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Hi everyone. I have no idea if I have celiacs or if I'm gluten sensitive but I'm pretty text book for having stress related IBS.

Anyways, having IBS, I've always been very gassy, but never smelly. The past 2 weeks my gas has increased and it smells so bad, rotten egg like, that I'm grossing my bf out (I make his weekend beer benders seem pretty mild) and I'm passing gas on average every 5 mins. Its totally embarraing at work because of this. My stool has changed a wee bit too, I was always diahrreah prone with my ibs, but now it intermittantly changes between constipation and the runs. My bathroom issues have changed from what was once 'normal' for me.

I am not stressed out (which is my usual ibs trigger), but lately I have been exhausted for no reason (I'm fairly active, workout 5x a week) and I'm much more paler than usual (I'm pretty fair to start with). I eat very clean, mainly vegetarian (hence why I'm used to be gassy in the first place), chicken or fish a few times a month. Eating whole wheat triggers stomach cramps for sure as does raw carrots and sometimes I can be lactose intolerant.

Long story short, can sulfuric gas be a symptom of celiac/gluten intolerance? I know that excessive gas can be, but is SMELLY gas a symptom? I"ve ordered an at home celiac test and just waiting for it in the mail (I'm in Ontario Canada). I've tried elimination diets but nothings really working out for me here. (Maybe I'm not doing them long enough).

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First of all welcome to the site =). I had the same exact problem 2 weeks before becoming extremely ill with a colon infection (lost 20+ lbs in 3 weeks) which in turn led me to believe I had celiac or gluten intolerance. I have always had stomach issues (IBS) that my doctor and myself blamed on stress or other neurological problems...Anyways.. I have had a little gas all my life and when I did it never smelled. 2 weeks prior to becoming extremely ill, I started having the gas you described. It seemed like it was coming out every 5 minutes and smelled like concentrated rotten eggs. Even my dogs did not want to come near me. Hell, I couldn't stand being near me LOL.. My doctor put me on a 7 days worth of flagyl which got rid of the gas, but my stomach issues only got worse for the following 3 weeks until I decided to go completely Gluten free. Are you having any pain in your left side or abnormal cramping lately? I ended up in the hospital 3 times during that period before realizing my issues were caused by gluten. I have been gluten free almost 3 weeks now and have never felt better.

If you decide to go gluten free, be sure to search the forums for a beginners diet and how to prepare your kitchen. My first 2 weeks Gluten free I ate nothing but steamed veggies, lean animal protein such as Chicken breast, white fish and consumed over 80 oz of water a day to help clear my system. You may experience gluten withdrawals during this detox period. Around week 3 I started adding things like nut butters with rice crackers and brown rice... You also have to worry about cross contamination. You cannot prepare meals in pots or pans that were once used to prepare meals/products that contained gluten. Scratches in these pots and pans can hold gluten residue and make you sick again. I also want to add that after going gluten free, you might become sensitive to food that you have never been sensitive to before. I had a couple reactions to avocado in my first week of the diet and I used to eat Guacamole at least once a week. If you do decide to try the diet, you have to stick to it fully for it to work. There is no half-assing it. I am sure some other people will chime in with much better info. Hope this helps.

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I believe vegetables can cause sulphuric gas. :unsure:

You said you are mostly vegetarian...and only eat chicken or fish 2 times a month.

I would explode on that. :huh:

I do the exact opposite and eat mostly meat, chicken, and fish and eat vegetables one or two times a month! :rolleyes:

Ah! See how different we all are?

I rarely have gas..and never smelly gas...and the protein has helped with healing.

I would say try eating more protein and less vegetables...for sure less raw vegeatables.

But I seriously doubt you want to hear that. :)

Just my lil opinion. ;)

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I believe vegetables can cause sulphuric gas. :unsure:

You said you are mostly vegetarian...and only eat chicken or fish 2 times a month.

I would explode on that. :huh:

I do the exact opposite and eat mostly meat, chicken, and fish and eat vegetables one or two times a month! :rolleyes:

Ah! See how different we all are?

I rarely have gas..and never smelly gas...and the protein has helped with healing.

