At least it is for me. A month ago I started eating gluten, after having been without for six years, to trigger a reaction that could be measured by blood test. Almost immeadiately I sensed changes in my body. The first was water retention. I ended up having to remove my rings, as they become way too tight. I gained with with an amazing speed, but thankfully it levelled out (still, I fear it will be hard work to get those kgs off again), I got eye pain, headache, hipache, more stumbling and unsteadiness than I’ve ever had (and a souvenir mega scrape on my right knee to remember how it feels to have no idea where your feet are or what they do). I got itching – gods I’ve been itching like mad all over – and I’ve been so, so tired. Ridiculously tired. Zonked out like woah. With brain fog and forgetfulness. Really, it’s been crap.
A week ago I had the blood test, and since then I’ve been avoiding gluten like it is the plague. The eye pain is gone, as is the swelling – my rings are back on. But I’m just as unsteady. I get sudden “releases” in my hips, like they don’t want to hold me up, often while walking the stairs. Thankfully those releases last a fraction of a second, but it both hurts and scares. I really, definitely, absolutely, passionately do NOT want to fall down the stairs. Or, as things should be stated in the positive (as the subconscious is apparently unable to hear a negation), I really, definitely, absolutely, passionately want to walk down stairs with complete ease and grace. Actually, I would love to run and jump and skip carefree from boulder to boulder like I did in my childhood. To begin with I’d be happy to feel safe in the stairs. And lose weight (despite some loss of fluid, I’ve not lost any weight). At least I’m no longer itching like mad.
So, to those of you who read this and wonder if there is anything in all the gluten talk, is it as bad as people say: If you wonder, and you have some health issues, I’d suggest one thing: try it! Try being totally gluten free for three months and see what happens. Make notes of how you feel now, and compare. When I quit gluten I went though horrid withdrawal symptoms and had to remove everything that had gluten in it from the house. I would sleep walk to the bread bin to grab a slice and stand there finishing off my snack and wonder what was going on. Ridiculous. After three weeks I was out of it, thank goodness. Now I don’t care, I really don’t want anything with gluten in it.