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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Celiac/gluten After Pregnancy?

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I have been questioning gluten intolerance or celiac disease for a little while now and while putting pieces of my puzzle together one big thing that sticks out is I had a few neurological symptoms a few months after having my daughter via c-section...I also had HORRIBLE pain for MONTHS (like 6months)...saw my OB numerous times and she was stumped because everything looked great and she sent me for a sono to see if I had anything going on inside but results came back fine. Fast forward to my third pregnancy and my hair and eye lashesh began falling out (I wrote a big intro/symptoms on the pre-testing board) and they have check my thyroid amongst other systems numerous times...

I have hair loss, eyelash loss, brittle toe nails, mouth sores, dizziness (like vertigo), brain fog, bloating, shaky feeling inside, weight loss/lack of weight gain, poorer vision, and occasional tachycardia with no known source.

I have seen specialist after specialst...I have had enough blood work to save someone's life, I have had a brain MRI, EKGs, EEGs, CT Scans and they only abnormalities found were that I am Vit D deficient and Iron deficient...I added my blood work to my symptoms as began questioning gluten intolerance or celiac disease...

Anyway...my question is: has anyone had their syptoms show up as a result of pregnancy more specifically a c-section?

I was wondering if the trauma to my intestines could have not necessarily caused this issue but brought it to light??

Side note: baby #2 was c-section baby #3 was vbac

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Both pregnancy and surgery alone can trigger celiac.

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My significant symptoms started after my 2nd child was born. I did not have a c-section but I suspect any stress on the body can trigger it.

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Christine: what do you mean significant symptoms started after pregnancy #2...did you have a diagnosis prior to that?

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Although I have likely had celiac since I was about 8 or 9, I was not diagnosed until 2010. I began to have severe symptoms when I was about 3 to 4 months postpartum with my 2nd in 2008 (bloating, sharp abdominal pains, insomnia, joint pains, etc.) I became pregnant with my 3rd shortly after this and I went into "remission" I think...although looking back, during my 3rd pregnancy I craved gluten free rice chex. It was when I was postpartum with my 3rd that things got really bad...abdominal symptoms and joint pains returned but then I began to develop ulcers in my mouth and throat, bruise all over, lost a bunch of hair, began to run a daily fever, arthritis....all of my symptoms went away once I was gluten free. I am now postpartum with my 4th, my first baby since being gluten free, and I feel better than ever. Being gluten-free has also had a huge difference in my milk production. I hope that everything works out for you.

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