For most of my adult life, I have been very, very tired for no apparent reason. It doesn’t matter how much sleep I get, I always feel lacking in energy. I’ve made attempts to increase my energy, trying vitamins and herbal supplements. None of them have had a lasting effect. Unfortunately, being tired was affecting my social life. I couldn’t be sure from one day to the next whether I would have enough energy to go out with friends. I might agree to go to the movies and then have to cancel on the day because I was so overwhelmingly tired. This wasn’t your average, I-need-a-good-night’s-sleep-but-I-can-soldier-on tired, this was profound exhaustion. At times, my mind was so unresponsive that I couldn’t concentrate to drive. I sold my car because I would rarely, if ever drive it. Being on the road was too much of a danger.
Recently, it all became too much and I decided to do something about it. I had assumed that I was just stressed and needed time to recuperate. I dropped back to working two days a week but after a month of this, I was feeling worse. After researching on the net, I decided to try going gluten free. This means eliminating all wheat, rye, barley and triticale (whatever that is) from my diet. Also, after having a noticeably bad reaction, I’ve decided to cut out oats as well.
I’ve been avoiding wheat for a few weeks and have been gluten free for three days. I haven’t seen amazing results yet but I feel better in some ways. It’s a difficult change to make but I’m staying positive. If my fatigue improves dramatically in the coming weeks, I’ll continue gluten free indefinitely.