My mom told me she is being tested for celiac’s disease a few weeks ago. I didn’t know a lot about celiacs so I went to Google to learn more and discovered something very interesting.
All the utterly random things I have been seeing neurologists for since I turned twelve are side effects of celiac’s disease.
Migraines, carpal tunnel like symptoms, seizures, bone and joint pain, fatigue, tooth discoloration, abdominal pain.
So, given that I have had over a dozen MRI’s because of my migraines in addition to a wash of other tests and an incorrect epilepsy diagnosis I thought I might try and see if I have a gluten allergy. I had two choices, call my doctor and schedule an endoscopy or stop eating it and see how I feel. I chose the second.
I am in week number three and I am feeling a great deal better. My joints have stopped hurting, my headaches are less frequent and rarely approach the level of a migraine, my weird little thumb seizure appears less frequently. I have more energy and am sleeping better too, though that may have more to do with the fact that I can’t eat 95% of the crap available to me every day and am eating more healthily than it has to do with gluten. All I know is that I feel better all over, and not eating gluten has done what twenty-two years of medical science couldn’t.
The downside is a real pain in the ass diet. Gluten is in virtually everything. The upside is better health, and I am guessing a great weight loss plan and I can’t eat most fast foods, junk foods, and restaurant meals. I was really down when I figured out I can’t drink beer. I love to go to the Cheeky Monk and toss back a few belgian brews so I was really bummed when I first started. Happily I discovered Argonauts, a nearby liquor store, carries a wide variety of gluten free beer, including three belgian ale’s with solid flavors.
So, I raise a glass of Green’s Gluten Free ale and toast a future free of pain and gluten.
3 thoughts on “Now with less gluten!!”
I know so many people with Celiac Disease that its lead me to believe that as a species we’re not supposed to ingest as much gluten as we do. Watch out for meat too, some cattle are
fed a gluten-filled diet.
Damn. I didn’t think about the meat.
I am going to have to look into that, after I finish banging my head against a wall!
Thank you for the head’s up, it honestly never would have occurred to me!
When I started my yeast free and sugar free diet I was amazed at what I could no longer eat. Almost everything prepackaged has sugar in it. I cheat from time to time, but I can’t even eat spaghetti sauce. If I am truly strict with my diet (it’s sooo hard to do!) I eat at home for every meal so I know what goes into it. I’m even supposed to stay away from high glycemic fruits and vegetables. Eggs, veggies, nuts, more veggies… no brownies for me…
Diets are tough. Good luck.