Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

New Here And Have A Question
0

17 posts in this topic

Hi all, I have been gluten-free for 7weeks now since being diagnosed with celiac disease. I used to get severe diarreha and then bouts of constipation. Since being gluten-free the diarreha has stopped completely (thank God) but now I am bloated and constipated. How long before this goes away too. By the way, I am lactose free too. Also I have been gaining a lot of weight, some of which I needed, but don't want to gain too much. I eat a lot of salads and fruit. Any one out there have the same problems.

I want to thank all of you for this web site. I have learned so much from reading all the posts. It makes me feel not so alone.

Thanks to anyone who replies to this.

Sincerely, Sheryl

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Hi Sheryl,

Just wanted first of all to welcome you. I honestly can't help you with your question though because I haven't gotten to that point yet.... I have chronic diarrhea, always, every day, no matter what.... I am still trying to get to the point where the diarrhea stops! I would LOVE to have a day where I can say "I am constipated!!!!" I honestly think I would celebrate!!

I also have learned many things on this board..... It has helped me immensely. When I first started reading the posts, I thought I was reading about myself.. It was a good feeling to know that I am not alone with this disease....

Have a great day!

Karen

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Also, make sure you don't get Gas-X for the bloating and gas.....

I found out the hard way that it contains gluten......

Karen

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sheryl: When I first went gluten-free over 3 months ago, some of my symptoms went away, but I continued to have other symptoms, esp. constipation. Sometimes I could determine a gluten source to blame for recurring symptoms, but sometimes I couldn't detect what caused those. I also assumed I was lactose intolerant, because I had problems with milk. I had assumed taking lactaid supplements prevented those symptoms, so I could just avoid gluten to resolve other symptoms. After 2 gluten-free months I received my Enterolab test results which indicated that I was sensitive (antibodies) to CASEIN as well as gluten. Since casein is the milk protein, lactaid (which helps with lactose intolerance) didn't protect me from casein. When I eliminated all dairy products, my chronic constipation went away. However any time I have slips with casein or gluten, I get all my symptoms (cramping pain, bloating and gas) back plus a few days of constipation after those go away. Perhaps you might consider avoiding ALL dairy to resolve constipation.

BURDEE

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Sheryl, I am having the same symptoms for the last few days. I am pretty sure I am gluten and casein free now but I think I am overloading on carbs and not enough fiber. Since the constant diarrhea has cleared up I have not changed my eating habits. Oh and i discovered an awesome rice pasta (the brand begins with a T and I can not remember what it is) that my whole family agreed was better than wheat pasta. I am going to try carrot sticks instead of chips and nuts, more veggies (perfect time of year for that!) less rice and see what happens.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




Oh and i discovered an awesome rice pasta (the brand begins with a T and I can not remember what it is) that my whole family agreed was better than wheat pasta.

Janine , was the pasta Tinkyada brand? This is the brand we eat and it is great! I've served it to non-gluten-free folks and they never knew the difference.

We're having it for dinner tonight in fact!

Sheryl ,

Welcome to the site. It is a great sourch of support and information.

I also have recurrent bouts of diarrhea and constipation when I get gluten contamination. These were a few of my symptoms before going gluten-free and only being off dairy completely makes them go away. I also had my testing done through Enterolab and was confirmed to be casein sensitive as well. I was glad to know that, since I would have had a hard time with the diet if I continued to have symptoms!

My suggestion to you about to ease the constipation is to drink a LOT of water. I don't know if there are any meds out there that can help, but I am not having a good time with taking medication right now, so there aren't many I would recommend anyhow. Make sure you eat veggies everyday too. Too much fruit could be causing the bloating, since if your digestion is too sluggish right now the fruit could be fermenting and causing gas. And although it is temping to fill up on meats and gluten-free grains, a light evening meal will help in the long run to avoid more constipation. Salad is always good, just be careful of the dressing, and avoid too many acidic things like tomatoes and oranges, at least for a while. Pineapple is a good choice if you want something acidic, since it aids digestion.

God bless,

Mariann

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes that is it, Tinkyada. It is awesome. I was worried that in order to have spaghetti I would have to cook two types of pasta but my husband siad he would try it. I was so relieved when he enjoyed it!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I corrected my constipation by adding flax seed to almost every meal. Either put it in a grinder and sprinkle it on or add it whole (but chew thoroughly). Worked wonders for me and it's supposed to be healthy from other standpoints. Might be worth a try.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sherquilts, I also experienced an increase in bloating and gas due to the fact that I was eating so much more fruit than before the diet. I have just cut that back and it has helped. Also, Beano is good for preventing gas from vegetables. For pasta I have found that Tinkyada is about as good as store-bought gluten-free pasta gets, but if you want a treat use Bette Hagman's recipe from her Gluten Free Gourmet cookbook. It's time consuming to cut pasta by hand (I don't know whether this dough would work in a pasta machine) but it tastes much better than anything you could buy in the store.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think it's easy to end up with constipation when you go gluten-free--unless you make sure you're still getting plenty of soluble fiber in the form of rice, gluten-free pasta, and other gluten-free products.

