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Celiac Disease symptoms

When you have Celiac disease, your immune system causes damage to villi in your small intestine, the section of your gastrointestinal tract between the stomach and the large intestine. Healthy villi absorb nutrients from the food that passes by through the intestine. If the villi are damaged, nutrients will pass through the small intestine without being absorbed. Your body might not absorb the normal amount of vitamins and other nutrients.

The following list is a summary of several symptoms that can indicate possible Celiac Disease. However this list is not for the purpose of self-diagnosing. These symptoms could also indicate different disorders or diseases. If you have some of these symptoms and you think you have Celiac Disease then please consult your doctor for more information.

Common Celiac disease symptoms:

  • Decreased appetite and failure to gain weight / weightloss
  • Chronic diarrhea, which can be bloody and fatty
  • Chronic constipation, strange bowel movement
  • Vomiting
  • Gas, Abdominal bloating and pain
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained anemia (a low count of red blood cells causing fatigue)
  • Muscle cramps
  • Delayed growth in children
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Osteoporosis (bone disease causing a decrease in bone mass and density)
  • Iron deficiency
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Erratic menstrual periods
  • Itchy rash, blistering skin
  • Pale sores on the inside of the mouth
  • To confirm a Celiac Diagnosis the doctor will usually use two tests. The first test is a blood test to measure the amounts of particular antibodies. This test will be around 95 percent accurate.

    The second test be done by undergoing a gastrointestinal endoscopy. Your doctor will take a small biopsy of your intestines during the endoscopy, which will help to identify any inflamation or damage to the villi. This procedure takes less than half an hour and is a sure way to diagnose Celiac disease. The blood tests are still improving, so in the future, the endoscopy test might not be needed anymore.

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