My Gluten Epiphany
I promise, there will be a day when I stop talking about gluten.
(This is more of a sidenote: I need to include that I had a milkshake fail this weekend. Long story short, I had a milkshake with gluten in it. All day, I had felt great- no stomach issues at all. After I drank the milkshake, about an hour later, I was curled up in a ball on the couch from stomach pain. This hit me pretty hard because it made me think that it’s a very high possibility I might have some type of gluten allergy.)
I’ve been researching like crazy; I haven’t done this much reading on one subject since my college days. I feel as if I could write a paper on this!
I’ve moved on from the stomach issues, focusing on psoriasis.
Psoriasis and Gluten.
Some doctors have actually stated that gluten causes psoriasis.
Not all doctors agree, but the fact that even some are suggesting this is enough for me to put down the fork and listen.
I’ve been reading researchers and studies, doctor’s opinionsblogs and forums (to gain personal experiences), , etc.
The tricky thing about psoriasis that causes some doctors to stumble is it’s not a one size fits all disease. What may work wonders for one patient, may cause another patient to get worse.
Same as the gluten-free diet- I’ve read of some people seeing immense improvement just in days of going GF, but also read of others who claim to have developed psoriasis because they went gluten free.
However, I’m started to draw my own conclusions about my own situation.
Here’s what I’m thinking.
Nine years ago my body developed psoriasis out of no where telling me I was allergic to gluten, but i didn’t know it.
Not all people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity show any symptoms. Maybe the psoriasis was my symptom.
And now, my stomach hurts. My body’s reacting. All these years, being sensitive to gluten, maybe the lining of my stomach has worn down because I kept eating gluten, not knowing. And now, it’s gone too far, and that’s why I’m noticing it.
I know I sound like I’ve gone a little crazy in the head, but I truly believe I’m onto something.
After three weeks of stomach pains, I’ve cut out gluten for five days and have no more pain. The arthritis in my hand, caused by the psoriasis, is feeling a little better every day. My psoriasis spots that were once red and inflamed are calming down. I have more energy; I don’t feel as if I need ten more hours of sleep a day.
Could this have been my problem all along?
I’m going to keep going with my experiment, but I’m also going to a gastroenterologist in a couple weeks.