Celiac Disease Symptoms
How do I know if I have Celiac Disease?
What are celiac disease symptoms?
Symptoms can vary with each individual. Some people experience severe bloating, gas or diarrhea and some people have no symptoms at all.
Celiac disease interferes with malabsorption of nutrients so its important to diagnose the disease early before any damage is done to the intestines. If you experience any of these signs or symptoms below see your doctor to be tested. Only your doctor can be sure if you have the disease.
What is the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity?
When a person is sensitive to gluten it means that their immune system is not tolerant of the gluten in the diet and will display some evidence of an inflammatory reaction. When these reactions start to cause small intesinal damage then the syndrome is called celiac disease or celiac sprue.
Celiac affects 1 out of 133 people, could you be the one?
Celiac disease symptoms
Symptoms occur after eating foods that contain gluten
• Gas, abdominal swelling and bloating
• Abdominal pain
• Stomach upset
• Fatigue and weakness
• Skin rashes
• Mouth sores
• Muscle cramps
• Legs and feet tingling sensation
• Weight loss or gain
• Dermatitis herpetiformis (a skin disease characterized by itchy skin bumps and small blisters)
Symptoms of celiac disease may come and go. Celiac disease can be difficult to diagnose because so many of the symptoms can mimic other gastrointestinal disorders like gastric ulcers or IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome).
Some symptoms can be very vague so its important to pay attention to your body and how you react to food with gluten in it.
Celiac disease may lead to:
• Anemia- because the body suffers from malabsoprtion with celiac disease the potential to become anemic is greater
• Loss of focus, memory and concentration
• Irritability in both adults and children
• Bone problems like osteoporosis due to lack of the body’s ability to absorb calcium
• Possible infertility
• Respiratory problems and asthma
Celiac disease affects men, women and children. So many people go undiagnosed and go through life feeling sick and not knowing why. Know the symptoms, pay attention to your body and most importantly see your doctor.