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Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Posted Jan 25 2011 8:29am


Recently, a colleague of mine expressed fear over his not wanting to look for health information over the internet. And upon asking him why, he said that in reading the list of symptoms of any disease, this would result in him obsessing about that disease unnecessarily.

It just didn't make sense to me, since the diagnosis of any disease can only be confirmed if only it displays all the symptoms listed and known for that particular disease.

And this is where folks who like to self-medicate or self-diagnose can really run themselves into the ground with all this analyzing. No wonder someone said that too much analysis causes paralysis!

And for diseases such as the celiac disease, where the symptoms vary from case to case, it bodes well that one does not try to self-diagnose and God forbid, even consider self-medication either!

Yes, you'll have to go about it the good old way, which means checking in with a reputed physician who will then proceed to validate whether or not you have celiac disease or not.

Celiac Disease

As one might know that Celiac disease occurs due to the fact that one cannot digest gluten, and this can result in a number of symptoms of which indigestion is one of the most common symptoms that one has to live with, if they do not wish to get on a gluten-free diet.

And if doctors are not careful, then this autoimmune disease can easily be mistaken for inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease and even stomach ulcers as well.

However, with these differences, there are a few things about this autoimmune disease that one can find occurs commonly amongst all those who are afflicted with this disease.

Some of these common traits are:

a) This disease can begin to affect the patient at any age

b) This is a lifelong battle

c) Will affect multiple organs

d) May either have varied symptoms or no symptoms at all

e) A gluten-free diet is the only way to cope with this disease

And now, let's look at the various symptoms that can point a doctor to the fact that a patient has celiac disease, and here they are.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

There are four categories into which these symptoms fall into, and so, here they are:

a. Behavioral

- Irritability, particularly in children

- Depression

b. Digestive
- Abdominal Bloating
- Weakness
- Pallor
- Flatulence
- Foul-smelling stool
- Pale stool
- Abdominal Pain
- Diarrhea

c. Inadequate Nutrition

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

d. Unclassified

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

In Closing

And while using the internet has so many advantages, here is one downside that might have never thought of until now. But then again, these kind of silly thoughts (about comparing your health with disease symptoms) only happens once you are at an elderly age!

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