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

Do Or Can Nerves Affect Celiac?
0

23 posts in this topic

I really don't want to add a sob story but I do need to tell you what's going on for you to be able to help me. The last three weeks have been HX#*.....my husband of 34 years has been diagnosed with Stage III3 B Lung Cancer...supposedly inoperatable and incurable.....it's been doctors, broncho/med, start of radiation, more doctors and plenty of bad news piled on top of more bad news. On top of that my stomach has gone crazy....diarreha everyday. I need Immodium just to get thru the day of meetings. Is this normal, as if anything in my life is normal right now? Any suggestions? I really don't care about myself....but I want to and have to be there every step of the way for my husband. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance....Del

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Do you have Celiac disease?

Nerves, stress, trauma etc... can all be causes of a "nervous stomach" regardless of Celiac. With everything you're going through, I think that's a very possible explaination.

Good luck to you and your husband. I'm sorry that you're having to go through this.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, I do have Celiac.....thank you so much for your kind reply!!!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Del,

My heart goes out to you! Please accept my prayers for strength during this time.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm sorry to hear that. But I think I might be able to be of some help. I remember my mom telling me that when her dad died her stomach was so upset she could not eat. She said peppermint tea helped a ton. It is my understanding that there are certain compounds in peppermint that calm, sooth, and relax the bowels.

And if you do not want to drink tea you could take enteric-coated peppermint capsules. They are supposedly a very effective alternative treatment for IBS. They are also fairly safe, I have taken them myself when I had severe IBS symptoms and they helped a ton.

Again, I am sorry for what you have to go through. I really do sympathize. Good luck and I hope you and your husband feel better.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




I have nothing to add except that I'm so sorry for all you and your hubby are going thru! I'll keep you in my prayers! Oh....ginger is good for tummy also, if you can tolerate it.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for your kind words and your suggestion....will try that now!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you so much....especially for the prayers!!! They are appreciated more than I can say!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you so much...please keep praying!!! That's the only thing that is going to help us thru this!

Also thanks for reminding me of the ginger....it has helped me in the past!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Stress makes EVERYTHING worse.

My thoughts and prayers are with you!

When my stomach has been extremely out of order, bananas help get some food down and stay put. A baked potato can be a meal in a pinch.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you so very much for your thoughts, prayers and suggestions!!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Del,

My heart and prayers go to you and your husband, and an extra prayer that the doc is wrong. That kind of stress can certainly cause the digestive problems that you are experiencing. I'm sure others have better advice on what to take or do. I just wanted you to know there's a bunch praying for you, and I believe there is power in collective thaught. God be by your side.

Susan

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can't thank you enough, Susan, for your prayers....we are relying on the prayers of many!!!

Our anthem/battle cry is this"

Lord, this time you've given us a mountain

A mountain we're going to climb

Lord, please carry Bruce up that mountain

To the top and down the healing side!

Hope everyone on here sees that and joins us in the battle!!!

Del

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Del, I have no suggestions to add; it sounds like others have had good ideas to offer. I just wanted to say that you will be in my prayers also. And positive thoughts are coming your way for a much better than expected out come for you and your husband. Hugs to you both.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for the caring thoughts and prayers!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Del, I'm so sorry to hear about all of this. The suggestions given for your GI issues are all good ones and I hope that you can get some relief from that. Yes, stress can affect even the strongest stomach :(

Please know that you and your husband will be in my thoughts and prayers. I wish him the strength to fight and fight hard!

Take care :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and prayers!!!

I didn't come on here today looking for support but I sure found it....thank you all so much!!!

Keep praying!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just to add to the mention of peppermints. I just eat peppermint candies, portable and soothing. So sorry this mountain has been put into your life. I'll visualize you both reaching the summit and heading down the healing side.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the tip and bless you for the kind words! Keep praying please!!!

Del

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I can't thank you enough, Susan, for your prayers....we are relying on the prayers of many!!!

