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So i am 17 years old, and for the longest time i was getting bloated after eating anything, i looked super pregnant. I would never eat before going to the beach and stuff because i was embarrassed. Plus if i was going on a long trip and knew i had to be in the car for longer than 20 minutes i wouldn't eat a thing before hand because i would always have to go to the bathroom after everything i ate. And randomly when i turned 16 i got Tourrete's Syndrome...which is weird to just randomly get it in your teens. So after doing research i stopped eating gluten and lactose and it took away my extreme bloating. And i don't ALWAYS have to go to the bathroom anymore.And I've also noticed my tics from my TS haven't been as bad since eliminating the gluten. But lately i feel like sugar makes me have to run to the bathroom, like after drinking Gatorade or lemonade. After going gluten free is that normal? I feel like i can't eat anything anymore. And i starve myself when I'm with my boyfriend because i don't want to run to the bathroom and feel awkward. I know I'm definitely gluten and lactose intolerant, and without those things I'm a lot better. But i feel like i go to the bathroom more than normal people, and i get gas still. Could anything else go along with being gluten intolerant that bothers me? help! I'm sick of being paranoid about always having a bathroom around.

I never really thought about gluten in my makeup and shampoo....do you think that would bother me? i mean i don't lick off my foundation lol

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Makeup and cosmetics can definitely make you feel lousy. It's darn near impossible to keep from ingesting at least a little of everything we touch. (if you ever take a microbiology class, this is a sobering life lesson LOL). Foundation on your fingers and near your mouth and then touching a glass or straw, and you're glutened. I thought I couldn't be that sensitive and then got SO sick from some lotion. Whoops.

Things like Gatorade and most prepared lemonades and bevs have plenty of chemicals that can be irritating. Coloring, fructose, acids, artificial sweeteners... Those bother my stomach too but I don't think it's celiac, just my body telling me that really the only beverage we NEED is water. All other beverages should be consumed as treats like cookies and candies. That's just my opinion though. And it helps my tummy.

A long time ago I started reading labels religiously. When I got a symptom, I always go back and look at what I ate and try to find a pattern. Things with any trace of milk bothered my asthma. Things with eggs gave me terrible GERD. but I had to learn all those "other" names: dairy can also be whey or casein (some gatorade has milk I noticed too!). Eggs can also be albumin (noticed that in candy). Some folks cant do corn either, and corn syrup is in tons of stuff. Plus gluten has a bunch of sneaky names.

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If sugary things bother you, you may have fructose malabsorption. Fructose is found in sugar, fruit, and veggies. It can get kind of complicated trying to figure out what fruits you can eat and how many. My nerves are acting up today, so I'm just going to paste this from a previous post of mine:

I found IBS Free At Last to be a helpful book and a good starting point: http://www.ibsfree.net/ And this Yahoo group is helpful: http://health.groups...tion_australia/ Both talk about the FODMAP diet, which has you eliminating the most likely irritants for your stomach until your symptoms are mostly gone and then adding things back one at a time.

You could avoid sugary stuff and fruit for a couple of weeks, and if it helps, learn what's safe to return to your diet.

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