Navigating your way to proper diagnosis, here are the major signs and symptoms of celiac disease to take into consideration before visiting your doctor for thorough celiac testing.
The muddy waters that come with navigating and figuring out a celiac disease diagnosis. They can be frustrating to say the least. First off, you really could have any symptom under-the-sun or, funny enough, you may have no outward symptoms at all. That’s why the journey to a REAL celiac diagnosis can be so difficult and so many of us suffer for years before we know what’s wrong. Just take a look at some of the big signs and symptoms of celiac disease below.
There are a whole host of chronic symptoms (seen on left), already diagnosed conditions that can accompany celiac disease and should be looked into (top right), and vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can be indicators of celiac disease (bottom right). You notice that these symptoms can be common to many different illnesses. Just because you brittle nails doesn’t mean you have celiac. As I stated above, some celiacs never have any symptoms (the “silent celiac”) and only find out through genetic testing due to a relative finding out they have celiac. (See how difficult this can be?!)
Now, before you go throwing out your whole wheat bread, let’s take a step back. If you suspect something is up you MUST see your doctor (a gastroenterologist with a background of celiac disease would be preferred). You MUST be eating gluten, as normal, to be properly diagnosed. If you stop and then wait a few weeks or months before getting an endoscopy/biopsy and blood work done…you’ll risk getting false negatives and inaccurate results. You should also be checked for the celiac genes (read this post for the medical overview) which can help not only you, but your family as well in their predisposition to celiac.
The most important thing to remember is the devastating effect of malnutrition with undiagnosed celiac. The longer you put testing off or suffer with symptoms, the more sick you become, whether you realize it or not. Malnutrition is the foundation of all these symptoms. You body is under constant attack and so inflamed, damaged, and sick that it can function properly or taken in the nutrients it needs to thrive. This results in worse and worse effects that can then manifest into much more detrimental and irreversible health conditions.
So tell me:
+ Celiacs: Did you have outward symptoms, or none at all? Outward!
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