Here's the thing: about 4 months ago I went to my general physician with complaints of bloating, extreme gas, and varying degrees of diarrhea or constipation, and cramping, whenever I ate pizza, white bread, pasta or beer. It was horrible. I felt so gross all of the time.
Ignoring the issues of I have with bread or pasta, my doctor immediately asked me if I drank milk. I said I did -- skim milk -- with my breakfast cereal in the mornings, and then sometimes a glass here or there, depending on what I was eating. I should also mention that at this time I was also dieting and drinking Slim Fast shakes for lunch -- and those, too, would give me horrible cramping, bloating and gas, and sometimes diarrrhea/constipation.
My doc told me to remove all dairy from my diet and immediately diagnosed me as lactose intolerant. She also ordered up a bunch of ultrasounds to look at my gall bladder and my stomach to make sure nothing else was going on. To be thorough, she scheduled a GI appointment for me at the end of this month.
The ultrasounds came back clean. I took myself off milk and milk products -- and I feel a lot better. And before eating anything that may contain dairy, I would pop a Lactaid pill before eating.
But I still can't eat pasta, or white bread or pizza. I even had a reaction to sushi the other night. I had maki, white rice, soy sauce and wasabe. I only had water to drink. Within a 1/2 - 1 hour my stomach was gurgling, extended, and I felt the gas coming on. I hate that bloated feeling.
I have friends who have IBS and I've described my symptoms to them and they have all said it didn't seem to be that -- that IBS is much more violent of a reaction after eating something that's a trigger. So, I came to the conclusion that I must have celiac or have a gluten intolerance.
But now I'm reading all of your postings on this thread and I don't have any of the aches or pains or tingling sensations like you guys experience. I'm not losing weight -- in fact I gained a whole bunch of weight in the last nine months. The only pain I've experienced is leg cramps sometimes while I sleep but I've chocked that up to bad running sneakers or just over-exerting myself when I work out.
Like I said I have that GI appointment at the end of this month so I'll find out then, I'm hoping. I guess I just wanted to see if any of you had any feedback.