Celiac Disease Symptoms
Celiac disease was once
thought of a disease with only GI symptoms. It is now
recognized that the disease is a multi-symptom,
multi-system (organ) disease. Celiac disease also does
not routinely present with the ‘textbook’ symptoms that
physicians learn. More often it presents with symptoms
that can mimic other problems.
recognize the classic symptoms of celiac disease:
diarrhea, bloating, weight loss, anemia, chronic
fatigue, weakness, bone pain and muscle cramps.
Physicians may not be aware that celiac disease
frequently presents with other symptoms, some that do
not involve the small intestine. More often, symptoms
can include constipation, constipation alternating with
diarrhea or premature osteoporosis. Overweight persons
may also have undiagnosed celiac disease.
Children may exhibit
behavioral, learning or concentration problems,
irritability, diarrhea, bloated abdomen, growth failure,
dental enamel defects or projectile vomiting. Others
will have symptoms such as rheumatoid conditions,
chronic anemia, chronic fatigue, weakness, migraine
headaches, nerve problems such as tingling of hands or
difficulty walking or other conditions that are
unexplained and/or do not respond to usual treatment.
People may have one or more of the above symptoms.
Patients are frequently
misdiagnosed as having ‘irritable bowel syndrome’,
‘spastic colon/bowel’ or ‘Crohn’s disease’.
Dermatitis Herpetiformis Symptoms
The IgA deposits under
the skin result in eruptions of red raised patches of
skin, similar to the beginning of a pimple, that can
develop into small watery blisters. The itching and
burning of the eruptions are severe and the urge to
scratch them is intense. Scratching will further
irritate the eruptions. Eruptions commonly occur on
pressure points, such as around elbows, the front of the
knees, the buttocks, back face and scalp but can appear
anywhere on the body.
Eruptions are usually
bilateral – occurring on both sides of the body. 60% of
those diagnosed are men and the most common age at
diagnosis is 15 to 40 years old. Although it is
uncommon to diagnose young children with DH, we are
seeing more cases of early childhood DH.