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Gluten intolerance?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 1, 2007
  • 03:16 PM

Been struggling with this for almost a month, so would be great to get some advice.

For months I've been having chronic fatigue/lack of willpower to do anything productive, and on-off nausea (so much so that I suspected morning sickness!). I've also had chronic gas with abdomen pain I associated with that.

A month ago I started having a "full" feeling all the time, like I just had something to eat, and feeling overfull/bloated after eating. A week later I started having pain as well in the upper abdomen (below ribs). Pain is now mild and generalised around my abdomen, severe when I have gas.

Eating fatty foods seemed to make me nauseous. Lately I can eat fatty foods, but the other day I had a "healthy" slice of health wholewheat bread and almost died from the pain 15 minutes later. Sometimes the pain is eased by drinking milk. Occasionally I also have mild back pain.

Some days I'm feeling fine, others my abdomen feels like it's on fire.

Doctor's done ultrasound (nothing, gallbladder as healthy as can be) and given me ulcer medication (Which doesn't seem to have changed anything). Hypospasmol (anti-spasm medication) doesn't really help either. Lying on my back I get the most relief from the pain.

Going to try a gluten-free, high-fiber diet for a few weeks and see if it helps.

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  • ...bump...Should I ask my doctor to do the blood tests for gluten intolerance/coeliac disease, or will it be a waste of money?? Apparently it's dangerous to just do an on/off gluten-free diet, as you can still be damaged by gluten without showing symptoms?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2007
    • 06:08 PM
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  • yes with celiac you continue to have damage done by any wheat, barley, oats or rye you ingest even without symptoms. the little hairs in the intestins, much like the hairs in our lungs, that moves stuff through, starts laying down and cant move food through or absorb what it should. thats what causes the fullness feeling cause it takes many times more for stuff to move through. the main problem for celiacs is the hidden wheat in processed foods. so if its in a can or box stay away from it unless you call the company and ask if wheat is in it. watch for hydronginated protien cause thats wheat. what helped me most is 2 books by Bette Hagman, a celiac herself, and she teaches you about the hidden names for wheat and recipes for living and eating normaly. Start with Gluten-Free Gourmet by Bette Hagman, she saved my life.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 13, 2007
    • 07:10 PM
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