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What are symptoms of celiacs disease and am I more likely to have it because my grandfather does?

What are symptoms of celiacs disease and am I more likely to have it because my grandfather does?

Variable Sx; slight: Celiac can have variable sx, incl gas, bloat, diarrhea, wt loss, rarely gain, constipation, joint aches and pains (often from vitamin d def), fatigue (often from iron def), osteoporosis, swallowing probl, rarely liver probl. Can get screened with blood testing, and/or genetic testing. Assoc with other autoimmune diseases such as ibd, psoriasis, rheum arth, lupus, type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

In celiac disease, the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten-like proteins in rye and barley) resulting in damage to the small intestine. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Typically, people with celiac disease have loose stools, bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, weight loss, poor weight gain ...Read more


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Why is celiacs concidered a disease?

Why is celiacs concidered a disease?

Celiac Disease: Celiac disease (cd) is an immune-mediated enteropathy that inflames and destroys the lining of the small intestine. It is triggered in genetically-determined persons by dietary exposure to gluten (protein found in wheat, barley, rye). Distinguish cd from gluten sensitivity where patients manifest GI upset but no inflammation when eating gluten-containing foods. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have celiacs disease?

Celiac Disease: See a gastroenterologist or your primary doctor who can test your blood with labs and/or consider an endoscopy which is more invasive but also more specific to determine if you have celiac disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have celiacs?

Is it possible for me to have celiacs?

Anything is possible: There is a fairly accurate blood test that your doctor can order which may better diagnose your condition. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with celiacs, now what?

Gluten-free diet: Be vigilant with the diet. Your doctor may want to test you periodically with blood tests to show that the celiac has quieted down while on the diet. ...Read more

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What are main symptoms of celiacs disease?

What are main symptoms of celiacs disease?

Celiac Disease: Gastrointestinal symptoms include: abdominal pain, bloating, gas, or indigestion constipation decreased appetite (may also be increased or unchanged) diarrhea, either constant or off and on lactose intolerance (common when the person is diagnosed, usually goes away after treatment) nausea and vomiting stools that float, are foul smelling, bloody, or “fatty”. ...Read more

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Do undiagnosed celiacs feel good some days?

Do undiagnosed celiacs feel good some days?

Yes: It depends on how sensitive you are and what you are eating on any particular day. Some celiac patients have no recognizable celiac symptoms or very mild which is called clinically latent. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could have celiacs disease?

Can you tell me if i could have celiacs disease?

No absolute signs: There are some symptoms of celiac that can suggest it enough to start a work-up. The most common ones that i see are: bloating, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia. ...Read more

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I have celiacs. What can I do to get better faster?

I have celiacs. What can I do to get better faster?

Strict gluten free..: Gluten free diet can be difficult. Research hidden sources of gluten, be diligent about gluten contamination from food prep of other household members, and very careful about dining out. It may take as long as 6-12 months for your small bowel damage to heal. Keep in constant contact with your GI specialist. If you aren't feeling better, additional evaluation may be necessary. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of celiacs disease?

Celiac Disease: Gastrointestinal symptoms include: abdominal pain, bloating, gas, or indigestion, constipation, decreased appetite (may also be increased or unchanged), diarrhea, either constant or off and on, lactose intolerance (common when the person is diagnosed, usually goes away after treatment), nausea and vomiting, http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001280/. ...Read more