Recovering from slip-up? Consumed gluten?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 07, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I've been gluten free for 4 years since I was diagnosed with Celiac. I have it bad. A trace amoun of gluten puts me over the edge bad. Been Paleo for about 6 months and never felt better.

However, for the first time in a year I had an accident. Some family friends I haven't seen in awhile really wanted to make dinner for me. I explained my gluten free situation and they did everything they could to accomodate. Normally, I avoid these situations of going to a friends house for dinner but I couldn't get out of this one.

After dinner, I was immediately hammered with a migraine. I don't get migraines! Ever! Not since I started doing paleo. I also got irritable, depressed, and sick. It's been one week and I've recovered a lot, but I still have really bad headaches and inflammation in my sinuses. How long will it take me to recover from this accident?

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on July 07, 2012
at 09:38 PM

It's likely that the gluten is already through you. It won't hang out that long. The problem is that your body's latent immune response can last much longer. It all depends on how your body reacts to the trigger. I've read papers where there is still evidence of immune response anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months after a single exposure. So just keep clean and give your body time to renomalize.

Side note: the extended immune reaction to gluten is why I'm against cheat meals, especially weekly cheat meals, you never get a chance to actually heal.



on July 10, 2012
at 02:34 AM

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on July 10, 2012
at 02:18 AM

Wow twice in the past couple of days? Ouch! I would be extremely vigilant about preparing my own food the next couple of weeks considering both incidents. Take care, hope you feel better soon!


on July 08, 2012
at 06:33 AM

My experience was that in the beginning, my reactions were very strong, and I had to be super, super careful. You will spend years learning what is in your food. There are all kinds of ways that they sneak grain products into foods you wouldn't imagine having to worry about. One that floored me was the grain base for flavorings. They have to label for the flavor, but not for the base it comes mixed in.

What I found was that over time, as I got better and better at avoiding things (I'm also soy and corn sensitive), my system settled down, so that a small slip wasn't as hard on me. The opposite is also true. Bad and/or frequent slips will amp up your immune system 'til it will take almost nothing to provoke a reaction.

Be warned that there are trolls on all those celiac forums who don't want to believe that reactions like yours and mine could be true. They want it to be all in our heads. They might have a point. The migraines are definitely in my head.

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