Six Signs You Have Celiac Disease
1 year ago

Celiac disease symptoms include smelly diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, and fatigue. Celiac disease, on the other hand, can affect nearly every system in your body, including your skin, hormones, bones, and joints. You might not have associated the celiac disease symptoms you are experiencing with the condition.

Because the effects of celiac disease can be too broad and unpredictable for any one set of symptoms to be considered typical, it's unlikely that there is a truly typical case. It is also possible to have celiac disease without experiencing any symptoms.

1. Digestive issues 

Chronic diarrhea is one of celiac disease's hallmark symptoms, and it appears to affect half or more of those newly diagnosed. The diarrhea is frequently watery, smelly, and voluminous, and it floats rather than sinks.

However, many celiac disease patients experience constipation rather than diarrhea, and some experience symptoms that alternate between the two.

In some cases, digestive symptoms can include diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, bloating, flatulence, nausea, and vomiting. Irritable bowel syndrome is frequently diagnosed in celiac disease patients.

Heartburn and reflux, nausea and vomiting, and lactose intolerance are some of the additional digestive symptoms of celiac disease.

Undiagnosed celiac patients can develop pancreatitis or gallbladder disease, and many have already been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome.

2. Neurological problems 

Insomnia and other sleep disorders are very common in celiac disease patients. You're tired during the day, but you can't fall or stay asleep at night.

Furthermore, gluten causes "brain fog" in many celiac patients.

Some celiac disease patients have previously been diagnosed with migraine headaches.

One of the most commonly reported neurological symptoms of celiac disease is peripheral neuropathy, which causes numbness, pins and needles sensations, and potentially weakness in your extremities.

Restless legs syndrome has also been identified as a symptom of celiac disease.

3. Skin disorders 

Celiac disease may manifest itself in your largest organ: your skin. Dermatitis herpetiformis, an intensely itchy skin rash, affects up to one-fourth of celiac patients.

People who have celiac disease may also have psoriasis, eczema, alopecia areata, hives, and even common skin problems such as acne and dry skin. Although there is no conclusive evidence that gluten consumption causes or contributes to these skin issues, a gluten-free diet can help clear them up in some cases.

4. Bone and joint issues 

Bone and joint problems such as osteoporosis, joint pain, bone pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia are common in celiac disease patients.

It's unclear what the link is; it could be nutritional deficiencies caused by celiac disease, which causes intestinal damage, making it difficult to absorb vitamins and minerals. In some cases, a gluten-free diet can help with the pain associated with these conditions.

5. Dental problems 

Celiac disease patients frequently have bad teeth and gum problems. Adults with undiagnosed celiac disease may experience frequent cavities, eroding the enamel, and other recurring dental problems.

Adults and children with undiagnosed celiac disease can develop canker sores. It's also not uncommon to find celiac disease in someone who has periodontal disease or receding gums. In some cases, a gluten-free diet may be able to reverse some of the damage. Celiac disease patients should see a dentist on a regular basis to monitor their dental health.

6. Rare symptoms 

There are over 200 different celiac disease symptoms listed on the internet. When you go gluten-free, it's very common to notice a significant improvement in other, minor ailments you never thought were related to celiac disease.

It is now uncommon for children to present with severe symptoms. Chronic fatigue, very low blood pressure, electrolyte imbalances due to fluid loss in diarrhea, and abdominal obstruction are examples of these.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the first obvious sign that a patient has undiagnosed celiac disease in very unusual adult cases. Fortunately, celiac cancer is extremely rare, even in people who have had celiac symptoms for years but have gone undiagnosed.