Friends! Happy Friday! Please Share Your Story Of The Onset Of Your Symptoms. in Coping with Celiac Disease Posted October 2, 2012 · Report to Admin I think it was a combination of things that set off my illness. Before the end of August when the severe symptoms came out, I had noticed symptoms such as a rash - I actually convinced myself it was some weird parasitic rash because it seemed to have come out exactly when I was poked by a king crap leg - and also bloating, chronic constipation, and reflux. I was diagnosed lactose intolerant in 2007 and I assume this may have also been when the gluten intolerance started. I think what set my illness off was my eating disorder - a combination of severe anorexia and bulimia. I don't think the anorexia was super harmful in term of gluten intolerance but the bulimia was the bad one. My binge foods were carbs, all carbs minus some lettuce, ice cream, and chocolate. I think that just made everything a million times worse, whatever problem was there was exacerbated. However, I also might have to consider that my brain injury may have played a part as it caused quite alot of changes in my mood which caused an increased in carb eating before my eating disorder took hold. I started loading up on carbs to deal with my depression in 2005 which resulted in a 30lb weight gain (that December is when my anorexia began). I also think the problem was that when I was in recovery from anorexia (re-feeding) I was on a carb-heavy diet with tons of gluten in it so, my intestines that hadn't had any food in ages were being pushed these massive amounts of gluten, I think it was just a bad thing all around to do (if I could go back, I definitely would NOT do the same re-feeding process). Oddly, months after I successfully go into recovery from my eating disorder (both anorexia and bulimia) my body decides to go into some sort of crisis which is what happened in August when I couldn't get out of bed for a week. I had crippling abdominal pains and I was exhausted. I barely ate and what I did eat was (unfortunately) pasta and crackers. I had a CT scan, 2 ultrasounds, was in 2 doctor's offices, was in the ER. No one knew what the hell was wrong. I came upon gluten intolerance myself. I cut out gluten from my diet and within 3-4 days it was like heaven opened up and a miracle took place. And just in time too, as college started just a few days later. Everyone told me the symptoms I was having all along were something else. Bloating (eating disorder recovery), chronic constipation to the point of being in the ER once (eating disorder recovery), rash (ezcema which runs in my family - even though it never went away in 3 years time and actually got worse just before the August crisis). So, there's a combination of factors at play . Basically, it was all down to over ingestion carbs, at least that's what I think.