I am so sorry to be posting so much in this forum, but I feel like I'm close to losing my mind for lack of information, and it is SO reassuring to be able to hear from other celiacs. (Please don't cut me off, mods.
I've hit the three-week gluten free mark, and seen some reduction in my abdominal pain, but one thing that hasn't gotten better yet is the intestinal rumbling. It isn't painful, but it's aggravating - and sometimes in extreme cases, accompanied by an uncomfortable twisting pressure just short of being painful.
It kept me awake for an hour last night. As soon as I wake up in the morning, it starts up. It will quiet down a little between meals, but as soon as a few bites are in my stomach (before anything could have hit my intestines!) it starts up again, and continues for several hours after my meal. And I'm having multiple BMs every day. Even when I don't have D, it's common to go 2-3 times.
And, oh yes, there is gas. So much gas. Thankfully it doesn't have an odor, but it's very uncomfortable. Moreover, it's frightening - isn't borborygmus supposed to be a result of malabsorption? I would really like to be seeing some improvement. (I know, I know, have patience...! But I'll be much less frightened if someone can tell me if this is normal!) I rarely drink carbonated beverages but lately have had one ginger ale or caffeine-free diet coke with lunch - I wouldn't think that would cause gas that would last all day long, but perhaps I'm wrong? For now, I'm going to try cutting them back out.
I've started taking a probiotic, Florastor, but perhaps it's not the best one. In any case, if anyone has a better recommendation - and one that is chewable or smaller, please! - I'm all ears. I am a wimp about pills, and the Florastor capsules are so big I have to open them and dump them into a cup of water, and then drink the yeasty, gritty result. Blech. It hasn't yet seemed to produce much in the way of relief, anyway.
The first three months of my abdominal pain, when my doctors thought I had diverticulitis or IBS, I didn't have this gut-churning habit. For a long time a doctor had me on methscopolamine, which is an abdominal anti-spasmodic, and I'm wondering if it would be to my advantage to start that up again. I didn't think it was helping, but perhaps it was slowing down these spasms. (Then again, I didn't notice a lot of gas in those days, and shouldn't it have to go somewhere...? I'm not sure if this is a new symptom or one that the methscopolamine was suppressing previously. But certainly it is new compared to, say, last August.)
My first appointment with a dietitian is Monday, and I think she will have some good answers (and probably a list of multivitamins) for me, but Monday seems a really long way away. Am I normal? Am I recovering? Is my gut going to spontaneously tie itself into knots, and if so, will it come out like one of those artful balloons circus clowns create? Help!