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      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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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Hi, sorry about the horrible topic but I've just been concerned with a lot of things recently. I have been gluten-free for about a week and a half, and a lot of my symtoms have decreased, no bad flatuence, not so bad bloating etc. When I wasn't gluten-free I had VERY bad bowel movements (sometimes not even 1 a week!) Now I'm on it they're a LOT more regular, bit a lot of it is hard little marble types but loads of them! I've searched it on the internet and some sites said it can be a sign of your colon/intestines clearing after bad constipation (as its been there a while and its turned hard and into balls). Can this be true?

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Yes, small hard balls is typical with constipation. You have improved iin one week, so I'd expect you to continue improving.

For now drink as much water as possible.

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Can it be the clearing of colon+intestines? What I've read about suggests it could be(especially as gluten damages intestines)

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no, that is a "C" trait. What happens is the colon continues to absorb the water in it changing it from the normal type poo to small little balls. So basically it dehydrates it.

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try to increase your vegetable intake. and water.

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Ok thanks, atleast its better than not even 1 a week before going gluten free!

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The colon absorbs water from the "stuff" as it sits . So the longer it sits the more water is absorbed. And eventually you get "poo-crete". Don't worry too much about it, just get plenty of water and keep far away from gluten. Dairy may be a problem right now too. Anything that irritates your gut can cause it to move slowly and cause C.

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"poo-crete"

:lol: LOL :D Poo-crete...snort. LOL

We call them rabbit pellets in my house. :P

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Eww, glad I am not a rabbit then! :) Deer make similar pebbles and so do moose. I hope Adam isn't turning into a moose... :)

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The colon absorbs water from the "stuff" as it sits . So the longer it sits the more water is absorbed. And eventually you get "poo-crete". Don't worry too much about it, just get plenty of water and keep far away from gluten. Dairy may be a problem right now too. Anything that irritates your gut can cause it to move slowly and cause C.

I agree completely!!

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We call them rabbit pellets in my house. :P

Yep . . . we had rabbit pellets here as well . . . and no rabbit in sight.

The GI actually put my daughter on Miralax for awhile to get things moving but it sounds like you're making pretty good progress without that kind of "help".

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I refer to them as bunny scat. I once knew a "head of household" who decreed that two sheets of tp was the maximum allowed. I said I bet he shat bunny scat. Never heard of the big D!!

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I said I bet he shat bunny scat.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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