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Bloated Stomach - Will It Go Away?


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#1 Ltrain917

 
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Posted 07 December 2006 - 06:26 PM

Hello,

I'm 32 now and have recently been diagnosed with Celiac. Ever since I can remember, I've been dealing with typical symptoms of the disease, but I just thought my stomach was really sensitive. However, this past year was tough and I realized I had something serious that I needed to deal with. I'm just relieved to find out what it is.

Anyway, my questions concerns my bloated stomach or "pot belly". I've always been skinny, but about 10 years again I began to get a gut. I couldn't understand it because everything else on me is skinny. I went nuts with different ab workouts without seeing any results.

If I remain gluten free, can I expect to see my stomach to slowly flatten? Any idea how long it might take? Or did I do too much damage over the years?
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Posted 07 December 2006 - 06:32 PM

Hello,

I'm 32 now and have recently been diagnosed with Celiac. Ever since I can remember, I've been dealing with typical symptoms of the disease, but I just thought my stomach was really sensitive. However, this past year was tough and I realized I had something serious that I needed to deal with. I'm just relieved to find out what it is.

Anyway, my questions concerns my bloated stomach or "pot belly". I've always been skinny, but about 10 years again I began to get a gut. I couldn't understand it because everything else on me is skinny. I went nuts with different ab workouts without seeing any results.

If I remain gluten free, can I expect to see my stomach to slowly flatten? Any idea how long it might take? Or did I do too much damage over the years?



I don't think that I have an answer to that one. I too have been thin all my life. My problem is that I have a very flat bum and a full belly. I am trying to find a way to twist my torso around to get that perfect figure. :P

Honestly, remain gluten free and continue work on those abs.
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Posted 07 December 2006 - 07:43 PM

I had the same problem and noticed a HUGE difference in my stomach when I went gluten-free. Since it sounds like you have lots of damage to repair, be patient with seeing results. Once your intestines are no longer inflamed, your stomach should shrink back down to normal size. Oh, and taking accidolphilus and enzymes have helped significantly. :rolleyes:
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Posted 07 December 2006 - 07:59 PM

I was really under weight, but sense being dx's I have gained 6 lbs, my stomach is a little big , but when I accidently eat the wrong thing boy do I get bloated, so l like you hope it gets small again. Its the only thing that is a little big. <_< So I hope it goes flat again?
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Posted 07 December 2006 - 08:10 PM

I was really under weight, but sense being dx's I have gained 6 lbs, my stomach is a little big , but when I accidently eat the wrong thing boy do I get bloated, so l like you hope it gets small again. Its the only thing that is a little big. <_< So I hope it goes flat again?


I had less damage than many on here, I think, though wicked high malabsorption. I was always bloated, gassy, and retaining water when I was eating wheat. Since cutting it out, even just a few weeks ago, my tummy started to flatten. I lost about 6 pounds of water weight in the first week or so, I think from inflammation coming down.

Eating a naturally "anti-inflammatory" diet with olive oil, lots of vitamin E, etc. may help. Check out this website for lots of good, reliable info on the properties of different foods:

http://www.whfoods.com/eathealthy.php

They have a ton of information on every food, it's nutritional content, and potential allergenicity.

My mom did an anti-inflammatory diet for her back pains and arthritis, and the results were fast and very positive. Once I'm not on the road so much, I intend to try it myself. For now I eat however I can (and let me tell you, gluten-free at airports is no fun at all, especially when they confiscate your fruit at customs!)
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 04:13 AM

I was always very bloated and looked like I had a gut. I was shocked at the difference after a few months. I was always skinny, except for my stomach area. My problem went away completely, so hopefully the same will happen to you.
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 09:24 AM

I have been getting bloated since going gluten free. So go figure. It could be candida for me.
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 09:31 AM

As you can see, almost everyone's experience is different. Personally, I have good days and bad. Some days I look normal, and others I look 6 months pregnant. For me, I'd say the two main factors are my starch intake (thus, water retention) and my regularity (cycles of D and Constip.) However, now I have very good control of both of these....after a lot of learning and frustration. I totally gave up on wearing clothes that were remotely tight around my waist (ie. jeans). I've learned to get a few good items that work with every stomach, and make me feel comfortable. I accepted that as just part of having Celiac. : )
If a bloated tummy is an issue for you, I would recommend journaling your food and how you feel. This can help you to better identify what works best for your body (and it may help identify other food sensitivities that might be contributing to your bloated stomach, such as dairy).

