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A 18-year-old female asked:

I bloat so much no matter what i eat or how much. usually my stomach is so flat except after a meal. could it be a gluten allergy ? any ideas ?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Gluten or not: Could be related to gluten, other carbohydrates that aren't well digested, e.g. Lactose, fructose; swallowed air, gum chewing, irritable bowel, other bowel conditions, hormonal, gyn conditions. See your doc. Blood tests can screen for gluten problems; bring a diet diary, annotated with symptoms, to the doctor's appt.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
I am not at all sure that there is any conclusive means to test for gluten intolerance. There is a great deal of controversy about the extent to which this truly occurs. If you are to believe the current outpouring of individuals looking for gluten free diets a very significant percentage of the population may be involved.
Mar 17, 2012
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Provided original answer
Gluten containing foods are grains, which also contain carbs. Some are poorly digested by some people. Cut out gluten foods, also cuts down carbs, and symptoms can improve-even if not related to gluten, per se.
Mar 17, 2012
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
What you eat matters: Symptoms should change depending on what you eat. Lactose intolerance produces diarrhea. Food allergies can cause bloating, but only when you eat that food. If you really bloat regardless of what food you eat, you may even have amebiasis. See if you relate to this description of common reasons for bloating: http://www.Webmd.Com/digestive-disorders/diarrhea-10/bloated-bloating if not, see a doc.
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 23 years experience
Gall bladder: It is a sign of non functioning gall bladder. Use betaine hcl if you are 150 pounds or less use 1gm or 2-3gm after meal. If you have discomfort with hcl add bromelein it should reset quicker will need to fix gall bladder with a cleanse to prevent recurrence.
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