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post #1 of 3 Old 04-19-2012, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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Possible Celiac Disease? Advice needed please!

My mom and aunt both have Celiac so it is something that is in the family. However I never thought it was something I would likely get. I take more after my dad who does not have it. I also if anything am trying to lose some weight, while my mom lost weight as one of her symptoms of Celiac.

Recently I've been noticing some symptoms that I wonder if they are possibly related to Celiac. I get bloating in my stomach, abdominal distension with pain sometimes (not every day though), muscle tension (have had for a couple years, partly related to dental problems), joint pain at times, gas and constipation.

I drink over 2 liters of water a day and am eating a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits along with some grains ect. The only thing I've done differently the last week or so is eaten more tofu than normal. I'm vegetarian so I get my protein from beans, tofu, peanut butter etc. I'm trying to lose some weight so I want to eat a bit more protein and less carbs.

Now these symptoms I talked about have been around for probably several months but have gotten way worse the last few weeks. Especially the gas and constipation.

My question is, does it sound like I might have Celiac disease, or is it likely I'm just getting too much protein? I could try going on no wheat/gluten products for a while and see if that makes a difference - I just don't know. It is just something I think about since it is in the family.

Any advice or ideas would be much appreciated. Thank-you!
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-19-2012, 08:44 AM
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I have Celiac disease but i was diagnosed when i was young so i wouldnt know much of the symptoms. I would suggest going on a wheat/gluten free diet and see how it goes :)
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I too would recommend trying both a gluten free and dairy free.

My gluten intolerance really reared it's ugly head after the birth of my son (with severe complications) and am one of those "later in life" people, but it still took me a while to figure out because my symptoms are atypical. Once my son was diagnosed I really learned all about it. Plus, how dairy can be an issue until the gut is healed for a straight celiac and how often the symptoms for celiac look like something else entirely.

Because my son is also allergic to milk/casein/whey I've learned about what dairy problems can look like as well, hence my suggestion to try a dairy free diet too.

At any rate, if it doesn'y work or help, there's no real harm in eliminating certain foods from your diet while investigating. Just make sure to learn about rye and barley too, and all the hidden ways gluten gets into food. If I don't pay good attention to labels, sure enough some barley malt extract slips by me or cross contamination (for me, not my son as his diet is slightly different than mine) and I really pay for it.

There is alot more information available today on the internet and books on how to do trial or elimination diets for adults. My son had all the GI tests and extensive allergy tests so we didn't try trail diets, just went cold turkey.
Unfortunately Celiac is far more common that people realize.
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