In 2011, I was diagnosed with an illness and prescribed prescription medications to control it. The drugs had some terrible side effects, including rapid and ridiculous weight gain and low energy, but the worst part was what they did to my digestion. The, ah, mail sometimes went too fast and sometimes didn't move at all. I was often nauseated at the smell/taste/thought of food, even when my tummy was rumbling from hunger. I would feel like I would be sick after eating pretty much anything but a very basic broth-based soup, and sometimes was. For the nausea, the doctors told me to eat "bland things" like they advise people with a stomach flu - toast, crackers, ginger ale.
After about six months on these drugs, I lost my insurance and could no longer afford them. Even after stopping the medications, the "side effects" did not go away. The weight gain quickly reversed itself after I stopped, and I ended up losing too much weight. I was trembling and cold most of the time in addition to the tummy problems. I tried all sorts of things, including over the counter antacids and things, but nothing seemed to make much of a difference until I learned about gluten-intolerance and traditional foods/Paleo diets. To be honest, I was desperate and miserable and would have tried just about any diet that didn't sound like a snake oil pitch. So I did it. I cut out the gluten.
I felt SO much better without it! After just a few days, I could tell a difference, and within about two weeks, I was sure this was working for me. Within a month or so, the mail moved as it should and the nausea was almost completely gone. So I am quite sure that the gluten was the main problem for me. The thing is, before taking those medications, I had never, ever had such problems. I know now that the gluten wasn't good for me in the first place, but it had never before had those kind of devastating effects.
So I guess my question is 2-fold.
1. Has anyone else experienced, or know someone who has experienced, a medication-induced or aggravated gluten intolerance?
2. After a time off the medication and without gluten, did your/their gluten tolerance return to the pre-medication state?