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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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-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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Newtoitall    6

I was thinking of looking for a good soluble fiber source, I'm not sure what I will be able to tolerate.

 

but It just got me thinking, maybe people on here have found natural methods of improving digestion and the overall experience of the daily "passing" :P

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burdee    80

I had chronic constipation for years. I tried all the recommendations for more liquids, more fiber, magnesium, exercise, everything except laxatives, which caused cramping pain.  6 years after I was diagnosed with celiac disease, i was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (autoimmune hypothyroid), which is highly correlated with gluten intolerance.  After I reached a stable dose of thyroid supplement, I was regular every day, no matter what I ate. However, I had to take the thyroid supplements at least an hour away from magnesium (and iron, which I don't take) and 30 minutes away from meals. Irregularity is a common symptom of hypothyroid. So, if you've tried all the other regularity remedies and still struggle, consider getting a full thyroid panel (free t3, free t4, TPOab and TSH, which is not as important as the first 3 tests).

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nvsmom    332

Ditto Burdee. I had C my entire life. I discovered my celiac disease and thyroiditis at the same time.  As my thyroid dosing got closer to ideal point, my BM's happened with much more frequency. I'm not sure it was due to my thyroid meds or the fact that I had been gluten-free for 9 months.

 

Prior to that, fibre did very, very little for me. I would mix fibre into water a few times a day, and take 2-6 fibre tablets, of two different types, twice a day. Heck, I ate prunes.  LOL I hope you find something that helps.

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Make sure you are getting enough magnesium.  Too much, gives diarrhea. 

 

I am sold on my digestive enzymes.  They help break down the food and I have noticed a difference.  Though I must admit to having done so many things that it is hard to distinguish what is working.  My nurse practitioner told me that the villi in the small intestine get too damaged to do their job of triggering the pancreas.  This is reversible, but enzymes can help break down the food in the meantime.

 

Smooth Move Tea, by Traditional Medicinal, I heard recommended by my chiropractor for constipation.  My family has used it on a few occasions and found it helpful.

 

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burdee    80

Ditto Burdee. I had C my entire life. I discovered my celiac disease and thyroiditis at the same time.  As my thyroid dosing got closer to ideal point, my BM's happened with much more frequency. I'm not sure it was due to my thyroid meds or the fact that I had been gluten-free for 9 months.

 

Prior to that, fibre did very, very little for me. I would mix fibre into water a few times a day, and take 2-6 fibre tablets, of two different types, twice a day. Heck, I ate prunes.  LOL I hope you find something that helps.

 

I was gluten free (and abstaining from my 6 other diagnosed allergies) for 6 years and still struggled with constipation.Then I was finally dx'd with Hashimoto's. It took over a year for me to realize that I didn't do well on any T4 meds and switched to T3 only meds with my doc's approval. After that I was regular withmuch less magnesium and fiber. However, when I need to increase my dose, I still cn get irregularity which is unmitigated by magnesium or fiber. I can't tolerate laxatives which contain sorbitol, beause I get horrible cramping pain from those.

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