A friend of mine has been off of "gluten" for about 1 week as of today and yesterday for Valentine's day he had a "cheat" day where gluten was consumed. Today he went to the hospital complaining of severe chest pain/tightening mid afternoon. Could this sudden pain have been related to the increased insulin sensitive when he re-introduced the gluten into his diet for that short period of time? Kind of like a "mini" allergic shock since the body has not been accustomed to it for so long? The hospital blamed muscle spasms to cause the pains he was experiencing.
Thanks for your response.
asked byDinis (80)
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on February 22, 2011
at 02:17 AM
1 week is not a long enough time to illicit a dramatic change in the body. The effects of gluten can stick with you for around 15 days after last introduction. This is why people who cheat once a week are never really getting a clean slate.
on March 23, 2011
at 09:44 PM
I actually decided to eat Paleo based on my osteopath's recommendations. I had started having "asthma" attacks after over 10 years without symptoms (I had allergy and exercise-induced asthma until my early twenties). Since after several months of strict paleo, I stopped having attacks and abandoned my meds. According to him, my digestive tract was irritated and the cause of my "breathing problems".
on March 23, 2011
at 07:07 PM
FWIW - I used to have a feeling that things were getting "stuck" mid-esophagus quite often and the gastro-doc said after my endoscopy (for GERD-related issues) that he didn't see anything that looked like it could cause that so he didn't have any explanation for me.
However, my father suffered from what I now believe was eosinophilic esophagitis; a condition characterized by the presence of large numbers of a type of white blood cells called eosinophils in the tissue just beneath the inner lining of the esophagus that many doctors believe might be caused by some type of allergy.
Unfortunately, they do not understand what the allergen might be or the process that causes the problem, but I do know that I realized about 6 months after going gluten-free that I do NOT have this problem any more.
So, just an n=1 observation that may or may not relate to what your friend experienced.