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Dh Feeling A Lot Better On gluten-free But Still Problems, Lactose?

16 July 2012 - 10:26 AM

So, my husband was diagnosed at 11yrs old with coeliac but back in the day his mother was told that once he was symptom free he would have "grown out of it". He was gluten-free for 3 years and then gradually symptoms developed until he had dermatitis hepatformus (same condition he had at 11) and he realised he still had coeliac :blink:

He has been gluten-free for a month or so now and his depression has lifted, anxiety lower, bloating gone, energy up, bowel movements daily (he didn't know that was normal) etc etc

But he still gets occasional bloating and loose stools and feels uncomfy and bloated - but with no clear gluten related cause.
Could he be reacting to lactose and should he cut it out for a while to give his gut time to fully repair? If so how long?



Diagnosed In Chidhood But Not On Gluten Free Til Now

23 June 2012 - 02:18 AM

My husband was diagnosed with celiac disease in childhood (at age around 11 following severe dermatitis hepetiformas). They confirmed the diagnosis with a biopsy and he was on a gluten free diet for a few years, but his mum stopped the diet (following a divorce - I think they thought it might all have been stress related).
He did not follow a gluten free diet again.
He had leukemia at 19 and a relapse at 21. So any health problems in adulthood have always been put down to that. The celiac diagnosis got lost at the bottom of his medical notes and was never mentioned.
He suffered stomach problems, particularily after periods of stress and anxiety, constipation, tiredness and low mood.
He had two bad rashes in the last few months (he is now 38) one was thought to be due to an antibiotic but the second had no known trigger and both were a lot like dermatitis hepetiformas.
So he put two and two together and stopped the gluten again. He thinks his mood and energy levels have improved. The rash went after a week. But we are not entierly sure if this is coincidence and positive thinking, or a physical change (the rash was also treated with antihistamines)

We spoke to the doctor and he seemed surprised about the celiac diagnosis and has suggested my husband try gluten again and "see what happens".
He accidently ate some crisps with gluten in today and had diarreah shortly after.

So, does it seem sensible to return to gluten? I figure that if it was clearly diagnosed in childhood, he should have stopped gluten for life and should not be eating it now, even if he has not had very major signs of celiac - surely the internal damage has continued all these years.

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