how long does it take to see a difference when you go gluten free?

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i_love_coffee
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   Posted 3/5/2012 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
went gluten free 2/24 to see if i get any improvements in my symptoms ( 3-5 bms, some blood, mild urgency).
 
so far, no improvements in my UC   Although i am MUCH less bloated.
 
how long should I give it?
 
i am already lactose free.
 
 
UC since 1991, esophagitis, GERD since 2001
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kazbern
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   Posted 3/5/2012 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
You're not there yet. At least 2 weeks, maybe more.
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Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)Colazal (9 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11.

i_love_coffee
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   Posted 3/5/2012 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   

thanks, i was thinking i would give it a month.

on a side note, I had red meat for dinner last night and today, more than usual pain and blood.  similiar situation about 10 days ago after red meat....ugh


ColitisMastery
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   Posted 3/5/2012 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Should take a couple days or a week to notice improvements. Maybe a month for healing to be noticed.

Please note, when some people try gluten free, they eat beans, lots of eggs or Ezechil bread (legume based) or eat larges amounts of meats to make up for the gluten they arent eatting. So stick to rice or potato based meals until you figure out if the gluten was actually bothering before you throw in legumes or other wheat meal replacers.
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ItsAlwaysSomething
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   Posted 3/5/2012 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been trying to go gluten-free. Seemed to be OK giving up regular bread and pasta..... then tried some gluten-free products containing corn and rice flour instead of wheat. Have not felt well after eating some of these products...lots of gas.

I think I'm going to have to stick to chicken soup with veggies,
brown rice, chicken, fish and salads for a while to get back to feeling good.
I'm getting sick of cooking...... and eating is becoming a chore.
Maybe it's time for a diet....:-)

Lactose-free is no problem...thank God for almond milk.
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Working toward a more organic, gluten-free, lactose-free diet.
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i_love_coffee
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   Posted 3/6/2012 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   

colitismastery:   i have been avoiding beans and peanuts etc. only gluten free replacement product that i have bought is gluten free bagels and i didnt eat them the first 10 days.  I do eat eggs, but i always have , and with no issues i believe. 

its always something: i end up cooking 2 seperate things (or my husband does) something for my family and then for me.  But i'm making really really simple things for myself, rice and tilapia with baby spinach, or a yam (microwaved) with some chicken and some sort of veggie, turkey burger no bun with some sauteed mushrooms, stuff thats easy to cook while i fix the other dinner!

breakfast is uncured turkey bacon, eggs, or 1/2 gluten free bagel, or bannana, lactose free yogurt, the occasional chobani greek yogurt(jury is still out if i can tolerate this)

i made a huge pot of scd chicken soup and put it in seperate containers to bring for lunch at work.

 

oh and snacks, i am a huge snacker: unsulfured dried mango from trader joes, rice chex and almond milk, banana, frito corn chips, kettle chips or pop chips occasionaly, sunflower seed butter and celery, or just a handful of dry rice chex.

 


Mary A.
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   Posted 3/6/2012 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
It took me at least 6 weeks of being really GF.
Wheat/gluten is in EVERYTHING!! I was getting glutened all the time because its hard in the beginning.

You have to read every label, twice. Be careful of Malt and soy sauce.
I had a lot of gas with die-off (when my body was detoxing?) and still
have some UC symptoms.

What is better is:
No headaches/migraines. No more brain fog. Better sleep. Much less gas (also went SOY FREE and bean free).
My skin is better as well.
I hope it works well for you.
It didn't "cure" me, but I do feel better and when I get glutened now, a year later, I have a lot of belly discomfort/pain.

stereofidelic89
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   Posted 3/6/2012 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
It took me about 3 weeks to get some positive changes. Since I've veered off SCD a bit, gas, bloating, and aches have come back...

Do you know specifically when you eat Corn chips or fritos that there is no gluten in them? Product labels are very deceiving....
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stereofidelic89
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   Posted 3/6/2012 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
It took me about 3 weeks to get some positive changes. Since I've veered off SCD a bit, gas, bloating, and aches have come back...

