Rather than attempting to self-diagnosing, you should be speaking with your Dr. What you describe could be a range of things, some minor and others less so, and not all are necessarily related to gluten or dairy
It is often hard to figure out what is going on especially when you are experiencing gastric distress. These symptoms could signal any number of possible ailments and it is best to get them checked out. Celiac disease is very specific and there is a definitive test but it requires having a scope down your throat and having a biopsy (small piece of your gut). Your doctor will likely do tests to rule out other more common issues first. Diverticulitis, colitis, fibroids, ovarian cancer, other autoimmune disorders etc., can all present similar symptoms and so it takes ruling things out and that requires you working with your doctor.
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See a doctor, then if tests come back negative (or even before then if it wouldn't interfere), try eliminations and see what happens. I wouldn't get your hopes up too much that it's as "simple" as celiac, since a lot of other conditions, including the annoying but apparently harmless IBS, have similar ones.
Personally, I cut out gluten save for a handful of very small missteps for over a month recently, and while I did see improvement, it was inconsistent (and inconsistent with the missteps). Eventually my symptoms, which seem to have been brought on my an intestinal bug, subsided back to how I was before; and now -- eating plenty of gluten again -- feel 100% better than I did while I was abstaining from it.
It's not the answer for everyone,but good luck.
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My "regular" dr. had me tested for Celiac and told me I was fine despite my diarrhea, mucus in stools, exhaustion, persistant phelgm in my throat, etc. So i got a second opinion at a Naturapath dr. and he said i have severe intolerance, if not true Celiac and i need to completely avoid ALL gluten at all costs so my gut can finally heal. 2 very different opinions, but after the 2nd one I cut it out, my symptoms started to dissapear! Go figure!
I had all similar symptoms plus fibromyalgia--widespread pain, tenderness, headaches, brain fog--awful awful stuff. I have been gluten free for a year and don't miss it at all. Seriously. I don't. Within 1 month I was improved and within 3 months 100% GF I felt much better. I have learned to bake and cook gluten free and while it was a challenge, it's made it a lot more fun. I went the extra mile and also am doing GAPS diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) and that's helped resolve the rest and any recurring sx's. It's brilliant and wonderful for actually HEALING the gut.
Anyways, best of luck!
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Thanks for the the replies everyone! I'm trying to get a doc appointment this week. I want to get tested for celiac and ovarian cysts, as my symptoms seem to match those, from my internet research. If the results are negative for both, I'm going to play around with my diet and see if I can pinpoint some type of food sensitivity.
I know it's probably not serious, but I do want to get checked out. I'm a bit of a hypochondriac lol two years ago I went to the doc for headaches and ended up having a brain tumor so better to be safe than sorry
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My husband has celiac disease, which went undiagnosed until he was in his mid-fifties. As the disease progressed, and destroyed more of his intestinal villi, he did develop lactose intolerance as well, so this is not impossible. Once he got on a strict gluten-free diet, his intestines recovered and he is no longer lactose intolerant (basically he was unable to digest much of anything when it was at its worst).
Besides diarrhea, he also had skin lesions typical of celiac disease.
He now has colon and small intestine cancer - celiac disease raises your risk of small intestine cancer (which is otherwise rare), especially if it goes undiagnosed for a long time. Talk to your doctor about what screening you should do for this in the future. (My husband is OK, even though he was stage 4 at diagnosis, but there are signs that the cancer may be recurring).
Please get a doctor's appointment ASAP. Your symptoms could be anything from a mild allergy or minor flu on up to ovarian cancer. It's most likely NOT serious, but you need to get the serious things ruled out right away so you can take your time figuring out which of the minor ones it really is.
It's also not likely that you have both celiac and lactose intolerance. It's not impossible, but when you have symptoms that seem to be from two unrelated things, usually both of them are coming from a third thing.
What were your symptoms? I'm suspecting I have either celiac or gluten intolerance. I have bloating, abdominal pain and cramps, localized pain in my lower left abdomen, loose stools (sorry, TMI), migraines, and also my big toes are numb, and I've become VERY sensitive to the cold, which I've read could be a sign of celiac. I'm tired all the time, and often notice that I'm not feeling as mentally sharp and I usually do. I'm 22, by the way. I think I've also developed lactose intolerance.
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