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Just a bit of background...I'm about a year into the whole testing 'process'. I've always had gastro issues and general poor health. The past few years, I've ate a light gluten diet. I had some bad health issues last year (rash and immune system issues) that led to some questions about coeliac. I had a blood test but it was neg- I hadn't been eating enough gluten. I then went gluten free for an experiment and most of my symptoms resolved within 2 weeks. I went back to the GP and got referred to gastro. I knew it would take ages so I went GF while I waited. I had already had so much time off work and actually if I had continued eating gluten and feeling the way I was, I would've ended up with no pay.
So anyway, I'm day 12 of my gluten challenge and it has been odd and different to what I expected (unfortunately also different to what I'd hoped! i.e. to be fine!) At first all I felt was an increased heart rate, some weird dreams and then a bit tired the following day but as the days have gone on, my symptoms have been getting gradually more intense. They're just not exactly 'text book' so I wanted to share to find out if this is what other's have experienced.
I have been waking feeling tired but mostly normal so I try do a few things before I eat gluten. About an hour after eating, that's when it all starts- I get a rapid HR a feeling of anxiety (but just physical symptoms, I'm not actually anxious) and then I get the most intense fatigue, it's seriously as though I've been drugged. I literally cannot hold my head up and I can get quite emotional too (again though- I'm not actually feeling upset). This intensity passes after about 10-20 minutes but the fatigue will last the most of the day. I will also have word finding difficulties, confusion and a really fuzzy head.
Weirdly, my stomach hasn't been that bad. I've had a little bit of gas and bloating but nothing as bad as I've experienced before (I can turn into a 7 month pregnant lady in hours!). I've had a bit of nausea and some stabbing pains which are pretty intense but really only last a short time. This is really quite mild gastro stuff compared to what I have dealt with throughout my life. This is maybe a little TMI but my stools have really changed- when GF they were dark and no visible bits etc but now they're pale and basically look like chewed food and quite a bit of mucus (sorry!! )
I've also started to get really itchy skin- mostly in the evening. One of the main issues last year was a rash on my face and scalp which I thought was DH but the dermatologist told me it doesn't happen on the face. I've not got any actual spots/blisters but it's starting to feel like insects are eating my skin, which is a feeling that drove me mad when I had it really bad last year.
My sleep is also getting troublesome. I've been really unsettled at night- very hot and just feeling like I'm scared. I've been waking up with a fright and have been having really vivid (but extrememly bland!) dreams. It's like I feel like I'm still half awake.
All pretty odd. I just wondered if this was familiar to anyone?
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