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Have you experienced unexpected benefits after adopting the gluten-free diet?
Yes, at least one.
23%
 23%  [ 13 ]
Yes, more than one.
35%
 35%  [ 20 ]
Yes, many.
21%
 21%  [ 12 ]
I'm not sure.
12%
 12%  [ 7 ]
No.
7%
 7%  [ 4 ]
Total Votes : 56

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tex
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy, and avenin, (avenin is the prolamin in oats, which is equivalent to the gluten in wheat), beef, grapes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, (but nut butters seem OK except for peanuts), citric acid, chocolate, and agar.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:17 pm    Post subject: Unexpected Benefits Of The Gluten-Free Diet Reply with quote

Hi All,

Monique suggested in another thread that it would be interesting to compare notes, to see how many of us have been pleasantly surprised by unexpected additional benefits of following a gluten-free diet.

In my case, for example, I changed my diet in a desperate attempt to stop the uncontrollable D, and the cyclic flu-like symptoms that continued to recycle on a seemingly endless schedule. I was surprised when it also resolved all the other problems, such as the severe arthritis symptoms (that had begun about the time of the onset of my other symptoms). Migraines, headaches, general body pains, and even the recurring mouth sores also disappeared, as my gut healed. Of course, most of those symptoms had only appeared when the disease suddenly went into overdrive.

The interesting part was discovering that skin problems that had plagued me since adolescence, such as recurring fungal infections and occasional boils or other skin eruptions, all eventually went away, and they never came back. I thought that everyone had occasional headaches (and maybe they do), but I haven't had an honest-to-goodness headache since my gut healed, and that was over 8 years ago. The only way I can get a headache now, is to bump my head on something when I'm not paying attention to where I'm going. Laughing

If only I had known what I know now, about 30 years earlier. sigh

As the old Dutch saying goes, "Vee Get Too Soon Oldt, und Too Late Schmardt!"

Tex
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Food Intolerances : GF, SF, DF,Walnuts, cherries, caffeine and another 30+ foods
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:36 pm    Post subject: benefits of GF diet Reply with quote

Hi Tex,

Wow, your list of symptoms that were eliminated is amazing!

You know my arthritis (mild in one knee) is pretty much gone but I attributed it to Entocort which I have stopped taking this week. Let's see if it comes back. I am so happy I have no more pain I could click my heels (oops, bad idea :-)

Regards,

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Food Intolerances : gluten, eggs, cow's milk, soy, guar gum, whey, goat's milk, cocoa, crab, carrot, amaranth, kamut,
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I wish I felt better after going gluten free but I don't. I've now progressed to a modified paleo diet and there is one benefit, less gas. Not perfect, but better. I still have arthritis pain, fatigue, slight balance issues etc. The one thing I don't have is diarrhea and for that I'm ever thankful.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:51 pm    Post subject: benefits of GF diet Reply with quote

Sorry, Sheila.

I lost my runny nose and hay fever, something that plagued me all my life...

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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, soy, tapioca
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knee pain, insomnia, numbness/tingling in hands and feet, bruising . . . all went away rapidly when I went GF. D, however, do not immediately go away because I was reacting to tapioca in GF products.

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Food Intolerances : Gluten, Yeast, Caesin, Soy, salad/raw veges and fruit
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for me, i had been about gluten freen 80% -90% of the time for 9 years before Dx
during that time ingesting gluten caused fatigue, foggy brain, discomfort and cramping, bloating

it was the removal of soy that i noticed the joint aches, fatigue, cramping pain basically ceased all together.
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, soy, eggs

PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had been mostly gluten and soy free for almost a decade before becoming scrupulous about eliminating them along with eliminating dairy and eggs, which I had been eating daily up until 5 months ago. I also began eating low histamine at the same time so it is impossible to know what caused what but along with ending the D, I have gotten rid of my dry eyes for which I had been using Restasis twice daily but no longer need, and my still somewhat deformed finger joints no longer ache.

