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Doctor insights on: Can Celiac Disease Cause Abdominal Pain And Diarrhea Right After Meals

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Belly Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly. Almost everyone experiences pain in the abdomen at one time or another. Most of the time, it is not caused by a serious medical problem. There are many organs in the abdomen. Pain in the abdomen can originate from any one of them, including: Organs related to digestion -- the end of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas The aorta -- a large blood vessel that runs straight down the inside of the abdomen The appendix -- an organ in the lower right abdomen that no longer serves much function The kidneys -- two bean-shaped organs that lie deep within the abdominal cavity The spleen -- an organ involved in blood maintenance and infection control However, the pain may start from somewhere else -- like your chest or pelvic area. You may also have a generalized infection, such as the flu or strep throat, that affects many parts of your body. The intensity of the pain does not always reflect the seriousness of the condition causing the pain. Severe abdominal pain can be from mild conditions, such as gas or the cramping of viral gastroenteritis. On the other hand, relatively mild pain or no pain may be present with life-threatening conditions, such as cancer of the ...Read more


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Is abdominal pain on a gluten-free diet suspicious for someone with celiac disease?

Is abdominal pain on a gluten-free diet suspicious for someone with celiac disease?

Yes: Abdominal pain on anyone , regardless, is not normal, pain is the way your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong. If you have pain and especially if it persists you need to get it checked. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause chronic severe constipation instead of diarrhea?

Can celiac disease cause chronic severe constipation instead of diarrhea?

Unlikely: Celiac disease is secondary to damage to the lining of small intestine. Classic symptoms are diarrhea and weight loss. A small percent of patient may have constipation but not severe. Common causes of severe constipation are meds induced, diet related, not drinking enough fluids, and metabolic changes. Colonic inertia is another cause which requires a detailed workup. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease, IgE levels in the 1000s, and diarrhea. Should i get allergy testing?

Yes: See an allergist so get testing. If you have had skin infections and abcesses or frequent pneumonias or sinusitis see an academic allergist at a major health center or medical school so you can be evaluated for hyper ige syndrome. ...Read more

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I get diarrhea almost every time I drink beer or vodka. I do have celiac disease and the gluten free beer even gives me diarrhea too?

I get diarrhea almost every time I drink beer or vodka. I do have celiac disease and the gluten free beer even gives me diarrhea too?

Why drink it?: Regardless of the mechanism, the answer would be avoiding vodka or beer. Having Celiac disease does not protect you from having another illness. ...Read more

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22/f. I get diarrhea after I have 1 mixed drink with vodka, but no diarrhea when I drink beer? I do have celiac disease if that plays a role in it..?

22/f. I get diarrhea after I have 1 mixed drink with vodka, but no diarrhea when I drink beer? I do have celiac disease if that plays a role in it..?

If celiac, then...: ..to be safe, stay away from all wheat-based vodkas if you have Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity. However, you can still opt for a non-wheat, potato, corn, or grape based vodka which are typically cleared for gluten free consumption. The same holds for beer. ...Read more

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How often do you get diarrhea with celiac disease?

How often do you get diarrhea with celiac disease?

Bowels & celiac dis.: Celiac disease, among its many manifestations, may result in diarrhea. Simplistically, exposure of intestine to gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food. The best & most enduring fix is to avoid eating gluten. Serum tissue transglutaminase antibody can help determine how successfully gluten is avoided. ...Read more

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Once or twice a wk, for years, I get severe stomach cramps & diarrhea but only after I lay down @ night or in the middle of the night. Celiac disease?

Once or twice a wk, for years, I get severe stomach cramps & diarrhea but only after I lay down @ night or in the middle of the night. Celiac disease?

Vague symptoms...: The symptoms you described are not diagnostic for celiac disease (or any other illness). You should be seen by your doctor where they can get a more thorough history and do an exam. I'd advise keeping a food and symptom diary to help with that appointment. Lab tests can be done to test for celiac. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

In celiac disease, the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten-like proteins in rye and barley) resulting in damage to the small intestine. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Typically, people with celiac disease have loose stools, bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, weight loss, poor weight gain ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more