It’s been over a year since my diagnosis of Celiac Disease and it’s been fairly easy sticking to a gluten-free diet thanks to the many gluten-free companies and products. I do occasionally get “glutened” but it’s nothing that I don’t notice right away. The other day I had eaten something that my body didn’t respond to right away. Normally I get instant pains when a piece of food containing gluten is put in my mouth. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case this time and I continued eating. All was well throughout the evening so I went to bed. I awoke around 4 am with the most excruciating pains and new that it had to be from something that I ate! Once I started feeling better I thought that listing a few of the things that helped/help me get through the pain and discomfort might be helpful for others as well. so here they are:
- Sleep: This helps as you’re not awake to feel the discomfort and it allows your body to recuperate faster.
- Caffeine: I don’t know if this will work for others but I find that when my guts are sore and uncomfortable drinking coffee or tea slowly helps get my stomach moving. This could be because caffeine is a stimulant.
- Hot baths: This helps alleviate some of the pain and discomfort as well any nausea.
- Walking: I personally find that the movement helps with that icky feeling as well as getting my guts to function.
- Massage: I find that massaging my lower back close to my spine helps alleviate pain and discomfort as well as helps getting my intestines to function. I can actually feel the lodged food moving. I often get the wife to use a rounded object like a toy hammer or the nose of a play horse.
- Dairy: Avoid Dairy as much as possible although certain products actually make me feel better like milk.
- Broth: Eat home-made broth or make a soup with rice & gluten-free noodles. This avoids any heavy products like meat or veggies that are going to be harder to digest.
- Water: Drink lots of it to flush out your system and stay hydrated.
- If all else fails got to the ER where they can administer medications that will help get you back to normal again. Something I’ve done numerous times!
Do you do any of the things mentioned above to help you get through contamination?
What tips and tricks do you use to ease a gluten attack?