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Distended abdomen, extreme pain, burning in intestine, constipation, joint pains, fatigue, mucous in stools. Celiac disease?

Hi, I have had this problem for the past couple of years now. I use to get a distended abdomen, extreme pain, like burning and cramping in my lower intestines, constipation , joint pain and swelling (especially my fingers, elbows, and toes), fatigue , and mucus in my stools. I have stopped eating gluten and found that these symptoms have dissipated and I feel like I have more energy, but this past week I am experiencing a type of flair up and the other day I had the urge to pass a stool, but when I went to the bathroom only mucus came out, no blood though. My stomach or lower left quadrant burns and feels crampy and I woke up with some mild joint pain. The only thing I ate differently was jelly beans. I am gong to my GP soon to follow-up on my thyroid medication and I plan to seek his advise them, but I am a little concerned now as I have thought I had whatever it is under control. Could it be celiac disease?
Asked On : Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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Thank you for the query.

Joint pains and bowels problems like mucus in the stool, constipation, cramping, etc. can be caused by inflammatory bowels disease (Crohns disease or Ulcerative Colitis).
Lower left abdominal pain is quite characteristic for diverticulitis of the sigmoid colon. This disease is caused by chronic constipation. Due to increased pressure in the large intestine, the wall gets weaker and some kind of pouches appear (diverticles). If the stool stuck in such pouch, an inflammation appears.

I suggest you to do not wait anymore and visit your doctor. Colonoscopy should be done.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Wed, 24 Jul 2013
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