Well, I disappeared again.
The last few weeks have been all about headaches. They have gotten so constant, and sometimes severe, that I have had great difficulty functioning. I was getting to the point where I was worried about being able to do my job. I mentioned it on Facebook (I know some people don't like those kinds of posts, but I needed some feedback and encouragement). Someone recommended I read Wheat Belly. I was skeptical -- after all, I have tension headaches, or so I was telling myself. When I got into the book, however, it all sounded very familiar. There was even more about it in a book called Grain Brain, which I have started reading (and specifically went straight to the passages about headaches to start with).
I stayed home Friday. I just couldn't cope another day with the headaches and trying to work all day. All the while, I was reading Wheat Belly. I cut back on the wheat (had some once each day of the weekend, but that was all). By Sunday, I had some headaches, but not all day long with no relief. I feel like I am on the right track. Yesterday I was back at work and it was the first day to attempt being "wheat free." I have to admit, it was a very tough day. My head was pounding all day. Somebody had brought bagels, which didn't really tempt me, but at one point in the afternoon, I tore off just a bite of one to taper it a little. Maybe it helped a little, I don't know. I was reading to expect withdrawal and that headaches would be part of that (if headaches are a possible symptom, I am going to get them). So I made it through as best I could. I even popped home at lunch and took a half a valium, which helped only a little. (The doctor prescribed them on my last visit for muscle spasms, but they knock me for a loop if I take a whole one.)
Anyway, I will know in a few days if this is what is causing the headaches (and overall pain). The thing is, I am less than a week away from my vacation and there will be some wheat-eating then, I am sure. However, I am going to try to make good choices as often as I can that do not include wheat and gluten. There are a lot of good things you can eat that don't have wheat. Fats are not restricted at all, except transfats and hydrogenated oils and fried foods. I can have cheese. So I will still be able to enjoy a lot of things, and there will be some wheat eating here and there. When I get back, I will finish out the withdrawal as well as withdrawal from sugar. Cutting out wheat automatically limits sugar intake, but not entirely. There is still ice cream, etc. :)
Just wanted to check in. I am still here. But the last few weeks have been rough. I will give more detail about Wheat Belly as I learn more and see how it is working for me. I recommend the book. It affects you in so many ways besides headaches. It is a big reason for the explosion of obesity in our society in the last 25 years or so.