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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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Hey guys, this is my first time posting on this Forum so i'd figure I would first tell my story so you get some background on my situation to better assist me with my question!

 

I'm 24 years old, male that has tried to be gluten free for about 4 months. I eat extremely healthy. I never got tested for celiac or any gluten allergy, I never had the money for the test or to see any doctors. I'm currently in school to become a dietitian, so I felt up to the challenge to fix myself. It all started july of 2012 when I was noticing my stools where getting wierd and weren't normal logs anymore. alot of diarrhea and problems. So, like any college student I was like maybe it's the drinking, or some unhealthy food I was eating. So I just started to cut foods out and eatting super clean; but nothing was really fixing it. and it was just getting worse; I would get horrible pressure in my stomach/small intestine, this pressure wouldn't go away. and I would start getting dizzy sometimes.

 

Anyway, fast forwarding In January of 2013 I met someone who was gluten free and after talking to them I was like, I guess I'll give it a shot. By this time I was already eating extremely healthy since I was doing everything possible to fix this, so It wasn't that hard to just start cutting out wheat and gluten. Within a week of going gluten free, all my symptoms went away. The pressure in my stomach even went away and slowly my stools started to become fuller. Within a month I felt stronger and healthier. So, I was like maybe I found out what fixed it!

 

So for the past 4 months I kept up with this diet; Wasn't nearly as I thought. But, sometimes I would still have problems here and there but in general it was alot better. So randomly, 4 days ago I was eating this new gluten free soup that I wanted to try and the pressure came back within 15 mins of eating it, full on as if I just ate a piece of bread or something. No idea what happened. So confused, tons of gas and all this other crap. So, after a day it went away; and I was thinking what the hell was that since it didn't have any wheat or gluten ingredients in it, to be honest, it didn't have much of anything. So, in the back of my head I always realized that when I cut out gluten I also at the same time cut out all lactose from my diet. I actually drank lactose milk because that's just what we had. So, I was like, "maybe I just had a lactose problem this whole time and not gluten". (mind you the soup didn't have any milk in it; I was just freaking out, haha) With this I tried a small piece of bread with one of my meals at like 6pm and waited for any symptoms to occur. Suprisingly, nothing happened.

 

The next morning I actually had one of the fullest stools I have ever had. Basicly this gave me no help and I was now more confused. I continuted with my day and completely forgot about the bread that I ate last night and went to class eating my normal gluten free meals. Around 12:00 pm I was eating a normal salad and into half way of finishing it the pressure came back; but it felt like just gas; It would come and go within a second to a min. When I finished my salad and continuted my classes my stomach was having a hard time digesting something. I was having massive gas during class; and I was worried that I was going to have one of my IBS attacks, which is what I use to call it when i didn't eat gluten free. I toughened up and made it all the way back home before getting nauseous and having to run for the bathroom. Needless to say this was not a normal stool. Finishing my day with a little upset stomach, I went to bed completely stressed out and had no idea what triggered that event considering that if it was the bread that would have been 18 hours since I digested it. As I said before in the past if I by accident digested something that was bad I would know within 30 mins tops. I'm incredibly good shape and have a very fast metabolism.

 

In conclusion, I know this story is super long but I would appreicate it so much if someone could maybe shed some light on this situation. I'm open to answering any questions you may have. I'm a body builder so I know extactly what goes into my body and when. I write everything down and know the extact amounts of everything. I can be really precise on my diet if someone needs any information. Just to add, this morning, I didn't have a great stool either,  but it was okay. my stomach felt a tiny bit upset after eating gluten free oats for a few seconds, but it's been almost 2 hours now and i'm feeling healthy and well.

 

ps. I'm surpised I wrote this much haha. Thanks again so much to anyone that helps!

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