Classic celiac disease symptoms include diarrhea and weight loss, but researchers and doctors have discovered there are a whole range of possible symptoms, both physical and emotional, that I’ve listed below.
Some people have no symptoms at all, or they may occur along with other conditions that hide them. A child’s symptoms may include failure to thrive, personality changes, or inability to concentrate.
To understand the reason for the many possible symptoms of celiac disease, it helps to understand the cause of the symptoms. Celiac Disease damages the walls of the small intestine and prevents the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream.
The nutrients that are not absorbed vary from person to person depending on differences in physiology and the environment in the intestines. For example one person may not be getting enough Potassium will have hypokalemia, and another may not get enough Iron and will be anemic. See What is Celiac Disease? for more information.
Why does having Celiac Symptoms not confirm you have Celiac Disease?
The problem is that a whole lot of other diseases have the same possible symptoms, making Celiac Disease hard to diagnose. Why? Because other diseases also prevent absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream, or otherwise prevent their use. So they have the same malabsorption symptoms as in Celiac Disease.
How do you find out if you’re really experiencing symptoms of Celiac Disease? A doctor will do a biopsy, taking a sample of your small intestine lining to check it for damage. However, if you have already started a gluten free diet the damage may have already healed itself, and the biopsy may be negative. It’s recommended if you want to be tested that you don’t quit eating gluten until after you are tested.
Symptoms may include, or lead to:
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Some people believe that Celiac Disease may lead to, or be associated with the following: Osteoporosis, bone or joint pain, anemia, autism, infertility, miscarriage, thyroid problems, hair loss, hypoglycemia, cancer, diabetes, other autoimmune disorders such as lupus and arthritis.
Another point of view is that these conditions are due to gluten intolerance, but not necessarily the autoimmune response that is known as Celiac Disease.back to top
Autism is believed by many to be related to gluten intolerance, but not necessarily to Celiac Disease.