Friday, April 18, 2014

How gluten makes me feel

Some of these posts are more for my own recollection than for your enjoyment.  This post for instance.  Sometimes I just write for me.  Feel free to read anyway.

For the last couple days I have had to eat gluten again in preparation for some blood work.  I have been off gluten now for at least 3 weeks, maybe a month.

The first day I ate about a dozen ritz crackers.  I felt fine for about 4 hours.  I fooled myself into thinking I would be ok.  Then my stomach started to hurt and a while later I was cramping.  A couple hours later I was extremely fatigued.  All I wanted to do was sleep.  The cramping and exhaustion lasted all night.  I hardly slept and I didn't remember any of my dreams.

When I am off gluten I sleep better and I remember my dreams.  Don't ask me what gluten has to do with dreaming.

On day two I ate 4 crackers and 1/2 of an English muffin.  All of the same symptoms continued.  By 2pm I was feeling fatigued and the feeling never went away.  I went in for the blood draw and can now go off gluten again.  The blood work will tell me if I have Celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and many other food sensitivities.

 I'm excited to be able to stop eating gluten, I can't believe how bad I feel when I eat it.  It's way worse now that I have been off of it.  My symptoms were never this bad when I was eating it daily.  Instead of low level cruddy, it's extreme pain cruddy.

Gluten is so lame.