Do you know specifically when you eat Corn chips or fritos that there is no gluten in them? Product labels are very deceiving....
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011

Meds: 800mg asacol 3xdaily, NO more prednisone!
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Rainbow Light Multivit, L-Glutamine, Omega3 Fish Oil, SCD, Red Cabbage Juice
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
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"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle" -Plato

i_love_coffee
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   Posted 3/6/2012 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   

stereo: i'll check the label when i get home, i had looked it up online and frito corn chips are supposed to be gluten free?  i only had a handful 2x in 11 days though.  I think i am going to doublecheck everything ive been eating for hidden gluten.

MaryA: i guess i'm hoping for the last of my uc symptoms to be relieved with gluten free.... what kind of symptoms do you still have? Also, once I'm gluten free lets say 6 weeks, should i try and reintroduce gluten to see if i feel worse?


kazbern
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   Posted 3/6/2012 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
The whole idea of a gluten challenge is something I've considered but frankly, after feeling so much better for the past 6 months I kind of dread the idea of doing a gluten-plentiful surge. I confess to trying a bit of gluten-containing foods - just this past Sunday I had two bites of a whole wheat pancake I made for me kids. No problem the next day, so whew. I'm a person who appreciates limits and rules and as soon as the rules get fuzzy I am typically going to have trouble adhering to it all, so I'm reluctant to let go of my rules, LOL!
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49 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)Colazal (9 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11.

ColitisMastery
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   Posted 3/6/2012 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'd say that if eatting like you are isn't helping, then you can assume gluten won't bother you. Micro amounts of gluten in food won't trigger anything, not unless its a wheat IgE allergy or really sensitive celiac disease.

Another note, is that even in normal people, a gluten supplement (additional bread basically) caused people bloated and discomfort. A formal study was done on it. But yeah, toss in some bread for breakfast or dinner. Too bad it doesn't help much :/
Diagnosed at age 12 with ulcerative colitis in 2002. 21 years old with recent gallbladder surgery!.
Current daily meds
5-ASA
Vitamin D 6000 ui
Calcium 600 mg Magnesium 300 mg
1 packet of VSL #3
Vitamin B12 1000 mcg once a week
Raw cabbage apple juice daily :)
Avoids: Eggs, gluten/wheat, aspartame, sucralose, food colouring and larges amounts of meats

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 3/6/2012 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I gave it up for 3 months and I didn't notice any improvement in my condition. At that point I decided I don't have a problem with gluten.
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Madpotter
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   Posted 3/7/2012 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I read somewhere it takes 30 days for gluten to leave your body once you've consumed it. I think it's supposed to take about six weeks to see the total results.
38 year old female, diagnosed proctitis January 2011, symptoms started October 2010 (16 months without remission)
Asthma, low platelet count
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SurferChick
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   Posted 3/7/2012 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I would definitely advise sticking to it longer.
 
For me, I didn't necesarily notice bm situation get better or worse. I wasn't in a flare when I started though.
 
For me, I notice biggest difference in how I feel overall.
Eating gluten free: less bloating, less stomach discomfort, less headaches, etc.
I started out saying I was leaning towards gluten free. But now I've embraced it and eat about 90% gluten and dairy free. On the occassion I eat something big that isn't gluten free, I always regret it. I get terrible stomach cramps, etc.
 
Currently I'm in flare too, so I can relate. Sucky times. :(
Wish you a speedy recovery. 
diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis, 2005
-tried various meds for a year
got started on Remicade 2006
prednisone during flares
methotrexate, folic acid, omega 3, biotin, probiotics, etc...
Exercise: 2hrs+ cardio
Diet remission: chicken, turkey, apples, steamed broccoli&carrots, protein bars, NO DAIRY, NO NUTS, NO BERRIES, NO CAFFEINE, limited sugar
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