Our anthem/battle cry is this"

Lord, this time you've given us a mountain

A mountain we're going to climb

Lord, please carry Bruce up that mountain

To the top and down the healing side!

Hope everyone on here sees that and joins us in the battle!!!

Del

What a beautiful verse, Del! I wish much strength and all the healing powers for you and your hubby. Take a deep breath and go for walks when the stress builds up....it really does help. Bless you both.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
What a beautiful verse, Del! I wish much strength and all the healing powers for you and your hubby. Take a deep breath and go for walks when the stress builds up....it really does help. Bless you both.

Just don't walk too far from the house.... speaking from experience...

When my father was diagnosed with cancer, I went through a 96 pill bottle of imodium in three weeks. Didn't help much, but it was all I had at the time. I can tell you that my mother, who was my father's caretaker during his illness until his death, very much needed me. She needed my support, the things I did around the house while they were gone, and for me to be of some help taking care of Daddy, because it made him feel better to have me there too. Do you have anyone in your life who can be YOUR helper, Del? I say ask, because it really will help relieve the burden, especially with your food restrictions.

A few links to herbal stuff that may help your tummy more than Imodium.

http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Booksh...Books/15/31.cfm

I read through this one and the nutrition and supplement advice is very good, scroll down to get to it.

http://www.health911.com/remedies/rem_diar.htm

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just don't walk too far from the house.... speaking from experience...

When my father was diagnosed with cancer, I went through a 96 pill bottle of imodium in three weeks. Didn't help much, but it was all I had at the time. I can tell you that my mother, who was my father's caretaker during his illness until his death, very much needed me. She needed my support, the things I did around the house while they were gone, and for me to be of some help taking care of Daddy, because it made him feel better to have me there too. Do you have anyone in your life who can be YOUR helper, Del? I say ask, because it really will help relieve the burden, especially with your food restrictions.

A few links to herbal stuff that may help your tummy more than Imodium.

http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Booksh...Books/15/31.cfm

I read through this one and the nutrition and supplement advice is very good, scroll down to get to it.

http://www.health911.com/remedies/rem_diar.htm

Not really sure what your point was but taking walks is a huge stress reliever and gives a person some breaks from all the daily regimens that must be followed during treatments. You need to step outside and deep breath good air and have the sunshine hit your face for half an hour or so. Obviously if a person is having diarrhea, they should seek medical intervention because 3 weeks of that is not good in and of itself.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Not really sure what your point was but taking walks is a huge stress reliever and gives a person some breaks from all the daily regimens that must be followed during treatments. You need to step outside and deep breath good air and have the sunshine hit your face for half an hour or so. Obviously if a person is having diarrhea, they should seek medical intervention because 3 weeks of that is not good in and of itself.

My point was that if you have intermittent diarrhea and you're a half mile from the house, you're not gonna make it back in time if you have to go. I was not disputing the therapeutic nature of the outdoors, in fact I agree with you. Such therapy becomes ineffective when you've crapped your pants. I was merely recommending she stay close to home.

