Taken from a discussion in the DS-gluten free forum
"Both me and my sister are coeliac
, but both have very different symptoms when we have been 'glutened'.
She has been suffering for several years and generally has terrible stomach pains and is either sick or has diarrhoea within a few hours of eating anything containing gluten
. Generally after a good sleep and some fluids she feels a lot better.
I on the other hand take between 12 and 24 hours to establish a reaction, and unfortunately for me I get horrific bladder pain and this can last for days at a time, and can be so painful that I am unable to function normally at all. Even once it starts to subside it takes about a week for my bladder to feel normal again. Because of the reaction I get it took a long time for the diagnosis because the doctors just kept prescribing me antibiotics for UTIs even though there were no bacteria present... I also have dermatitis herpetiformis
Help I’ve eaten gluten by mistake
The sensitivity to gluten varies between individuals. Some people with coeliac disease or those who are sensitive to gluten can tolerate higher levels of gluten than others
Symptoms of a "glutening"
Not all individuals who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease will experience symptoms if they consume gluten.
What to do if I have eaten gluten?
The important thing is to remember that following a gluten free diet is a learning process.
Preventing gluten contamination in the future
It is important that gluten free foods are not contaminated by gluten during storage and food preparation. Following theses practical measures will greatly reduce any risk.