Beyond merely identifying celiac disease symptoms from a simple list you find online, it is far more important that you understand the breadth and complexity of those symptoms and the consequences of not accurately diagnosing a case of celiac disease. Celiac disease (also known as coeliac sprue disease) is infamously under diagnosed, long being misdiagnosed as merely irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance.
However, celiac sprue disease is not merely a digestive disorder and its consequences go well beyond just the human digestive tract.
How Celiac Disease Symptoms Occur
When a person with celiac sprue disease consumes any kind of food with gluten in it, this person’s body undergoes an autoimmune response. Sometimes it is subtle, but that does not mean it will not have dire long-term consequences. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body is somehow triggered to attack itself with its immune system.
In the case of a gluten intolerance, the primary target of this self-inflicted immune warfare is the lining of the intestinal wall, in particular, the villi. The villi are little hair-like fingers that reach out from the small intestinal lining to grab and absorb nutrients from your food. Over time, celiac sufferers who is consuming gluten will have their immune system slowly kill of this intestinal villi. This is called villous atrophy or villi atrophy.
The worse this gets, the worse both your digest problems become and the less your body is able to digest and absorb nutrients from the food you are eating. Also, as this gets worse, toxins from your food that are supposed to simply pass to your colon and out of your body in bowel movements instead pass through your small intestine’s wall and into your blood stream.
The Breadth of Celiac Disease Symptoms
While the celiac disease symptom lists include digestive problems such as diarrhea or constipation along with cramping, bloating and flatulence, it is importance to recognize that the phenomenon I just described above can and will cause a number of problems that aren’t often immediately associated with gastrointestinal problems.
When those toxins pass into your blood stream or you begin to experience the repercussions of malnutrition, the symptoms go well beyond intestinal cramping or constipation.
These additional symptoms can include fatigue, joint pain you may mistakenly diagnose as arthritis, breathing difficulty you blame on asthma, and headaches as well as migraines. If left undiagnosed and untreated for long, even more severe consequences may arise, such as ataxia, autism and even cancer.
Celiac disease can be insidious. It may lurk below the radar for years while your body develops more and more severe long-term consequences. Be sure you don’t just rely on a simple list of symptoms from some website. Learn the full reality of celiac disease symptoms and consult the knowledge and experience of a medical professional.