• Join our community!

    Do you have questions about celiac disease or the gluten-free diet?

  • Ads by Google:

    Get email alerts Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter

    Ads by Google:

       Get email alertsSubscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter

  • Announcements

    • admin

      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 Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  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

Distended Abdomen

Rate this topic

Recommended Posts

Over the past few months I have noticed swelling in my abdomen. Almost overnight, I was unable to button my pants. The swelling would come and go, but now it's constant. I would describe it feeling like someone shot an air compressor down my stomach. About a half hour after I eat, my abdomen distends several inches, and I look like I'm 9 months pregnant. Yesterday morning, I ate a breakfast burrito before my blood test at my Dr. Appt. I was miserable all day and didn't eat anything else. This morning when I woke up, there was a lot less pressure in my abdomen, but it's still very swollen or inflammed. Doc's opinion is that is has nothing to do with gluten, because I have put on 15 lbs since the symptoms started. His guess

is diabetes.. Has anyone else had distention of the abdomen because of gluten? And if so, how long until the stomach calms down?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:
Ads by Google:

I've had distention from time to time when I really glutened myself. It would typically appear after dinner but I would be back to normal by the following morning.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes! I get the bloating and swollen belly from gluten.

You can have Celiac disease and be overweight. Most Dr.s think of wasting away as a symptom but that isn't always the case. If you carry extra weight around your middle it's your body's reaction to inflamation and stress on the body.

Inflamation is also present in Diabetes, and a lot of type 2 Diabetics have that rounded body profile, which is why Dr.s may suggest that as a source of your problem.

I currently have a lot of damage to my villi, which means I can't digest dairy. Ingesting dairy can cause the bloating too, if you're not digesting it well. For me, I found soy causes it as well. The bloating/gas are a good sign of a food intollerance.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Both my daughter and I get bloating when we get gluten, although not severe bloating.

And as was said - being overweight is not uncommon in celiacs now, but when most current doctors went to school, it was thought that being overweight was impossible as a celiac.

The year before I was diagnosed, I gained 40 pounds in 4-6 months. There are 4 celiacs in my family, all were overweight when diagnosed.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you all for your responses. I've been off gluten (very strictly) for 48 hours now. The bloating has eased up and I haven't had any bad reactions after meals, but my abdomen is still very swollen as if it is inflamed. it's also very sore, like I was punched in the stomach or something. It wasn't sore like this when it was fully distended. Funny thing is, I had bloodwork done last February to check my hormones, and I was severely deficienct in D, K, and B12. We wrote it off to not eating properly. I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 4 years ago, and I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome about 25 years ago. (I'm 49) Other than that, I've been healthy, never overweight, I was an avid body builder most of my adult life. This excess weight gain started 4 months ago along with my bloating symptoms. Doc was insistent that it had nothing to do with gluten, and I hope he did run my bloodwork like i asked to test for it anyway. I've been checking my blood sugar for 24 hours and I'm always within normal range.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
    • Total Posts
  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
    • Most Online

    Newest Member
    Graham B
  • Popular Now

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Hello!  When I find myself up at odd hours, I put on this celiac disease Mozart for Meditation... https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000VFQ58U/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516086445&sr=8-1&pi=SX350_PI_PJPrime-Sash-Extra-Large-2017,TopLeft,0,0_AC_SX118_SY170_QL70&keywords=mozart+for+meditation+celiac disease And I get out my dot to dot book, like one of these for adults.... https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_s_ss_i_0_5?k=dot+to+dot+books+for+adults&sprefix=dot+t&crid=2B42N4PRIT56H Sometimes I knit mindless objects such as hats, washcloths or socks.  Knitting has a soothing rhythm to it and is easy to learn... Or I read a book about knitting and life... https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1603420622/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1516087016&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=McPhee+knitting&dpPl=1&dpID=51fHYy2xXsL&ref=plSrch Or a knitting mystery.... https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001LRLJUG/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1516087587&sr=8-6&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=knitting+mysteries&dpPl=1&dpID=51z43F8UuuL&ref=plSrch Knitting is really easy to learn.  I find it soothing to work with natural fibers, organic cotton for washcloths or luscious alpaca for socks...  But I find it inadvisable to shop online in the wee hours...  😸 I've got way too much yarn now...hee hee hee...  besides, the light from electronic devices keeps your brain awake longer.... Hope this helps.... Knitty Kitty  
    • My only symptom was slight nausea. Lasted 6 months before it started to only happen if I ate too much food in a sitting. I would eat simple, bland foods and eat 6 small meals instead of three big ones.
    • I've lost some of my sense of taste due most likely to zinc deficiency from not eating beef for a couple of years. Zinc supplement doesn't seem to help, but eating .5 to 1 lb of beef per day definitely does help. I noticed a positive change within days of eating beef. I don't know if your diet includes beef, but if it doesn't there's a reason for you.   Zinc and Geographic Tongue
    • I was in your same boat when I was diagnosed. Terribly fearful of cancer and all the damage I unknowingly had done. I don’t cheat, but I’m not as good as I need to be at restaurants (I only order off gluten-free menus but I don’t talk to managers like I should, etc) and I eat out once a week with never having symptoms. My main symptom is absolute, complete brain fog. I am truly not the person I used to be. I’ve always had anxiety, so that wasn’t any worse, but I hate to say this about myself but i got “dumb”. It was my first week in nursing school when I was diagnosed. What a great time, huh? I had to stay at school until midnight-2am 4 nights a week just to try to focus and control this brain fog. I used to be smart, quick witted, and very present in the moment. I know life changes, but my life is busy yet very peaceful and I struggle with this daily. I can’t comprehend medical concepts quickly like before and it’s very depressing. I also have a pretty good diet but have weighed 165 (I’m 5’4”) for three years with doing cardio, training for marathons,  etc..nothing gets this weight off (have had thyroid issues since age 7). Anyways. You are not alone. My doctor diagnosed me 5 years ago and told me to stay gluten free and I never saw him again! No follow-ups... I had no clue I had to! Anyways, I have an appointment upcoming as well.  Best of luck to you ❤️
  • Upcoming Events