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!
If you are looking for help after the fact. I did a blog post on recovery tips that my readers came up with also on Facebook!
So, I took a poll on Facebook and asked my readers what symptoms they experience when they accidentally consume gluten.
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.