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  1. It really does sound like an ulcer to me, too, and with those symptoms you should probably see a doctor as soon as you can, because ulcers can get worse if they aren't treated. It could also be something like a hernia or some kind of blockage, and for those things you should also see your doctor. But my dad gets ulcers (and he has celiac as well) and what you describe sounds like the symptoms he has when he has an ulcer. Ulcers can be caused by a number of different things, including bacteria, so it's possible to have one even if you're not stressed out. I hope for your sake that it's not celiac and that whatever it is you can get it sorted out quickly! But basically with any kind of pain that is sharp and comes on suddenly like that, it's good to see your doctor as soon as possible.

  2. I suspect that the trigger for me was when I had chicken pox at age 9. I wasn't diagnosed until age 26, which was almost two years ago. But the summer after I had the chicken pox was when it all started - I started to gain weight, I was going to the bathroom all the time, I had a lot of anxiety and brain fog, I started to get weird stomach cramps all the time, and I would sometimes throw up for no apparent reason. Around age 12 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and anemia. The hypothyroidism got progressively worse throughout my teen years and the anemia came and went periodically up until I was diagnosed, and it was actually the anemia that made my doctor decide to test for celiac, since I had a lot of iron in my diet, and taking supplements didn't increase my iron levels. The blood test and biopsy were both positive. I actually have a cousin with celiac, but it didn't even occur to me that celiac might be my problem, since she is very skinny and I've always been overweight. It wasn't until after I was diagnosed that I discovered that a lot of us actually are overweight! My parents both tested positive after I was diagnosed, and they've always been overweight too. Within a few months of going gluten-free, I felt better than I could ever even remember feeling. Also, this is my first post, so hi everyone! :) Oh, and to add to the auto-immune diseases, I was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at age three. They thought it went into remission around age 7, but I developed uveitis about 6 months ago, which my ophthalmologist thinks is probably related to the JRA, since every other condition they could think of to test me for came back negative.