Possible gluten intolerance?

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Jaffa360
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   Posted 8/29/2013 1:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm new to this forum and would appreciate any help with my query.. I don't think I am celiac but think I may be gluten intolerant/sensitive. Basically I've had really bad c for the past few years, really hard and dry, plus bloating, gas, mucus and occasional d. Always had  a sluggish bowel but the past few years have been pretty awful with straining etc. I recently went on a gluten free diet for a month and felt much better, although still far from perfect, but I had much less bloating etc. I went back on the gluten a few days ago and yesterday I felt awful, extremely tired, sluggish and brain fog, felt like I'd been hit on the head with a cricket bat. I'm back on the G free diet now.. saw the doc last week and he thinks I've got IBS, said they can't test for celiac unlesss I'm eating gluten. So, I'm now taking Mebeverine that relaxes the bowel and stops spasms. Haven't noticed much difference yet but only been taking the tabs for 3 days.
 
I do have an underactive thyroid for which I've been taking Thyroxine for past 20 years. Also got hay fever and dust allergy so may be prone to allergies? Any light thet anyone can shed on my condition I would really appreciate, thanks.

Jaffa360
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   Posted 8/29/2013 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, meant to say C = constipation, D= diarrhoea. Also, when I gave up gluten I had horrendous withdrawal symptoms - bad mood swings, lightheadedness, I felt constantly starving for the first couple of weeks and had one day when my stomach gurgled and bubbled all day long. However I lost quite a bit of weight, because I wasn't eating any crap (pastries are my weakness). And had to plan meals ahead, and think about eating the right things - no impulse buying. I think I'd actually recommend a G free diet for health reasons because you just can't go into a bakery full stop - it's pointless - and if you've half a brain in your head you will choose healthy options.

kazbern
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   Posted 8/29/2013 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
It's possible you have an intolerance for gluten. In general, if you feel better when you don't eat it, then don't eat it; that's my opinion anyway.

Have you tried any stool softeners? How about insoluble fiber like psyllium? These may help with your bowel motility. I'd also recommend probiotics - at least what you can get in a good yogurt with active cultures.

Your thyroid dysfunction undoubtedly affects your gastric process. Are your levels in the right range?
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50 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)generic Colazal (96 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), psyllium (1/2T daily), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11. Colonoscopy found no evidence of inflammation on 8/16/1

Jaffa360
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   Posted 8/29/2013 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks kazbern, yeah I agree if you feel better not eating it then don't eat it! I have taken Dulcolax tablets before which worked, but I don't want to be dependent on them. I've had Fybogel in the past too but makes me feel sick taking it..I've just bought some ground flaxseed to put on my food but I don't have chance to eat cereals much in a morning so not sure what else to eat it on? I'm going to buy some live yoghurts today. Not sure what my thyroid levels are but I get it checked regularly and it's been ok for last few years?

kazbern
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   Posted 8/29/2013 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been GF for 2+ years and feel much better, so yeah. about 3 months into my GF life I started taking psyllium capsules. You can find them in any grocery store or pharmacy. The recommended dose is 6 capsules/day. I started with one, then got up to 3 over a few months and that's where I've stayed. I simply take this with OJ in the morning and it has helped my motility a lot.
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50 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)generic Colazal (96 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), psyllium (1/2T daily), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11. Colonoscopy found no evidence of inflammation on 8/16/1

kim123
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   Posted 9/1/2013 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
From all I've read, GF is the way to go with thyroid issues. Wheat is not a healthy food anymore. Commonly contaminated with mycotoxins according to JAMA.I have been GF for a year. Diagnosedwith Hashi 's hypothyroidism last year. Feeling much better. My IBS symptoms have disappeared as well.

Recoveryme2day
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   Posted 9/8/2013 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jaffa360, good for you on sticking to the diet without a diagnosis! I know bread and pasta, I still dream about them and I live with my mother, who's an amazing cook cry but I have CFS and iffy/maybe brain cancer, sooo. I was going to say you try testing yourself for other food allergies as well, i have wheat and lactose allergies too and except for the C, lactose intolerance causes all my digestive systems, I break out in what looks like a heat rash when I consume wheat. Just an idea, hope it helps. I have low thyroid too and mine has been on the low side of good since a new pcp dropped my meds about 5 yrs ago.
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