We’ve all been there and done that… The unfortunate incident when you accidentally consumed gluten and now are suffering the consequences. It’s a horrible experience for most of us, especially if you are very sensitive to gluten and have celiac disease.
But, your celiac is not my celiac and we all respond differently. I’ve noticed I don’t respond the same to malt as I do to wheat. Sometimes I get diarrhea and sometimes my joints swell instantly. It seems I never know what I’m going to get when I accidentally eat gluten. Needless to say, just because I blog about it, speak about it and educate about it – it doesn’t make me immune from it! It happens to the best of us. We let our guard down for just one minute or allow assumptions to rule our decisions and it happens. For me, it doesn’t happen too often, but it still gets me!
Here is a huge list of 47 poisoning symptoms they suffer from after consuming gluten.
- Extreme fatigue
- Joint pain
- Clothes don’t fit
- Abdominal pain
- Extreme thirst
- Brain fog
- Flu-like symptoms
- Skin rashes
- Intestinal cramping/severe urges
- Heart attack feeling
- Ringing in ears
- Heart palpitations/irregular heart beat
- Extremely emotional
- Joint pain in fingers similar to carpal tunnel
- Concentration problems
- Sweating/Cold Sweats
- Gums ache
- Weight gain
- Aggrevates other symptoms from other diseases like arthritis or PCOS
- Mouth Sores including canker sores
- Puffiness in the face
- PMS symptoms
- Cravings for more gluten filled foods
- Dermatitis Herpetiformis outbreak
- Sinus pain and running nose
- Swollen ankles (edema)
- Shortness of breath
- Numbness in limbs, tingly sensations
- Acid Reflux
- Raging Anger and Severe Mood swings
- Swollen tongue
For me, I typically get joint pain and swelling along with bloating immediately after eating gluten. Then my stomach starts to hurt, a painful hurt and I can feel a headache slowly coming on, almost like torture.
Most people mentioned the symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It isn’t an easy fix. It’s quite a different experience for me than when I have lactose. That just puts me in the restroom and then I’m fine. The other symptoms don’t come along with it like gluten poisoning. So, it’s up to you to figure out what affects you the most and what to really avoid. For those of us with celiac disease, we don’t have a choice, we must avoid gluten at all costs.
A story of Gluten Poisoning
A few weeks ago, I made the mistake of assuming something was gluten-free without confirming it online and suffered the consequences, even the best of us at times struggle with gluten poisoning. Unless you only ingest things you physically make and know exactly what’s in the product, you risk being contaminated.
For me, it was something as silly as a cider ale, REDD’s which is actually a cider BEER made of malt. Shame on me, I should have known. I actually talked about this with someone a few weeks ago and we decided it wasn’t but I obviously didn’t remember the conversation.
Alas, it’s not the first and it’s not the last time I’m going to get sick, so I set out on a mission to find what people do when they get poisoned and how to ease the pain.
Gluten Posioning Relief Ideas from other sufferers-
- Lots of water – many, many people believe this helps with the symptoms
- Extra Fiber – Eat your veggies and fruits
- Rest – Give your body a day or so to just relax, take it easy
- Hot Baths- Epsom salt is a perfect addition to a bath on any day when you feel muscle fatigue not just when you get glutened
- Bone Broth from large joints – I’ve had a couple of people mention Mark’s Daily Apple for recipes and cooking tips on bone broth to assist with being glutened.
- Glucosamine for anti-inflammatory – there are differing opinions about this. I’ve always been told that it needs to build up over time but others say it helps them within a few days.
- Acupuncture – I’m a huge believer in acupuncture. I think it works wonders for numerous problems but specifically digestive health.
- Yogurt with probiotics
- Tylenol or Advil for arthritis usually helps for me
- Ginger Tea – I’m not a big fan of ginger, it actually makes me gag but I’ve heard it helps significantly for nausea.
- Gax-X helps for the bloating and gas (obviously)
- Watermelon and cucumbers
- Nettle tea – anti-histamine
- Just moving around a little like taking a walk
- Magnesium and Cinnamon are great things to take to help get into your system
- Coconut oil – it has many, many uses but coating the stomach is a great one
- Dandelion Tea is great for reducing bloat and water retention
- Do not take benadryl or other allergy medications. Remember celiac response to gluten is an aut0-immune response and not an allergic reaction so taking those medications won’t do much but keep you sleepy.
Don’t beat yourself up about it. It happens to all of us.
Your celiac is not my celiac so not all of these will work for you. You have to try different things to see what will help your body when this happens. No one can tell you what will work for you.
These are just some ideas our Pretty Little Celiac support group came up with – and as always you are more than welcome to join us over there.