I recently saw a few more items on gluten withdrawal you may find useful.
“for some, the first days and weeks of following a gluten free diet are characterised by food cravings, disorientation, irritability, sleepiness, depression, mental fogginess, fatigue, and/or shortness of breath.”
In fact many of the same symptoms I see every day when people are coming off any suspect allergen. If it makes you feel like that when you are coming off it, what the heck was it doing to your body? It is a well-known fact that gluten contains opoid-type substances and it should be no surprise that they commonly are the reason we get addicted to it in the first place and find it hard to come off, like any drug our body has become used to having.
They continue that about 70% of diagnosed coeliacs are thought to suffer some sort of withdrawal.
Next, look at this true-life account of a person coming off gluten in Living Without magazine. What I find fascinating about this one is that all the usual coeliac tests were negative yet she responded immediately to a gluten free diet. In other words, gluten sensitive, although she clearly didn’t know the term and neither did her doctor. Her symptoms were dizzyness and strange neurological goings-on.
Finally, there are quite a few bloggers out there on this subject. Here’s one by a lady talking about severe headaches as part of withdrawal from gluten.
Ooer. Better out than in, but take it slowly if it affects you maybe and withdraw more slowly. Thankfully, most of the stuff I have read implies it lasts about 6 weeks or so max, so bear with it, rest your body, keep hydrated and let it come out. If you have a really hard time, there are enzyme and detox support products to help. Good luck.
PS. In fact, very few people so far have had any problems and actually I have started receiving emails from people already feeling like life has changed for them so much for the better. So, worth it!