uncertainlady posted a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsHello everyone. I am new to this forum. Here is my story... I have suffered from gas, bloating, flatulence and pains for the past 6 years. I have been to several doctors and had a gastroscopy done years ago (that showed everything was fine), and doctors never took me seriously, so the doctor I had gave me a quick diagnosis - Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I took matters into my own hands, and year by year have tried to figure out what it could be that causes my symptoms. Only recently, in 2008, little by little, I started playing around with my diet and cutting out certain foods that I thought caused my gas a bloating, and here is what I've noticed... I've completely cut out the following foods: bread (white, bagels, buns), whole wheat bread especially, pizza, burgers (now I'm suffering for Sunday's BK), beer, completely all pasta, and certain vegetables (perhaps because I've mixed them with gluten?). I may have forgotten something, but you get the idea... Why? What happens if I eat above mentioned foods? The biggest most annoying "social" factor - flatulence. The need to go to the bathroom even though it isn't diarrhea (in most cases), terrible bloating, sometimes pain, but mostly it feels like something is blowing up in my stomach. I was scheduled for colonoscopy and colposcopy but am afraid to do it because they give you general anesthesia. I have been reading about the disease and I strongly suspect that it is what I've been suffering from the past years. PLEASE, anyone and everyone who feels what I'm going through, give me some advice, some previous experience. What tests are best to diagnose Celiac? What do you do when you get gas and bloating if you DO eat gluten? (I try chamomile tea, tums, rolaids, but nothing helps). What is the fastest and most effective way of diagnosing it? I could follow the diet if I knew for sure that I am not allowed to eat these foods, but each time I tell myself "maybe this time will be ok" and it's not... Please please, all advice will be appreciated. Thanks so much.
uncertainlady replied to jasonD2's topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsI am in the same boat... I haven't been diagnosed with celiac disease - I have been diagnosed with IBS previously and lactose intolerance, but I suspect celiac. Because I don't know for sure, I stick to gluten-free diet at home but when I eat out I tend to get a pizza or a burger (with a bun) and then it takes 2-7 days to get back to normal... I totally understand what you're going through...