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Food Intolerances : Gluten, still determining others
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was initially able to eliminate D by eliminating gluten (though I'm still flaring now from some bad meat). My joint pain is mostly gone and I noticed that some finger joints that were looking crooked are now straight. Also, my lifelong tendency to bruise has improved significantly.
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, coffee, tea,fruits..... IgA deficient, so I can't be tested
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I could say that I saw anything change ( except the D), but there really wasn't much "wrong" with me before. I was hoping it would help my autoimmune vaginitis symptoms, but it hasn't :(

Leah
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy,soy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The most unexpected benefit to going gluten free was my voice. For a number of years I had been plagued with a weak, raspy voice and frequent throat-clearing. I used to sadly joke that I sounded older than my 93 year old mother! I was very self-conscious about my voice, and I'm sure that it affected me socially, as I would avoid or minimize speaking in many situations. When I went gluten -free, within several days I noticed a distinct improvement in my voice, and by the time several weeks went by, I was sounding like my old self! What a lift to my spirits! And even now that I've been gluten-free for three years, my voice seems to be even more sensitive than my gut to accidental gluten exposure. My voice will quickly go noticeably raspy even when the exposure is so slight that I don't get diarrhea!

At the time I went gluten-free, I wasn't in a flare. My LC had been diagnosed several months earlier, and my diarrhea had resolved when I quit taking fish oil supplements. I already had been diary-free for several years before diagnosis, and wasn't convinced that I was gluten-sensitive. However, I had found this forum and been told that most likely I was gluten-sensitive, even if I wasn't having diarrhea. So I decided to get tested by Enterolab, and in the meantime decided to go gluten free while waiting for results just to see what might happen. So I was pretty surprised at the dramatic result! And when the Enterolab results came back, by anti-gliadin test was 89, a resounding positive! So even if you aren't in a flare, I would encourage you to try going gluten-free and see if it helps other issues!

Rosie
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, soy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going gluten-free greatly reduced the number of headaches that I get. I used to get headaches so frequently that I joked that I single-handedly kept Bayer in business. Tylenol didn't help them at all; only aspirin or ibuprofen worked. Now that I am GF, I only occasionally get headaches, and one Tylenol gets rid of it.

The other unexpected thing I noticed is that the brown age spots on my hands have almost completely faded away.

I've been taking glucosamine for arthritis in my hands for 9 years, starting 5 years before the onset of MC. I have continued to take that, so I don't know if the GF diet has helped with arthritis. I guess pretty soon it will be time to test it by stopping the glucosamine, but I find that I am very reluctant to do anything that might tip the balance of how I'm feeling.
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, still determining others
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've thought of a couple of more things that have improved for me. I used to wake up fairly frequently with pain from diverticulits. That is nearly totally gone. And as some of us have mentioned before, my hair is getting a bit darker, after the front, especially, had gone white.
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Location: Central Texas

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deb,

Are you aware that research shows that the inflammation pattern with active diverticulitis is the same pattern that marks LC — lymphocytic infiltration. Shocked

To me, that suggests that diverticulitis may be associated with food sensitivities — it's possible that it may be another form of IBD, IMO.

Tex
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Food Intolerances : Gluten (Wheat, Barley, Rye), Milk, Eggs, Soy. Legumes, Rice, Corn, Chicken, Tuna, Pork, Sunflower oil, olive oil, Buckwheat

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me the change was dramatic. I went from 60 mph to 0 in terms of gluten. I gave it up overnight after getting my Enterolab score of 86 (thanks to tips from this site) in Feb of this year, 2012.

Headaches, which had plagued me for as long as I can remember, immediately became way less frequent. Like you, Martha, Tylenol didn't touch them before. I do relate to the "honest-to-goodness" headache, Tex. Two Excedrin Migraine would usually work, but I was taking too much, with headaches sometimes 2 or even 3 times per week. Since going gluten (and soy, egg, and dairy) free, I've had three really bad headaches. One, in connection with Buckwheat, was probably from gluten contamination. The other two were while traveling, which is a high-risk activity.

Canker sores were awful for me before I stopped eating gluten. In the year before the D started, I was getting them non-stop. A grapefruit a day would keep them away--no idea why--but as soon as I missed a grapefruit, whammy. At one point I had 12 cankers. I quit gluten, etc. and I've had 2 canker episodes in over 6 months. It was like turning off a faucet. I got one in connection with eating olive oil. I got FOUR while traveling a couple of weeks ago.

Because I travel a lot, I've now packed a suitcase (yet, I'm overly vigilant) with cheap kitchen stuff. I plan never again to use the scratched teflon and cutting boards stocked in rental apartments.

I am still nervous that this is a fluke and things will return to the old headaches and cankers, but I'm getting more confident.

Unfortunately, D is much more intractable, interacting as it does with so many other intolerances. Things are much better, however. No comparison.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Are you aware that research shows that the inflammation pattern with active diverticulitis is the same pattern that marks LC — lymphocytic infiltration


I didn't know this, Tex. It makes sense then that it has improved!
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