All my friends who have gone on the Atkins diet, for example, have ended up with constipation, because they're not eating sufficient grains or soluble fiber. Same thing can happen when you're gluten-free.

Someone mentioned the Tinkyada pasta, and it is fabulous. Lots of other options too.

BTW, I went to an Italian restaurant with friends recently, and there was not one single gluten-free item on the menu. I just ordered tea. The owner of the restaurant was distressed about this and came over and asked me if the reason I wasn't eating might possibly be due to gluten intolerance. I couldn't believe it!! She had Tinkyada pasta just for this situation. I was amazed!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you all for your replys. I have tried the Tinkyada pasta and it is very good. I will try to eat less fruit as I didn't eat it before I went gluten-free I always thought that maybe my problem before was from eating fruit so I stayed away from it.

Thanks again everyone.

Sheryl

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Sheryl,

I have no answer for you. It's just that I've experianced similar phenomenons since I became gluten-free. My bloating has increased and some constipation.

You're not alone.

Let me know if you find out what causes it.

Tal

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you have recently increased your fiber consumption (particularly due to fruits and vegetables), that may explain the increased symptoms...

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am by *no*means very experienced, but I am planning on using Citrucel, it's methycellulose, which is a man made fiber. That might help. Anytime you change how much fiber you are getting things change. Funny, I have gone from constipation to more diarhea. I have been having a hard time being totally gluten free though. (i just cheat when I am tired). Good luck and let us know if you find something that works!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

for anyone experiencing constipation: try psyllium seed. it really cleans out your colon when you are backed up for days. taking it on a reg basis for a few months will really help.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On the topic of fibers (psyllium and Citrucel) it is important to note that these two fibers work very differently! Citrucel is a soluble fiber while psyllium (Metamucil) is an insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber (Citrucel) will help sooth your guts and give them bulk, so it will gently help with whatever ails you (D or C) without causing bloating or gas. Insoluble fiber (Metamucil, wheat bran, etc) is an intestinal stimulant, so it will help clean your guts out in a hurry but it also can cause bloating and gas since it can ferment in your intestines. The two fibers have very different effects on your body and should be taken accordingly.

Due to its soothing qualities I recommend using Citrucel for daily intestinal therapy and Metamucil for those times when you need something strong to purge your system.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My doc recommends Benefiber. Worked well for me. Then my dietician had me and ground flax seed, and I phased out he Benefiber. All of that rice and white flour (potato, tapioca) and be binding for sure.

Good luck.

