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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Holy crap last night was really bad. I had accidentally eaten gluten a few days after starting on the gluten free diet but it must have been a really trace amount because I just got a little gassy and my stomach kinda hurt but last night holy crap it was bad. I made rice noodles and peanut sauce, Asian vegetables with gluten free soy sauce and sticky rice balls. The only thing I have not eaten before since going gluten free was the sticky rice, which had been sitting up in the top of my pantry for a few months. I figured it was safe because its rice.

I could only figure that the rice was waaaay contaminated (maybe at one point I scooped rice out of the bag with a measuring cup that had not been washed out after scooping flour ::shrugs::) or the other culprit was my kids each had egg rolls which I thought I handled with care and washed my hands very well, cooked them after all other food had been prepared.

Im really thinking it was the rice.

Anyway, I am cleaning up after dinner and my eyebrows get all scrunched up and my stomach starts cramping and I look at my husband and he goes "oh no". Then I lift my shirt and whata ya know I look like Im six months pregnant. Not 3, ... 6!
Almost immediately I get horrible stomach cramps and have to go lay down on the couch. The symptoms which usually stop at that went on to include:

weird tingling in my stomach
my head felt numb
an intense feeling of cloudiness in my head kinda like I was drunk
feeling completely drained of energy

on top of the horrible make you cry out stomach cramps and bloating

No farts this time though, I almost wished for them because maybe my stomach would have felt a little better. I hardly slept all night, I was so restless and kept waking up. I went to bed at 9pm, woke up at 11, 12, 3 and 4... from what I remember.

Now my head feels foggy and my stomach feels tender and I generally feel like crap.

I was doing some reading last night online to see if anyone else felt like this when they eat gluten because after only a little under 2 weeks of going gluten free I have gone from my major symptoms being gas, bloating and stomach pain to being completely kicked in the head when I eat gluten. It looked like a whole lot of other people get the same symptoms including the head symptoms I was getting. I find that completely bizarre.

Anyone else who has gluten intolerance ever feel like this after being "glutened"?

~ Jess

PS. The rest of that bag of rice went in the trash. I dont know if I will ever eat sticky rice again after this.
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  • no profile photo CD7658463
    Yup, I feel the same way. emoticon
    2724 days ago
    My gluten sensitivity is very slight, so I may never have an extreme reaction to small amounts, but I do know the feelings you are describing.

    The hardest part often is finding the culprit after we've eaten it. Rice is considered gluten free - even sticky "glutinous" rice because it doesn't contain the type of gluten protein to which folks usually react. Be careful of rice mixes though because sometimes they contain barley grains. Vinegar derived from barley or wheat would cause problems. Did you make the peanut sauce yourself or use a mix? In prepackaged sauces, wheat gluten is often used as a thickener. I'm sure you already know this, I'm just trying to be helpful.

    Two weeks ago, I learned the hard way that chow mein noodles are not gluten free. I hate lessons I learn while holding my stomach and moaning! Those are the worst!

    Best wishes,

    3077 days ago
    If I accidentally in-jest Gluten my Stomach immediately grows to the point of looking and feeling like a 9 month pregnancy and it's so painful. And Yes all of the other symptoms you spoke of would be the same for me as well, plus rashes. Once I consumed a lot, that was before I knew I had Celiacs, but had not eaten Gluten for a month prior. I had a small aniphylactic shock attack, it only took once of that to steer clear of bread! That was scary. As for the rice, I think either you are right that you dipped something in the past into that, or it was something else that you ate. I don't think you should be scared of rice though. Did you make the Peanut sauce? Is it possible that it might have maybe had something in it? Stay away from MSG that will get you every time.
    3077 days ago
    I hope you feel better soon! emoticon
    3085 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11178141
    Going completely on hearsay from the gluten-free husband...his experience is similar. Before going gluten free, he had difficulties and bouts of illness, some of which were intense. But after going gluten free, event the smallest traces really kick him in the butt. He says it's easily 10 times worse than what it used to be when he eats gluten now. I guess the only consolation is how much better he (and I hope you as well!) feels on a daily basis because of the changes in his diet.
    Keep plugging away. I promise it gets easier.
    3085 days ago
    I hope you're feeling a little better now. I haven't poisoned myself in a while (knock on wood) but I do get some of the same symptoms.
    For me it starts off with this really loud gurgling in my stomach, then the stomach pain hits about 20 minutes later - but that's only if it's a large amount.
    If it's a trace amount, I get the gurgling, the brain fog, sometimes massive headaches, and then I have the big D for several days.

    I think the hardest part about this way of eating, is figuring out exactly WHAT the culprit was so you can avoid doing it again.

    PS. Just last night, my husband offered me a pretzel. After almost 4 years being gluten free. I was distracted and almost took it! Just before he put it in my hand, I looked at it, snatched my hand back and said "YOU KNOW I CAN'T EAT THAT!"
    He responded with a sheepish look on his face and "Oh. Sorry." Ugh.

    Hang in there and feel better soon!
    3085 days ago
    I am so sorry for your distress! I feel for you - I have had repetitive bouts of similar symptoms, so I know your pain - specifically!

    I try to stay wholly gluten-free. I don't know if I accomplish it ... but there are many times when the gas attacks I have seem to be closely related to carbs. I call it "carb-sickness", but the symptoms are identical. The only thing that helps it, other than time (for me), is to sleep sitting up. The other weird thing (sorry, gross) is that if I lean to my left, voluminous waves of gas will roll up and help to alleviate that awful crampy pain.

    I dread these episodes, because they're not always reliable ... sometimes I can eat something and have it give me no trouble, and other times all I have to eat is one mouthful of something on the "no-list" and I'm done. But my body is teaching me, in slow steps, what I'd better not give it. I suppose that's a "good" (?) thing.

    I'm so sorry for your misery - because that's exactly what it is. I hope you don't have to go through it again any time soon.
    3085 days ago
    i went gluten free 2 months, then started back eating gluten and it slowly caught up with me. I would have pain in my stomach and intestines, and i started getting rashes on my stomach along with the bloating. I have been gluten free again for about a week and feel so much better. it is crazy.
    3085 days ago
    I've been reading your blogs, well for a long time now lol, but recently with your gluten problem--- I hate that for you!! It's crazy that it has that serious of an effect on people. At least you figured it out though, such an inconvenience! I hope things smoothe out for you.
    3085 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6599363
    Wow..all of this is good information. In all of your pain...thanks for the info.
    3085 days ago
    I have not experienced ALL the symptoms you listed, but last time I did really good cutting out gluten, I had been about 2 months in when I accidentally used the wrong soy sauce on my food. I grabbed the wrong bottle (another good reason for me to get ALL the glutenous food OUT) and about 10 minutes later, the stomach cramps were almost unbearable. I was exhausted feeling, got a pounding headache, and I thought I was going to throw up. And so bloated... HOLY COW. Unreal. I couldn't figure out what I'd done! Then when I was cleaning up the kitchen, I grabbed the bottle of soy sauce to put it back in the fridge and noticed it was my hubby's, not the Tamari that I had bought for myself. :-(

    And after that experience somehow I STILL crept back into eating foods I wasn't supposed to eat. It's been ALMOST a month now and I'm praying I never go back to feeling sick and tired from gluten again... and that I don't get accidentally "glutened!"
    3085 days ago
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