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Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Celiac disease causes those who suffer from it to experience symptoms when they eat foods that contain gluten, which is found in wheat. The only way to find out for sure if you have celiac disease is to seek medical attention for it. If you suffer from the following symptoms, there is a chance that you may have celiac disease and should consider getting checked out for the condition.

Diarrhea is one of the most notable symptoms of celiac disease. Those with celiac disease may also notice foul smelling, watery, bulky, pale, or frothy stools. If this seems to be a recurring problem for you, especially after eating foods containing gluten, there may be a chance that you have celiac disease.

Vomiting is another symptom which can occur when someone has celiac disease. Children with celiac disease are especially prone to this symptom. Adults are much more likely to experience nausea or stomach cramping after they have eaten a food containing gluten than vomiting.

Unexplained weight loss can occur as a result of celiac disease. This is a problem which can affect both children and adults with the condition. The reason it occurs is due to the fact that food is not easily absorbed by the body. Frequent vomiting may cause this symptom to be even more prevalent.

Swelling or bloating in the abdominal region is a very common symptom of celiac disease. If you have always felt as though you have a tendency to look more bloated or gain weight in the stomach area, there is a good chance that it may be because you have celiac disease. The reason this happens is because the nutrients from food is not easily absorbed when you have celiac disease.

Lack of energy, weakness, and fatigue are all symptoms that those with celiac disease commonly experience. The reason these problems occur with the condition is because celiac disease prevents the absorption of nutrients. Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies are commonly associated with this condition. Osteoporosis, memory and concentration problems, and anemia are some of the problems that can result from these deficiencies. Taking a daily multi-vitamin can help.

Note that there are a number of other conditions which cause similar symptoms, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and lactose intolerance. Getting yourself to a primary care physician and following it up with a doctor specializing in gastrointestinal medicine can help ensure that you get a proper diagnosis for your symptoms.

    3 Responses to “Symptoms of Celiac Disease”

    1. Hajo (Custom Choice Cereal) says:

      Jody, thanks for this article. The tough part is to make the connection between the symptoms that you mention and celiac disease. Even doctors often fail to do this, and that’s why a majority of celiacs only finally get diagnosed because they explicitly ask for a test. Here is a great article about different tests and diagnosis of celiac disease that was published on the New York Times’ health blog: http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/confirming-a-diagnosis-of-celiac-disease/

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