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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I cut gluten out of my diet and felt relief straight away. My constipation, fainting spells, bloating, nausea, vomiting and brain fog cleared up within 2-3 months and I've been feeling great ever since. I've been gluten free for 7 months and occasionally had mishaps and eaten gluten, causing me to have strong reactions, like vomiting, pain, brain fog and mouth ulcers. However, that hasn't happened for the past month so out of curiosity I began trying gluten, its been 2 weeks and I've no reaction! My reactions use to be so severe, but not I don't seem to have any! Has this happened to anyone? Thanks, K
  2. Going to Athens for a holiday very last minute! Leaving tomorrow afternoon and arriving in the evening. This will be my first time out of the country since realising I cannot eat gluten, so I am a little nervous. I will be in a hotel, so no apartment to cook in Has anyone been before? Do you have any tips for being gluten free abroad, any meals to recommend?(I will eat anything except gluten!) Thanks everyone - K x
  3. I feel so sad reading all of these and seeing how so many people have needlessly suffered due to so many uneducated doctors who do not understand! I think the really really important thing is to not fall out with your body. It's difficult and I often find myself in tears of anger and frustration, blaming my body and hating it! When really that's no help at all. Also, talking to people who understand. The confirmation that I WASN'T crazy was such a relief. Being a young woman, every doctor I saw blamed my periods! (Which were agonising, sure) But they also accused me of being anorexic (once in front of a few medical student's watching, very embarrassing and unsympathetic!) I've been told I'm depressed, brushed aside with IBS, doctor's have laughed saying "If I didn't know any better I'd say you were pregnant!" Great thing to say to a scared, alone, 16 year old girl! But the worst of all was being told I was FINE. Since when was chronic constipation, fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, reoccurring mouth ulcers, constant nausea and painful vomiting, fainting and general weakness fine!? You need to talk about your symptoms, to people who understand, and have patience with yourself and your body. Remember that you WILL get better.
  4. I'm sorry to hear you never seem to feel well, but I know exactly how you feel. It's literally a new problem everyday (or a reoccurring one!) My family and friends are supportive, but they don't really understand. I just constantly feel bloated, or tired, or nauseas or achy, etc etc etc. How do you cope? Do you keep a food diary, write a list of trigger foods? Have you been gluten-free for very long? I've only been gluten-free for almost 3 months, and I feel better (haven't been vomiting!) but its a slow process, hopefully this time next year I am even healthier. Not sure about you, but doctor's have been a waste of time for me.
  5. Hey everyone, I've been suffering from trapped wind for three days straight now, its been really painful (especially on Saturday) and wakes me up at night. I am also really bloated and constipated. I'm not sure if the trapped wind is a result from constipation, or different entirely? Has anyone else suffered from this. I've taken laxatives, fibre supplements, prune juice, smoothies, effervescent salts, linseed and flaxseed and generally just been healthy! Jogging, lots of water and juice, no fatty foods or alcohol. They haven't done much except give me mild cramping. I'm trying to give up dairy and have been avoiding it fine, except for occasional problems with milk in unexpected places. I'm just so tired of being ill! There is always something wrong with me! My constipation really improved after quitting gluten, but its been bad this past week. Can anyone recommend food or other things to help constipation, bloating and my digestion in general? I'm getting really depressed about this Thanks again everyone x
  6. It easily could have been a gluten response, just the worse one ever! Maybe there was even gluten in Senokot? The website said no but I'm not so sure now. I though I was out for a few minutes, it felt like ages but maybe it wasn't I was just so dizzy, sweaty and confused I couldn't tell. Does this happen to you quite often after eating gluten? Worrying! Thanks for your reply
  7. Hi everyone, thanks for replying so quickly! I didn't see a doctor because after that horrible episode I calmed down a lot, cramping but not more fainting or excruciating pain! I'm wondering if it was the laxative (although I've not had those reactions before) or gluten!? I may have eaten some gluten the night before too, pretty harsh reaction but I've been off the stuff for quite a while now. I haven't passed out from pain since getting the absolute worse period pains when I was 14. Horrible, horrible. I'm just glad I can talk to you all about it, everyone else acts like I'm overreacting its awful not being taken serious. Much better today, just a little weak, how I normally feel after eating gluten
  8. Hey everyone, I've been so busy the past few weeks, but been sticking to my gluten-free diet fine! Although last night I felt rather uncomfortable, bloated and constipated, I put it down to stress and took a Senokot tablet (Dual tablet which aides bloating and constipation) I've never had a problem with Senokot before and doubted anything would happen. This morning however I felt extremely painful cramping and an urge to use the bathroom, but the cramping persisted and I didn't actually need to go. That passed and I felt a little shaky but fine. In town the same happened again, but this time I felt more like I was going to vomit. I left town and felt cramps on the way home. Upon arriving home I rushed to the bathroom, felt extremely painful cramps and a desperate urge to relieve myself, but again, nothing! The cramps got so bad I was crying out in agony, broke out in a cold sweat and my ears began ringing. I stood up and tried to wash my face with cold water, and passed out onto the floor from pain!! I must have been unconscious a few minutes. Now about 10 min later I'm still suffering from slight cramping and shaking, but thats all. I'm pretty worried, has anyone else had this? The pains in my lower stomach and its excruciating. Should I seek medical help or wait and hope it passes? Thanks everyone!
