What was it like before going gluten-free?
April 6, 2012 11:48 AM Subscribe
GlutenFilter: Prior to going gluten-free, did you have specific gluten attacks, or were you just generally in pain all the time?
I've had chronic GI issues my entire life - abdominal pains, bloating, gas, constipation - but it wasn't until recently that I started to have persistent joint and muscle pains that I decided to go see my doctor. He suggested trying a GF diet for a month, but told me that tests aren't very reliable for non-celiac gluten sensitivities.
I've yet to start the diet, b/c looking back at the foods I eat, and the reactions they trigger, I can't make a compelling connection with gluten. For instance, I play poker every Thursday night and drink a lot of beer (way more than I'd usually have on any other night), yet I don't feel any worse the next day. Same goes with having a particularly gluten-y lunch, like a sub sandwich with pretzels. No immediately or delayed reaction... I just feel the same amount of crummy.
So I'm wondering if I should take my personal experience into account, or if, perhaps, I do have a gluten sensitivity and my body is just fighting it constantly, and not showing signs of attacks or flare ups.