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Hi everyone,

Just a quick question really...

I'm pretty sure I haven't got Celiac, I was diagnosed with IBS last year and had a blood test all came back negative (my IgA was on the high side of normal, but no idea if that's relevant!)

I also don't have any 'typical' syptoms. I have usually chronic constipation, bloating, gas etc. I'm a couple of pounds over weight. I started a wheat and dairy free diet two days ago as the problems have got worse since I started doing the Slimming World diet

Anyway, I was talking to my mum yesterday about how I tried laxatives and they aren't working as quickly as I'd like and mentioned something about my stools floating, to which she replied 'well I'm pretty sure poo shouldn't float...'

After looking on the net I've found that it can be a sign of malabsorbtion or a sign that food is passing to quickly through the system. But I can go a 3-6 days without having a BM and they are 95% of the time hard, dry rabbit stool e.g. classic constipation and slow transit. I don't understand!

Anybody got any ideas?

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well despite having negative blood work you have a LOT of symptoms!!!

you could still have a biobsy & it could be positive even with negative blood work.

you could test thru Enterolab.com

or you could be serious about going 100% gluten free & see what happens. BTW you should also go dairy free at the same time, some of your symptoms could be from dairy.

Mum? are you in England?

oh & IBS is not a disease - despite what the doctors think. it is a symptom that something is wrong, like vomiting is not a disease...

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Hi,

Yes I'm in England.

I know what you mean about IBS. Because I'm young (23) my doctor had a quick finger up my bum to check for haemorroids etc and than diagnosed me with IBS. Sent me to a specialist who had a look, sent for a celiac and general blood test and that was it.

So I do get the feeling that it was a case of 'Oh she's young. Doubt there is anything seriously wrong, so I'll diagnose IBS and give her some Colofac'!

I'm pretty sure dairy sets off my eczcema so I suppose I should cut that out to. I wouldn't be too keen on having a biopsy - had one on my cervix a few years ago and there is noway I'd want to go through that supposedly 'painless' experience again!!

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