Worried you might have Celiac Disease? Unlike many other diseases, food allergies, and/or food intolerances, Celiac Disease does not have a few standard symptoms you can easily look for. That is why it often takes an average of 5 years before receiving a correct celiac diagnosis.
Currently their are two ways to know for sure that you have Celiac Disease. The first and recommended method is to talk to your doctor about getting tested (which usually involves a simple blood test and/or an endoscopy). The second option is the new Celiac Home Test Kit, which allows anyone to take the initial blood test from home, then consult their doctor with the results.
With that said, you may be wondering what symptoms you should be experiencing before discussing the possibility of Celiac with your doctor. Here is some general information about Celiac Disease symptoms that you will hopefully find useful.
Adult Celiac Disease Symptoms
Celiac Disease may appear at any time in a person’s life. In fact, recent studies support that it may even be more common in the elderly, or anyone that has experiencing a life-altering event. The disease can also be triggered for the first time after a surgery, a simple viral infection, severe emotional stress, pregnancy or childbirth.
Celiac Disease is a multi-system, multi-symptom disorder and symptoms in adults are extremely varied. Symptoms can even mimic other bowel disorders and are not always gastrointestinal. (For example, adults with Celiac Disease are often originally misdiagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome prior to receiving a correct diagnosis.)
Children Celiac Disease Symptoms
Infants, toddlers, and young children most commonly exhibit growth failure, vomiting, a bloated abdomen and behavioral changes.
General Symptoms of Celiac Disease May Include One or More of the Following:
- Recurring bloating, gas, or abdominal pain
- Chronic diarrhea or constipation or both
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Pale, foul-smelling stool
- Unexplained anemia
- Bone or joint pain
- Behavior changes/depression/irritability
- Vitamin K Deficiency
- Fatigue, weakness or lack of energy
- Delayed growth or onset of puberty
- Failure to thrive (in infants)
- Missed menstrual periods
- Infertility male & female
- Spontaneous miscarriages
- Canker sores inside the mouth
- Tooth discoloration or loss of enamel
In addition to the above symptoms, there are also a few situations where a child should be tested for Celiac Disease:
Have You or a Family Member Been Diagnosed With the Following?
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Thyroid Disease
- Dermatitis Herpetiformis (see below)
Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) Skin Rash
Dermatitis Herpetiformis is skin manifestation of celiac disease characterized by blistering and intensely itchy skin. The rash has a symmetrical distribution and is most frequently found on the face, elbows, knees and buttocks. DH patients can also have gastrointestinal damage without perceptible symptoms. If you believe you may have DH, please consult your doctor about being tested for Celiac Disease.