Symptoms

(Remember friends, I'm not a doctor, just a momma raising a gluten-free kiddo and raising awareness of celiac disease - please, always consult a doctor about your concerns.)

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

There are 3 types of celiac disease:

Classic: Like my son Jack, symptoms have to do with the intestines and digestion: diarrhea, bloated belly, fatigue, failure to thrive, anemic and constipation. 

Asymptomatic: This type is more like my husband. My husband had joint pain and swelling as well as migraines and fatigue.

Silent: This one seems crazy, BUT people have celiac disease, with NO SYMPTOMS. It's best to get tested if a parent or sibling has celiac disease. Maybe that acid reflux is caused by celiac disease? Who knows. Being that celiac disease is hereditary, it's very important for family members to get tested.

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

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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