Be patient. I would search the archives of this forum. There is a wealth of useful information on every topic imaginable.

Best wishes,

heather : )
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 11:26 AM

I looked 6 months pregnant on a good day pre-diagnosis. I was very skinny and sickly looking back then with a huge gut. Within weeks of cutting out gluten my stomach began to shrink. It's still not where I would like it to be, but it's a lot better than it was. If you don't see much improvement or enough improvement on the gluten free diet, try cutting out all grains and see if that does the job. There are a few people on here who have had to cut out all grains to keep the bloating at bay.
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 11:51 AM

My first question, as you posted this in the diet forum, is is it actually a belly or is it all bloat? Sometimes it's hard to tell which is which.

If it's bloating, which is my biggest symptom, I would definitely journal your food. Everything that goes into your mouth or on your body needs to be written down. For me, gluten & xanthan gum bloat me up and dairy and fat (really any amount of fat over a gram or two) used to.

Also, I've found that Digestive Advantage for IBS helps get rid of the bloat when I occasionally get it.
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 05:37 PM

I had the same problem and noticed a HUGE difference in my stomach when I went gluten-free. Since it sounds like you have lots of damage to repair, be patient with seeing results. Once your intestines are no longer inflamed, your stomach should shrink back down to normal size. Oh, and taking accidolphilus and enzymes have helped significantly. :rolleyes:


Thanks for the reply. Members of this site are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I never heard of accidolphilus, but after doing a little research I might give it a try.

I guess after all the years of damage, I can't expect things to change overnight. I'll be patient and take it day by day.
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 06:03 PM

My first question, as you posted this in the diet forum, is is it actually a belly or is it all bloat? Sometimes it's hard to tell which is which.

If it's bloating, which is my biggest symptom, I would definitely journal your food. Everything that goes into your mouth or on your body needs to be written down. For me, gluten & xanthan gum bloat me up and dairy and fat (really any amount of fat over a gram or two) used to.

Also, I've found that Digestive Advantage for IBS helps get rid of the bloat when I occasionally get it.



It is hard to tell, but I'm pretty sure it is bloat. However, I really never notice a big change day to day. For me, it has been slowly but gradually getting bigger since college. I understand that this is not an unusual pattern for guys. I just think it may be bloat because of the way it looks. My belly reminds me of a stomach that belongs to an unfortunate starvation victim from a third world country. I guess time will tell.
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 06:12 PM

It is hard to tell, but I'm pretty sure it is bloat. However, I really never notice a big change day to day. For me, it has been slowly but gradually getting bigger since college. I understand that this is not an unusual pattern for guys. I just think it may be bloat because of the way it looks. My belly reminds me of a stomach that belongs to an unfortunate starvation victim from a third world country. I guess time will tell.


Before I went gluten-free, that's exactly how my stomach was. While I was steadily gaining weight due to the celiac, my belly was mostly bloat.... but because the bloat never actually went down, ever, I was unsure. I knew I was bloated, I just didn't know how much was bloat and how much was fat.

Another thing that you need to try are BCQ capsules by Vital Nutrients. Expensive, but they work wonders for my bloating when I get glutened.

((hugs)) because I know how depressing it is to have a belly through no fault of your own.
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Posted 12 December 2006 - 07:31 AM

I'm in this boat as well. I was a skinny kid, then ballooned up (well, for my size) and now am a good weight, though I still have some body fat that needs to go. But my belly is still big and it drives me crazy! I always thought it was fat...but I've always had it. I look at pics of myself as a little kid and whoop! There it is. Exactly like the pics of malnourished kids.

So I guess this is a wait-it-out kind of thing? The puffiness from other parts of my body has receded, but 30 years of glutening won't vanish overnight I suppose.

emcmaster, what are BCQ capsules? I'm looking into l-glutamine too.
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Posted 15 December 2006 - 06:46 PM

I still look bloated and it has been 1 and a half years for me. I dont think it will ever go away. We will just have to adjust. I am not sure why I think it has something to do with us being malnorished. I am not counting on loosing it anytime soon.

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