Hey everyone. I was recently diagnosed with Celiac, and even though I am only on my 3rd day of no gluten, I am concerned because my intestinal inflammation seems to be getting worse. It seems like almost anything I eat aggravates my stomach and intestines. I think I can actually feel the inflammation in my guts, it feels hot inside me and like there is play-doh in my intestines.
I am only eating whole foods now (no other grains or dairy either). Chicken, broccoli, fruit. I ate some salmon the day before yesterday and it really aggravated my stomach and my throat tightened up and all the usual symptoms.
So my question is, why are my guts are so inflammed now, AFTER quitting gluten? Is it normal for it to be this way for the first few days, or should I be thinking about doing an autoimmune diet?
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on December 13, 2012
at 08:37 PM
Give it time. It took me 6 months to stop having diarrhea all the time, and it took over a year to get my gut back to good enough health to have normal-person stools. The fatigue and brain fog has taken even longer. From what I've read of other people's experiences, those were pretty common experiences. The 6 month mark seems to be very common, and many people report it taking a year or two to feel themselves again.
On the other hand, delay in healing could also come from trace amounts of gluten. It took me 6 months just to even become aware of how sensitive I really am. I highly recommend getting gluten test strips (I use ezgluten) so that you can rule out offending foods. I ate (and still eat) almost entirely home-prepared foods, but there are still some processed foods, like vinegar, spices, chocolate, etc, that people don't normally think about.
on December 13, 2012
at 09:22 PM
It's good you are cutting out all grains and dairy. Also stay away from anything you might be allergic to and all packaged/ pre prepared foods for now. Make sure all of your cooking utensils, pots,and condiments are scrubbed clean of gluten traces. The Gluten Free Bible is a great book for the newly diagnosed. When I was first diagnosed, my mother used to make me her homemade soups, like she always did, but I had a lot of problems with them even though she swore that she never used anything with gluten. It could be contamination from other stuff or just traces of condiments like soy sauce. I still can't eat things that friends and my mom cooked, only what I cook and food at restaurants that have gluten free menus (but I rarely go out anymore). Good luck and hang in there, it will get better.
on December 27, 2012
at 11:57 PM
Look at healing your gut. Ferment your own sauerkraut for example it is easy to do and has orders of magnitude more good gut microbiota than probiotics. What took many years to hurt you won't be healed overnight. You need to decrease inflamation and heal the epithelial junctions. http://www.ehow.com/how_5668795_make-kraut-using-jars.html
on December 27, 2012
at 11:43 PM
Gluten stays in the stomach for a long time--60 days or longer--the damage of gluten can take up to two years to heal. I love this website, https://www.facebook.com/Dr.PeterOsborne?ref=ts&fref=ts for help with celiac. I have done a lot of research. Paleo foods, whole foods will work. I would do a lot of broths (marrow bone, beef broths, homemade, chicken broths--made from organic meats.) When eating out, it is common for some restaurants to use beef cubes or chicken cubes which have gluten, soy sauce has gluten, even salad dressings and stuff you would never dream of. It takes research and time to figure this all out but the results are worth it. Best of luck to you. I cut out all grains and do not do the cake baking, etc that websites say you can make gluten free. If I want a dessert now, I make something like a paleo ice cream with heavy cream and sweet potato. It is yummy! Give yourself time to heal. I also follow a lot of the supplementation in "The Ph Miracle" by Dr. Robert O. Young available on Amazon and at www.phmiracleliving.com I found his shakes very soothing, even at the beginning. (Shakes like a whole avocado, coconut water, spinach, parsely, a lemon, a cucumber, ice and blend) I drank those all day long as they were very nutritious. I also use his phour salts in my water and alternate liters of that with liters of phurify and chlorophyll (together). Those products are talked about in his book and there are videos on his website explaining what they do.If I remember correctly, I couldn't do meats the first few weeks. I stayed with a lot of avocados and veggies in the blender. I also juiced greens. I added meat a while later, just don't remember if it took two or three weeks to do so.
on December 28, 2012
at 09:23 PM
I went paleo 6 months ago after finding out I have celiac. I too found that for the first 3 weeks or so, my inflammation (and all the lovely symptoms associated with it) felt worse. It gradually got better after that. At this point, I am still not 100% healed, maybe 75%. I would look into a good quality probiotic and/or fermented foods, as well as bone broth. Also, and I think this part is VERY important for those of us with damaged guts, whether it's celiac, IBD, etc. but add some starch into your diet!!! You'll find that many people in the paleo community consider things like potatoes evil and tell you to avoid them - well, frankly that's a load of garbage. It's a whole food and our ancestors did in fact eat tubers and other root vegetables. Starch for inflamed guts is very soothing (Diane Sanfillippo in Practical Paleo talks about this, I think) and for it me it made a world of difference. Eat squash, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, bananas, even rice every single day. One final thing, you want to also consider a stool test for bacterial overgrowths, fungal infections, etc - again, because our digestive system has been so impaired for years, these things can overgrow and cause seperate problems. Entero Lab offers one you can order and do at home. Good luck!