Symptoms

(Remember friends, I'm not a medical professional, just a momma raising a gluten-free kiddo and hoping to help others along the way)

Would you believe me, if I told you, that Celiac Disease has over 
200 symptoms? Well, it's true. And here's why.

The best way to understand celiac symptoms is breaking them down into 3 categories:

Classic: These symptoms were "typical" symptoms at one time - Jack fell into this category:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloated belly
  • Fatigue
  • Failure to thrive
  • Anemic
  • Constipation (Jack didn't have this problem. BUT, MANY children do and they often get sent home and tell the parents to give them more fiber or laxatives)

Asymptomatic: This type is more like my husband. Harder to diagnosis as they aren't the "typical" symptoms associated with celiac disease.

  • Joint pain
  • Migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility

Silent: This one seems crazy, BUT people have celiac disease, with NO SYMPTOMS. 

I know, super annoying, right? Because, one may not have symptoms as prevalent as my son or husband, but damage could still be happening.

Most Common Symptoms in Children:
(Wide variety of symptoms that vary and can appear as soon as gluten is introduced in their diet as an infant/toddler)
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Distended Belly
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Rash (Dermatitis Herpetiformis)

Adults:
(Wide variety of symptoms that can vary from person to person)
  • Fatigue
  • Digestive problems (bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, acid reflux)
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis (skin rash)
  • Painful Joints 
  • Tingling in Fingers
  • Brain Fog
  • Infertility 
  • Migraines

Do you or your child have these symptoms and STILL no answers to why? Maybe it's time to get tested for celiac disease.

Do you want to know more about genetic testing and the genes associated with this disease?

2 comments:

  1. My 16 mo old grandson has many of the symptoms most concerning was the painful bloated belly and weight loss. He has gone from wanting to eat and try everything to almost evasive behavior to keep from eating. Anyway, the blood was normal :( not that I want him to have it but even the anemia is better. We have reduced his gluten intake just because of the pain and total non sleeper at night screaming in pain and having nightmares. My daughter and I are both NICU nurses so we know there is definitely something up and hoping his first appointment with the GI specialist will give us more answers. Next week the allergist. I just can't believe the blood work was negative, I mean I know its not definitive but "CHEESE N RICE"! sorry for the rant. I mean he even has dermatitis herpetiformis just above his knee.. uggh.
    Thanks for letting me vent.
    chase's gma

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  2. Just wanted to share that I spent seven years with the same symptoms, but blood tests and biopsies were negative. Then I finally got a positive test. Unfortunately the testing isn't perfect.

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