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What are the major symptoms of celiac disease?
Celiac Disease Symptoms
What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic)
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
Where can I buy gluten-free stuff?
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I used to get frequent intestinal pains due to gluten and the way it worked was always the same. The consumption of gluten eventually resulted in intestinal ulcers which can be in all sorts of strange places, but in my case they were very specific point pains. Twinges are a pre-cursor, a sharp stabbing pain is an ulcer. I gather that some people, though, report no pain at all, but for me the ulcer was very painful, and noticeable by how precisely located it was ~ I could point to exactly where it is within an inch. Peoples intestines ( large and small ) are everywhere (!) so damage from gluten can appear in the most odd places. But also, the places that ulcerated or nearly ulcerated became somewhat sensitive to acids and spicy foods and so pain can continue, to a lesser extent, even after you have stopped eating gluten. In my case the pain is slow to build and slow to disappear, but normally will build through the day resulting in pain in the evenings that disappears overnight. This is simply as the food is passing through the intestines which starts five or so hours after you have eaten. Pain can also be activated by simple exercise because you are literally disturbing areas of the gut that are sensitive because they have been damaged.
Any advice for the constipation? I was really anticipating D because that's what I would experience when eating gluten recently (which lead to this challenge.) It's really funny. I feel like I need to dash off to the bathroom, lots of gurgling in my gut, but not much moving.
It's certainly the way it worked for me. I first showed minor signs of sensitivity to gluten some 15 years or so before it really took off. In my case the very first sign was a mild Iron deficiency that just wouldn't go away. I would strongly advise you follow the advice of the last poster though because when it really took off with me I nearly died. I guess the problem with mine was that no one thought to link together the symptoms that slowly appeared one by one over the years, and by the time they did it was almost too late, so if you have an inkling, follow up on it.