Michelle

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      103,880
    • Total Posts
      919,451
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Celiac - How many symptoms can there be?
      Hi Everyone I am new here and wanted to see if anyone else is experiencing the same thing I am.  I was diagnosed positive for celiac in 2/2016 via biopsy from an endoscopy.  I was negative for blood work because I self-eliminated gluten 9 months prior; so I guess I had not antibodies register in my lab work.  Prior to 2/2016 I was having symptoms for almost an entire year.  Despite cutting out grains in general for 9 months, I would have a gluten attack at least once a month.  I have had a history of sinus, bronchial infection.  I remember as young as 17 getting sick but I always bounced back and was active in sports and working out.  But in the past year I developed the following symptoms - Sudden desire to pass out, nausea, headaches, heart palpitation, crashing exhaustion as if I was recuperating from the flu, wheezing in my chest. I was bounced around to an allergist at this and was told I was asthmatic and I had food sensitivities to dairy, nuts, corn or corn derivatives (including corn syrup) and grains.  so I cut everything out!  Despite cutting everything out I was still have episodes at least monthly, possibly cross contamination.  In April 2015 I traveled to the Carribean for 2 weeks,  I became very ill with a urinary tract infection, stomach bug and severe back pain with constant fever.  I was treated with antibiotics (Bactrim) for 10 days which did clear up the situation. I came home and dismissed everything to a coincidence.  Six weeks later the GI distress woke me up in the middle of night.  The pain was so excruciating that when I sat on the toilet thinking I had to go, I almost past out from the pain.  I lay myself down on the floor until it subsided.  The next day I contacted my primary and was immediately seen.  She referred me to a GI specialist but the appointment was not until August.  Then 2 weeks before my GI appointment they called and rescheduled for late September.  I saw him and by then I was feeling better; no epsides for almost 2 months.  So we did nothing.... boy did I talk to soon.  Immediately after the appointment I had an attack.  These were the symptoms: Nausea, crashing fatigue (as if I was hit with the flu), diarrhea, dizziness,, loss of appetite,  lower back pain, specifically in the middle; intestinal discomfort and body aches which lasted 10 days!! and abruptly disappeared, thank God.
      . I had to wait to see the GI until 1/2016.  Once I saw him he did labs which were all normal.  He checked my liver, kidney, pancreas, blood count which was all normal.  He also scheduled the endo/colonoscopy for end of 1/2016.  Speeding forward in time....since the Endo/Colonscopy procedures, I had attacks January through March which last 7-10 days each time.  I finally had a break for 2 months and today as I type this I am on day 6 of another episode.  What I wanted to see if anyone has experience the following.  For me each episode is getting worse with the following symptoms: Nausea (horrible), back pain on the left side both in the rib cage (the front and back) at times this pain also gravitates toward my left hip.  I also get diarrhea, bloating, intestinal distress, crashing fatigue and loss of appetite.  What really hits me hard is the rib cage pain that is in the front and back on my left side.  I will be seeing the GI doctor in August; but I am hoping to see him sooner Any input in reference to symptoms is appreciated.    
    • Depression / anxiety issues
      Hi all  10 weeks ago i was diganoised with celiac with blood work and a endoscopy. I have had the worst 2 years of my life that started with blood being in my stool everyday. I have always suffered with anxiety for as long as I can remember but I always just pushed trough it. I then I started having panic attacks, insomnia and major depression that I could not handle, I could not function, I lost my job because I could not leave my bed, I shaked as I lay in bed everyday uncontrollably. I met with a doctor who put me on lexapro (antidepressant) I finally gave in after 6 months and started taking them, they made me worst than I already was so I had to stop after 14 weeks. Fast forward to 15 months later and the symptoms still persists including the bloody stools, I was in and out of hospital every week and told I had all sorts of conditions, then the blood work and endoscopy Finaly discovered the celiac. I have been on the diet now for 10 weeks, the first week my anxiety went away, the horrible knot in my stomach that I have had everyday, the hot flushes, the tingling I had run trough my legs. This all left but only for a couple of days then it came back, the depression also lifted but has now came back, I have been more than strict with the diet, I check everything twice before I eat it, me and the misses have thrown away everything from our kitchen and replaced it with new things. I had my Vitiam levels checked and I'm deficient in b12, Vit D, all B vitiams. It's like one step Foward 2 steps back in tearms of healing, I know these anxiety / depression feelings are not me but I've had them for so long that I can't seem to see light at the end of the tunnel. The couple of days that they left me when incredible I felt human and alive. Just wondering if any of this has happened to anyone else with celiac or gluten intorlance. Any advice or hope In tearms of healing or am I to feel like this for the rest of my life (I'm 28) by the way. Thanks a lot   
    • So I've been glutened....
      That sounds like a plan JMG.  If things aren't working then make a change, hopefully a positive change.  It seems to me we have more noticeable symptoms sometimes after being gluten-free a while.  I made a mistake last night and ate some tuna canned in water.  It definitely wasn't boring.  I usually have more sense than to eat tuna canned in water but screwed up last night.  They canned  it in broth of some sort.  Ingredients say vegetable broth and soy.  Yuck, not good for me.  It sure tasted good though, just ouch.  I am not saying it had gluten in it, but it does have soy and some kind of unnamed veggie monsters.  So it could be soy, or carrots or some other disgusting vegetable that got me.   Not all celiacs have additional food intolerances beyond gluten, but some do.  My gut could testify to that.  Anyway, if you have bloating, cut out all carbs and sugar for starters.  And try peppermint tea or Altoids.  Over here we have something called Pepto Bismol that helps soothe gut pain and another neat thing called aspirin.  And gluten-free beer as needed.  
    • Gluten free apparently not helping entirely
      Jean, Maybe your boss can find you a job in the office for a while?  It's worth asking maybe? It's not easy being on constant travel with celiac disease but it can be done.  Your effort to find safe food is going to be harder than most but it is not impossible.  But if you can't manage it you should really think about getting a non-travel job.  Your boss may be willing to work with you on an office position, even if it's temporary.  That would give you some time to look for a local job and also eat a safer diet. It's really up to you to control your diet and make sure it is safe.  If you can't figure out how to  do that while traveling you owe it to yourself to figure a way out of the travel. Celiac disease isn't always fun and games.  Not always.   I hope you find a way to improve your circumstances.
    • Gluten Free baby food pouches?
      Anyone know of any baby food pouches that are gluten free?  We love to have them on the go for our kids (not just baby), but I have no idea which ones to get now!  We used to get Meijer brand and Plum.   Thanks!
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

    • Jmg  »  admin

      Hello Admin!
      I don't know whether this is of interest to post on your articles feed:
      http://pratt.duke.edu/about/news/window-guts-brain
      Kind Regards,
      Matt
      · 2 replies
    • celiac sharon  »  cyclinglady

      Hello cycling lady, have you noticed my picture is showing up as you?  Have no idea why but it's rather disconcerting to see my picture and your words 😉  Do you know how to fix it?  You seem to have far more experience with this board than I do
      · 1 reply
    • Larry Gessner  »  cyclinglady

      Hi There, I don't know if there is a place for videos in the forum. I just watched "The Truth About Gluten" I think it is a good video. I would like to share it somewhere but don't know where it should go. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
      Here is the link if you have never watched it.
      https://youtu.be/IU6jVEwpjnE Thank You,
      Larry
      · 2 replies
  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      60,922
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Barsch
    Joined