Celiac Disease and Anemia
Celiac disease has been mistaken for many other diseases owing to the similarity in their symptoms. Especially celiacs have been mistaken for anemic in many cases. People do not come to doctors for wheat allergies and hence doctors presume it to be something like anemia. But wheat intolerance has itself resulted in poor health conditions in the country.
Anemia is a condition, where people lack the required amount of red blood cells (RBCs) in the blood. RBCs are responsible for the transport of oxygen between different tissues, muscles and organs in your body. When there is a lack of RBCs, the oxygen transported is reduced and this impairs many functions of the body. The symptoms of anemia, which is also similar to that found in celiac disease, consist of the following.
· Chest Pain
· Cognitive difficulties
· Irregular or speedy heartbeat
· Coldness or numbness in feet and hands
· Shortness of breath
· Pale skin
On seeing you reporting all the above symptoms, the doctor generally presumes that you are suffering from anemia. In case of you experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to inform and consult a doctor as soon as possible. The diagnosis will seem like anemia to a greater extent, since anemia is so common among many people.
However, if you experience these symptoms of anemia or you had already been diagnosed to have anemia, and you have not considered the alternative of wheat allergy or celiac disease, then it is greatly recommended to confirm you do not have either by going through all its diagnostic tools.
Another thing you need to account for is whether any of your family members have had a history with celiac disorder or at least the symptoms of celiac disease or that which you are experiencing. Have that family member already been diagnosed with celiac disease? If yes, there are many possibilities that you may also have the same. If no, but you have the similar symptoms as found in your family, but not diagnosed to be any disorder, then you need to share this information with your doctor as well as your family members.
In the meanwhile, try eating only fresh vegetables (raw vegetables is preferred), fruits, etc. try avoiding processed foods and also wheat and its products for a short while. See if the symptoms persist even after undertaking these steps or not. By doing so, celiacs can confirm their disorder since the symptoms disappear in such a diet.