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Is Chronic Coughing A Symptom Of Celiac Disease
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
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
I cough every time I eat bread or crackers chips ect. I have UC and just turned 40. Could I have Celiac disease?
Possible: Coughing as an allergic reaction to gluten is a rare but reported symptom. So, yes you can possibly have Celiac disease, but it needs a total work-up to be a confirmed diagnosis. I'm unable to guess confidently about what UC means, but if it is uterine cancer - your healthcare ought to be carefully coordinated. Don't self-Dx or make major changes w/o advice and consent from the team. Best wishes! ...Read more
Can low dose of amitriptyline take away symptoms of celiac disease? Specifically, chronic diarrhea and lack of appetite?
Combating symptoms: Amitriptylene has anticholinergic and antihistaminic side effects that can slow the bowel and increase appetite. In this way it can counteract some of the symptoms you're having (the chronic diarrhea and poor appetite). You'll need to work with your doctor to arrive at a dose that works well for you, balancing out these processes in a positive way. You'll still need to avoid gluten. ...Read more
Dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic, which means it continues over a long period of time.
Dermatitis herpetiformis usually begins in people age 20 and older, although children may sometimes be affected. It is seen in both men and women.
The cause is unknown. However, dermatitis herpetiformis is frequently linked to gluten sensitivity. ...Read more
Usually diarrhea: Celiac disease, among its many manifestations, may result in diarrhea. Simplistically, exposure of intestine to gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food. The best & most enduring fix is to avoid eating gluten. Serum tissue transglutaminase antibody can help determine how successfully gluten is avoided. ...Read more
Get it evaluated: Since you do not list your symptoms, I cannot say much. Just check with your doctor especially if you have abdominal bloating, gas, diarrhea, fatigue, aching. ...Read more
Belly aches: There are many. .. Abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, bloated feeling. The more subtle sign might be growth delay - not growing as quickly as other kids. Also, certain kinds of rashes are subtle signs of celiac (look-up dermatitis herpetiformis). The trigger is wheat containing foods and other products. ...Read more
Typically diarrhea: Celiac disease, among its many manifestations, may result in diarrhea. Simplistically, exposure of intestine to gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food. The best & most enduring fix is to avoid eating gluten. Serum tissue transglutaminase antibody can help determine how successfully gluten is avoided. ...Read more
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
At least a month: You don't actually ever heal from celiac disease except by cutting out gluten. It is a serious problem that affects your whole body when you have it. When you cut out gluten all together, it takes at least a month to have your system come close to normal. Some studies say it may take even a year of being very careful, before you feel consistently better. ...Read more
-decreased appetite and failure to gain weight
-chronic diarrhea, which can be bloody
-abdominal bloating and pain
-fatigue (often tired during day and insomnia at night)
-other autoimmmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes or hashimoto's thyroiditis. ...Read more
It depends on how much gluten you eat and how immediate your body responds to the gluten in the diet. If you eat a undetectable amount- the time frame may be longer than if you ingest a large amount. Some peoples immune system may also react faster or slower to the same amount. Its individual based. Please try to adhere to the diet.
Good luck. ...Read more
Celiac disease: Also called gluten intolerance or gluten-sensitive enteropathy is a disease in which the villi of the small intertines are damaged by an abnormal immune response to a grain protein (gluten) present in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Damage to villi results in malabsorbtion of nutrients and result in belly pain, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, wgt. Loss, poor growth, dermatitis herpetiformis & more. ...Read more
Do people with celiac disease always have the symptoms? Can you have the disease and not show any symptoms?
Varies a lot: True CD will eventually show some symptoms if the person is not gluten free. These can vary from mild cramping & diarrhea to chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea & catastrophic weight loss. Some may inadvertently be living gluten free based on prior food reactions, but the difficulty in avoiding gluten leads to symptoms & diagnosis. I probably had it a decade before I figured it out. ...Read more
I have celiac disease a year ago is when I started having symptoms. Is it normal to not have symptoms your whole life then all the sudden have them?
Very much so: Think of a domino effect, where one falls on another in sequence until they all fall. You can have a genetic predisposition to celiac but never develop it or have a triggering event that starts the process at any age. For some reason your body started developing antibodies to some of the proteins in wheat & these get confused & attack your intestinal tissues. It really doesn't hide once it starts. ...Read more
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