Hello, Thank you for reading my post and any feed back anyone can give. I apologize ahead of time if it's a little all over the place. I recently have had an exposure to gluten and it fully effects my brain function so I am a little all over the place.
Well, I am 29 years old and I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease almost 5 years ago. My processes of discovering I was Celiac positive mostly involved my arthritis in my knees, however, after the diagnosis and removing gluten completely from my diet, I realized how much it affected my brain function. I went from a really depressed, bipolar, suicidal person to someone who is smiling, laughing and truly happy a majority of the time.
The biggest things I have run into after my diagnosis are memory loss or lack of memory, and significant mood changes if exposed for too long, both of which are really hard for me to explain to people, especially friends who may be dealing with my faults directly. Most of the time I am really good about my diet. I try my hardest to not eat out, clean the counters before I make dinner, and avoid all gluten products. I also tend to not eat gluten free products either and I don't drink. So being exposed to gluten for a long enough period of time for my brain to be struggling is a big deal for me and frankly pretty damn scary.
My doctors have done many tests in the past couple days, the most important one for this subject is the scan of the function of my brain, or lack there of. Right now my brain's function has diminished about 25% of normal, some parts are over compensating and other parts are pretty much not working correctly. I am having a hard time fighting my own demons, convincing myself that people believe I am some awful person, when I know for a fact that none of those words have been said to me, especially lately, yet I conjure up that that is what people think.
Anyway, I am in search of some help, mostly people I can talk to that may be experiencing the same thing. How do you explain to people you are struggling with a mental disorder that is controlled simply by what you eat, when you know that they will never truly understand no matter how many different ways it’s explained? How do you explain to people you are sick when your brain can’t function well enough for you to realize it? and How do I not drive myself crazy while my body recovers from my exposure?
If someone can lay some insight as to what is going on that would be so helpful, or even just talk me through it that would be great too.
Thank you for your time.