Celiac Disease Symptoms – Signs Which Have Been Often Misdiagnosed
Do you possess celiac disease? This is indeed a difficult question since the symptoms are easily overlooked and similar to many other diseases. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks gluten particles from our food and damages our own intestine as a result, finally leading to a digestive problem. Health complications arise when the body does not digest food properly.
In the case of children, the classic symptoms of celiac disease are assumed to be
· Abdominal pain
In the case of adults, these are not the symptoms always. There are many non-classic symptoms. Adults may report
· joint pains,
· weight gain or loss sometimes,
· hair loss and
These are symptoms, which are unrelated to gut-related diseases, and this is the problem in celiac disease diagnosis.
Owing to these problems, it is normal for even the health professionals to get confused and misdiagnose as iron-deficiency anemia as a result of menstrual blood loss, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal infections, Crohn’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, stress-related problems, etc.
Owing to all these similarities in symptoms between many diseases, celiac disease is more often misdiagnosed or under-diagnosed or not at all diagnosed in some cases. Through studies, experts have estimated one from every 100 North-Americans is affected with celiac disease. Nearly 97% of those with the disease are left undiagnosed. This is indeed sad to hear.
When it remains undetected, it can lead to malnutrition and bone problems such as osteoporosis due to poor absorption of vitamin D and calcium. The other complications are infertility, Type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease and other digestive disorders. In children, it results in delayed growth or very slow growth.
There is also good news. A new screening test (done at home) especially for celiac disease has been found recently. It is a simple way to determine the diagnosis accurately. Biocard™ Celiac Test Kit is the at-home test, which helps in measuring our immune system’s response to gluten foods from a blood sample.
There are kits available for testing glucose using a drop of blood. Similarly, this involves you to prick your finger and add a drop of blood to confirm the disease. This has been approved by Health Canada. When this test gives a positive result, you need to meet up with your healthcare provider. This has a high degree of certainty. It shows up even if you are in the developing stage also.
Though this test confirms, your doctor will need confirmation using the biopsy test. An endoscope is sent in through your mouth into the stomach’s intestine until the mucosa can be seen. The results confirm if you are a celiac. Then you can take the necessary steps to start your gluten-free diet.