I stumbled upon these forums from Google. I have been wanting to hear some input from people with celiac disease, and I am very happy to have found these forums.
I a 17 years old (Male) who thinks that he might have celiac disease.
All throughout my life, since I can remember at age 4, I have never always had normal stools.
At age 12 I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance. Thankfully, after cutting away all diary I was no longer having problems. Probably around September 2003 I could no longer have any diary at all, before I used to take lactaid pills, now even those do not work. Then, probably since October 2003 I have had various types of stools; some diarrhea, some constipation, some normal. I was still able to function and pulled through it. In February I just got tired of it, and that is when my mother suggested taking Metamucil and that helped relieve the diarrhea. Another thing to note: From Oct 03 to today I have probably never had consistent stools every day, it was more like every two days. I was used to these symptoms by now (due to my lactose intolerance), also I was never alarmed or felt like something was wrong because it is supposed to be a family thing. Probably both sides of my family have had various gastrointestinal issues, my dad's side of the family calls it "The Family Curse". Well I hate the curse!
Now in March I was really fed up with my guts, the metamucil stopped working and the diarrhea came back. Ever since then I have been trying to figure out what could be causing this trouble that I am having.
Here are my symptoms:
Random stomach/intestinal pain
Whenever I use the bathroom it feels like I still have to go, there is no "ahh now my pants fit better factor"
Unusually smelly farts/poop (sorry for putting it so literally)
Farting more than usual
My intestines feel like there are minor knife cuts all throughout them and for some reason they refuse to heal
Whenever I wake up in the morning I get the feeling from my guts that within two hours I will need to use the bathroom, I also usually have pain in my guts that goes away within 3 hrs.
Another thing to note: My symptoms that I am having now are a heck of a lot different then my lactose intolerance symptoms
Last week I started googling stuff, and some of my first results were websites related to Gluten. I saw the symptoms and they were exactly the same that I am having now! My nearest insurance certified doctor is over an hour away and I cannot travel in this condition, so just last week I visited my local doctor and without me asking any questions or suggesting what I might have he suggested that I might have a fructose or gluten problem. That further reassured my thoughts. My town is a commuter town, its biggest attraction is a movie theater, it is impossible for me to get a gastrointelolgist here, and the local doctor does not have the tools needed to perform accurate gluten/celiac disease tests.
Does anyone think I might have celiac disease?
I would like to go Gluten Free (even though many websites say not to do it until recommended by a doctor) and see if it helps.