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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Nausea was not one of my symptoms before going gluten-free. Now it seems every day I'm having bouts of this miserable nausea. (not pregnant, too old and fixed many years ago) I must be eating something that is causing it but good golly I'm sick of this. I track everything I put in my mouth to see if I can pinpoint what is causing it. I have only be gluten-free since the first week of December so it is all still new to me. I felt great for a couple weeks now I'm sick as a dog most of the time. I have now eliminated dairy & of course gluten but something is CC or it's something else like soy or corn which I still eat. I've read about an elimination diet but not sure what is involved in that. Can anyone direct me to it? Maybe that's the only way to find what I'm reacting to now.

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Hi. :)

Here is a link: Elimination Diet

I can't speak to how great a site it is but if you google elimination diets lots will come up. The simplest thing to do is stick with unprocessed foods, basically meat, fish, vegetables, nuts and a little fruit.

If you are not already keeping a food journal that is also helpful in seeing what you react to.

I too had nausea, for the longest time and still occasionally do.

Lots of people have a positive experience initially and then find further intolerances arising. In my experience I think much of this is how deeply our body is challenged to actually digest the food we eat. I know I do better if I keep it simple, I do not do well with a traditional meal and I think that is because it is just too much for me to digest at once.

Could be soy, it is in a lot of things that are processed and many people have problems with it but then could be corn too!

Are you taking any supplements?

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I second all that Rinne said. I get terrible nausea from a few foods--legumes (worst), tapioca, and eggs if eaten alone. The best way to figure out what your triggers are is to do an elimination diet.

It doesn't have to be fancy--just start with basic, whole gluten-free foods. When you are feeling better, add back things one at a time about 5 days apart. Jot down what you eat and how you feel each day in a simple food log. I found that to be very helpful.

Probiotics (all that I've tried) also cause nausea for me.

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Agreed with both Patti and rinne! I'm also wondering if your body adjusting to the diet (detoxing?). Give it some time. Hope you feel better soon.

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Thanks for all your replies. I appreciate the help and will try all your suggestions. I will get back to a journal like I did the first few weeks. I checked all my suppliments for gluten and all are gluten free. I was wondering about the detoxing also. Thanks.

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It could be something sneaky also. This week I finally figured out that my recent stomach pain was caused by some tea I bought at Dollar General. Looked OK but definately didn't feel good. Within about an hour of stopping it, I already felt better. At the 24 hour mark, felt normal again. Yea!!

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Nausea is a classic symptom of detoxing. I never had nausea in my life, and as soon as I went gluten free, actually 3 weeks later, terrible nausea started after almost every meal.

But if you drink chamomile right when you start feeling nausea, it will go away.

Now after 1 1/2 year of gluten free nausea is gone for good.

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Nausea is a classic symptom of detoxing. I never had nausea in my life, and as soon as I went gluten free, actually 3 weeks later, terrible nausea started after almost every meal.

But if you drink chamomile right when you start feeling nausea, it will go away.

Now after 1 1/2 year of gluten free nausea is gone for good.

That is interesting because that is when mine started too about 3 weeks in. I have been eating bananas and nothing else and it seems to have let up some today. The detoxing makes sense since I can't pin it on much else. I did go back and check some foods and found casein and whey that I let get by me before I read about getting off dairy completely.

Tomorrow is the first day that I won't be at home to eat. I am going to a conference that the lunch is served to us. I am taking a few safe snacks (bananas!) in case I don't see anything I feel really safe eating. Then on Monday we are traveling out of town for a week. For that trip I can buy food at the local stores to cook at my sisters house and just take some light things to eat on the way there and home. Restaurants just don't appeal to me right now.

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Nausea was not one of my symptoms before going gluten-free. Now it seems every day I'm having bouts of this miserable nausea. (not pregnant, too old and fixed many years ago) I must be eating something that is causing it but good golly I'm sick of this. I track everything I put in my mouth to see if I can pinpoint what is causing it. I have only be gluten-free since the first week of December so it is all still new to me. I felt great for a couple weeks now I'm sick as a dog most of the time. I have now eliminated dairy & of course gluten but something is CC or it's something else like soy or corn which I still eat. I've read about an elimination diet but not sure what is involved in that. Can anyone direct me to it? Maybe that's the only way to find what I'm reacting to now.

I had almost constant nausea for a few years before hearing about Celiac. Within a few days of going gluten-free the nausea disappeared. :) I had eliminated some hair products because they had wheat protein. After reading a lot of posts saying that gluten in these porducts could not possibly affect you, I started to use them again. But.....the nausea returned. I could not see where I could have got cc'd. So, I stopped using the products with the wheat protein.....and guess what - the nause disappeared and I have been fine since. Maybe it is in my head...but I am nausea free now. :D

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I'm still struggling with nausea off and on. Some of the factors I have found involved are h pylori infection, need for digestive enzymes, healing process component, allergy/sensitivity, and generalized sensitivity in the whole GI track as my body adjusts and tries to heal after many many years of eating gluten and perhaps other factors.

Since my doctor put me on the SCD (specific carbohydrate diet) I've been reading and learning a lot more about gut healing and what helps. I have found that digestibility of the food is a huge factor. Another factor is whether your body makes the enzymes to break down the food. Villi damage can impair carb digesting ability. Raw and foods with more fiber are good for a more healthy gut, but can be way too hard on the damaged gut. The SCD starts with a pretty simple intro of 3-5 days, and could be a good foundation for an elimination diet. Then you could try adding things according to digestability (check out www.pecanbread.com for some suggested stages--this is not hard and fast), one at a time like Patti suggests to check for whether you can handle them. BTW bananas aren't a SCD intro food but one of the first you add back in. Some foods I've eliminated because of allergy reactions, others because it seems like I'm not allergic but can't digest them.

So maybe remove the starches and sugars hard to digest, remove the fiber for now and cook everything well until soft. Try making some nutritious broth and sipping it all through the day.

I also find boiling fresh ginger to make a tea very soothing. You might try taking it with your meals as well.

Hope it gets better very soon. It is total misery---how well I know!

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I know this is an old thread but it still came up near the top of my google search so I thought I'd add my 2 cents.  I had the same problem as the original poster - After being diagnosed with celiacs went gluten free and felt much better for 2-3 weeks then started getting bad nausea after eating.  Turned out the problem was gluten filler used in meds (pills) I was taking. Sensitivity to gluten increases when you stop eating gluten and I guess after a few weeks the gluten in the pills is enough to become a problem. Anyone having this problem may also want to double check their diet for any small amount of gluten contamination.  One other note, I also had a little nausea during the later part of the first week of being gluten free but that wasn't too bad and resolved after a few days.  From what I understand that was probably just normal gluten withdrawal.

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