If I suffer from bloating, could I have Celiac Disease? Yes it is possible, but there are many other symptons of celiac disease that you may need to investigate. See our page on "What should I do if I have Celiac Disease"
Bloating - is a build up of liquids and gas inside the abdominal cavity – e.g. stomach. This can give a feeling of fullness, tightness in the abdomen. Gas and bloating can be a sign that food is not being ingested properly and the intake of excess water will also give stomach bloating.
Bloating can cause pains that cause the stomach to cramp and these pains can be very sharp and sudden. Sometimes these pains can be mistaken for heart pains as they can develop on the left hand side of the body.
If you experience abdominal bloating, it is important to see your local doctor, who will possibly make you undergo a series of tests to try and determine what is causing the bloating.
The Doctor should discuss the following matters:
- duration of the bloating
- our diet
- the relationship of bloating when you eat certain foods
- any past medical history
- current medications you may be on
- if you are a female – your current menstrual history
If the GP feels that celiac disease could be a reason you are suffering from bloating, then the GP should recommend you have a blood test to test for Celiac Disease and/or under go an endoscopy (where they will take a look inside your stomach, looking for the health of your villi).
Increased fibre into diet
To assist with digestion and possibly gain some relief from bloating, a diet increased in fibre may assist. Flaxseed, Psyllium, Slippery Elm, Bran (rice) and Linseed Meal all provide gentle support for bowel regularity. If you are on a gluten-free diet, you must ensure any fibre-increasing foods are gluten free. Flaxseed, psyllium husk, slippery elm and linseed meal are all gluten free. Bran can be processed from either gluten-containing grains such as wheat and also non-gluten grains such as rice. It is important you choose rice bran as this is gluten free.