MichelleLee Posted November 15, 2022 Report Share Posted November 15, 2022 Hello! I am a 42 year old female who has had stomach issues since I was a little girl. I have had multiple tests done (several years ago) and ended up being told it was probably IBS. My symptoms seem to be escalating currently, and I am left wondering if it is IBS or if it could be celiac disease. Primarily, I am dealing with excessive gas, gas that often feels trapped inside my colon and/or bowel. I often feel like I have little "bombs" going off inside my stomach or intestinal tract. I get bloated and often have significant stomach pain. I have not been able to accurately identify which types of foods make this worse. Lately, I am also noticing what feels like more water retention in my hands, and my weight seems to be rising slightly. I am hypersensitive to weight gain and body image, so this concerns me. I am considering trying a gluten free diet to see if that helps, but also have read about the low FODMAP diet...some things coincide while others contradict one another in these two diets. Also, please note I have hypothyroidism as well that I have been taking both synthroid and cytomel for many years to control. My stools: sometimes I will be constipated, and other times (like currently), my stools will float and be difficult to flush with lots of gas. So, my first question is: for those of you with similar symptoms, do mine sound more like IBS or more like celiac? Also, are there over the counter or even homeopathic medicines that you have found to help with these symptoms? Which diet would you recommend or how would you recommend I proceed at this point? Thank you for any help/guidance you can offer. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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