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Can Gluten Intolerance Cause Constipation
Unknown: There is a genetic subgroup of the population that was a higher tendency but it can happen to anyone. Why the immune system decides to react to gluten as if it were a germ is unclear. Why the antibodies it forms decides to attack the intestine or other tissues in some is also unclear, but similar to what occurs in rheumatic fever. ...Read more
Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more
Yes: In case of celiac, even severe inflammation when exposed to gluten. The mechanism for non-celiac gluten intolerance remains unknown but if you have GI symptoms from ingesting gluten, one would presume that some inflammation is going. However such inflammation should not be present in the absence of gluten exposure. ...Read more
Would going almost 18months eatinga gluten filled diet cause irreversible damage ina person with intolerance? Found out recentlyihad gluten intolerance
Got celiac sprue?: "gluten intolerance" is loose term. Some people feel better cutting out foods containing gluten- grains, because they cut down on poorly digested carbohydrates, not because of lass gluten. True gluten disease needs a gluten free diet - for life. 18 months of a gluten filled diet won't cause irreversible damage. ...Read more
Does elminating glutein your diet can cause gluten intolerance? I elminated bread in my diet for 3 months and I feel like I have gluten intolerance now
Yes: Migratory glossitis (geographic tongue) has been found in many people who suffer from celiac disease and other auto-immune disorders. It is not a definitive sign that one has problems with gluten, but the association is fairly high and gives reason for further testing and investigation. ...Read more
Can internal hemmoroids be caused by an undetected gluten intolerance? They are stage 2 internal hemmoroids.
Start with testing: Simple blood tests can confirm or exclude gluten sensitivity. If the findings are negative, you can stop there and explore other possibilities. If positive, there is much variability in the problem and further tests may be needed to help management. Since other important disorders can be found in gluten sensitive patients, self diagnosis by avoiding gluten should not be considered safe. ...Read more
Can a thyroid condition cause a gluten intolerance or celiac disease? Can the thyroid cause any other food intolerances?
Association: Celiac sprue is an autoimmune disease. Those with celiac sprue are more likely to develop thyroiditis. Those who first present with thyroiditis are much less likely to get celiac sprue. If you have an over or under active thyroid then it might affect the way your digestive tract works. You could develop constipation, diarrhea, reflux. Different foods might bother you more if you suffer from this. ...Read more
I tried every single diet to get ride of my constipation, no use. At the same time I am gluten intolerant. What to do? Please help me
Change in habits?:
If your constipation represents a change from your usual bowel habits, lease see the doctor. This could be a symptom of colon cancer and should be checked out.
If the constipation has been a long term problem, your doctor can counsel you about fluid intake and foods that may provide relief. ...Read more
Sometimes, lately often I experience really bad cramps/aches in my tummy on right side. What could be the cause of this? I have been suffering with constipation all my life. I bloat eating wheat/gluten. Should I get tests done?
Yes: You should see a doctor. Get evaluated and all your testing. Then you will have a diagnosis and not suffer so much anymore. You need to be free of this issue. So get help ...Read more
Am I gluten intolerant? I suffer from chronic constipation, anxiety, panic attacks, might be anemic, fatigue, and I feel sick after eating
Not likely: Celiac disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy) has three of the following features: villous atrophy in small intestine; malabsorption, weight loss, or other signs of nutrient or vitamin deficiency. Symptoms include diarrhea, weight loss, bloody stool and rashes. Often runs in the family. Unlikely given symptoms you describe. Worth trying gluten free diet to see if you notice a difference in symptom ...Read more
Education: Improvement is based on gluten avoidance. You need to learn to scan the content info on foods you buy and visit websites that describe the gluten free lifestyle. Chance exposure will occur in some odd places, like gravies and other produce. Most beers and many other drinks may have gluten. As you educate yourself you will find substitute foods and many gluten free items. Life is OK but different ...Read more
Weight loss: If you are experiencing unexplained weight loss, gastrointestinal symptoms especially after having eaten gluten (usually in wheat), and even nerve problems (numbness, you should considered being tested for gluten intolerance. A simple blood test may provide the diagnosis (although not as definitive as an intestinal biospy) but you must be eating gluten for the test to be accurate. ...Read more
See your doctor: A detail history will be taken by your doctor, along with a physical exam. Then diagnostic tests should be done, including measuring anti gliadin antibodies. A total IgA also needs to be measured because if this is low you tests for celiac disease can be erroneously normal. A small bowel biopsy is confirmatory. ...Read more
Celiac disease: Gluten intolerance is called celiac disease. It is caused by the body forming antibodies (iga) to gluten. You have to have exposure to gluten before these antibodies can form. Fetuses may be exposed to gluten in utero but don't seem to make antibodies until they are born. Babies antibodies at birth come from the mother (igg from blood and IgA from breast milk). ...Read more
Yes: Testing for gluten intolerance, the cause of celiac disease, is usually first done by blood testing for anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (ttga) or anti-endomysium antibodies (ema). If these tests are inconclusive, your doctor may recommend additional blood tests or an intestinal biopsy. ...Read more
Celiac is an allergy: Celiac disease is gluten allergy, a strong allergic reaction to gluten (a protein in grains such as wheat, barley, malted barley, rye, spelt, etc...). Gluten intolerance is not an allergic reaction, but an intolerance of gluten that leads to tummy symptoms such as gassiness, bloating, loose stools, etc... Gluten intolerance does not cause damage to the intestinal lining like celiac disease does. ...Read more
Gluten intolerance: The term gluten intolerance is not the same as celiac disease. Gluten intolerance implies the person does not "tolerate" large amounts of gluten well, yet does not have gluten sensitivity. Symptoms in gluten intolerance would be strictly GI related: diarrhea, abd pain, bloating. Try no gluten or cutting down significantly to see if it helps. ...Read more
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