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Hello all:

I am undiagnosed celiac (but "diagnosed" as sensitive/intolerant to gluten) and have been gluten free for 6 months. All (or roughly 90%) of my GI symptoms (abdo distension, incomplete evacuation, etc) disappeared when I went gluten-free and I have been symptoms-free for the last 6 month... up until about a 7-10 days ago.

For the last week or so I have been experiencing moderate-severe postprandial bloating. I have no other symptoms (no pain, no diarrhea, etc). My abdomen becomes visibly distended about 15-30 minutes after I eat anything, to the point where I look pregnant. I assume this is gas buildup except that I have no flatulence at all (zero). I am also not constipated.

Anybody have ideas about what could be causing this? I am very careful with gluten, so I don't think I'm accidentally ingesting anything. I'm thinking about trying dairy-free for 2 weeks and see if that helps, but I tried that one other time before (two years ago) and no change. I've also tried digestive enzymes and they barely helped.

I have also had SIBO in the past, so it could be a recurrence of that I suppose?

Thanks for any information...

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Sounds like a good time for an elimination diet. Other intolerances often do manifest after going gluten-free.

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If you've already gone through one round of SIBO, I'd go get that checked first, honestly. A 2008 study on SIBO recurrence after antibiotic treatment found that by 3 months post-treatment, around 12% of patients tested positive for SIBO again. By 9 months post-treatment, it was over 40% of patients.

( http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/579303 )

Odds that it's come back seem good enough to at least discuss it with your doctor.

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If you've already gone through one round of SIBO, I'd go get that checked first, honestly. A 2008 study on SIBO recurrence after antibiotic treatment found that by 3 months post-treatment, around 12% of patients tested positive for SIBO again. By 9 months post-treatment, it was over 40% of patients.

( http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/579303 )

Odds that it's come back seem good enough to at least discuss it with your doctor.

Thanks. I've been through two recurrences of SIBO already... I'm going to give it a couple of weeks and attempt to eliminate dairy again, in the off chance that I have a new food sensitivity developing. If no improvement then I'll email my doctor.

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Thanks. I've been through two recurrences of SIBO already... I'm going to give it a couple of weeks and attempt to eliminate dairy again, in the off chance that I have a new food sensitivity developing. If no improvement then I'll email my doctor.

What is SIBO.?

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What is SIBO.?

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

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Well, I couldn't stand it any longer and emailed my doctor yesterday... going back on rifaximin for a week or two and see if that helps.

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Well, I couldn't stand it any longer and emailed my doctor yesterday... going back on rifaximin for a week or two and see if that helps.

What are your symptoms? I have been gluten free almost 3 years and I am still having issues with bloating and depression, can't concentrate, and irritable. I am also dairy free. I am seeing my Dr. again he checked my thyroid/B-12/Iron he has told me my Iron level is low. I take probiotics, caprylic acid, levothyroxine, lexapro, busporin, D3, low dose aspirin, prilosec and liquid iron. The gluten free diet really helped with other symptoms but other symptoms appeared and have been doctoring for 2 years with no results. I finially asked by doctor to put me on a leave of absence from work due to the depression and the lack of concentration. I desperately need help! I can't give up my coffee I have no energy it helps in the morning. If you can give me any info I would greatly appreciate it.

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What are your symptoms? I have been gluten free almost 3 years and I am still having issues with bloating and depression, can't concentrate, and irritable. I am also dairy free. I am seeing my Dr. again he checked my thyroid/B-12/Iron he has told me my Iron level is low. I take probiotics, caprylic acid, levothyroxine, lexapro, busporin, D3, low dose aspirin, prilosec and liquid iron. The gluten free diet really helped with other symptoms but other symptoms appeared and have been doctoring for 2 years with no results. I finially asked by doctor to put me on a leave of absence from work due to the depression and the lack of concentration. I desperately need help! I can't give up my coffee I have no energy it helps in the morning. If you can give me any info I would greatly appreciate it.

I was symptom-free for 6 months after going gluten-free and my main symptom now (suddenly) is abdominal distension. I had this before with bacterial overgrowth (in the exact same way), so I suspect that what the issue is again. As an example I drank a small amount of orange juice (with my iron supplement, I"m also taking iron) last night when I got home and I swelled up like I was pregnant. That's exactly what the SIBO did to me previously (hence why I'm going back on abs).

You are on a lot of medications... you might want to try weaning off one or two things (with your doctor's supervision) to see if that helps. Or at least speak with your doctor about it.I get side effects from practically everything, so what you're experiencing could be compounded by med side effects.

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