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Member Since 13 May 2004
Offline Last Active Nov 29 2013 11:23 AM

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In Topic: Constipation Cause And Help

17 November 2013 - 10:19 AM

My pain that I have had for many years is gone after I quit gluten but not the constipation.  I have some other intolerances - dairy, peanuts and egg that I have taken out of my diet but that has not helped the constipation either.  I have tried various forms of fiber and now take miralax which works but I really don't have "normal" bms with it. I generally don't go without using something.  I really see my constipation get worse with eating gluten-free bread and pasta which I woke up this morning thinking rice may be the problem.  Any ideas?  I love pasta but use it in moderation already.  I feel like I will never gain or even maintain my weight if I take out rice products.  New gastro only pushes FIBER and more FIBER.....


There is a good possiblity that it could be autoimmune related as I have a positive ANA and may have some sort of lupus thing going on.  Thyroid is normal.  Being constipated is so depressing.  What are your thoughts on rice?





Which thyroid test results convinced you that your thyroid is 'normal'? Did you test free t3, free t4, TPOab, as well as TSH? What was your doc's normal range for TSH? 


I struggled with constipation for years. Abstaining from gluten and my other 6 allergies helped somewhat, but I wasn't normal. Other digestive aid (betaine hcl for hypochloridia) eliminated bloating after eating.  Taking Magnesium aspartate insured a daily bowel movement, but I still didn't have normal stools.  Only after I was dx'd with Hashimoto's hypothyroidism and another year of getting the proper dose of thyroid supplement did I finally have normal stools, no matter how much fiber I consume, no matter.  I still take magnesium, but more for bone health than laxative effect.  I can also get diarrhea if I eat too many grapes or too many sweets. I never got diarrhea before thyroid supplements. 


Besides constipation, I had all the classic hypothyroid symptoms: fatigue, fingernail ridges and tears, feeling cold except in 80 degree weather, feeling overwhelmed by simple tasks, etc.I didn't have weight problems, because I had digestive difficulties for years before dx'd with celiac, food allergies and hypochloridia (low stomach acid). Do you have any of those classic hypothyroid symptoms?

In Topic: Stomach Cramps

16 October 2013 - 11:18 AM

I googled metformin side effects and found that 'abdominal cramps and discomfort was the top listed effect.  Try abstaining from that drug for a few weeks to see how you feel without that.

In Topic: Food Allergies

10 September 2013 - 07:46 PM


Most of us have more food allergies than just wheat, barley, and rye but I feel like one of my allergies is kind of strange and I haven't met anyone outside of my family that has it. I'm allergic to cinnamon, have been since I was 20. I never had a problem with it when I was younger and made a lot of desserts with it because it helps keep away illness. Is any one else allergic to Cinnamon? I wish I wasn't, I have gotten used to not eating it but the smell is so yummy! Even if it does make me sneeze and my face itchy :-/


I have a diagnosed allergy to nutmeg. Like most of my other delayed reaction allergies, consuming nutmeg gives me days bloating and gut pain and sometimes diarrhea.  Many people have spice allergies.  I'm also allergic to vanilla.  I'm still recovering from my last accidental ingestion, which caused all the above mentioned symptoms.

In Topic: How Much Sooner Could You Have Been Diagnosed If The Dentist Knew About Ename...

06 September 2013 - 11:59 AM

Are you saying, Burdee, that you were diagnosed about the time that your enamel came off your teeth?

That would be great!


Nope. I was diagnosed with celiac disease many years after I suffered enamel loss. My dentist and doctors all decided that I caused the enamel problem, because they decided I was bulimic and made myself throw up.  Actually I had thrown up often in early childhood. My mother decided I had 'stomach flu'.  My childhood dentist just repaired the teeth with enamel loss without considering a cause.

In Topic: Two Interesting Things (Wheat Germ And Low Weight)

03 September 2013 - 08:42 PM

Another common consequence of (or correlation with) celiac disease is autoimmune disorders.  One of those disorders is Hashimoto's thyroiiditis or low thyroid levels, which impair many metabolic functions. Common symptoms are fatigue, low blood pressure, low body temperature, difficulty losing weight, hair loss, and constipation.  Many docs overlook, misdiagnose or discount hypothyroid symptoms.  The usual test for hypothyroidism is a TSH level test.  TSH is a pituitary hormone which is inversely related to the amount of thyroid hormones in the blood.  However, the amount of thyroid hormone in the blood doesn't tell how much of those hormones actually enter the cells and regulate many metabolic functions.  So you could have a 'normal TSH level' and still have hypothyroid symptoms.  Also many docs and labs continue to use outdated TSH 'normal' ranges, which allows many people to go undiagnosed. 


Long story short:  Your metabolism could have slowed down because of hypothyroidism.

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