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Chest tightness only symptom of being glutened?

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About 10 days ago I think I ate most of a wheat tortilla (the restaurant stuck to their story that it was a corn tortilla like I had ordered, but I don't believe them - I'm pretty sure it was wheat). Nothing happened in the first couple of days, then I developed intermittent chest tightness, which was one of my primary symptoms before my diagnosis, the others being bloating, food sitting like a rock in my stomach after eating, exercise intolerance, and weight loss. 

Anyone else get chest tightness as a symptom of being glutened? I haven't felt this symptom since I became very strict with cross-contamination.

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Hi this is my first time commenting but I just had to. I too get chest tightness. I have had it flare up several times with no answers. I was diagnosed with celiac about 6 months ago and am pretty confident this is a glutening symptom for me. Last month it was so bad... Started with random chest pains for a couple days then chest tightness that last for two weeks. I ended up going to the emergency room ( again) because I started worrying about my heart. Felt like my bra was so tight, bloated belly, trapped gas like pain in chest, swollen lump under sternum and no relief. EKG, chest xray and blood tests showed heart was fine. GI said he didn't think it was GI related. I give up on doctors. I've had this before and I'm sure I will again. It's like inflammation in there or something but it makes you anxious and uncomfortable. I truly hope you are okay and I hope it will give you some comfort to know you aren't the only one with this.

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Thank you @Megamaniac - I don't hear about chest tightness as a symptom of being glutened, so it's good to hear of someone else. My current symptoms aren't bad, just annoying. It's hard to tell if it's anxiety tightening my chest, or something else. But since it's only been happening since I ate that damn tortilla, my guess is it's gluten-related. My doctor made me have an echocardiogram and stress test to rule out cardiac issues before he would do the endoscopy (this was a couple of years ago). I learned that telling a doctor "my chest tightness gets worse when I walk up a hill" makes everything else grind to a hart until the heart gets checked out!

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17 hours ago, Megamaniac said:

Hi this is my first time commenting but I just had to. I too get chest tightness. I have had it flare up several times with no answers. I was diagnosed with celiac about 6 months ago and am pretty confident this is a glutening symptom for me. Last month it was so bad... Started with random chest pains for a couple days then chest tightness that last for two weeks. I ended up going to the emergency room ( again) because I started worrying about my heart. Felt like my bra was so tight, bloated belly, trapped gas like pain in chest, swollen lump under sternum and no relief. EKG, chest xray and blood tests showed heart was fine. GI said he didn't think it was GI related. I give up on doctors. I've had this before and I'm sure I will again. It's like inflammation in there or something but it makes you anxious and uncomfortable. I truly hope you are okay and I hope it will give you some comfort to know you aren't the only one with this.

I had to comment as although I don't think I've had this reaction to glutening, I have had it when I have had to take iron and also now with ongoing suspected gastritis.  I figure it is bloating, and get some relief when I drink hot water or mint tea.  All the pressure is under my rib cage and I recall once crossing the road in town wondering if I'd actually make it to the shop I wanted to go to, it was so uncomfortable.   The common denominator in both cases is obviously irritation to my stomach/small intestinews so I guess glutening could do the same.

 


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On 9/24/2017 at 3:12 PM, Noobette said:

Thank you @Megamaniac - I don't hear about chest tightness as a symptom of being glutened, so it's good to hear of someone else. My current symptoms aren't bad, just annoying. It's hard to tell if it's anxiety tightening my chest, or something else. But since it's only been happening since I ate that damn tortilla, my guess is it's gluten-related. My doctor made me have an echocardiogram and stress test to rule out cardiac issues before he would do the endoscopy (this was a couple of years ago). I learned that telling a doctor "my chest tightness gets worse when I walk up a hill" makes everything else grind to a hart until the heart gets checked out!

My first time here as well, and I am also new to gluten intolerance related symptoms. But since you have mentioned this, I think, this is exactly what I am experiencing these days and suffered from it for quite sometime by now, with knowing. First of all thank you for sharing, because it is bit relieving in a way. I often get chest tightness, randomly. Tried to discuss with my doctor, but no firm answer, so far. My thoughts about my chest tightness were also converging towards my Ceoliac but no direct link. I can also relate to the feeling that it starts as mild chest tightness and probably due to anxiety, it converts to a kind of panic attack. I just need to force my self to think away from it in-order to feel better and let the phase pass by. 

Cheers,

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I found this page and couldn’t feel more relieved. I was recently told I have a gluten intolerance, not celiac’s but enough to have to change my diet. Ever since going gluten free though, I’ve had this chest tightness that will not go away. I try to do yoga and take baths, drink tea to calm myself but once the tightness starts my anxiety kicks in, making it 10x worse. I’m hoping that maybe I’m cross contaminating with something gluten because the tightness feels like it’s never going to go away. These comments have given me a little hope that it’s due to something gluten related and nothing alarming. I also will request to see a GI specialist and go further into the cause

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I've been diagnosed celiac since 2008 and I just got glutened last week (hardly ever happens) but broke my rule of letting someone else order for me. Anyway my back and chest has been sore and tight since Tuesday along with the other glutened symptoms..I'm extremely sensitive, just a breadcrumb will make me sick.

I will add that it seems like the more you avoid gluten the more severe it is when you get any contamination so something might be hiding in something you are still eating. 

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It gives me so much relief to hear others have this symptom with celiac disease. I've had random chest pains since before I was diagnosed (I was diagnosed about a month ago) and I've been keeping an eye on them. Some days they are an annoyance and some days they are stabbing pains that make me gasp and curl up for several minutes. Fortunately, it's never felt like heart problems. But it's still a pain to deal with on top of everything else. 

Your post makes me wonder if my mom is right when she thinks that I have had this probably at the same time we were treating my endometriosis. 

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