Constipated Celiac Cousins???

by Rita Buhr
(Millbury, MA)

I have suffered for most of my life with constipation, sometimes not going for two weeks at a time. I get very bloated, have very bad cramping and my mid-section blows up and gets distended. I have had unexplained infertility, been diagnosed with IBS and told to take fiber supplements. The supplements do not help with the constipation. I also have been gaining weight. I have been on Weight Watchers trying to lose weight and my weight just keeps going up. Diet and exercise do not seem to have an effect.

My cousin,just last year, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Although our symptoms were opposite and she couldn't stop going to the bathroom, could gluten intolerance or Celiac disease be the reason for my problems?

Any guidance you have would be appreciated.

Rita Buhr

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Every one of your symptoms...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Rita,

Every single one of your symptoms each by itself is a symptom of gluten intolerance. All together, they equal almost certain gluten intolerance. But there is no way to know for sure unless you do a gluten free diet.

I'll bet when you do get off of gluten, you'll feel better than you have in decades...

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In Response to your Question.
by: Cindi

I fully agree with Kerris's suggestion.
You will be AMAZED at the difference, staying away from gluten. It's HUGE. Please try it for at least a month to understand.
I made the change- about 95% about 10 months ago.
Over the top, easy, once you feel the difference it makes in your daily life. And i lost a considerable amount of weight.

Good Luck.

Go Gluten Free
by: Maureen

Yes - agree with everyone here - you have nothing to lose going Gluten Free except feeling better - probably better than you have in a long time. I was suffering from the exact same problems, weight gain, constipation, crampy, all of it and more and getting me depressed and frustrated - nothing seemed to work and my doctor was not helping.

On my own I went gluten free - and feel so much better. Of course you will have an occasional flareup so don't be discouraged, it can take your body up to a year to fully heal itself from the damage gluten has done to your body.

Good Luck.

gluten free
by: Anonymous

My mother has celiac disease. Although she has had the symptoms for many years, she was ony diagnosed a year or so ago. I decided to eat gluten free for a month since I know celiac disease can be hereditary and I wanted to see if not eating gluten changed how I felt at all. It's been two weeks now.

I have always had problems with constipation even though I had many fruits and vegetable and get a lot of fiber in my diet. Since I have stopped eating wheat, this problem is gone which is such a relief! I have also found that the "brain fog" I had which I thought was a result of menopause, is much relieved also.

I also have had itchy dry patches on my skin and they are going away. I really like the way this diet makes me feel because I never have the overly full feeling after eating(think Thanksgiving dinner). Also, I have found that even though I have always really enjoyed cookies, cakes, donuts, etc...., now that I am not eating them I don't want them nearly as much.

Honestly, I don't think I will go back to eating gluten since I feel so much better. I never though it would make this big a difference.

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