Hello I'm new here.. and had some questions about your experience with having a gluten sensitivity. So I have recently been put on a gluten free diet. When I say recently I mean, last week. I am still pretty young, only in my early twenties. My Doctor told me that I have had problems with my stomach since I was a baby, as early as a couple weeks old. Including constipation, extreme bloating, cramping and at one point even bleeding, About 7 years ago, my Sophomore year of high school I had my first colonoscopy due to pain and bleeding. They found three very small polyps and a tear in my intestines, (they never followed up with those and didn't act concerned about either one...) At the time, and really up until last year I was eating extremely crappy foods and experiencing really crappy symptoms. I have pain, extremely bloated in my mid section, cramping, anemia, unable to lose weight, unexpected weight gain, and many other things. But for some reason my doctor had never suggested celiac or gluten sensitivity until two weeks ago. I have been attempting to lose weight, I actually lost about 30 (yay!) but decided it was time for a good ole cheat day from my diet which was mainly salads and grilled chicken. Was sitting eating me a nice warm slice of pizza and enjoying life, BUT not even an hour or so later. I was in crippling pain. It was so bad I thought maybe I was having an ovarian cyst rupture (which I have had before.) We headed to the hospital and what do you know, three ultrasounds later... it wasn't a cyst at all, it was my intestines. I was so bloated, thats literally an understatement, I weighed 10 lbs heavier then I did the night before and was about 8inches bigger around my mid section. They said my intestines were extremely inflamed, they were really concerned and ordered blood work. The ER doctor suspected celiac right away with my history (wondering why my doctor that I have had my whole life didn't catch this). Blood work came back, It wasn't celiac, thank god, but he told me I was sensitive to gluten. Im still scheduled to also see a GI specialist for crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
That being said... This week is my first week completely off of gluten. The first couple of days seemed better. Honestly I don't know if it was all in my head but I felt thinner, more awake and alert and happy... but the last two days not so much. I started feeling constipated and crampy after eating my food. Granted it's not as bad as normal but still uncomfortable and painful. So I made this post.. Was wondering how everyone else's experience is going with no gluten. Were you like me, does it get worse then better? When will I lose this bloated belly? What differences did you notice? any suggestions?