Hi everyone, this is my first time posting here. I have frequented the Ulcerative Colitis board since 2006. However, after reading the wonderful book, "Wheat Belly," I went gluten free, and have had a MAJOR improvement in the past probably 3 weeks with both bowel related stuff, and a lot of upper back/neck joint pain I was having.
I do have a question though...for some reason in the last few nights while in bed I've had some shooting pain from my buttock/hip area slightly down my leg. This caused me difficulty sleeping last night. In looking on the web it sounds perhaps like sciatica. However, I NEVER had lower back pain before going gluten free! This is SO weird - I only would get upper back/neck joint problems, which disappeared very quickly after I started eating gluten free.
I am wondering if I was accidentally "glutened" despite my best efforts or what, as I found some posts on the internet from people claiming there sciatica came when they were glutened. The crazy thing is, I had to call in sick and miss an ergonomic evaluation that I scheduled due to my prior upper back/neck problems...talk about Murphy's law.
I have also been suffering from a bad case of the "million wipers" after some bowel movements, and even sometimes in the AM after a shower. I used to get this really bad after eating, but it has gotten better since going gluten free. I wonder if this new lower back issue/gluten intolerance are related to perhaps neurological function of the sphincter also?
Can anyone advise me? I have an excellent chiropractor if needed.