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jewel1

Member Since 06 Aug 2004
Offline Last Active Aug 10 2004 09:36 AM
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Could I Have Celiac?

06 August 2004 - 11:50 AM

Quick history:

I've had stomach problems since Junior High (now 33)..usually the worst about 30 minutes to 1 hour after eating. Usually, symptoms are worse after eating out vs eating at home.

Main symptoms are: diarrhea, gas, stomach cramps, naseua/lightheadedness and beofre the stomach troubles start in earnest (meaning, having to run to the bathroom) I feel very flushed and hot all over. My husband would always get frustrated that I was spending my life running to the bathroom.

One doctor told me I had IBS a long time ago, and another tested me for hypoglycemia...nothing conclusive. I've been food allergy tested and possibly am slightly sensitive to garlic, peanuts and tomatoes, but it wasn't very conclusive either.

I defintiely have issues with Lactose intolerance/dairy, but not all the time. It seems to come in clumps...like 3 bad months, then 4 good months.

I'm always tired/lethargic, which is really annoying. I tend to be overweight...not under.

A year ago I started a low-carb diet where I tend to avoid most flours, oats etc and saw a HUGE improvement in my symptoms. I still have an episode once in awhile, but rarely (though I still have issues with being tired off and on).

Do you think this could be celiac disease? I've seen the symptoms lists and they're so long and varied that it confuses me. :) The one symptom I didn't really see mentioned was that intense feeling of heat/getting flushed prior to an outbreak of symptoms.

Any ideas? I'd love to hear your opnions. Thanks for all your help.

--Julie