Symptoms Of Celiac Disease
It is estimated that 83% of persons with Celiac Disease are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Though I am no scientist or doctor, from what I’ve seen and heard, this is no surprise to me.
First and foremost, no one wants to get tested for celiac. I know this firsthand because no one in my family is willing to get tested (not my oma, not my opa, and not my mom, dad, or brother) and I know for a fact that 4 out of the 5 of them exhibit symptoms of Celiac Disease! Plus, more and more studies are finding that if one person in your family is diagnosed with CD, there is a very high chance that at least one other direct family member also has it.
It is mind-blowing to me that people wouldn’t want to know the truth but it’s also a reality. I am not sure if people fear getting tested like actually having to get medical exams done or it’s they fear that their lives will drastically change. But what I do know, as science has shown us, is that CD left undiagnosed can lead to very serious, monster health issues down the road.
Secondly, CD has hundreds of symptoms all of which match symptoms of other very common conditions. For this reason alone, it can be very hard to diagnose.
Lastly, CD also has many symptoms that I have found most people just associate with “being normal”. For example, having brain fog every afternoon or bloating terribly after eating a big, bowl of pasta. Ignoring these “normal” symptoms causes innumerable amounts of people to go undiagnosed.
Does this sound like you or someone you love? Or maybe this sounds like you before you were diagnosed? Or perhaps you’ve been gluten free for a while now but are still trying to piece together a few leftover symptoms? Whatever the case, you are in the right place!
But before you begin to read the symptoms listed below, I ask that you take a minute to breathe. Take 3 to 5 long, deep breaths and open your body, mind, and soul up to the possibility that you may need to get tested for Celiac Disease.
DO NOT freak out if there is a symptom on the list that you have, THIS COULD MEAN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Do not over think this list, it is just words on paper. And remember, millions of people live completely wonderful, adventurous lives everyday with CD. So if you do feel like you should get tested, there is nothing to fear!
Also, please note that symptoms of CD vary widely and are different for every individual; some celiac are even asymptomatic.
Lastly, I am NOT a doctor. I am simply collecting and presenting facts to you. If you feel you need further information regarding your body and your own situation, please seek professional medical advice.
Below I have listed many symptoms of CD. Remember, I am not a doctor and celiac symptoms are not limited to this list. Please seek professional medical advice if you have further questions regarding your
Delayed growth in children
Numbness + tingling in hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy)
Gluten ataxia (neurological autoimmune condition)
As you can see, many of these symptoms aren’t outrageous, they are normal, every day occurrences for many people. And many of them align with other diseases and healthy issues, making CD hard to diagnose.
In any case, once diagnosed, Celiac Disease is a lifelong condition and the only known “cure” is to adhere to a strict gluten free diet. Unfortunately, even by doing so, many celiac still suffer from several of the above symptoms as part of their every day lives.
For more information on getting a diagnosis or eating gluten free, check out The Disease Behind Gluten Free or Gluten Free 101. I have also listed my sources below. Please feel free to check these out for more facts and information regarding Celiac Disease and its symptoms.
Lick The Bowl, It’s Gluten Free!