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I have been dealing with abdominal problems for 6 weeks. I started with diarrhea and then I had constipation and now I am alternating between the two. I have bloating, abdominal cramping, and sometimes a headache and nausea. I also get such bad cramping that sometimes I cannot work out and I used to workout for at least an hour a day. I am fatigued. I have been to the gi, the er, and my family practitioner, and they said I had diarrhea, then I had constipation, and then they thought I had an intestinal blockage. I am also anemic according to my last labs. I have started a gluten free diet a week ago to try to ease my symptoms. Does this sound like celiac to y'all? Also how long does it take to get relief when starting the gluten-free diet? Thanks!!

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It could be Celiac, but getting tested would be helpful. Then you would know if you needed a gluten-free diet or not. You should continue to eat gluten until all testing is completed. Your primary care or OB/GYN can do the basic Celiac blood tests.

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I agree, eat gluten for now and get the blood work done as soon as possible.  If you are in that much distress and it is NOT Celiac, I would want to investigate further what it might be!  If your doctor won't order the tests, go to a private lab and have them done so you know one way or another.

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It could be.  Get tested before you continue on the diet any longer. If you decide to test later on you will have to resume eating a slice or two of bread every day for 2-3 months - it would be less painful to test now.

 

When you are done testing and go gluten-free, 70% of celiacs notice an improvement in SOME symptoms within the first two weeks.  Some notice a change within days whereas for others it can take months, and a complete recovery generally takes many months to years.... It's not a quick fix.

 

Best wishes.

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