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My friend is a 19 year old male who has been diagnosed with gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance. He has intense stomach pains a lot. It doesn't seem to matter if he's eating gluten-free or not (I ate every meal with him for weeks and kept him on track, so I know he wasn't sneaking...and he still had pain). Many nights he can't sleep because the pains are so bad. They are debilitating. He's been to a GP, a gastrointanologist, had blood work, biopsy, CAT scan, colonoscopy....and they can't find anything. The doctors just keep telling him they can't find anything wrong and to eat gluten-free. HELP!


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replied July 12th, 2013
Abdominal Pain Answer A44172
Welcome to e health forum.

From the description of your symptoms, it seems that you may be having Irritable bowel syndrome.

Since all the investigations done so far have been negative, it is likely that he does not have any severe medical issues, other than his gluten intolerance.

Irritable bowel syndrome IBS, is a functional disorder characterized by cramping abdominal pain or discomfort with alterations in bowel habits (bloating, constipation, and / or diarrhea).

IBS does not cause any permanent damage or any serious illness but the symptoms cause severe discomfort & distress affecting an individuals work, ability to travel and attend social events.

Most symptoms of IBS can be controlled with diet, stress management, and prescribed medications (laxatives, antidiarrheals, antispasmodics, or antidepressants).

In case your friend is still having abdominal cramps, he can try to seek relief with over the counter medications like peptobismol. If they do not help, prescription medications (Antispamodic agents) provided by a gastroenterologist might be of some help.

I hope this helps.


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