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I struggled with Anorexia and Bulimia for about 12 years, and have been recovered for 3 years (gratefully so!)

Having struggled so long, and so severely, and knowing I have not walked away completely unscathed ~ I can't help but to wonder, can Gluten Sensitivity be a direct (or indirect) result of the damage and trauma i put my body through with the eating disorder? I know that Celiac is genetic, so Celiac in and of itself is not caused by one thing over another per se.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

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I have read that it is the other way around.....a gluten sensitivity can lead to anorexia/bulimia. It could be because gluten causes upset and a person develops an aversion to certain foods...and then food all together....or they binge on gluten foods and then throw up. OR anorexia/bulimia has been tied into certain vit/mineral deficiencies. So if you are deficient because you are gluten intolerant...this could lead to these diseases.

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As a recovered bulimic, I can attest to my bing foods being very high in gluten. My favorites were: Pizza, Captain Crunch, Donuts and Pasta. Very high gluten!! And I never threw up. I used laxatives/exercise to purge. I will say that these foods made me feel horrible. But I wanted that pain to mask my emotional pain. It was a very deliberate thing. Perhaps I, on some level, picked these gluten foods because they made me hurt the most. :(

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ShayFL Wow, ShayFL, thanks for sharing! My B/P foods were also very high in gluten. Crazy high, actually. I actually nevergave it much thought prior to recently. Congrats on your recovery, BTW! It is indeed debilitating.

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I think that trauma to the body can cause allergies and intolerance.

I think I had mine for years but right after a surgery it kicked in to high gear.

I talked to a woman who was the family baker, always had cookies in the cookie jar and was know for her pot pie noodles.

Right after a car accident she lost about 80 pounds and found she was celiac ( I buy her aswome gluten free muffins from the farmers market)

A friend of mine had a car accident, and became allergic to sesame seeds. He had eaten them is whole life but then when he had them of the accident he had to go to the er room. It took them months to figure that one out.

When I was younger though I did have a host of medical problems but it was never tied do directly to this. I wonder if I had this problem but everyone kept saying it was something else.

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one more mile: I totally agree with you that allergies/intolerances can be brought on by trama to the body. I have had IBS symptoms since I was 14 but it never made me miss out on life. After my second C-section last August is when I really got ill and was living in the bathroom after every meal. My doctor found complications from my first C-section and fixed them so on top of recovering from a C-section and pregnancy, I was recovering from surgery to repair all the things that were wrong in me from the first C-section. I think that's what did it for me. I have not been the same since. I knew something was wrong the first week I was home. My parents brought over pasta, pizza, fried chicken, and garlic bread to help us stock up on easy dinners and I had never been so sick in my life as I was after I ate all that gluten rich food.

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I think that trauma to the body can cause allergies and intolerance.

I think I had mine for years but right after a surgery it kicked in to high gear.

No, trauma is a trigger, it doesn't cause it to happen, gluten sensitivity was already there, just waiting for a trigger.

Read up on "triggers" for gluten sensitivity/intolerance/celiac disease. Everything tells us the disease was there, just waiting for a trigger. I think I have had this problem my whole life, but my 2nd pregnancy kicked it into full force.

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