I feel like I'm reaching out in desperation. From this point of view, I'm delighted I've come across this forum - there's nothing like being surrounded by like minded (gluten-free) people!
Having been eating a strict gluten free diet following diagnosis (in Australia) 11 years ago, I've done really well. I took 2 years to rebuild my health and energies to some sort of 'normality' following diagnosis. It also took me a while to start trusting cafes and restaurants that their gluten free was actually gluten-free. Anyway, long story cut short...I love eating out and 'supporting the hospitality industry' as my boyfriend jokes.
Since eating out a week ago and having become 'gluten sick', I'm at the end of my tether. My guts have never been so sore, and I don't think I've ever been this much of a regular visitor to the bathroom for such an extended period. I know that getting sick is a chance we take, however what I'm wondering about is my level of sensitivity. I'm sick and tired of being 'knocked for six' and having to be out of action for a whole week everytime I unknowningly eat gluten.
My latest thought is whether it's possible to desensitize myself to gluten a little. One way I can think of doing this is by using the general household toaster, instead of operating in the usual 100% gluten-free zone of my own.
Is this crazy? All of the Coeliacs I know don't get so sick when they consume a little. Ultimately, I'm having trouble understanding why I am so sensitive. Bring on the vaccine they're working on in Melbourne!
Would love to hear your thoughts.