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Who else is gluten-free? Why did you start?

Discussion in 'Health' started by Snickerdudell, Dec 8, 2020.

  1. Snickerdudell

    Snickerdudell New Member

    Dec 6, 2020
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    Washington, Indiana
    Almost 20 years ago, I was diagnosed with a weird form of inflammatory arthritis. I tried everything to get healthy again but no cocktail of medications helped. My rheumatologist suggested I get social support by participating in a message forum. I got so much important information from that site.

    However, there was also a guy who, on every thread, insisted we try the "no starch diet". He was pretty insistent. Frankly, he was annoying about it. I thought, "If a change of diet was important, surely my rheumatologist would tell me about it."

    After 7 years of being in a non-stop flare and hardly making any progress, I had to travel with family to Portland, OR for a family event. I figured while there, I'd try the "gluten-free thing" because I was pretty desperate to have anything work. Oregon waitstaff is very allergen conscious. They have to pass a test just to get the job.

    After 3 days of eating gluten-free, so many of my non-arthritis symptoms disappeared. My chronic post-nasal drip cleared. My annoying IBS symptoms settled down. I felt mentally clearer. I felt pretty good! I still had arthritis and the associated pain but getting rid of my other health problems was worth giving up gluten products.

    A year after I began eating gluten-free, my arthritis went into remission. Now if I accidentally get exposed to a gluten product (it is everywhere, even in make-up and toiletries!), my arthritis and IBS symptoms come roaring back. One slice of white bread would have me laid up in bed for a month.

    What's your journey?

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