I would say try eating more protein and less vegetables...for sure less raw vegeatables.

But I seriously doubt you want to hear that. :)

Just my lil opinion. ;)

Thanks for the advice. I used to cook/steam all veggies when I had bad bouts of ibs, but since I took up exercise, I seem to be able to digest them better (no stomach cramps). Certain veggies can for sure cause gas, cauliflower and broccoli for example are definatley linked to causing sulfuric gas. I dont eat these too often just for that reason!

I dont really have cramps too often, only when I have severe bloating and it won't release and then I actualy yelp and go white knuckled. Thankfully that doesn't happen too often as it feels like a sharp knife running through my intestines.

I'm not opposed to eating meat, my hubby is a hunter, I just never really liked the taste of it (but I do LOVE fresh fish!). Thats why I dont eat meat a lot.

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Smelly gas used to be one of my symptoms before I was diagnosed as a celiac. Especially after drinking dark beer... it got to be so bad that my friends refused to sit anywhere near me if I drank it.

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My doctor put me on a 7 days worth of flagyl which got rid of the gas, but my stomach issues only got worse for the following 3 weeks until I decided to go completely Gluten free.

When I got very ill, it manifest as pain in my shoulder and as terrible stomach pain and gas. My doctor thought I had a parasite so gave me Flagyl (without having done a test for parasites). I got better on it, probably because it killed off the overgrowth of bacteria. Once I was off it it, I got even worse. The doctor put me on 21 days of it and I got better, then worse again off of it.

Turns out, we figured out I was gluten intolerant after numerous visits to the doctor. After about 3 weeks of being gluten free I was much better. The joint problem in my shoulder took about 8 months to heal. I have been gluten free for about nine months and have never felt better.

Best of luck to you newcomers. It's difficult, but worth it if you need it.

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Well I did a celiac test (IgA) and it came back negative. However, I'm on day 4 of going off gluten and all gas and bloating has stopped! I dont even have stomach cramps either. I'm going to go gluten free for a couple of weeks and see how I feel.

If I still feel crappy, I"ll get a food intolerance blood test done. Celiacs does not run in my family, however depression, ibs and fibromyalgia does (both my mother and grandmother, luckly I do not have fibro, just the other two). I'm hoping that gluten is the root cause of this and by cutting it out of our diet my family and I can lead a healthier and happier life!

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I believe vegetables can cause sulphuric gas. :unsure:

You said you are mostly vegetarian...and only eat chicken or fish 2 times a month.

I would explode on that. :huh:

I do the exact opposite and eat mostly meat, chicken, and fish and eat vegetables one or two times a month! :rolleyes:

Ah! See how different we all are?

I rarely have gas..and never smelly gas...and the protein has helped with healing.

I would say try eating more protein and less vegetables...for sure less raw vegeatables.

But I seriously doubt you want to hear that. :)

Just my lil opinion. ;)

Can you give me an example menu? I think the vegetable increase is what's giving me problems, but I'm having trouble figuring out what to eat for breakfast besides eggs and lunch besides salad.

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Hi not sure if this thread is still going since it's been awhile since the last post.  I am new to this and have only eaten gluten-free for a few weeks.  But I have to tell you that one of my worst symptoms was the horrible gas I had prior to going gluten free.  I mean - it was so bad that I HADDDDD to go to a doctor about it.  The smell was completely unbearable and it was making me sick to my stomach.  My husband was getting to the point that he really couldn't stand it.  Anyway - I've been gluten-free for almost a month now and I have to say that was the very first symptom that literally disappeared right away.  I haven't had anything like that since - not even close.  No bloating and all the other stomach stuff too - but sure enough....the gluten was causing my bad gas problem.

Thank goodness that is over - I couldn't stand being around myself when that was happening!!

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I am having the same issues. How long does it take gluten to get out of your system and see relief?

 

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3 hours ago, alliebrie08 said:

I am having the same issues. How long does it take gluten to get out of your system and see relief?

 

Consider getting tested for celiac disease prior to going gluten free.  But, to answer your question, it can take a few months to several years to recover from celiac disease.  

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