7.24.2013

Gluten Free

So, after a few years of strange GI issues, I have decided to go gluten free for a week starting today. This is going to be difficult for me because I love cereal, pizza, and beer among other things. But, to be honest, the pain I have been experiencing the last few years is awful. I'm not totally sure if these symptoms are the cause of a gluten allergy, or something else, but I am going to cut out gluten and see if I notice a difference. I have been wanting to get tested for gluten or lactose intolerance, but with our move coming up and me working so much, it just isn't feasible to find a doctor right now. 

For the last few years I have had intense abdominal pains, cramps, and bloating. I also sometimes have back pain. I saw a few doctors about two years ago, who ran everything from tests to samples to ultrasounds, and came up with nothing. A psychologist I was seeing at the time suggested it might be psychosomatic, so I kind of got on board with that for a while. Managing my stress better did seem to help, but it still seems to be unmanageable at times. 

The point in writing this post is to see if any of my readers have had similar experiences, or if they have any suggestions for going gluten free. I don't eat a ton of gluten to begin with, but having to be more conscious will be difficult. Also, some have suggested I might have Celiac Disease even though I do not have all the GI symptoms. A friend of mine said before she was diagnosed she had similar symptoms to mine.

What have your experiences been with gluten allergies or just going gluten free for health reasons? Any tips you can share with me? 

4 comments :

  1. My Mom has an autoimmune disease and she went gluten free a little over a year ago and it has helped her! I will say that you won't see any results in a week. Usually it takes about a month or so before your body really adapts to your new diet. But, I would definitely give it a try! It could really help you!

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  2. I'm very curious about how this experiment will go, because my husband has similar symptoms. He's been taking probiotics for 2-3 months now, and that's helped tremendously, almost "curing" him of these symptoms. I'm wondering if going gluten free would be better, the same, or worse.

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  3. My stepdad had these symptoms and wound up in the hospital. He was diagnosed with diverticulitis. He is now on an altered diet (not gluten related) and it has helped. Unfortunately diverticulitis isn't something that goes away so every now and then the symptoms return and he has to get on antibiotics. I can find out a little more on it about it if it you'd like!

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  4. I felt the exact same way! I've been GF for almost 6 years and i feel so so so great! No more bloating, cramping or feeling that 'stuffed' feeling. Stay strong and good luck! You won't regret it ;) - Kristen

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