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

Celiacs & Lactose
0

2 posts in this topic

I'm new here and hoping for some advice.

I was diagnosed with Celiacs in November 2011 and have been following a gluten free diet since December 2011. I have never reached out to anyone other than my GI/family doctor or nutritionist. I'm looking for advice and maybe support from other members that have Celiacs as well as my newest diagnosis of being lactose intolerant.

I follow my gluten free diet faithfully. When I first found out I'm a celiac I did end up eating gluten not knowing as I was just learning. I am quick to react to any amount of gluten that gets in my system.

I managed to lose 20lbs of the weight I had put on because of my celiacs and have been doing great with this disease. Until recently, I noticed that I have been putting on a few pounds, my stomach is bloated and I get pains, and then I'm in the bathroom. I seen my GI and found out that I am also lactose intolerant.

So, this is where i'm having a hard time. I have omitted the gluten and the lactose but yet anytime I eat I have to go to the bathroom. I'm bloated and have gas pains. I feel horrible and have no energy.

I guess I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this, could there be something else going on or is this "normal"?

Looking for some advice :)

Thanks for reading.

About me: 31, Celiac Disease, Lactose Intolerant, Thyroid Disease, no longer anemic as I have iron infusions.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Welcome Cece!

I see that you have been following to the best of your ability the gluten free diet for a year, and that you can now recognize when you have been glutened. Those little glutenings can keep the antibodies activated so should be avoided at alll costs. Unfortunately, milk products can contribute to the gut damage too and it is good that you have cut them out. The enzyme to digest the lactose in milk is produced at the tips of the villi which in your small intestine which are damaged by the gluten. The good news is that, with time, your gut will heal and you will probably be able to digest lactose again. But the healing process does take time and patience is a celiac's best friend :)

Your reactions to eating often depend on the extent of the damage in your gut. Many of us on the forum either use or have used probiotics to help repopulate the gut with good flora to aid in digestion. If your food is not being thoroughly digested, firstly you are not getting appropriate nourishment from it, and that means you may also be low in essential nutrients. Has your doctor checked your vitamin and mineral levels and are you taking any supplements? It is especially important to check Vit. D so you don't develop osteoporosis and B12 to combat anemia. Ah, I just reread your post and you have iron deficiency anemia and thyroid problems which are common in celiac disease.

Another common organ of attack is the pancreas which may not be producing sufficient enzymes for the digestion of your food. Many of us also take digestive enzymes to help with this. I found it best to use the type where you take one with each meal.

So yes, it is completely normal to continue to have digestive problems until you heal. Your rate of healing depends on your particular body, the amount of damage, your compliance with the diet and, often, the supplements we take to help our gut.

I wish you improved health and steady progress. Have a festive holiday season and ask any other questions of our members that come to mind.

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
      104,697
    • Total Posts
      921,782
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • The anxiety thing is there I take teas, and supplements along with CBD oil to help with it, and long walks and exercise when I get antsy. As for the human interaction it is a mix of other mental issues, and the way I feel about people who can eat gluten. If they are not eating I have no issue talking with people. I mentioned I have issues accepting them as the same species when I see them eating. My reaction to gluten is so ingrained in me that it is not a food but a poison, that watching others eat it causes a subconscious reaction where I find myself avoiding them and looking down on them like something from another planet. I end up disgusted with them and walking away, I will go out of my way to avoid people and places where foods like this are present. This is my TRAUMA part of the gluten exposure, and one of the big things I am trying to address in my life right now. I know it is irrational to do so but I end up doing it, I have never cared about others race, religion, or looks, but if I see them eating a gluten/poison, it somehow changes how I perceive them and interact with them and I hate this part about me. It is taking a lot of mental effort to try to smile and treat them as a human, and not something to be looked down upon in disgust. I just recall that mental state that gluten puts me in with my mind and body turning against me and not doing what I will it and the fear comes back. This diet is pretty much like mine, I take Doctors best Magnesium powder in a tea that is actually brewed with st johns wort (never thought much of it) , I use Liquid Health Stress & Energy along with the Neurologic Support they have, twice-three times a day for B vitamins(along with a bunch of other supplements) . I can not digest meats or carbs well, meats it is a issue with breaking them down same with egg yolks, I literally just burp up the undigested meats hours later. I have found the only way to eat them is to boil/slow cook them til they melt then blend them into a broth and have it with digestive enzymes so only do it with turkey bacon, longhorn, and salmon in small amounts in soups or for flavoring stock for stir frys.  As for Carbs like rice and potatoes I end up getting really gassy and bloated, same with sugars in any amount greater then like the size of my thumb give or take. Oats I only have gluten-free Harvest in about a tbsp amount when tasting recipes of stuff I sell at farmers markets. So I eat mostly fats and protein from egg whites, nuts, seeds, veggies, and vegan protein powders blends balanced for complete proteins. I have at least 1-2 dried fig, dates, handful of banana chips, or a 1/4 of a small fruit with meals for fruits.  My meals are mostly egg white and veggie omelettes, stir frys, and soups, Always with lots of fats and proteins in each meal. I have found having nutritional yeast to help with my mood and energy levels also and find someway of having it in meals often. I keep my foods on rotation and keep getting updated feed back on ratios with my dietician. I also have a rather odd list of foods I can not eat due to allergies/intolerance.
    • It only takes a minute to make a difference. Celiac disease has been overshadowed by the gluten-free diet fad. Getting diagnosed and staying healthy is no piece of cake – those of us who have celiac disease struggle to stay healthy. We need better. We need to be understood. We need a cure. View the full article
    • If you are one of the approximately 2-3 million Americans with celiac disease, ZyGluten™ may be taken before you eat out at a restaurant or a friend\'s house, as it may help break down any gluten cross-contamination that you might encounter. View the full article
    • 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
  • 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
    Gigi Fagon
    Joined