There Are No Common Celiac Disease Symptoms
Who would have thought just one generation ago that Celiac disease that no-one had heard of would now be striking down 1 person in every 150 of the population. In the USA alone that means over three million people being affected. Celiac Disease (previously called “Gluten Intolerance” and “Wheat Allergy”) is now getting more and more media coverage meaning more people are getting to understand that they have a problem which can be helped.
Unfortunately it is not something that is easy to self diagnose as they are no Celiac symptoms that are common to all affected.
When do you go to the doctor with the problem.
Probably the most common symptom is an irritable bowel. The description of an irritable bowel is an under-statement. The most accurate description is a very angry bowel leading to severe cramps along with diarrhea (diarrhoea in some cultures) and bloating. But there are people who have no type of gastrointestinal symptoms who are still being diagnosed as having celiac disease.
Instead they get many of the other symptoms such as mouth sores, anaemia, osteoporosis. You could also experience sudden weight loss due to the damaged small intestine being unable to absorb nutrients. Many also have very strange looking light to dark gray bowel movements that always smell really horrible. The problem is that these could also be symptoms of other problems including parasites, ulcers, or even Chrohn’s disease.
I would strongly suggest that if these symptoms continue for 2-3 weeks then you do need to contact your local doctor. If the doctor’s appointment is going to be a few days I think you should even try cutting out all gluten foods from your diet. There is a fuller list of these gluten containing foods on the http://wheatallergyproblems.com website but essentially that means NO wheat. no pasta, pastries, cookies or other products that are made from wheat, barley or Rye. Bear in mind that most beers and some spirits are made using these grains so these should be eliminated as well.
If this brings about an improvement in health then you are able to provide a major pointer for your doctor to justify additional testing for confirmation.
Beware that the underlying celiac disease will not just go away. It needs you to keep to a very strict 100% gluten free diet. You can even go to the extent of having a 100% gluten free kitchen it is not that difficult. You will also find on the http://wheatallergyproblems.com website information about about the products in your bathroom that could poison people who are celiacs.
All celiacs (the name given to people affected by celiac disease) will have problems digesting foodstuffs leading to severe weight loss and becoming malnourished leading to even more complications. If your body is not able to absorb the nutrition it needs to survive from food being digested each day it will start to cannibalise firstly your body muscle then your bones leading to osteoporosis and week bones.
Essentially if you don’t get a correct diagnosis and help in time to completely change your diet and medications. Whilst Celiac Disease is not curable it can be treated to reduce the problems and help you get back to a higher quality of life.