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When you first go gluten free and get smacked with it; you feel like you were hit by a mack truck. I know when it first happened to me, I kept saying I never felt this bad before I went gluten free. I was ill for over four days before I started to feel better again. I did some research and found out that this is normal reaction for the first 6 months or so after going gluten free. If you accidentally get gluten the reaction will be less sever the longer you are gluten free. They recommend fiber to try to push it thru your system a little quicker. Hope you feel better soon.
I didn't think I had that many symptoms till my 1st glutening. I also didn't believe I had CD till I developed DH, I was so focused on getting rid of the itching I didn't notice a lot of other things getting better till I got glutened then it was "Oh, My!". I was at the bowling alley and I felt drunk trying to throw my ball - lol. Yup it affects my balance, I thought I was always klutzy not anymore. And many many more things...
I do not have celiac's either but apparently I am very sensitive and it still amazes me how little can make me very sick. It is hard to imagine how I managed all those years feeling as badly as I did/do when I get "glutened". I just continue to be very careful and pay a price when it is hidden!
It has been a few months now and I have been so careful. My darling hubby made me a gf pizza (we thought) two nights ago and the morning after I ate it I had terrible tummy cramps the first half of the day and then had a headache for most of the rest of the day.
We narrowed the culprit down to some gherkin relish he used, that had a small amount of vinegar made from barley. He knew to watch out for wheat and rye but didn't realise barley was a baddie as well. Big lesson learned as he had a very grumpy wife and last night instead of both of us eating the leftovers he had to cook another meal for me to replace it.
I had "saved" up calories for that pizza too! Oh well, these things happen. I have checked with all the packaging/manufacturers of the other things I ate that day and they seem fine.
Oh well at least I know what it feels like now! Tummy isn't totally happy again yet but nothing as bad as that morning! Ouch!
I had no idea that small an amount would do so much. Esp as I am not a diagnosed celiac - and my symptoms before were extreme tiredness and irregular bowels mostly - not tummy cramps and headaches LOL
Is that strange?
With God's help I can do this!
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