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  1. I've been gluten free for one year. My only symptom (over the last 7 years or so) has ALWAYS been just bloating with NO pain or diarrhea. Since going gluten-free my bloating has gotten better but not cured by any means. Now I'm trying a FODMAP kinda diet, cut down on the fructose considerable and I'm much better and fast. Not sure if it will last though since this diet is torture. I know I've been "glutened" with CC over the year, possibly several times and always the only thing that happens is I get a little bloaty, no big D or anything, then it goes away a few hours later. Could it be I just have the malabsorption and NOT celiac? I did test negative to celiac *BUT* I had already been gluten-free for 3 weeks so it was expected. thanks!
  2. thanks for the reply! i will definitively look into the fructose thing.
  3. As I approach my one year Gluten free I wanted to share my story, maybe get some feedback. It's been a tough battle but I am approaching one year of gluten free! It's been a weird time and I'm as confused as ever. To kinda recap, I'm a 29 year old male with a family history of celiac's...kinda (1 diagnosed person out of about 100 in my fam). My symptom was always just bloating, never ending bloating. Every day for about the last 6 or 7 years. I've never cheated on my gluten-free diet, although I suspect I've been CC'ed dozens of times. The problem is (if you can call it that), I have no reaction other then some minor bloating that just goes away. I eat out a lot but I always mention to the server about my intolerance. My home is bread crumb central, I've traveled over seas and ate out at numerous restaurants who had no clue what gluten even was. I've even had beer splash into my mouth by accident. I haven't had any stomach issues at all other then the bloating which just seems like a constant. While the bloating has improved since before, it hasn't gone away. If I get really strict and cut out anything processed and stick to the real basics, it also gets better. The only thing that really messes me up is fruit. Can't eat it. No bananas, apples, grapes, oranges, kiwis, nothing. That really bloats me up. Veggies, meat, chicken, fish, rice, milk, all seem okay. I was never officially diagnosed. the blood work came out negative but I was told it was because I had already been gluten-free for 2+ weeks. While I do feel better, I am still searching for answers. My stomach just sucks at digestion. At least it's kind enough to not give me the big D or any of that stuff. I just pray for the day I can wear a t-shirt without wondering if i'm gonna start bloating up like a pregnant woman at any moment. Thanks for reading.
  4. I'm currently taking "NATURE MADE Liquid Softgel MULTI For Him.". I'm not a big fan of the pill itself. I dropped one into a cup of water and let it sit, to see how long it took to dissolve, and I'm not sure it ever even did. I used to take ALIVE Multivitamins and loved them, but they contain some ingredients that might have contained gluten. any suggestions?? Thanks
  5. I felt great the first 2 days... then my body starting going through the withdrawals. 2 months later I feel "better" but far from great. Still trying to find that right balance.
  6. People toss this term around quite frequently and I was wondering, what exactly qualifies as processed food? Does a Lara Bar qualify as processed? What about Heinz ketchup? gluten-free cereals? I can't believe it's not butter? Just wondering what people consider processed?
  7. I've always only had one symptom, bloating. I've been gluten-free for almost 2 months and the bloating has improved, although I wouldn't say I'm 100%. But one of the problems I have ran into, no pun intended, is that after I run or do any kind of cardio exercise my symptom(s) flare up for days. I asked my doctor and he really had no clue, suggested it might be me swallowing air or something to do with my digestive system and eating too soon after working out. Last time I worked out I waited about an hour to eat and I made sure to eat really slow. Didn't seem to help. anybody have a similar situation? BTW I was never officially diagnosed celiac but it runs in my family (well 1 person has it out of like 50). The test came back negative BUT I had been gluten-free for about a month so that's probably why.
  8. The bottle does state "wheat grass" and "barley grass" as ingredients. I remember calling the company (Natures Way) and they told me it was gluten free etc. I've been taking it forever and seem to be okay but I guess it wouldn't hurt to switch especially since I'm almost out. Any recommendations?
  9. oh yeah, i forgot to mention it was a sublingual pill. Which leads me to my next question. Should all vitamins be taken this way? or just b12.
  10. trying to get on the B-12 bandwagon to see if it raisees my energy levels (among other thing). Picked up Biochem B-12 3000 mcg. Anything I should know? Thanks
  11. my multi vitamin has 3333% of my daily B12 (as cyanocobalamin). is there a difference?
  12. For supplements I take Alive Multi vitamins, Astragalus root, curcumin, calcuim and zinc trader joes multi and the fish oil. My diet consists mostly of meat, chicken and some fish. Also rice, potatoes, gluten-free pasta, eggs, asparagus, lettuce, spinach. Fruits such as bananas, strawberries, raspberries.
  13. I've been gluten-free for 6 weeks now and seem to be getting better except for one MAJOR problem. My Sex Drive has all but disappeared. I'm only 28 years old with no prior sex related issues, and in good health, but pretty much from day one of starting my gluten free diet I've noticed a steady drop in my sex drive. I had stopped taking Fish Oil supplements for fear they were the culprit, but I've been off those for about 10 days and no change. Surely I'm not helping my case by over analyzing it but I really don't think it's all mental. Any ideas?
  14. I only have bloating. Nothing else (well possibly some fatigue, but it might just be laziness) No Big D... thank God.
  15. its actually not an energy problem as much a stomach problem. The only symptom of Celiac's I've ever had has been bloating, and after I exercise it seems to get worse.