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Do I Have Celiac?

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So i've been feeling really sick after I eat, and VERY tired these last few months. I never knew about gluten until my friends mom said this might be my problem. After I eat, I usually notice my heart beat more, my stomach feels bloated and ill, and then I get really irratable and very tired, many signs of the disease.

The other day I had no gluten, and felt fine all day. Today, all I had was an apple, and than a gluten free pizza, and I felt fine. Than I had some Reese's Ice Cream, and got stomach aches soon after.

Now, I haven't had any constipation or diarreah, and I have been gaining weight, which are symptoms that most people have on here.

Also, I have been very hungry these last few months, and never seem to get full. Only stomach aches. I also haven't been able to have more than one or two beers without getting very sick.

I go to the doctor to get tested on Monday, but am wondering what everyone here thinks about it. Could it be anything else?

Tomorrow I am going to go completley gluten free, and have some rum at night and see how I feel.

Thanks in advance! Everyone seems very helpful here.

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Celiac disease can have many different presentations. Not everyone who has celiacs has GI symptoms.

If you are getting the blood test done on Monday, the important thing is to remain eating gluten until then. If you go gluten-free you run the risk of testing negative even though you may have Celiacs.

Best of luck!

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Guest cassidy

Celiac certainly could be your problem. Testing can be a bit tricky. Many people don't test positive enough though they have a problem with gluten. If you go off gluten before you get tested, then you may have a negative result, even if it would have been positive if you stayed on gluten.

Also, it took me 2 weeks to notice a difference after going gluten-free. It is great that you have already had a good day, but it takes a while to get out of your system so eating gluten one day and not the next really won't tell you much. You really need to give it a month or so of being gluten-free to see if the diet is going to work for you. There is so much hidden gluten that you may gluten yourself in the beginning without realizing it. At the same time, the only reason you would feel better by excluding gluten is if you have a problem with gluten, so you may have already figured things out.

Good luck and just realize that it may be a bit challenging in the beginning, but things do get much easier.

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For the first twenty five years of my life I was constantly fatigued, tired, and depressed. I slept as often as I could, sometimes 15 hours a day or more. All I ever wanted to do was sleep, it was horrible. Then, at 25 I began to get constipated along with the chronic fatigue. My joints ached and I was beginning to experience significant memory loss. Less than a year later I started in with what appeared to be a stomach virus, diarrhea and nausea constantly. This never went away. The D lasted for almost 6 months until I was diagnosed and went gluten free. The point of my story is that yes, you can have fatigue as your only symptom. Actually, you can be completely asymptomatic and still have Celiac. It seems to me that you have already determined that you have a problem with gluten, whether it's Celiac or not. Will you be planning on trying the gluten free lifestyle even if you test negative. It's really not that hard once you've done it for a while. I don't even think about it anymore.


~Angie~

Gluten free since May 2004

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