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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Since I've been gluten free everyone tells me I look like I keep losing wieght. I have not been trying to lose wieght and I've actually been eating a lot more than I used to and more frequently b/c i actually get hungry and dont feel bloated and gross after eating. The thing that bothers me is in the past week I started noticeing that I look and feel thinner. I have always been a person who has trouble keeping thier wieght down and now that I'm gluten free it seems that no matter how much I eat or what I eat I look like I', getting thinner, even though the scale doesnt show it. My wieght has always fluctuated between 135 and 150 in the past few years, and the flucuation could all be in a month, usually related to my periods. Even though I look thin and my clothes are starting to be too loose on me, I still wiegh the same, around 140, but I look like I wieght 115-120. I'm 5'6.

I"ve been having some wierd feelings in my stomach lately, almost like a burning, but not heart burn type. Its definitly not painful but I notice it off and on and I sometimes feel naucious or extremely hungry even though I ate plenty throughout the day making sure i have plenty of protien and healthy fats and balance of carbs. I also get even more dizzy than normal when I stand up, its to the point where its very annoying!!!!

I was wondering if these symptoms may be the sign of an ulcer? I"ve heard that people with celiacs are at risk for ulcers. I have not seen a doctor in a long time and have not been diagnosed with anything yet. Is wieght loss or possibly a "mal- nourished" look also a side effect of an ulcer? and I was wondering what causes ulcers in someone with celiacs? I thought maybe since the small intestine cant break food down properly that this would cause the stomach to work harder/possibly producing more H Pylori??? I'm seeing a doc soon, I just have all this stuff running through my head b/c I just dont feel right, even though the majority of my major problems are gone when gluten free....this seems like an endless battle....

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Of course, the first question everyone asks on this forum is are you sure you're 100% gluten-free?

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Of course, the first question everyone asks on this forum is are you sure you're 100% gluten-free?

I am sure. I've been eating only products produced in dedicated factories....the only thing that I could think of is my mouthwash. Its and off brand whitening pre-rinse by CareOne, but I didnt see any ingredients that could possibly have gluten...

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You might have just lost some water weight and bloating if you recently started the gluten free diet. That happened to me. I very quickly lost a few pounds when I started the diet. If I accidentally get some gluten I gain a couple pounds over night and then lose them a few days later when the reaction starts to be over.

There's a thread about constant hunger in the "coping with" section right now. It's also quite common in the beginning of the diet. You might just have to eat more often for a couple of months until your body starts to heal. Not necessarily big meals but spread your eating over the day every couple hours or so.

When I was still eating gluten I used to always feel a bit full but it was actually from the bloating. When that went away I had to get used to a totally different feeling of hunger. So that also could be what you're feeling. If that's the case I think things will even out in a few months time.

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the same thing happens with me with the water wieght, so you are right, thats probably what it is. I know if I eat gluten I feel fatigued and achy all over the next day, but a lot of that feeling is from the water wieght b/c there are times where I can actually press my skin and feel soarness..

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