A Question For The Females With Cd
Posted 18 March 2004 - 12:54 PM
i'd love to be able to eventually get away from having to be on any medications at all and it would be amazing to truly feel good for the first time in my life.
any input would be great
Posted 18 March 2004 - 01:52 PM
When I was about 19, I began experiencing pain deep in my lower left abdomen that was temporarily relieved by passing gas. (Bizarrely enough, it was also referred to my left foot; often I knew an "episode" was imminent because I would start limping for no reason!) It was an intermittent pain, lasting about ten minutes at a time, and it would come and go for a few days and then apparently disappear...for a few weeks. It took me a couple of years of tracking it, but eventually I realized that it was definitely connected to my monthly cycle. The trouble was, it was too late for ovulation pain and way too early for PMS. No doctor I mentioned it to seemed to believe that it was actually related to the time of the month, but it was obviously affected by my going on the Pill. Unfortunately, it didn't go away--it just shifted to the first week of each new pack of pills! When I went off the Pill, it switched back to its former behavior.
I had an exploratory laparoscopy done which found a small fibroid and little speckles of endometriosis everywhere (ugh!), but no apparent cause for the pain. *I* think it was related to endometriosis/growth of the endometrium, because with both of my pregnancies the pain was particularly intense during the first month, then nonexistent thereafter. (I wasn't gluten-free for either pregnancy.)
However, the textbooks (for whatever they're worth--remember, most of them are written by men!) say that endometriosis usually causes severe cramping during menstruation, and sometimes even more severe cramping immediately afterward. I don't know whether endometriosis has been conclusively linked with celiac disease, but somewhere I have heard that eliminating wheat from one's diet often improves the situation dramatically, so I wonder.... Maybe your periods will become less painful as your body heals. I certainly hope so!
gluten-free since November 1, 2003
Posted 19 March 2004 - 09:12 AM
I noticed that if I am low on calcium, I experience more sever cramping!
Celiac disease quickly destroys the tips of the villi where the calcium/dairy is absorbed. Maybe if you could up your calcium levels, it would help your cramps!
I take a calcium citrate powder supplement in my milk, or OJ, from NOW brand.
gluten-free since 1-'98
Posted 19 March 2004 - 09:46 AM
Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy
G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004
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Posted 20 March 2004 - 11:00 AM
Posted 23 March 2004 - 10:22 AM
Posted 23 March 2004 - 11:42 AM
I hope you feel better soon
Posted 23 March 2004 - 07:45 PM
And it's a really good thing the cramps got better since I've been gluten-free, because I get my period two or three times as often (because of malabsorption I used to only get it every two or three months). If I still had that kind of cramps but more often, I don't know what I'd do.
Posted 16 April 2004 - 04:03 PM
Check your estrogen and progesterone levels.
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