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Can Sugar Cause Heart Palpitations?

16 May 2013 - 01:11 PM

I'm prescribed high-energy supplement drinks (I have complex malabsorption issues and pancreatic failure) which are really sugary.
Anywho, after I have these drinks I quite often feel dizzy/sick and get mild heart palpitations/tachycardia. Even when I sip them really slowly.This happens with sugary food as well.

They're definitely gluten-free so it's not a coeliac reaction.
Is it common for sugar to have this effect on the body? :/

Does Gluten Always Cause A Reaction?

09 May 2013 - 09:31 AM

I just have a few questions re the mechanisms of coeliac disease. I'm a zoology student with coeliac disease (and associated conditions....gluten really reaked havoc on my body!) so am interested in the science, but I've always struggled with  comprehending the biology of the immune system. Maybe it's because mine's so rubbish, ha :P

Do we ALWAYS react to ingested gluten? Or does it sometimes 'slip through the net'? Obviously most of the time the body does react to glutenings (and boy do we suffer!), but could there be occassional times where the immune system doesn't respond?

ie., are antibodies produced immediately upon every exposure to gluten? And does some level of damage always ensue?

Don't worry, I'm not considering 'cheating' on the diet, I'm just interested in the mechanisms. :)

Malabsorption, Blood And Mucus

30 April 2013 - 08:19 AM

What a lovely topic title, sorry about that!

Over the past year I have lost a lot of weight and am experiencing many 'IBS-like' symptoms. This includes stomach aches, varying food transit times (often very fast), undigested food in stools, blood/blood clots and mucus in stools.
I was diagnosed with coeliac disease (very positive blood test and endoscopy) in November.

Because my weight-loss was so severe, and because I am still not absorbing the food I eat properly, I now have a PEG feeding tube for overnight liquid feeds and am on supplement drinks, alongside a normal (gluten-free) diet.

I have had many tests done, including blood tests, MRI scans, endoscopies and a flexible sigmoidoscopy. My coelaic bloods are now negative (so I am following the gluten-free diet well).
In hospital I was diagnosed with pancreatic insufficiency and have been taking creon enzymes with food.
The flexible sigmoidoscopy showed some internal hemorrhoids which the doctors assume to be the cause of bloody stools.
The doctors tell me I have 'complex malabsorption problems' along with/because of coeliac disease-induced damage and my pancreas not producing digestive enzymes.

However, even with the enzymes and supplements, I am still experiencing large amounts of mucus and blood clots in my stools and any weight gain is painfully slow. I also feel like my stomach is always upset, despite avoiding gluten stringently. Is this to be expected, considering the diagnoses I have been given, or should I push for further investigation? I'm so frustrated and just want to feel better!


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