  9. Is Dizziness A Withdrawal

    Hello Yes I think it is! After going off gluten I felt very fatigued and so dizzy for about 2 weeks or so,I think its your body fighting off the toxins, and possibly you aren't eating enough? I almost passed out in town after having a horrible dizzy spell right after quitting gluten, scared my mother to death! Just relax and wait it out, your body is recovering and it will take time. If you don't feel comfortable driving, then don't. Your body is getting better and you need to try and help it by resting. Take it easy and feel better soon
  10. I went gluten free on my own initiative after so many failed doctors visits, because being off gluten is the only thing to make me better! I've been gluten free for almost 2 months now, aside from accidentally eating gluten and purposely for 2 days after a failed attempt at the gluten challenge. Anyway, I'm still suffering from nausea and bloating. Nowhere near as bad as when on gluten but still a problem. I accidentally ate gluten today (presuming it was in a burger I ate at a BBQ) and have been suffering from nausea, fatigue and bloating for hours I seem to react way worse to small amounts of gluten the longer I am gluten free! Anyway, does anyone have any ideas as to why I am still suffering from bloating and nausea? Is there anything I can do to help, or any foods to avoid? Thanks everyone! K x
  11. Mouth Ulcers?

    Just wondering if anyone on here suffers with mouth ulcers? I am constantly getting them, normally the day after (sometimes just a few hours after) I accidentally eat gluten, normally with all the other symptoms. After eating gluten by mistake a week or so ago, I got a mouth ulcer, it cleared up but now more keep developing. I don't think I'm eating gluten as I feel great and have no other symptoms? Just wondering if anyone else has this problem and if so what helps them? Thanks!
  12. I've been off gluten for 7 weeks now and feeling much better, but the last hour I've felt really nauseas, light headed, shaky and dizzy, just how I feel after eating gluten! I went through everything I've eaten today and can't find any gluten, except for 'traces of wheat protein' in some chocolate I ate. I only ate two pieces, is this even enough to make me feel ill? Thanks everyone K x
  13. Hi everyone, I've been gluten free for about 6 weeks now! (except for a few slip ups and a failed attempt at a gluten challenged) but I am already feeling much better! A lot of my symptoms have cleared up or improved (fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog, vomiting, nausea, constipation) but I am still suffering from bloating and occasional nausea. I was wondering if anyone could recommend any probiotics or digestive enzymes to take? Would this help? I live off water, peppermint and ginger tea, but I'm still bloated! I've just started taking Multibionta which is a pill containing probiotics, multi vitamins and minerals all in one. Hoping to see results soon! But would anyone be able to offer any recommendations regarding digestive enzymes, and whether this would aid my uncomfortable and annoying bloating!? Thanks everyone! K x
  14. That's okay! Sorry for the confusion, I've had a horrible day feeling so weak and tired and not knowing why! My minds been all over the place and I wrote that post rather quickly this morning, before randomly sleeping for a few hours I just feel so frustrated with all of the confusion, constantly feeling ill and useless doctors I've been seeing!
  15. Yes I think you may be right, I'm going to research further and see what I come up with. I just know homeopath is an option and was wondering if anyone had any experience with it