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Cramping--Calling On My Fellow Celiartians!
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I am an atypical symptom celiac.  My liver enzymes were up, my weight was down, and I have total villous flattening (that hopefully is improving).  Overall I'm doing much better I think.  However, this past weekend I've started having some low abdominal cramping.  The first night it was followed by several trips to restroom with loose but not "D" movements.  The cramping resolved after.  The cramping was low center left.  This morning, the cramping isn't as pronounced but is low center right.  For the most part I only notice this sensation if I bend over or put pressure on the affected area.  

 

The first episode was a 7 on a scale of 1-10.  This morning is a 4.  I've also noticed a little yellow fuzz on the back of my tongue.  I do eat out occasionally at what I deem to be safe spots.  I never intentionally "cheat" on my diet.  I do occasionally drink gluten free beer or an Angry Orchard and I'm a coffee drinker.

 

Do I need more probiotic?  More water?  How long should I let it go before I should have it checked out?  Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm not sure how long you've been gluten-free, but I experienced weirdness for a year and a half. I did have some cramping as my gi tract started working correctly. I'd had bad c, and my body had to learn to have normal bm's. it wasn't always a painless or soothing process. I experienced quite a bit of urgency and cramping, sometimes thinking d would start - sometimes I'd get d after c.

I swear I went through "stages", where I experienced particular weird things - usually lasting 3 months. It must be how my body heals. By the time I'd start to get concerned or decide to do something about it, the symptom would disappear. This was everything from bloating to hiccups....just WEIRD.

Along the way I also developed an intolerance to Junior Mints - the mint flavoring. That was weird and painful, since Junior Mints were my gluten-free crutch. One day, they just made me violently ill, much as you're describing. Still don't have the nerve to try them, or anything else flavored with mint flavoring. Fresh mint is fine....

I also went through 3 months of having outrageous d before my period - prostaglandins. Three or so days before my period would start I'd be in the bathroom for hours. After two months if this I was prepared for month 3 with Imodium. Worked like a charm.

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Thanks for reading and taking time to reply.  It makes me feel better!  Its good to know someone else has had the same issues and is doing fine.  Now that I look back I think I have done the same thing with symptoms.  There for a month or so and then "poof".  I'm sure this is the same thing.  Just good to have reassurance.

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How long have you been gluten-free?

 

I've been gluten-free for ten months and the first 8 were a LOT like what you describe... all kinds of strange symptoms and weird tongue and mouth stuff. And cramps and gut things that seemed to have no rhyme or reason.

 

All I can say is it does get better, and takes trial and error and a good food diary and time to figure it out. Except for an occasional accidental glutening, I feel pretty normal now. Knock on wood...

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Gatita,

 

Thanks for reading/responding.  That's good to hear.  I want the rhyme and reason behind everything--thats been my problem.  I'm trying to learn to let go a little bit and accept that things will happen that I cant explain.  Something Im trying to get past is assuming that everything that goes wrong with me has something to do with gluten :-)  I could literally run into a tree as hard as I can and bruise the next day and be all "Oh man, there it is, I'm bruising way to easy!"

 

Glad I'm not alone in trying to explain the unexplainable from time to time.

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Gatita,

 

Thanks for reading/responding.  That's good to hear.  I want the rhyme and reason behind everything--thats been my problem.  I'm trying to learn to let go a little bit and accept that things will happen that I cant explain.  Something Im trying to get past is assuming that everything that goes wrong with me has something to do with gluten :-)  I could literally run into a tree as hard as I can and bruise the next day and be all "Oh man, there it is, I'm bruising way to easy!"

 

Glad I'm not alone in trying to explain the unexplainable from time to time.

I meant to say "passed" instead of "past".  

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I hear you! It's very hard not to blame every little thing now on gluten, huh? Like my latest "rash" which I actually figured out was bug bites. Maybe bugs like gluten-free people better...

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 Maybe bugs like gluten-free people better...

 

Here is an interesting little dealio -- mosquitoes have banqueted on me my entire life -- if I'm around no one else needs to worry because they all hit me.  That is until this year...hope I am not jinxing it by typing, but I have yet to get one bite and my hubs got one!!!!  Just really wondering at this point...but could it be that the bugs liked me better because I was deficient in every nutrient -- we shall see :rolleyes:

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Do I need more probiotic?  More water?  How long should I let it go before I should have it checked out?  Any input would be greatly appreciated.

 

If you are on a good probiotic daily, I would not increase. 

 

More water has helped me many times. 

 

Do you take digestive enzymes?

 

How long have you been gluten-free? 

 

The first months and sometimes year or years can bring all types of gastro symptoms -- mine improved at first then reared their ugly head again -- turns out I needed to remove a few more things to encourage healing.  A food/symptom log is the best next step.

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Gottaski and gatita--

 

You two are funny!  Let's revisit this mosquito thing...  I bet the mosquito's that put in work on us have less gastro symptoms afterward!  Thats why they flock to us--"Target identified, no bread here".  They are flying high!

 

To answer your questions, ski...  I do not take a probiotic regimen.  I take Vitamin D and that is all.  It was the only deficiency I had in January.  Well, other than my bone density.  I try to make yogurt smoothies with frozen blueberries and raspberries occasionally throwing in pineapple or a banana.  It's sporadic though.

 

Water I go back and forth with...  It absolutely helps but I'm better at drinking it sometimes than others...

 

Here's my question....

 

I do have Outback, Chic Fila, or Bob Evans almost weekly...  I always order gluten free and do my best to ensure no CC but what is the probability that I'm still getting it anyway...?  I'm afraid to ask now that I think about it...  Might be a weak spot in my diet...

 

I was diagnosed in November of 2012.  Total villous atrophy.  Blood and Biopsy confirmed.

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Here's my question....

 

I do have Outback, Chic Fila, or Bob Evans almost weekly...  I always order gluten free and do my best to ensure no CC but what is the probability that I'm still getting it anyway...?  I'm afraid to ask now that I think about it...  Might be a weak spot in my diet...

 

you are a brave soul lolz 

 

do you eat at the same ones every time?  like they know you and understand about cc?  i am skittish about eating out, but that is just me.  plenty of people on here eat out with no problems but they are not notme haha - seriously, if i felt like i was getting glutened i would look there.  sometimes people aren't as careful as they ought to be whether they don't understand or don't care...

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you are a brave soul lolz

do you eat at the same ones every time? like they know you and understand about cc? i am skittish about eating out, but that is just me. plenty of people on here eat out with no problems but they are not notme haha - seriously, if i felt like i was getting glutened i would look there. sometimes people aren't as careful as they ought to be whether they don't understand or don't care...

I'm with you I don't eat out.

Yes, high chances of CC!

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I can't say that I disagree.  I guess thats why I am looking for verifications.  I needed someone to say "you are a brave soul".  I typically don't have major symptoms but recently had a couple cramping episodes that I'm not used to and it made me start questioning a few areas of my routine.

 

They are the same restaurants.  There is one local establishment that I absolutely trust.  I really think they "get it".  As for the others I mentioned I was really looking for input.  I need to dial it back big time.  I think I got lazy with my CC prevention policies!  

 

Thanks!!!

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