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crazymomof8

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Hello.  I am really new to this.  I have severe upper abdominal bloating without gas or toileting issues.  Just feel like someone punched me and it's hard to breath because it presses so hard on my lungs.  After many heart, lung, and gastro tests my primary has suggested that I go gluten free for 2 weeks.  So far, I have managed at most, 5 days.  It is a little better during those days and then I either rebel and eat something I shouldn't or I accidently eat something and find out later it had gluten.  Either way, I am noticing an immediate reaction of a headache and uneasy stomach,  followed within 20 minutes to 2 hours by severe bloating, pain and fatigue.  At this point, I am pretty convinced it is a gluten intolerance, but I am having some issues with the diet.  Here are my questions:  a)  I had no bowel issues before, but now I am tending to be on the constipated side.  Is this normal?  B) Whereas before gluten-free diet, I was never hungry and almost had to force myself to eat, now I am absolutely starving and can't seem to get enough to eat.  How do I deal with this and will it eventually pass?  c)  I never craved sweets.  Now I want sweets constantly.  I don't mean candy bars or cookies or cake.  I mean icky sweet. Specifically butter mints and those orange circus peanuts.  I can and do eat a whole bag in a day.  Can't stop.  Since I also have diabetes, this is not a good thing.  Will this too pass or is there something that will help?  Thank you for any answers in advance.  I really need some encouraging words right about now.

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I am trying to move Crazymom's post to her own thread but having difficulties on the iPad. I will get someone else to do it.

Good idea then she will get plenty of good replies and she can officially introduce herself

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Hi, your commenting on a post from 2011. Might want to start a new topic

I figured that out, but I am a complete incompetent when it comes to these things and haven't

figured out how to fix it yet!  Thanks for your response.  I might get myself into the computer age one of these days after all.  lol

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I figured that out, but I am a complete incompetent when it comes to these things and haven't

figured out how to fix it yet!  Thanks for your response.  I might get myself into the computer age one of these days after all.  lol

 

Welcome!

 

I've moved your post to it's own thread so that more folks can respond.

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Why do doctors tell people to go gluten free before testing them? Agh!!! Unfortunately, you need to be eating gluten to be tested for celiac. Get tested!

As for the cravings, sometimes the cravings mean we are lacking certain vitamins or minerals. Craving sweet probably doesn't mean you are deficient in unnaturally orange " Circus peanuts".  :blink:  It probably means you need the nutrients in fruits.

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Oh, I had that shortness of breath!  I had it so long that I didn't know it was there.  It returns now at surprising times and I think that it feels like someone put a tire inner tube around my waist that fits super tightly. Now sometimes I notice I can breath deeply!

 

Hopefully if you concentrate on high nutrient foods such as meat, vegetables, and fruit it will help your appetite.  I always have about l tbsp. of good fat such as coconut, olive oil, or butter at meals.  This helps one get full and stay full.

 

I hope you will soon have your diagnosis and that you will get better and breath deeply,

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