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I'm celiac who got glutened? Help!

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 10, 2012 at 1:22 AM

I've been gluten free since 2008. I have never had a really bad slipup for three years and have been clean since. I've been doing paleo for six months.

However, I am on vacation and went to this bakery today (I know, I cheated) that offered gluten free items but I did not communicate and received a muffin that was NOT gluten free. An hour later I started to feel weird and felt like I was walking on a ship. Everything started to feel surreal and dreamlike, then the migraines came. I went back to the same bakery later and learned my mistake. I immediately panicked. I drank a ton of black coffee (my remedy to ease the symptoms) and attempted to push through with a smile on my face since I'm here with my parents.

I'm in the hotel room with my parents and I feel like death. I am worried because I not only don't want to ruin our Seattle vacation but I have to go back to work and finish my new job training. I can't do that when I am in such an intense brain fog. I keep drinking coffee but I can't make it go away 100%. I can't engage in conversation and I keep forgetting where I am.

What do I do? Is there anything else I can do besides drinking coffee to make this pass more quickly?

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on July 11, 2012
at 08:59 AM

(Cont'd) VB, I'm ok with how you responded/ changes made, really, I like your passion :-) Also, at least to me, the gluten world as a whole seems to be like the wild west of recent developments, so what I may have believed to be beneficial last year, may indeed be detrimental this year, so calling me on the possibility of harm is what you should do. As it stands, no harm done in my eyes and I'll still look forward to reading your questions, comments and suggestions...all the best. Truth.

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

(5386)

on July 11, 2012
at 08:52 AM

"Alfalfa is a good source of minerals and chlorophyll.Aloe vera juice is helpful for inflammation.Bilberry contains flavonoids that reduce inflammation.Boswellia and turmeric (curcumin) help to reduce inflammation.Cat's claw is good for inflammation and healing. Echinacea, ginger, goldenseal, pau d'arco, red clover, and yucca are all good for inflammation." I myself have tried none of these, but for alternatives they might be alright, but my suggestion was based off of immediate relief where these alternatives will probably take a while to kick in.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 11, 2012
at 03:22 AM

Okay, I admit - my bad. But I am very weary of drugs lately. Is there another way to help with the inflammation, a more natural one?

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on July 10, 2012
at 07:52 PM

That podcast is addressing Execedrin (acetaminophen/aspirin/caffeine cocktail), isn't it? Which indeed isn't a good idea to take. Iibuprofen is a bit safer, certainly not the best thing for one's health, but not warranting this extreme of a response.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 10, 2012
at 07:07 PM

Ok, I added a comment. Hope you are okay with it.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 10, 2012
at 06:24 PM

I cannot upvote it - it says the answer is too old and needs to be edited if I want to change my vote. Would it be okay for me to put in brackets that ibuprofen has very severe side effects? If you do not want me to change anything I won't. Just let me know what you want me to do.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 10, 2012
at 06:21 PM

Dear Truthiness, first of all - I love you because of your avatar (and because you were always nice to me) - I hope you know that. I am sorry I downvoted your answer. I usually don't do that. I am going to ask you to listen to a podcast from my herbal doctor. The podcast is called "Little things that ruin your health". I REALLY REALLY hope your change your opinion on ibuprofen. But if not, it is okay too, just do not take it, please. Here is the podcast: http://www.askrogerdrummer.com/healingherbs/audio

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

(5386)

on July 10, 2012
at 10:00 AM

Ibuprofen can help a lot with the inflammation that can happen. I'm not sure why you've down voted for that, you've not explained why you're so adamant about the Ibuprofen (mine is gluten free also, checked with the manufacturer) but I still respect your opinion VB, I'd even fist bump you for your convictions.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 10, 2012
at 09:29 AM

NO IBUPROFEN!!!!!!!!!!!NO WAY!!!!! Enzymes have to be mega spectrum with specific enzymes for gluten digestion. Some enzymes do not have that.

61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

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on July 10, 2012
at 02:02 AM

My symptoms are brain fog, migraine, severe depression, slurred speech, bowel trouble, confusion, itching, irritability, and... just being a mess of a human being.

61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

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on July 10, 2012
at 01:58 AM

I do coffee because the caffeine and enzymes pull me out of my vegetative stupor when Im on gluten. It keeps the brain fog under control and keeps me from disengaging from my surroundings.

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7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on July 10, 2012
at 01:34 AM

What are your symptoms when you've been glutened? You might want to continue to do things that counteract that, plus take doses of vitamins (especially sublingual methyl-B12) and probiotics. Bone broth is also a good idea.

I get diarrhea when I've been glutened, so it sounds like the opposite direction yours goes. Then for a week I have brain fog, depression, anxiety, and fatigue (which I think may be caused by secondary nutrient deficiencies). I've been lucky and haven't been glutened for a couple months now, but when it happens again, I might try to combat the funky serotonin signaling.

