Many people who have this disease do not even know they are sick. Most hardly even know what Celiac is.
Some people fail to see how gluten is connected to their health problems. With Celiac, there is a vast number of symptoms, many of which can be strange and totally unrelated.
The most well-known symptoms of Celiac include stomach pain, smelly diarrhea and constipation. Other common symptoms of this disease are heartburn and abdominal pain. In most, but not all cases, Celiac affects the stomach and bowel movement more than anything else in the body.
Some Celiacs had different stomach-related symptoms. For example, a minority of those diagnosed as Celiacs experienced abdominal bloating which made some women look as much as six months pregnant. Another warning sign is unusual gas, which often smells worse than normal. A few people dealt with frequent nausea and/or vomiting.
One fairly typical warning sign of Celiac is excessive fatigue. Most people have tendency to blame this on overwork, ageing or lack of sleep. But, along with feeling tired during the day, this disease also prevents restful sleep at night. This combination makes it very difficult for Celiacs to go about their everyday lives.
Surprisingly, psychological disorders are a very common symptom of Celiac. Depression, irritability and anxiety are everyday troubles with people who have undiagnosed Celiac. In most cases, this unusual irritability showed the person that gluten was the cause of this because it would occur soon after their intake or exposure to gluten-filled products.
Another common sign of this disease is suffering from severe migraine headaches. Generally, these migraines will lessen and/or disappear entirely once the patient adapts a gluten free diet. In fact, the lessening of migraines due to the lessening of gluten intake frequently open many peoples’ eyes to the truth of their disease.
Plus, certain Celiacs frequently experience “brain fog,” caused by gluten. “Brain fog” happens when a person has trouble thinking clearly. This can cause someone to misplace objects, forget people’s names and have difficulties in carrying on an intelligent conversation.
A frequent sign of Celiac is Peripheral Neuropathy, which is a sensation of numbness and overwhelming weakness in the joints. Many Celiacs have reported that they experienced a feeling of pins and needles in their bodies after eating gluten-filled food. Loss of coordination and balance due to gluten is also a warning of this disease.
There are certainly many different symptoms of Celiac disease. It can be hard to believe that particular ailments are caused by gluten, especially when they are not connected in any way with the stomach or bowel movement. However, it has been scientifically proven that gluten affects every part of the body.
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