I had an email this morning from someone suffering from gas and bloating. He wanted to know if it was IBS or Crohn’s disease, and if I could help him. Not being a doctor, I could not answer that question. He could also be lactose or dairy intolerant. He could also have a more serious condition.
I have been writing this blog for over a year now, but I am not a medical doctor. I love helping people cope with the pitfalls of the gluten free lifestyle, but before you embark on a gluten-free diet, you should be formally diagnosed with a condition that warrants your elimination of gluten and/or dairy.
I know from personal experience with IBS that gas and bloating are two of the symptoms. But they don’t stop there. I am going to share symptoms of all three conditions here in hopes to shed some light on what you might be suffering from. But again, you need to have a formal diagnosis, as I do. In my case it is IBS.
There is a web page here that talks about the differences between IBS, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis and lists symptoms. You should never self-diagnose.
I replied to the gentleman sending the email that once he received a formal diagnosis of either IBS, Crohn’s or Celiac I would be happy to guide him through the steps of an elimination diet. It’s very important not to eliminate gluten if you want to be tested for Celiac. This will skew your results.
I also recommended that he work with a nutritionist or dietician. I worked with a great nutritionist when I was just starting out being gluten-free and it helped me tremendously.
I am pleased to help all of you live a gluten free life through recipes, tips and advice, but you MUST see your doctor and get that all-important diagnosis. Please contact me with any questions.