Just wanted to say hi and say that I'm glad to see a forum of this sort exists. While I am not personally diagnosed (sorry...I hope this doesn't make me seem like an outsider!) I believe it is quite possible that I suffer from Celiac or some form of gluten intolerance. Ironically, it appears that my wife also suffers from something very similar.
We both suffer from a variety of symptoms, including terrible bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, bowel irregularity, irregular gas (sorry!), etc.
The odd thing is that my symptoms (I swear! Unless I am out of my mind) appear to follow a pattern. Certain days of the week (each week) I'll have the same symptoms, then other days I won't. It is strange. However, I am not aware of any dietary changes based on day of the week, so I have no explanation for this. It just seems like they follow some sort of a cycle.
Bottom line is that I have been reading over a number of posts on here, and have already learned quite a bit. First and foremost, my wife and I decided together that we are going to immediately begin a gluten-free diet once we can go and buy all the right foods this weekend. That is step 1. Next, we were thinking about going to the doctor to see if we can (or cannot) get diagnosed. However, it appears that many of you have had tests done and that results came back negative. Yet, and thankfully, you decided to go gluten-free and have seen serious (if not complete) improvement. This makes us both feel happy, to know that although a test may come back negative you can still see dramatic improvement if you go gluten-free.
Finally, both of us have our thoughts as to why (or how) this may have started. For my wife, she used to be healthy as anything, but a few years ago she had to undergo a series of internal abdominal surgeries (including the removal of a major portion of her intestine), and this appears to be when things started for her. For me, I don't know exactly when it started, but I do know a couple things: first, I was diagnosed with Lymes disease a few years ago. I noticed someone on here said they were also diagnosed and that can sometimes have an effect on certain things in your body (they mentinoed auto-immune). I also know that people have been telling me lately (honestly, quite a few people in the last 6 months or so) that I have lost weight. I truthfully did not notice this myself, but everyone is saying it. I have seen that weight loss (unexplained) can be a symptom. I kept thinking... I have been eating the same, and exercising the same, so what is causing this. I just figured it was something natural happening in my body (just turned 30...old age? )
So, anyhow, long story short my wife and I have come to the realization that this sucks to deal with, and that a change has to be made. We learned about Celiac, thought our problems could be related, and we are going to go gluten-free to see if it makes a differnce. Fingers crossed, we sure hope so.
Best of luck to everyone else out there. It seems like a lot of people suffer from this, to varying degrees of severity. I wish everyone well and once again we are glad to know you are out there!