How Going Gluten Free Helped Me Halve My Intake of Painkillers
On the 22nd of August 2013 I came across an article that talked about an Italian study, which showed that a majority of women with endometriosis have less pain after following a gluten free diet for a year.
I have had painful periods for as long as I can remember, and was first diagnosed with endometriosis in 2010. I’d developed ways to cope with the period pains and cramps, and tried to deal with the ups and downs of the condition.
I had known for several years that a gluten free (and preferably paleo) diet had a good chance of helping ease my symptoms related to endo (such as pain, cramps, fatigue etc.). But I made excuses. It was too hard. I was too busy. Too stressed.
The truth is I was scared.
I was scared that it wouldn’t make a difference, and then I wouldn’t have anything left to try. And continuing the status quo, I at least had the hope that something might help in the future.
But after reading about the Italian study, I felt like I had no excuses left, and had to give it a proper try. The next day I went 100% gluten free.
The first couple of weeks were the hardest, although much easier than I had expected. Compared to previous times, it just felt like the right time to do it.
The first month I didn’t feel much of a difference, but by the second month I already had less cramps and less pain. By the third month I was astonished at how much milder my cramps were.
It has been almost 8 months now, and I have more than halved my consumption of painkillers. I used to be on 2-3 different kinds of painkillers during my period, and now I can usually handle it with a hot water bottle and the occasional Ibuprofen (which is completely astonishing to me).
Fellow endometriosis sufferers, I can only recommend giving a gluten free diet a go. Worst case scenario is no difference, best case scenario you might have much less pain to deal with.