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  1. So...uncomfortable topic. I’ve not been diagnosed with anything yet (not sure as ever will because I have a phobia of blood so a blood test is definitely out of the question for a while). I quit gluten in December and after 3-4 days of no gluten I had my first log-like stool, and it has not been like that for around 6 months as for months I was just having thin/ribbon stools. And since that time, while it doesn’t happen every day just a few times a week, I only get thin stools occasionally now. I was incredibly worried for months, for obvious reasons. Also, I can walk into a room and remember why I went in there for the first time in years and it feels amazing. I can think clearer. I am still having some stomach pains though, and occasional diarrhoea so I still feel a little worried...but surely it can’t be anything sinister if my diet is making a difference, and I’m only 22 which means my age is on my side...and I eat almost nothing processed and up to 10 portions of fruit and veg a day (and I’m vegan). Is that a sign that I do have some sort of intolerance to gluten, even if not necessarily celiac? I know no one can diagnose over the internet, I’m not really asking for that. Thanks. Peace.
  2. I am just going to bullet point things here because there’s a lot to say. I am 23 and have had stomach issues almost (if not) my entire life. For years though I just thought it was IBS. I used to lean closer to having constipation as a child (occasionally, maybe a few times a year getting diarrhoea. I also got a lot of “stomach bugs”) and I remember when I was a child occasionally seeing mucus on my stool, and my stool would regularly change colour, sometimes a golden-brown colour and sometimes dark-brown and in between, for years. Most of my life, getting worse in high school, I’ve had a constant aching body, extreme fatigue/sleepiness, migraines/cluster headaches since being in primary school, extreme brain fog (every teacher from pre-school onwards, and in college, thought I had ADHD), with severe concentration, terrible short-term memory and my spatial awareness was something to be seen, it was and still is horrible. I would also bloat for no reason (lasting for hours) and have terrible flatulence, and I mean really bad and a lot. Recently, in the past year/year and a half, I can literally feel the gas moving around in my stomach. Now, here’s some important information - after all that, everything increased 10 fold when I was around 13 (2008). I woke up one morning, I was dizzy, lightheaded, disorientated, spaced-out, I felt sick and had stomach ache and had extreme fatigue lathargy, and a lot of headaches and think I even developed some neurological problems because I developed synesthesia and couldn’t read like I used to (I’m better now) and this lasted for the better half of 3 maybe 4 years, I was utterly paranoid I had a brain tumour and it was awful. I completely ducked up school because my undiagnosed ADHD symptoms were severe. I have eaten foods containing gluten for over a decade 2-3 times a day in quite high quantities (more than I should). It all kind of went away after a few years and since then I have had recurring episodes of random, intense and unexplainable fatigue, increased brain fog and aching joints. I have a bad back, my ribs, elbows, hips, spine, neck, knees, practically every joint, cracks and grinds and at my age (23) that is not normal. Now, more important info - I had a massive bout of diarrhoea about 6-7 months ago that lasted about 3 (at most 4) weeks. It was pale, sometimes white and sometimes yellow, it was small, explosive, mostly water, and would float. Then, however, things changed and it began to sink to the bottom of the toilet, was pencil-like (from what I could see because it tends to be small and not very bulky), which has since changed again, and I had loss of appetite, and I felt sick. I also had (and still have) a tender spot on my right-hand side of my abdomen. Now, understandably you can see why I would be worried about this, and a I got up the courage to go the doctors (I have a fear of doctors and I am hesitant about getting a blood test for celiac (I’m considering going back) and practically collapse at the sight of blood so it’s not possible currently), but I have recently gone on a gluten free diet (with some possible, occasional cross-contamination). It was really weird what happened, I can walk into a room for first time in years without forgetting what I went in there for, my borderline dyscalculia (maths dyslexia) has gotten a lot better, I can concentrate so much better and I feel much more confident and happier in general. However, Even though my stool is bulking up (number 4 on the Bristol Stool Chart) since all the diarrhoea and other things (which seems too much of a coincidence to me, seeing that I have cut out gluten part way through December and for 5 months previously I had no stool bulking and suddenly it is a healthy stool, and I thought it might be all the fibre but I added all that extra fibre almost 2 months before going gluten-free and on day 3 of no gluten I had my first healthy stool, I am still getting diarrhoea every now and again and still have that tender spot. Besides that, that’s it really... Oh, and (I thought this was because I went vegetarian (now vegan) but maybe it isn’t...I was overweight all my life, very, very chubby and in just one year of changing my diet I lost almost 1 stone, which obviously isn’t a lot (my BMI is now perfect for my height), (I have always very small for my age BTW, another tell-tale sign of celiac) but since then and despite eating a lot of junk food (I’m a lot healthier now, I changed my diet drastically goign gluten-free and now have up to 10 portions of fruit and veg a day with processed food almost negligible) I never put on so much as 1 pound and it has been like that for a few years. Oh, something else I should mention - I noticed, about 4 years ago, my stools becoming loser. They were still formed (above number 4, mostly number 2) and almost fell out of me. They are still loose now and I’ve just grown used to it. Is my stool changing to be more healthy and my mental symptoms a good sign that I am sensitive to gluten? Thanks for reading. Peace PS. I think it’s worth noting as well that I noticed that certain foods give me stomach aches (pastry mostly) and when I’m high school I began to suspect bread upset my stomach (I also think I have lactose intolerance because last time I had some yoghurt (I made an exception one time because I’m still vegan because it has kefir (a pro-biotic) in it and as soon as I had it I got bad diarrhoea and as soon as I stopped it took a day to go away and it stopped.
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