awhile? I.e. I'm not allergic to candy but when I had a handful after not having any for 3 months of boot camp, it was a colon crusher. And prior to the diet, I was able to eat both dairy and gluten with little to no irritation.
I embarked on this diet because I've always had symptoms, accelerating in adulthood. These include:
A highly irregular BM schedule and volume, as well as frequent bouts of gas and bloating
Brain fog, and horrible/deterioriating short-term memory
"Sticky" weight (i.e., I'll diet + exercise for a month and lose almost no weight, while friends cut out only soda or spaghetti and lose 20 lbs)
Unpredictable fatigue + dysthymia/anhedonia
My brother is Celiac and lactose intolerant