Gluten withdrawal?

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   Posted 1/6/2013 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not been diagnosed with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance and my blood tests were normal. However, I have a lot of digestive issues and ongoing health problems so I decided to try cutting out gluten.
This is my third gluten-free day and I have been feeling pretty bad. Last night I got some really bad abdominal cramps and I have been staying really lightheaded. I'm not sure if these symptoms are in any way related to giving up gluten or if they have something to do with my thyroid problems (I have mild hyperthyroidism, have yet to get treatment).
Can symptoms worsen after going gluten-free or is that just a myth?

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   Posted 1/8/2013 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I had horrible withdrawal the first 2 weeks, headaches, flu-like symptoms, and more digestive issues than I had ever had. I am now at 12 weeks and am still adjusting. I can't combine some foods any more and will still have gut pain, but the inflammatory markers from my latest bloodwork showed big improvement.

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   Posted 1/29/2013 12:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I have just started my gluten free diet for life and I don't have any symptoms as you have written about... I think you have a cold or something... Have you been tested to see if you are allergic to any type of foods yet?


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   Posted 2/6/2013 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I started my gluten free way of eating (for life) on January 27, 2013, and like Hammer34, I don't have any symptoms as you have written about. I actually felt wonderful after my first day of being gluten free (and still do).

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   Posted 2/18/2013 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
In 2008 I started removing gluten from my diet and today I stay as gluten free as possible. I lost around 80lbs easily and I never worry about my weight now. Its still hard sometimes watching people eat things I remember but the benefits outweigh what are just foods. With my symptoms I finally stay pretty pain/bloat free after removing dairy, gluten , sugar from my diet and finally found that grain fiber was really setting me off. I try to make sure to get enough fiber from other sources then grains.

I never felt any withdrawal from gluten just relief.

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   Posted 2/19/2013 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I felt the best I felt in years...I did not feel unwell. If you eventually feel better not eating gluten than go for it, but be forewarned if you do not have celiac disease and you still feel ill after months of GF then I would not continue, you have to be very careful to get the required amount of nutrients on a GF diet. I am not trying to dissuade you just be careful please.
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Vicky Sloane
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   Posted 5/19/2015 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I have gone through wheat detox a few times. Symptoms vary. No headaches this time but a lot the first time. Night time twitching, brain fog and strange bm's, exhaustion and irritability. You'd think I would stick to it after having to suffer like this for weeks every time. First time I lasted just over a year and had lost 35lbs effortlessly. Things that help. Staying hydrated, omega 3 ( i find vegan works best) probiotics, and ibuprofen if twitching or random joint pain is involved.

Elojik- I am curious as to what nutrients you cant easily get without wheat?

Post Edited (Vicky Sloane) : 5/19/2015 6:49:14 PM (GMT-6)

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