Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Celiac Stomach Pain Relief

Anyone with Celiac disease knows that getting "glutenized" means dealing with severe stomach pain for anywhere from 1-4 weeks. This is one of the symptoms I struggle with the most and at times even eating anything becomes very challenging. I have been doing some research and wanted to compile a list of options that people with Celiac have used for some relief.

1. Acidophilus (a probiotic) can help balance the digestive system more quickly. I have found that the refrigerated probiotics that can be found at a natural health food store are the most effective.

2. Maalox to help with severe cramping. A couple of doses is usually necessary.

3. A really hot heat pack placed on the stomach can reduce inflammation and help ease pain.

4. Anti inflammatory foods can help somewhat as well. For example,  foods with DHA (for example salmon), omega fatty acids, olive oil, pumpkin seeds, vitamin e supplements, nightshades, kelp, tumeric, shitake mushrooms, green tea, papaya, blueberries, broccoli, sweet potatoes.

     Some anti inflammatory diet tips that I found are:
  • For breakfast, try oatmeal served with fresh berries and walnuts.
  • Snack on whole fruits, nuts, seeds, and fresh vegetables instead of cookies and candy.
  • Eat more fish and less fatty red meat.
  • Cook with olive oil and canola oil.
  • Try a tofu stir-fry or scramble.
  • Have a salad with lots of fresh vegetables as your meal.
  • Stay away from deep-fried foods; bake, broil, poach or stir-fry instead.
  • Choose dark green or brightly colored vegetables as side dishes -- they should fill half your dinner plate.
  • Drink water, non-fat milk, 100% fruit and vegetable juices, herbal and green tea instead of sugary sodas and soft drinks.

5. Some people report that Rolaids help as well.

6. Along the lines with a hot water bottle, a hot bath is also soothing and provides some temporary relief.

7. H2 antihistamine before bedtime like Pepcid or Zantac can be taken at bedtime (talk to your physician first) to provide some relief.

8. Pepto-Bismol and Immodium provide some relief for stomach cramping. My advice is to not take these for too many days as it will further disrupt the body of ridding itself from the gluten.

9. Pressure point massage can provide some relief. These are some key points to target the stomach area:

John Hickey, author of "Shiatsu Anma Therapy" , mentions two commonly used acupressure points that help with stomach pain and distention:
The "Three Yin Intersection" is located three thumb widths above the tip of the inner ankle bone, and less than one finger width toward the back of the border of the shin bone.
The "Leg Three Miles" is located three thumb widths below the lower border of the knee cap, and one finger width to the outer edge of the shin bone. There is a small notch next to the shin bone at this point.
There is also a pressure point on the groove between the two large tendons on the inside of the wrist, just above the wrist bones, that may relieve nausea when pressure is applied there.

Read more: Pressure Points for Stomach Pain |
10. Finally, deep breathing methods to help relax can soothe the mind and body.
I pray that all who suffer from stomach pain find some relief. xo


  1. Thank you for this advice. I'm hurting and was hoping there was some information out there. I appreciate you taking the time to post this for others.

  2. "Some anti inflammatory diet tips that I found are:

    For breakfast, try oatmeal served with....."
    OATMEAL CONTAINS GLUTEN. My wife before discovered she's gluten intolerant, tried oatmeal as a diet. It just made her pain worth.

    1. Well, you could just get gluten free oats...

    2. Gluten Free Oats are not real. All oats have gluten in them or were packed on a line with them = cross contamination. They all have gluten but the supposedly GLUTEN FREE oats just have a smaller percentage. Just avoid oats, for your own sake.

    3. This will explain why oats can't be gluten free.