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I got diagnosed about 4 years ago with Celiac Sprue. Joined Celiac Association in Omaha, Nebraska. I am still learning, I try to be careful of things I eat. But I always had a flat tummy and all but I now get so bloated under my breast area, it's so uncomfortable, plus in about 5 years I put on about 25 pounds. I am only 5'3 so it feels like more.

My gastro doctor wants me to have another CT Scan pelvicc dye and all, I get panic attacks when I have that done now..So it's hard for me and very expensive....Have any of you had any other tests that may help? Where my stomach meets the intestinonal area there is a vert tender area, it comes and goes but my doc wants to see what's going on?

Again I try to be careful but realize that sometimes the tinest thing can trigger reactions in my body. If you have any suggestions for me please write! Thanks so much..............xo

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I find that I get bloated by a lot of things other than gluten. You may need to do an elimination diet to find out if you have other intolerances besides celiac disease. It's not too likely they will be as numerous as mine, but most people with celiac disease have other intolerances as well. The most common ones seem to be dairy and nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant), soy, corn, but it could be anything.

I would start out testing the foods high in lectins (for more info, follow the link in my signature). Start by eliminating them all for at least two weeks, and see how you feel. Then test one group at a time.

I would try that first, before doing any more invasive tests.

Hope this helps.

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I got diagnosed about 4 years ago with Celiac Sprue. Joined Celiac Association in Omaha, Nebraska. I am still learning, I try to be careful of things I eat. But I always had a flat tummy and all but I now get so bloated under my breast area, it's so uncomfortable, plus in about 5 years I put on about 25 pounds. I am only 5'3 so it feels like more.

My gastro doctor wants me to have another CT Scan pelvicc dye and all, I get panic attacks when I have that done now..So it's hard for me and very expensive....Have any of you had any other tests that may help? Where my stomach meets the intestinonal area there is a vert tender area, it comes and goes but my doc wants to see what's going on?

Again I try to be careful but realize that sometimes the tinest thing can trigger reactions in my body. If you have any suggestions for me please write! Thanks so much..............xo

I agree with paying attention to possible other intollerances, especially to dairy since a lot of people with celiacs seem to have that problem. Do you use a lot of gluten free subsitututes, like bread and muffins and such? A lot of them seem to be pretty high in calories and low in fiber, which can lead to eating more. I struggle with bloating too, and am trying to figure out what its from as well. Good luck!

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I agree with paying attention to possible other intollerances, especially to dairy since a lot of people with celiacs seem to have that problem. Do you use a lot of gluten free subsitututes, like bread and muffins and such? A lot of them seem to be pretty high in calories and low in fiber, which can lead to eating more. I struggle with bloating too, and am trying to figure out what its from as well. Good luck!

Hello, I get bloated in my lower abs. When I first started eating gluten free, about 4 months now my tummy and body felt lighter, now I have been feeling heavy. I do not eat alot of the sweets and I drink lactaid milk and use lactaid cheese, I also do not eat the gluten free flours, so I am so confused on my bloated feeling.

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I got diagnosed about 4 years ago with Celiac Sprue. Joined Celiac Association in Omaha, Nebraska. I am still learning, I try to be careful of things I eat. But I always had a flat tummy and all but I now get so bloated under my breast area, it's so uncomfortable, plus in about 5 years I put on about 25 pounds. I am only 5'3 so it feels like more.

My gastro doctor wants me to have another CT Scan pelvicc dye and all, I get panic attacks when I have that done now..So it's hard for me and very expensive....Have any of you had any other tests that may help? Where my stomach meets the intestinonal area there is a vert tender area, it comes and goes but my doc wants to see what's going on?

Again I try to be careful but realize that sometimes the tinest thing can trigger reactions in my body. If you have any suggestions for me please write! Thanks so much..............xo

I think I gained 20 pounds while I was first sick and unaware of my Celiac Disease. Slowly I have lost the weight, but now I am dealing with gallbladder/kidney issues and the HORRIBLE and DISGUSTING bloating feeling has reared its ugly head, although I am still religious about following my diet.

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Look for gluten in unexpected products. I found that I felt great at first, then after about 6 months I began feeling bloated again. A celiac friend told me about hidden sources of gluten that she had found, malt, caramel color and flavors sometimes, msg and more. Look on the celiac.org website. Another big one that I never thought about is beauty products. Sure enough many of my hair products contained wheat protein. Out they went! I still have occasional bouts of bloating and I am pretty sure it is related to eating hidden gluten in some form, it seems to be everywhere. I also found that my reaction time is slower than many, it may often take a day or even two for me to feel the effects of eating a food with gluten in it....I have a very sluggish system!

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Have you been using any sugar-free products containing sorbitol? That makes some people bloat.

I agree that an elimination diet might be called for if you can't identify the problem. You can either take things out one at a time or start out with a diet without the usual irritants and then add things in one and a time and see how you do. I can find a link for the latter approach if you are interested. Or you can google and see what you find.

Have you noticed the tenderness after particular foods? How well are you digesting things in your stomach? Do you sometimes have the food just sit there and not move out, particularly a high fat meal? If you are having digestive issues higher up (you mention under the breast area), particularly in response to fat, it may be a gall bladder problem. This is something I dealt with before I changed my diet.

Yes, it was akin to the old joke, "Doctor, doctor, it hurts when I do this" ... "Then don't do that." I told him the foods that made my stomach hurt and he told me not to eat them. Yes, that's why he gets the big bucks :rolleyes:

I suggest keeping a food diary and seeing if you can find some pattern to your symptoms. Other than eliminating gluten, did your diet change in any other way? Any changes close to when you started bloating or has that been there a long time?

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Just another broken record saying "see if you can identify other foods causing this problem". Milk (lactose intolerance) is a *very common* culprit, but *MANY* other things can cause it as well.

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After going gluten free there were still many things that made me bloated and caused green diarhea. :ph34r: You'll see in my signature that I avoid gluten free processed foods (like flours etc), soy, sugar and dairy. Things are much better now. When I'm not glutened, my tummy is flat more than 50% of the time. Last month we celebrated because for the first time in 7 yrs I can wear a size 12 jean. (I used to toggle between 14 - 18) Now it doesn't fit anymore... yesterday I managed to slip into a size 10. :rolleyes::lol:

Best wishes with indentifing the nasties and no-no's. I know it's hard but it can be done. I agree with the others. The elimination diet and a diary is the way to go. ;)

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