What It Feels Like to Get "Glutened"

Some people look at me like I'm crazy when I say I can't eat gluten. They assume I am "on the bandwagon" of the many people who "can't eat" gluten because they are trying to lose weight. Granted, I am trying to lose weight but that's not why I am eating this way. I haven't been diagnosed but I suspect that is due to the fact that I do not go to the doctor. While I can't go into massive detail about the medical aspects of what happens when I ingest gluten, I can definitely share what it feels like. For me, there are about nine things that happen within the same or next day.

1. Tiredness - a lethargic, sleepy state comes over.

2. Stomach pain - feeling nausea or even just a stomach ache.

3. Cramping and frequent (loose) bowel movements - self-explanatory really.

4. Itchy rashes - my hand breaks out mostly and it is so itchy!

5. Irritability - cranky for no good reason about everything and anything.

6. Anxiety - I tend to struggle occasionally with this anyway but it adds to it.

7. Brain fog - It's hard to think and concentrate.

8. Headaches - Sinuses and everything just aches and hurts. Migraines are not even uncommon.

9. Muscle pain - My neck and back hurt as well as other various muscles.

You guys, this is real. When I stop eating gluten, these issues go away or mellow significantly.
Do you or anyone you know have a gluten allergy or intolerance?



Sarah said...

I never really thought about this. It must be hard. So many things are gluten. Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

I have issues with gluten too. I have not been tested by a doctor yet but i feel better when i avoid eating things with gluten.