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Symptoms of Celiac Disease: Its uniqueness, prevention and the exploits of modern medicine

Posted Feb 05 2010 5:11am

Alison Boulter once remarked“Always remember you’re unique. Just like everyone else”. Neverthelessthis philosophical musing makes itself apparent in almost every facet of human’s lifeone of which being the human body and its health. It has merely become a matter of fact that every human is uniqueand that is where our greatest similarity lies when it comes to what we like and dislikehow we thinkand so on and so forth.

Celiac Diseaseand the symptoms leading to its diagnosis from case to casealso follows this principle. Since celiac disease can occur in varying degrees of severity that can afflict a personwith the gluten part of wheat of course playing the role of the villainit is perhaps not possible to zero in on the exact symptoms.

Howeverpreparing a list of generalized symptoms based on the medical cases that have been diagnosed successfully so fardoes serve the purpose of identifying this autoimmune disease with the distinct possibility of mistaking it for gastrointestinal diseases such as stomach ulcersCrohn's diseaseinflammatory bowel disease.

Howeverwith the dedicated work that has gone into researcha list of 35 symptoms and several complications have been established that indicate links to the presence of celiac disease.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease
Nowfrom research so fara few things remain certain and that has been found common for those afflicted with celiac disease.

The disease:

  • Can begin at any age
  • Will persist for life
  • Can involve and affect multiple organs
  • May have varied symptoms or no symptoms at all
  • Will always disappear once the patient follows a gluten-free diet

Sonow let us look at the types of symptoms that are regularly associated with celiac disease:

a. Digestive Symptoms

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Pale stool
  • Foul-smelling stool
  • Flatulence
  • Pallor
  • Weakness

b. Behavioral Symptoms

  • Depression
  • Irritabilityparticularly in children

c. Inadequate Nutrition Symptoms

  • Weight Loss
  • Delayed growth
  • Failure to thrive
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Missed Menstrual periods

d. Unclassified symptoms

  • Gas
  • Bone pain
  • Joint pain
  • Seizures
  • Muscle Cramps
  • No symptoms
  • Ambiguous symptoms
  • Tingling (in the legs from nerve damage)
  • Numbness (in the legs from nerve damage)
  • Mouth sores
  • Skin Rash
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Tooth discoloration and enamel loss
  • Miscarriages

Strangely enoughwith the symptoms taking on several forms as mentioned earlierthat have been discovered due to the advances made in medicine and meticulous researchthe only way to find relief from these symptoms is to stay on a gluten-free diet despite the wild claims that have been made to finding a cure through alternative or conventional methods.

This tells us two things 1) Modern medicine despite its advances in science and technology has its limitations
2) And perhapsprevention is always better than cure

And maybeas simple as it soundsprevention seems to be the easier way regardless of the symptoms!

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