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Coeliac & Constipatition: from Kathleen on 2008-02-04

I was diagnosed last week with Coeliac by a blood test carried out by my GP. My score was 54 and I have been refered to the hospital to see a consultant to have the diagnosis confirmed with either blood tests or an endoscope. As an appt at the hospital could take some time, I have a few questions and wonder if you can help answer them.

I have suffered from constipation for a number of years now, but since my daughter was born two and a half years ago it has gotten really bad. My GP thought it was IBS and I was treated for that for a while, but then decide to send me for the Coeliac blood test. I have tried to find out information on Coeliac and Constipation, but most of the symptoms refer to diarrhoea and weight loss. Am I abnormal? and how is Coeliac affecting me in comparison to someone with Diarrhoea?

Apart from the constipation symptom, I am really tired, and I previously put that down to being a mum of a toddler, although I have been much tireder than I have ever been in my life over the last few months, I have a lot of bloating in my stomach and have a lot of pain and cramps in both my stomach and back, but have put that down to the fact that I am constipated.

I would appreciate any replies and advice as I feel very lost and confused at the moment.

Thank you

Coeliac & Constipatition: from Peter on 2008-02-04

The coeliac condition results from damage to the lining of the intestines. The inflamation of this lining can result in the feeling of bloating and cramps.
The lining of the intestines absorb the nutrients from the food into your body. When this is not working properly it can make you feel very tired.
If the colon is not working properly to control the balance of liquid in the waste it can cause either diarrhoea or constipation.
Many of the symptoms of the Coeliac condition are the result of malnutrition through not absorbing nutrients correctly, but others can result from the antigens entering the bloodstream and causing adverse reactions elsewhere in the body.
This can make the condition very difficult to detect and diagnose.