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Mar 31, 2016 · Chronic Abdominal Bloating and Pain in Digestive Health

Thanks for the suggestion, Boogirl. Yes, I have had both the blood test to screen for celiac disease antibodies and the endoscope biopsy. I left that out of my original comment as I was trying to be concise. You are correct, though, in that anyone who believes that they might have celiac disease should be diagnosed by a medical professional BEFORE making dietary changes. Once gluten is eliminated from a diet and the small intestine starts to heal it is much harder to make the diagnosis.

I also wanted to emphasize that people need to be their own advocate for their health. An individual knows best when something is wrong and should work to find a solution even if that means going to 100 different doctors. If only I had trusted my own instincts more than the tens of doctors’ that I saw, I might have had 20 extra years of better health. Even now, after 10 plus years gluten free, I still have residual side effects from the constant damaging of my intestine and the subsequent malnourishment. Individuals must take responsibility for their healthcare and trust their instincts even if their doctor cannot determine the cause of their ailment.

Mar 24, 2016 · Chronic Abdominal Bloating and Pain in Digestive Health

Geb, have you investigated the possibility of food allergies? There are many “diets” out there that help a person determine if they have a food allergy. The idea is to eliminate all potential allergens from a persons’ diet for a set time period (2-6 weeks is the usual suggestion) and then reintroduce those foods back into your diet one at a time to see if one of the allergens is the trigger for your digestive symptoms. There are many good books for do-it-yourself-ers or you can enlist the help of a dietitian or other medical professional.

I struggled for almost 20 yrs with digestive issues and went from doctor to doctor with no diagnosis. Then I read an article in a women’s health magazine about Celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder) and discovered that gluten was the cause of my issues. Following a gluten free diet and some other tweaks for food sensitivities has made all the difference in the world.

Hope this help!
Good luck!