Monday, August 29, 2011

Strangest side effect ever

It's still a few more days until I plunge into the 30-day Paleo challenge—and I've noticed that I'm letting us run out of milk, so I guess I really am going through with it—but I've been "practicing" for about a week now by being sugar free and cutting way back on grains. Only… maybe… I think being gluten-free is making my teeth hurt.

So get this: On Thursday, I had a gluten-free breakfast and lunch—not quite Paleo, but gluten-free. Around 2 o'clock, I started feeling this "electric" sensation in my gums, both upper and lower. It almost felt like I had bitten into something really, really cold. Flossing had no effect, stretching and relaxing my jaw had no effect—it was driving me crazy. Then I had a "normal" meal with my family around 4, and the pain went away shortly afterward.

Friday, same thing, same timing.

I was less diligent about avoiding gluten over the weekend, and although my mouth felt tingly at times, it never erupted into the full-blown nerve pain again.

Today, I had a six-month dentist appointment, so naturally I brought this up. There wasn't anything physically wrong with me (or I should say dentally wrong with me) so my only theory on what's going on is gluten withdrawal. Which I guess is a real thing, causing "intense food cravings, irritability, depression, mood swings, fatigue, disorientation, insomnia, and brain 'fogginess.' "

Oh, gluten. Are you really that evil, or is this just a crazy fad I'm getting sucked into? Guess I'll be finding out soon.

But in the meantime, I just had six crackers with lunch as a preventative measure.

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