Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that often runs in families. When someone with celiac disease eats gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley and rye, the body causes an immune attack on the intestinal lining. This
harms the lining and prevents nutrients from being absorbed into the body. Some people have symptoms that affect the skin. Others have symptoms that affect the organs or organ systems of the body, and some have no symptoms at all.
Here are few of the symptoms of celiac disease. If you have any of these symptoms you should get yourself tested :
- Oral Symptoms – Bad breath, gum disease, mouth sores, mouth ulcers, swollen gums, tongue sores, tooth enamel erosions.
- Behavioural Symptoms – Anxiety, brain fog, depression, irritability, irrational anger, loneliness or isolation, loss of interest in activities, memory loss, mood swings, night terrors, panic attacks, short temper, suicidal.
- Skin – acne, brittle nails, bruising, burning scalp, dandruff, dark circles under the eyes, eczema, flakey skin around the eyes, hives, pale skin, skin cancer, skin rashes.
- Intestinal – Acid reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, frequent smelly farts, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach pain.
- Joint/Muscle – Ataxia, back pain, burning sensation in the joints, joint pain, stiff joints, swelling, leg cramps, muscle spasms, swelling in hands and feet.
- Vitamin Deficiencies – Anemia, low calcium, low vitamin B12, low vitamin D.
- Female specific – Breast tenderness, early menopause, frequent miscarriages, hormonal levels swings, heavy, painful periods, infertility, swollen bladder/cervix.
If you think you might have a gluten-related disorder, it’s important that you speak with your doctor first. He or she will then guide you through the diagnostic process. It’s important that you keep eating a regular, gluten-containing diet. This will help to ensure that the diagnostic process is carried out accurately. We can teach you about how gluten-related disorders are diagnosed so that you can have a jumpstart