It is not uncommon for those of us with fibromyalgia to have a sensitivity to gluten. So, what is gluten? It’s a sticky, glue-like protein found in wheat, rye and barley. You also can find it in oats and other grains, due to cross pollination when they are processed in places that also process wheat, rye and barley. (It’s interesting to note that the wheat we have today is genetically different than the wheat our parents and grandparents had.)
Something I learned recently that really shocked me is that two slices of whole wheat bread can spike our blood sugar faster than two tablespoons of table sugar. Wow! Gluten activates our hunger hormones, making us crave carbohydrates. It also can lead to leaky gut syndrome, which is common in those of us with FM. I can tell you that since I cut out gluten, my IBS symptoms have really quieted down. I went from having two or more painful episodes a week, to only three minor incidents in the few months since I completely cut out gluten. If you haven’t gone gluten-free, it may be worth considering.
I’ve been able to stop taking my medication for acid reflux. Although I’m noticing some great changes, my FM pain remains a constant. However, I’ve only been gluten-free for about two months. It will be interesting to see what changes happen after six months or a year. Going gluten-free is not a magic bullet, but it may help some to reap amazing short- and long-term benefits.
According to U.S News and World Report some of the symptoms that could indicate a gluten intolerance include: Gastrointestinal issues, vitamin malabsorption, skin rash, migraine headaches, joint pain, lactose intolerance, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia.
In order to avoid gluten, you can get gluten-free oats, quinoa, etc. If you’re not sure if you have a sensitivity to gluten, you also could talk it through with your rheumatologist or other health care providers. They may recommend that you eliminate gluten from your diet for several months to see how your body responds to the changes.
Have you gone gluten-free already? Please share your experience without readers.
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