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#1 JANMAZ

 
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Posted 12 July 2009 - 10:49 AM

I am still having fat malabsorption even though I have been gluten free for months. Is this a normal symptom and will it improve. I don't seem to have any fat left on my body even though I am a good weight for my height. I try to eat lots of food to maintain my weight. I would be most grateful for any advice. Janet
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#2 debmidge

 
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Posted 12 July 2009 - 02:43 PM

Janet,

Are you under a doctor's care? If so, what does the doctor say? What tests has he run for other digestive disorders?

I can't give you any advice at this point without knowing more.

I have to tell you that my husband has been gluten free for almost 5 years & he still has problems with fat absorption. He is at a very low weight but seems to be holding his own.

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Husband has Celiac Disease and
Husband misdiagnosed for 27 yrs -
The misdiagnosis was: IBS or colitis
Mis-diagnosed from 1977 to 2003 by various gastros including one of the largest,
most prestigious medical groups in northern NJ which constantly advertises themselves as
being the "best." This GI told him it was "all in his head."
Serious Depressive state ensued
Finally Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003
Other food sensitivities: almost all fruits, vegetables, spices, eggs, nuts, yeast, fried foods, roughage, soy.
Needs to gain back at least 25 lbs. of the 40 lbs pounds he lost - lost a great amout of body fat and muscle
Developed neuropathy in 2005
Now has lymphadema 2006
It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 10:38 AM

How about thyrpid issues ?
Are you checked for thyroid issues as well ?
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Posted 14 July 2009 - 01:50 AM

I would not be worried. I am also experiencing the exact same thing. Even when I take digestive enzymes, fat still seems to show up in my stool (sry if tmi).

I can't do any oils either and if I eat any fat on an empty stomach without any fiber I tend to get bloated.

It is not uncommon for recovering celiacs and celiacs for that matter to have issues with the digestion and absorption of fats. I would assume that our intestines are just simply not 100% healed.
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#5 JANMAZ

 
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 01:48 PM

I would not be worried. I am also experiencing the exact same thing. Even when I take digestive enzymes, fat still seems to show up in my stool (sry if tmi).

I can't do any oils either and if I eat any fat on an empty stomach without any fiber I tend to get bloated.

It is not uncommon for recovering celiacs and celiacs for that matter to have issues with the digestion and absorption of fats. I would assume that our intestines are just simply not 100% healed.


Thank you for your reassuring reply. Some people seem to have an instant response to going gluten free. My calcium and potassium are low as well. I am taking coconut oil as this is supposed to be easier to digest. I am hoping that with time, it will improve but it seems to be taking forever. My thyroid levels were normal. I must have had it for years and have a lot years to mend.
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#6 The Fluffy Assassin

 
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Posted 21 July 2009 - 05:40 AM

I am still having fat malabsorption even though I have been gluten free for months. Is this a normal symptom and will it improve. I don't seem to have any fat left on my body even though I am a good weight for my height. I try to eat lots of food to maintain my weight. I would be most grateful for any advice. Janet

You and Gfresh404 may want to consider eliminating dairy. While I don't know if in the strictest sense I've ever had fat malabsorption since I got pretty doughy before quitting gluten, I always felt very queasy when eating anything greasy or oily at all. I suspected casein intolerance for other reasons, quit dairy, and the queasiness factor has gone away. I had bacon for breakfast yesterday and today with no consequences. Totally unscientific and nonmedical, but a suggestion to think about. (Well, almost totally unscientific; apparently as many as half of celiacs are casein intolerant, so it's not that wild a suggestion.:))

Best of luck to you both, and I hope you find a solution soon.
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About '02, lactose intolerance hit. Quit gluten in late '07. Immediately had better energy, less anxiety.
By '09, no lactose intolerance, but I gave up dairy 7/18/09 anyway (and in August soy). Restarted dairy, Nov' '10; stopped for good, December.
9/12/09 Wound up in the emergency room with what turned out to be hypothyroid symptoms. Resolved quickly when I got my iodine levels up. If you're on a whole foods diet, make sure you get enough iodine. Believe me!
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Posted 21 July 2009 - 03:44 PM

Just a thought: it DOES sometimes seem that many have a "miraculous" response to the gluten-free diet, but, reading here, you may see it's not that common for it to be a long, twisting road to recovery. Be patient and trust your instincts. And if it feels like gluten and acts like gluten, there's probably gluten somewhere you're ingesting. Other intolerances are important to weed out as well...


Good health to you,
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