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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


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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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Can low dose of amitriptyline take away symptoms of celiac disease? Specifically, chronic diarrhea and lack of appetite?

Can low dose of amitriptyline take away symptoms of celiac disease? Specifically, chronic diarrhea and lack of appetite?

Combating symptoms: Amitriptylene has anticholinergic and antihistaminic side effects that can slow the bowel and increase appetite. In this way it can counteract some of the symptoms you're having (the chronic diarrhea and poor appetite). You'll need to work with your doctor to arrive at a dose that works well for you, balancing out these processes in a positive way. You'll still need to avoid gluten. ...Read more

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Beer gives me diarrhea. Celiac disease?

Beer gives me diarrhea. Celiac disease?

UNLIKELY: It is very unlikely that only symptom you have is diarrhea when you drink beer.If you have other symptoms check with your doctor. ...Read more

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For celiacs: can you still get diarrhea sometimes being gluten free?

For celiacs: can you still get diarrhea sometimes being gluten free?

Sneaky gluten: In addition to the usual causes for diarrhea, celiac patients are at constant risk of inadvertent ingestion of gluten. No matter how careful you are, if you eat out, food you get may easily become contaminated by use of a utensil that has been in other food, or a cook just not believing that a tiny amount of flour in something really can make someone sick. ...Read more

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An indoscopy showed i may have celiac disease .. How often would u get diarrhea with celiac disease?

An indoscopy showed i may have celiac disease .. How often would u get diarrhea with celiac disease?

Gluten in diet: By having gluten in your diet, even in hidden sources that you might not be aware of, the diarrhea would be evidence to you that you have gluten in the diet. It can be from cross contamination in restaurants, or in factors that use wheat to coat food products so they dont stick to the conveyor belt and dont list it as an ingredient in the food. It all is dose dependent and very individual. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has celiac disease. I change her diet but she still has diarrhea could there be more wrong?

My 5 year old has celiac disease. I change her diet but she still has diarrhea  could there be more wrong?

Hidden gluten: There are many hidden sources of gluten and cross contamination in food we eat. You can have her blood tested for antibodies that should improve if she is following the diet. Speak to your health professional about the foods she eats as well as possibility of products that contain gluten you may be unaware of. A stool evaluation for other causes of diarrhea can be done by the pediatrician. ...Read more

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A 1/2 hour after I eat a hamburger & fries, I had diarrhea. has few other Xs w/ certain, Products, bread or pasta could I have celiac disease?

A 1/2 hour after I eat a hamburger & fries, I had diarrhea. has few other Xs w/ certain, Products, bread or pasta could I have celiac disease?

Maybe: Celiac disease is possible, so is gall bladder disease and bacterial overgrowth of the intestine (esp if you've been on long term oral antibiotics for acne or long term meds like Prilosec). Irritable bowel syndrome also seems to be aggravated by certain types of carbohydrates so it can mimic celiac disease. See your doc. Get it checked out ...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

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


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more