If you are gluten intolerant (but not allergic) and you accidentally eat wheat

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Posted 2/9/2013 by cdnstorelady in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:04:01 PM
...is there anything you can do to prevent or treat the tummy upset? DD has just started eating GF a few weeks ago and tonight her boyfriend's mom made spaghetti and brown rice pasta and regular pasta... but DD ate the wrong pasta....

Any suggestions?

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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:40:51 PM
Ugh, I have to wait it out. I get terrible reflux from wheat products (not pasta, for some reason - but always from a cookie or a piece of cake or bread.) I have to take Tums to settle things down.

I hope she feels better soon.



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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:42:38 PM
I haven't figured much out yet. I'm non celiac gluten intolerant. Caffeine helps my headaches slightly.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:36:47 PM
Sadly I can't think of any over the counter med that helps me when I am glutened. It just takes time.



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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:53:57 PM
I do not know what constitutes her "tummy upset" but I generally have good results from gas-x gel capsules for gas/bloating or immodium for diarrhea. Target, WalMart, and Walgreens generics have all actually worked well, too.

Please note that I don't have gluten intolerance, but since you are treating the symptoms and not the condition, I still thought I would recommend them.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:09:02 PM
When I get glutened it doesn't matter what I take to try to feel better, nothing helps. I just have to wait it out.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:22:43 PM
Both ginger and chamomile tea are good for helping relieve digestive discomfort. It won't do anything if she experiences any problems with her bowels though.

Hope she feels better soon
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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:05:29 PM
Some people have luck with lots of water, probiotics, and rest. Personally, there isn't anything that helps me. My symptoms last for almost 2 weeks so it's a long road if I accidentally eat gluten.

I hope she feels better soon. And if you're giving her medication to ease some of the symptoms make sure they're gluten free (Alka Seltzer is not, for example)


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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:15:49 AM
I will get a migraine almost immediately if I eat gluten. The digestive issues come a bit later. Nothing really seems to help either symptom. My friend has recommended taking Magnesium when I ingest gluten, but I have never bought any. She says it helps her move it through quickly.

Hope your DD feels better soon!


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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:16:29 AM
If she is not allergic then she will have Coeliacs and the villi in the intestine will not have recovered much from being on a full wheat diet to have many side effects yet. It can take three months for the villi to regrow. Otherwise try a GF vitamin supplement. And talk to a pharmacist or doctor if something if she has diarrhea or constipation.

Pretty much with Coeliacs the vitamins go straight through and the person fails to thrive. It's the allergy which has the nasty symptoms.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 2:28:17 PM
there is an gluten enzyme pill you can buy at most health food stores.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 4:37:40 PM
A few misconceptions going on in this thread. OP, when you asked for those of us who are "gluten intolerant" but not "allergic" to reply, does that mean that this is your dd also? I'm confused because gluten intolerance and celiac disease are not an allergy. Some people are allergic to wheat and they'll usually have the classic allergy reaction symptoms. But this is not what celiac disease or gluten intolerance is.

Those enzyme pills that are sold at health food stores are not recommended by anyone who is celiac or who is eating a gluten free diet because they are gluten intolerant. If the gluten is truly damaging your intestines then taking a pill is not going to solve that problem. Digestive enzymes are another story and many celiacs take those to help with digestion while their body is healing.



If she is not allergic then she will have Coeliacs and the villi in the intestine will not have recovered much from being on a full wheat diet to have many side effects yet. It can take three months for the villi to regrow.

And this is totally untrue. Sorry. The villi have nothing at all to do with processing gluten. The tips of the villi is where the enzyme lactase is made. In those who are gluten intolerant gluten destroys the villi and therefore there is no lactase being produced, which is why so many people who are gluten intolerant cannot drink regular milk. If one is strict with the diet the villi will eventually heal and many people can go back to drinking regular milk.

So, all that to say that no, there really isn't anything proven that can lessen the symptoms. As others have mentioned, treating the headache that develops can help -- caffeine, advil, whatever. And drinking lots of water is good for us anyway. Some people swear by ginger to relieve symptoms. Worth a try, because it can't hurt.

That's all I've got, sorry. When I get glutened I take four Advil, drink some coffee, and wait it out.



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Posted: 2/10/2013 5:22:12 PM
Just out of curiosity, if your daughter has only been GF for a couple weeks, what did she do if she got "glutened" before?

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Posted: 2/10/2013 5:25:45 PM
And this is totally untrue. Realy?


Upon exposure to gliadin, and specifically to three peptides found in prolamins, the enzyme tissue transglutaminase modifies the protein, and the immune system cross-reacts with the small-bowel tissue, causing an inflammatory reaction. That leads to a truncating of the villi lining the small intestine (called villous atrophy). This interferes with the absorption of nutrients, because the intestinal villi are responsible for absorption. The only known effective treatment is a lifelong gluten-free diet.[4] While the disease is caused by a reaction to wheat proteins, it is not the same as wheat allergy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coeliac_disease

And the villi damaged by coelias

This intolerance to gluten causes the body to produce antibodies which damage the lining of the small bowel and make it impossible for the body to absorb vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from food
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Lactase (also known as lactase-phlorizin hydrolase, or LPH), a part of the β-galactosidase family of enzymes, is a glycoside hydrolase involved in the hydrolysis of the disaccharide lactose into constituent galactose and glucose monomers. Lactase is present predominantly along the brush border membrane of the differentiated enterocytes lining the villi of the small intestine.[2] In humans, lactase is encoded by the LCT gene



This intolerance to gluten causes the body to produce antibodies which damage the lining of the small bowel and make it impossible for the body to absorb vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from food
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Not only lactase.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 4:56:49 AM
Obsidian, maybe I misread your comment. It sounded like you were saying that if the villi were still damaged from being on a gluten-filled diet, then the OP's daughter would not feel any effects from continuing to eat gluten. That's the part that's not correct. Whether or not the villi are 100% damaged, or only partially damaged, a gluten-intolerant person will feel effects from eating gluten. The level of healing has nothing to do with how much or how little they will react to gluten.

No need to provide links. I have celiac disease so I'm well aware of how it all works.




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Posted: 2/11/2013 4:57:28 AM
Obsidian, maybe I misread your comment. It sounded like you were saying that if the villi were still damaged from being on a gluten-filled diet, then the OP's daughter would not feel any effects from continuing to eat gluten. That's the part that's not correct. Whether or not the villi are 100% damaged, or only partially damaged, a gluten-intolerant person will feel effects from eating gluten. The level of healing has nothing to do with how much or how little they will react to gluten.

No need to provide links. I have celiac disease so I'm well aware of how it all works.




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Posted: 2/11/2013 6:43:51 AM

I am Gluten intolerant and if I eat the wrong thing I just have to wait for it to work its way through the system. There isn't a long lasting effect of eating the wrong thing.

Sometimes taking an antacid(Gaviscon) might help with any reflux she might get.
To be honest if I have eaten the wrong thing it doesn't take long to work through the digestive system....you just have to put up with the bloatedness or uncomfortable tummy..... its usually a case of get ready for........a quick dash to the loo!!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 6:50:32 AM
Maybe nothing will happen?! Unfortunately there isn't anything to lessen the effect and one may just have to suffer through it. For me I don't feel better until it is out of my system. Depending on how much I ate the misery will last a day or two.

Sadly it's just one of the trial and error things one has to go through to figure out your intolerance levels. Sometimes I can eat a pancake and be okay. Sometimes just a nibble of a cookie is enough to wake the angry belly monster.


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