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
      104,695
    • Total Posts
      921,779
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Advil (ibuprofen) is gluten-free, but can be a stomach irritant, especially if taken on an empty stomach. That said, I will also place my bet on the garlic and onions. As Raven said, eating more than once a day may also help. An empty stomach is likely to be an irritable stomach.
    • Another link: http://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/7351/PDF
    • Thanks for posting.  I know it is difficult to talk about these sorts of things even on a webforum.  It is good thing for people to be aware though about celiac disease and that it can cause mental problems.  Gluten can cause brain damage and it can cause anxiety. If the brain does heal it may take a long time. I know that gluten can cause anxiety and obsessive thoughts.  My experience has been similar to your experience. When I first quit eating gluten I had a similar constant loop and strong negative feelings. There are lots of people on this forum who get anxiety when they eat gluten. Some people also experience gluten withdrawl where they experience anxiety after giving up gluten. It can take a long time for the body to heal and for obsessive thoughts to go away.
       It is normal for people to socialize with each other and to be comfortable about it. You said you have problems still socializing and being around people. It might be a depressing thought but it sounds to me like you still have problems with anxiety.  I would recommend considering what options you have available to treat the anxiety. When I quit eating Gluten I still had some symptoms, even though I felt much better. I have been slowly recovering over a period of about three years. I had obsessive thoughts even after I quit eating gluten.  Now I very rarely if at all think about those things. My experience is that my mind would latch on to certain things that caused me anxiety and focus on those things. Sometimes my focus would shift and I would latch onto other things. My ability to socialize has also improved greatly with time. I have made some dietary changes which I believe have helped greatly. It sounds to me like you have obsessive thoughts about things and maybe some brain damage. My experience has been that my obsessive thoughts about different things went away with time. I feel my obsessive thoughts were caused by gluten and not by what people did around me or any events. As my brain healed I became more self aware and things became less stressful.  I can't give medical advice on this forum but I can talk about my current diet and my experience with celiac disease. My experience with gluten is different from a lot of other people so it is a good idea to ask other people and to talk to a doctor.  I avoid oats and avoid almost all processed foods. I buy certified gluten free food. I eat healthy and I exercise every day. I take st John's Wort as I have read studies that say it may be as effective as some other anti-depressants for treating certain types of anxiety. It is available over the counter. I started with a small dosage and then stepped it up over time. I think it helps a lot.  This is also something that you should talk to a doctor about first. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Martin_Mahoney2/publication/7426926_St._John's_wort/links/540d8acc0cf2f2b29a386673.pdf A lot of people with celiac disease have vitamin deficiencies.  Vitamin b deficiency can cause anxiety. Some people do not process the synthetic form of vitamin b (from normal pills)  very well, and do better on an activated form of vitamin b. I take:
      1 activated vitamin b12 daily
      1 activated vitamin b6 every once in a while. 1 regular vitamin b multivitamin
      1 magnesium pill every day.
      St Johns Wort daily.
      1 zinc vitamin daily
      I drink lots of Chamomile tea and decaf coffee. I avoid most caffeine. 
      I think each of these helps lower my anxiety level.  I eat fruit with every meal. Canned fruit from walmart is cheap and good for you. I eat salad and and vegetables and avoid dairy.  I eat frozen fish often as it has healthy proteins. Eating healthy is very important. I eat potatoes and rice. http://www.livestrong.com/article/454179-what-is-methyl-b12/ I avoid eating soy sauce, soy, cheese, aged meats and fermented foods (I do drink certain types of alcohol in moderate amounts.) These foods contain lots of Tyramine. I might (or might not) have "monoaine oxidase deficiency" and if so high Tyramine foods should be avoided.  I thought I might have problems with elevated ammonia in my blood, but I am not convinced of that anymore. I limited my consumption of meat for a while as well as dairy but I am not sure if i helped.  I have heard that Celiac disease can effect other organs besides the brain and those organs can have an effect on the brain.  My current diet is working so I am going to stick with it for now. I try not to worry about things that are outside of my control. Be patient as it took me a long time to recover.  Let me know if you have any questions. There is a lot of information on this site and people who are willing to help.
       
    • Thank you. This is really helpful. I will call around next week.  I just want to heal! 
    • My endoscopy showed i had decreased folds in my duodenum. The biopsy came back and showed that my villi were fine... i have been on a gluten free diet for 6 years because i was just told i was intolerant but never had any testing before. when i eat gluten i get sick for 2 weeks. i came down with issues of other foods in march so they were trying to figure out why and wanted to know if i had celiac are not because that would explain why dairy and fructose are a problem.. both intolerant test for both were negative but the fructose test made me extremely sick but it was negative...      Im trying to figure out why i have decreased  folds in the first place. my Gi doctor is stumped on that to why the endoscopy would show damage but the under the microscope are fine. She is going to call the dr who did my scope and then is supposed to get back to  me..    would being gluten free for 6 year make it so there was damage and then my vili are now fine but still cant be seen in the endoscope?
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,702
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    Dtroutmann
    Joined