(Please forgive me, I actually wrote this in January, but got caught up in the throes of moving and didn’t publish it.)
Well, now I’m a bit over 2 months into this detoxing from gluten.
I was feeling discouraged because I have been not feeling well: feeling easily fatigued, feeling pain in my joints, and swelling there, too. And sometimes, I felt like I was still in a fog. A conversation about some technical aspects of blogging with my compadres went completely over my head, when I knew that I should have been able to clearly follow what was being said. But when the fatigue, the pain and inflammation increased, my mood began dropping.
I found myself trying not to worry about what was happening, but had thoughts of the dreaded fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, and was fighting fear. And without enough energy to get through a normal day, I found it so much more difficult to feel positive and trusting that all is well.
So, at my last appointment with Dr. Ragon, I told him I was trying not to diagnose myself. He asked if I would like him to diagnose me, and I said, “sure”. “This is all part of the detoxing process,” he told me. [RELIEF!] Turns out, my cells are still filled with histamine (which my body created to protect itself from the gluten), and the cortisol that my body produced to fight the histamine just isn’t there now. As the cells are releasing the histamine, there is very little to counter it since my adrenals are very fatigued, and I’m experiencing greater pain and inflammation, to the point where I began saying, “I don’t know this body.”
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid–which acts a bit like cortisol) to the rescue, as well as the expert treatment from Dr. Ragon. Yesterday, I felt as though I were walking like an 80 something year old. Today, it’s a whole other story, and while I can still feel some pain and the inflammation isn’t completely gone–I’m feeling worlds better and younger!
One to three more months and I should be through this process. Do you know how excited I am to experience life on the other side of this? It seems so big to me that to describe it as a second chance, doesn’t seem like an exaggeration!
Best wishes on your own journeys!