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Has anyone had difficulty breathing as a symptom for Celiac? My throat gets very tight and I feel like I can't take a deep breath. Almost like my throat muscles won't relax.

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Has anyone had difficulty breathing as a symptom for Celiac? My throat gets very tight and I feel like I can't take a deep breath. Almost like my throat muscles won't relax.

Before going gluten-free, yes, I had some trouble breathing

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Yes, very definitely. I should add I am asthmatic. However, the shortness of breath would happen without wheezing and my inhaler was only marginally helpful. It was about 9 months after I went off gluten that the symptom went away and seems to be gone now. I am taking an inhaler but it's because in the course of examining my lungs she discovered my lower airways were not as open as they should be. This is from scarring of the pathways from childhood asthma. So there may be some connection between the scarred airways and the shortness of breath but it's not clear. Also since going off gluten my posture is better because I have better physical strength and energy. I'm sure that is helping open my airways as well.

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yes! I had a constant "clogged, sore throat", difficulty swallowing, and shortness of breath. Even my ribs feel sore and compressed. I had posture issues, too and now that my back/neck muscles are not so weak from malnutrition, I can stand a bit straighter.

I had to stop working out at the gym and swimming--even walking the length of my driveway seems like "labor" :blink: --yet I have no allergies, asthma, lung or heart problems (that anyone can uncover, anyway and I have been tested every which way)

It's gotten MUCH better in 5 mos. gluten-free, but not entirely gone as yet.

The doctor tells me it is inflammation from the celiac and to be patient. It will resolve. Hope so--I feel MUCH older than my 84 year old Mom! :huh:

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Has anyone had difficulty breathing as a symptom for Celiac? My throat gets very tight and I feel like I can't take a deep breath. Almost like my throat muscles won't relax.

I see that some posters have had this reaction as part of their normal Celiac intolerance, but to me it sounds quite like an allergic reaction. Are you sure you're not allergic to gluten wheat? Throat closing is a serious concern and you should definitely talk to your doctor about that.

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I see that some posters have had this reaction as part of their normal Celiac intolerance, but to me it sounds quite like an allergic reaction. Are you sure you're not allergic to gluten? Throat closing is a serious concern and you should definitely talk to your doctor about that.

Jenn makes a good point about checking with your doctor or an allergist maybe?

I do not believe you can be "allergic" to gluten --but you can be allergic to wheat, of course. But if you no longer ingesting wheat/gluten, that's not what's causing it.

You could have allergy testing done to rule out what may be causing the reaction or see an ear/nose/throat doctor. A lot of people have this "throat sensation" from inflammation from celiac, but you may want to just check it out.

Every doctor I saw for this sensation-allergist, etc (pre-diagnosis) said "Nope--nothing there"....and yet, I sure felt it just the same. :blink:

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Also, the "rock" in my throat has disappeared as well. :) We sure have some strange symptoms from celiac disease don't we?? :blink:

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I do not believe you can be "allergic" to gluten --but you can be allergic to wheat, of course.

Good catch! Yes, I meant an allergic reaction to wheat. B)

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