I am currently helping a particular chap who, we assume, is suffering with ‘gluten withdrawal’. This is a pretty common phenomenon when you remove what are essentially very addictive (and opoid-like) substances from your body. I wrote about this here and here too.
P is suffering from neurological symptoms (mostly anxiety and depression) and not having a very nice time of it. He has been searching for reassurance on the internet (as we all do!) and came up with a couple of really useful links, (actually ones already on this blog – follow the second link above), but we share them again here for anyone else needing them:
First, a LiveStrong piece: Gluten Free Diet and Withdrawal which details some of the theories why it happens to some people. It doesn’t happen severely to most people in my experience with patients so far, but almost everyone gets some form of fatigue, hunger, headachy detoxy feeling at least.
Second, a Living Without magazine article, focusing on a case history of a woman who tested negative to all gluten (official) tests, but improved greatly after going gluten free (but only after a pretty nasty time of it): Giving Up Gluten
Thanks P for sharing that. And if anyone has any words of encouragement for P (and others who will no doubt read this when they need some), we would be really happy to receive them.
For me, I was ravenously hungry all the time, very fatigued but mentally hyper. Anyone else…?