When the general public thinks of Celiac Disease, they think a lot about the Gastrointestinal aspect of the disease. However, for me and many others, the difficulty doesn't stop at the GI tract.
When you consume gluten, that tiny little particulate bastard wreaks havoc with your entire body. This includes the good ole' think-tank.
Severity differs person to person, but for me, I can barely function. Stringing a series of thoughts together is difficult, trying to explain to them was impossible. I feel like my entire life passes by in a blur, and I just can't remember any of it.
As a result of brain fog, my freshman year was likely my hardest academically.
The Huffington post wrote an article way back in 2011 on how big of a bitch brain fog is.
Long story short the article is about a girl who was struggling with her memory and cognition and was falling way behind in school. Her parents, panicking, brought her to a neurologist who had them put their child on a gluten free diet.
Lo, and behold what happened?
Her memory increased dramatically as well as her speed of thought. She went from being incredibly far behind the rest of her class (functioning below the third-grade level) to being the top of her class (reaching an eighth-grade level) by the end of that very year.
Brain fog is real, and it does/will affect you as a Celiac.
Drinking too much and sleeping through class will also affect you.