If you had caught it sooner (or for future glutenings) you could try taking activated charcoal. I've also heard good things about gluten-ease. However, I don't think either would help in the instance of eating an entire gluteny muffin. I can't imagine how much pain you must be in right now!

Considering that the gluten reaction is an immune reaction, a good bet is to treat your body like it's sick: rest, fluids, vitamin c, broth/soup, etc.

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on July 10, 2012
at 02:15 AM

If it were me and I was on vacation, I would see if I could get any high quality "homemade" bone broth from a local butcher, otherwise would drink herbal tea (I love dandelion root & nettle), have tons of water and maybe get a bottle of rhodiola or holy basil or some other adaptogenic herb. Def I would need to hit up the probiotics because I get severe diarrhea when I get glutened. Maybe have some smoothies or other liquid food like soups, etc. If you can, take some time to rest and recover. I know it's hard because we want to be troopers but even if you just sit out of one activity per day for one to two hours that might help a lot. That really sucks, hope you recover quickly, big virtual hug to you!

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on July 10, 2012
at 01:39 AM

Perhaps you should stop with the coffee, as it might just be making you anxious. I've read that using gluten digestive enzymes help with a gluten slip-up (maybe you could find them at a Whole Foods) and here are some other tips: http://glutenfreetraveller.com/topics-2/lifestyle/how-to-cope-with-being-glutened/ and from http://www.celiact.com/blog/2012/03/14/94-reduce-gluten-side-effects

Try googling things like: "how to reduce symptoms when accidentally eaten gluten with celiac" for more

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76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

on July 10, 2012
at 01:35 AM

Drink lots of water. Ginger. Stick to foods that are easy to digest. Probiotics. GlutenAid. Digestive enzymes. Ibuprofen. (see comments below)

These can all help in the various stages in your road to recovery.

Truth.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 10, 2012
at 09:29 AM

NO IBUPROFEN!!!!!!!!!!!NO WAY!!!!! Enzymes have to be mega spectrum with specific enzymes for gluten digestion. Some enzymes do not have that.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 10, 2012
at 06:24 PM

I cannot upvote it - it says the answer is too old and needs to be edited if I want to change my vote. Would it be okay for me to put in brackets that ibuprofen has very severe side effects? If you do not want me to change anything I won't. Just let me know what you want me to do.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on July 10, 2012
at 07:52 PM

That podcast is addressing Execedrin (acetaminophen/aspirin/caffeine cocktail), isn't it? Which indeed isn't a good idea to take. Iibuprofen is a bit safer, certainly not the best thing for one's health, but not warranting this extreme of a response.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 10, 2012
at 07:07 PM

Ok, I added a comment. Hope you are okay with it.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 10, 2012
at 06:21 PM

Dear Truthiness, first of all - I love you because of your avatar (and because you were always nice to me) - I hope you know that. I am sorry I downvoted your answer. I usually don't do that. I am going to ask you to listen to a podcast from my herbal doctor. The podcast is called "Little things that ruin your health". I REALLY REALLY hope your change your opinion on ibuprofen. But if not, it is okay too, just do not take it, please. Here is the podcast: http://www.askrogerdrummer.com/healingherbs/audio

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

(5386)

on July 11, 2012
at 08:52 AM

"Alfalfa is a good source of minerals and chlorophyll.Aloe vera juice is helpful for inflammation.Bilberry contains flavonoids that reduce inflammation.Boswellia and turmeric (curcumin) help to reduce inflammation.Cat's claw is good for inflammation and healing. Echinacea, ginger, goldenseal, pau d'arco, red clover, and yucca are all good for inflammation." I myself have tried none of these, but for alternatives they might be alright, but my suggestion was based off of immediate relief where these alternatives will probably take a while to kick in.

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

(5386)

on July 10, 2012
at 10:00 AM

Ibuprofen can help a lot with the inflammation that can happen. I'm not sure why you've down voted for that, you've not explained why you're so adamant about the Ibuprofen (mine is gluten free also, checked with the manufacturer) but I still respect your opinion VB, I'd even fist bump you for your convictions.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 11, 2012
at 03:22 AM

Okay, I admit - my bad. But I am very weary of drugs lately. Is there another way to help with the inflammation, a more natural one?

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

(5386)

on July 11, 2012
at 08:59 AM

(Cont'd) VB, I'm ok with how you responded/ changes made, really, I like your passion :-) Also, at least to me, the gluten world as a whole seems to be like the wild west of recent developments, so what I may have believed to be beneficial last year, may indeed be detrimental this year, so calling me on the possibility of harm is what you should do. As it stands, no harm done in my eyes and I'll still look forward to reading your questions, comments and suggestions...all the best. Truth.

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60af23519906aa54b742ffc17477c3d3

(1186)

on July 10, 2012
at 01:33 AM

Coffee to fix? I would try a fast, lots of water, and some digestive enzymes and probiotics. Your body will kill good bacteria as well as getting rid of your own villi as it flushes the gluten out. Apparently Glutamine is a good choice as well, just make sure it's gluten free.

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