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Unusual Celiac Disease Symptoms
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
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
-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
Lots: The clinical presentation of celiac disease varies from patient to patient with either typical intestinal symptoms (see earlier healthtap answers on this topic) or a host of atypical extraintestinal manifestations. Important complications include: malnutrition, osteoporosis, infertility, GI cancers. Up to 30% have persistent/recurrent symptoms, incomplete response, or refractory disease. ...Read more
Loose stools: Lactose intolerance shows loose watery stools after milk. Classic celiac disease usually shows watery stools with trouble gaining weigh all the time. However, there are other symptoms that can be found in celiac disease, and you do not absolutely need to have the diarrhea to have celiac disease. This includes rashes, arthritis, anemia and dental problems. Some people have no symptoms. ...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
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
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
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
Yes: If you mean abdominal symptoms and diarrhea then the answer is "yes.". ...Read more
Not really but:
Celiac disease causes malabsorption and can cause vit deficiency and that will produce symptoms and signs of the vit B12 deficiency in untreated patients.
These are two different conditions with different cause and there is nothing in common as celiac disease can cause in some cases vit B12 deficiency if not treated with gluten free diet.
B12 deficiency causes anemia and neurological disorders. ...Read more