Newly Diagnosed, Need Advice! in Coping with Celiac Disease Posted October 18, 2010 · Report to Admin I actually seemed to get worse on a gluten-free diet at first...... still sorting out other food issues. My daughter did improve but not enough so we went back to the Dr. and she was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome which is apparently quite common in people with celiac. Since we've restricted the poor thing's diet even more (my husband said, "you're starving her") she is actually improving and able to eat some things that were triggers like soda and watermelon. Hang in there but check out trigger foods for IBS because maybe one of them is causing issues. If you're drinking milk or eating dairy, we were told to take a lactose enzyme for a while until the villa that digest lactose have repaired themselves. Also, take fish oil-were told it helps with healing. Goodluck!