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Celiac's Disease and Parathesia

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 7, 2006
  • 03:49 PM

In the fall, I went on a gluten free diet after 15 years of confusing doctors with vague symptoms of fatigue. (They just kept testing me for diabetes) After starting the diet, I was thrilled to see the fatigue disappear and my bowel movements go from every 1-3 weeks to every morning. Unfortunately, I am now experiencing increased intermittant tingling in my hands and feet and some joint paint in my wrists. I have experienced this throughout my life but not to this degree. Does anyone have any suggestions on why this would get worse?

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  • Everyone reacts to the disease and the diet differently. When they go GF, I've heard stories of weight loss, weight gain, hair loss, hair gain. How is your diet?? I mean, are you eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables? The tingling is usually caused by complications of malnutrition. There's also a tendency in a recently diagnosed Celiac's digestive system to poorly absorb fats. Experiment with a high fat and a low fat diet - it could be that you aren't getting enough and it could be that you have too much and your body is just not attempting to absorb anything when it comes in with fats. Although I suspect you aren't getting enough; if it was too much there would likely be diarrhea associated. Make sure you don't have trace amounts of gluten in your diet. One thing almost all Celiacs agree on is that the symptoms of contamination become much more pronounced after being gluten free for a while. This can also be because of the numbing/disorienting effect of gliadin opioids created in partially digested gluten protein, but the doctors aren't ready to talk about gluten as a narcotic yet! It could also be a withdrawl symptom - even people who are deathly allergic to wheat have reported experiencing cravings from 2 to 6 months after elimination from the diet!
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 04:06 PM
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  • Thank You Azaral! I will try to experiment with the fats and see if that helps. If anyone else as any ideas, please let me know!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 05:41 PM
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  • The main thing I would be looking at is vitamin and mineral consumption/absorption. You may need a vitamin supplement, but make sure its gluten free too! Also, lactose intolerence affects a lot of Celiac's patients, especially up until the first 6 - 12 months of elimination diet. It would probably be worth trying to cut out all milk products for a while to see if it adds to your recovery.
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 05:55 PM
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