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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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Is fatigue a symptom of celiac disease?

Is fatigue a symptom of celiac disease?

Fatigue & celiac.: The quick answer is yes, fatigue can be caused by celiac disease as the malabsorption of carbohydrates causes dehydration and reduces the intake of the body's main energy substrate. But many other things can cause fatigue, too. ...Read more

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I have ibs, fatigue, sores in the corner of my mouth, and very itchy skin. Should I get checked for celiac disease?

I have ibs, fatigue, sores in the corner of my mouth, and very itchy skin. Should I get checked for celiac disease?

Can check lab tests: A person who has signs of celiac disease, or is very worried she may have it, can see her primary care doctor or her GI specialist to get a lab test ordered. If the test is positive for celiac disease, she can go on a gluten-free diet. If the test is negative, but she still wants to try a gluten-free diet anyway, she can do a 1-2 month trial off all gluten and watch what happens. ...Read more

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22 year old female... Constant shortness of breathe, tiredness, dry cough, and anxiety. I have celiac disease, asthma, and chronic fatigue.

22 year old female... Constant shortness of breathe, tiredness, dry cough, and anxiety. I have celiac disease, asthma, and chronic fatigue.

Consider allergist: It sounds like your asthma is still not completely controlled. A board-certified allergist can be really helpful if you haven't seen one yet. Tai chi or chi gung classes can help with breathing technique and anxiety. See therapist for help with anxiety triggers. Take care of yourself! ...Read more

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Celiac disease. My doctor put me eat bread with gluten and took blood sample. Two days fatigue, no sleep. Celiac rash. This is wrong! What can I do?

Celiac disease. My doctor put me eat bread with gluten and took blood sample. Two days fatigue, no sleep. Celiac rash. This is wrong! What can I do?

It IS wrong: Unfortunately, insurance companies won't pay benefits unless the blood work is positive, and it will usually not be positive if you are already under treatment. So celiac patients are forced to become sick once again. The US health care system is horribly dysfunctional. I'm sorry this happened, but your physician is as trapped in it as you are. ...Read more

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Need guidance in finding a physician that can really help with my chronic fatigue. I have celiac disease. Blood work just came back low thyroid, low?

Need guidance in finding a physician that can really help with my chronic fatigue. I have celiac disease. Blood work just came back low thyroid, low?

Holistic doctor: The type of doctor most likely to be knowledgeable in assessing and treating chronic fatigue, celiac disease and thyroid imbalances is one trained and certified in holistic medicine. To find a doctor certified by the american board of holistic integrative medicine go to http://www.Abihm.Org/search-doctors fortunately, there are at least a dozen such doctors in the phoenix/scottsdale area. ...Read more

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Celiac disease, 2 mos on diet. Unresolved severe fatigue, muscle aches. Ferritin= 5. Doc said not anemic so iron supp not needed, won't help symptoms?

Ferritin of 5 = low: That is a very low ferritin, so this is most likely iron deficiency, though you may not yet have anemia. With this ferritin it is likely you eventually will get anemia. Iron supplementation is generally safe but also look into iron containing foods to increase intake. ...Read more

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What is celiac disease, what are it's causes and symptoms?How is it diagnosed?

What is celiac disease, what are it's causes and symptoms?How is it diagnosed?

Celiac disease: In Celiac disease the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten like proteins in rye and barley) in the small intestine causing damage. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Classically people have loose stool, bloating, and abdominal discomfort but more often are just found when screened for other reasons (like symptoms of a nutritional deficiency like iron or bone loss). ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Rothman
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Lethargy (Definition)

Lack of energy, ...Read more