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SanAndreas

Member Since 12 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Nov 19 2012 09:54 AM
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Many Questions - Feedback Appreciated

15 November 2012 - 10:16 AM

Hello, I am a female in her early 50's. 8 years ago I was diagnosed with IBS. My major symptoms were diarrhea, bloating and cramps. I could go months without having any issues and then would have an outbreak. These outbreaks started getting closer and closer together, and the symptoms worse until I was pretty much in pain all the time and was afraid to go anywhere

About two months ago, after 3 particularly bad episodes with watery diarrhea (which I had never really had before) I realize that right before each one (for lunch, and the symptoms would start late in the evening) I had eaten something on a large bun (sub sandwiches & Carl's Jr. hamburger)

I had just seen something on Celiac disease, and I thought "no, couldn't be - the symptoms started so gradually, and then all of a sudden to have them all the time?" But I gave it a shot (as I had with lactose, chocolate and some other items I thought might be the issue in the past) and decided to try a gluten free diet.

After about 3 days the diarrhea cleared up. After 2 to 3 weeks, so did the cramping pain.

I then began to test myself by eating something with a tiny amount of gluten in it (like soy sauce on my rice for example) and like clockwork, in the late evening I would start cramping, and have diarrhea in the middle of the night. I did this test about 4 times, and had the same reaction each time, with the symptoms clearing up 2 or 3 days later after consuming no more gluten.

I have not seen my doctor yet for any testing, but have an appointment scheduled for the beginning of January. I know the biopsy test will not work correctly unless you have been eating gluten, but frankly, I am so uncomfortable that I am actually scared of eating it now.

So - my questions

1) Can you become sensitive to gluten so late in life?

2) Is it possible to have been able to tolerate some gluten and then suddenly be able to tolerate none?

3) Is it possible to have had only sporadic outbreaks which progressively worsened and got closer together until I was having symptoms all the time?

4) Any other advice, hints, words of wisdom are appreciated.

Thank You so much for reading this - tried to make it as short as possible :) - Dana