What it means to be "Glutened"
If you're Celiac then you may have had this experience if you know someone who has you can feel empathy and understand but if you're new to Celiac disease I hope that this can open your mind to how deadly this disease can be and how sensitive our bodies really are.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a substance in cereal grains, especially in wheat that gives the elastic texture in dough. This substance can cause discomfort and reactions for people who have Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance, just like lactose intolerance or any other food reactions.
Every body is different and everyone reacts to their own illnesses in different ways and no matter your own experience it can either get better or worse over time, sadly for me my Celiac Disease has gotten worse. Last week I ate food that was supposed to be made gluten-free and dairy-free, it was also labeled as so. I took my chances and even though I swore off sugar (one because I am tired of hearing how much I eat it and two because it has been killing my body) I still ate it. After a few bites, I realized that it wasn't actually dairy-free, and the next day I had stomach pains and gas in my stomach. I also ate it again and that's when I realized that it contained gluten, right there in the open, gluten that I had eaten. I felt okay that day, nothing out of the ordinary but on the plane ride home my stomach hurt and was very bloated. A few hours after we landed I became very tired and right before I went to sleep I decided to not take my nightly pills because I knew I was going to be sick. I fell asleep at 8 PM and woke up at 11 PM, gas in my stomach and that sinking feeling. I threw up, again and again and again, I cried in the bathroom knowing that I shouldn't have eaten what I did. I lay on the couch and threw up from 11 PM until the next night at around 4 PM. After 17 hours of throwing up, having a fever of 100.1, laying on the bathroom floor to sleep, to cry, hating myself, and hating my allergies I also realized that I need to educate more people about this illness. Now it's going to take 6 months for my intestines to repair themselves because after you eat gluten the lining in your intestines is torn off.
Glutening Symptoms Can Also Stem From Cross-Contamination
It can be difficult to generalize what happens when you are glutened because everyone has different reactions however over time you will start to recognize the reactions that your body causes which will help you determine if you ate gluten or if you have the flu.
Symptoms can include intestinal problems such as diarrhea, bloating, cramping, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Additional symptoms, not related to the intestines, can include headaches, joint pain, and numbness in the arms, fingers or legs. You might also feel like your head is foggy or unclear.
If you're still unsure if you have Celiac Disease a simple blood test can be done by your primary care physician!