Stomach pain. Severe fatigue. Irritability. Bloating. Diarrhea. Muscle weakness. Rash. Vomiting. Weight loss. Constipation. ADHD. These plus 300 other possible symptoms are how gluten can affect you!
Seriously! I know what you’re thinking, you could have anything with a handful of these symptoms. Its true. But I would like to think that the difference between now and a few years ago, is that people are a lot more aware of this digestive disorder.
For example, a year ago vomiting was rarely apart of the Celiac Disease symptoms list. Vomiting was one of my daughter’s main symptoms. Her pediatrician told me that he DID NOT think that she had Celiac because of the vomiting. Today, it is one the first symptoms listed.
My point is that this disease is a lot more common than we give it credit for. Now I’m not saying that if you get a belly ache you should immediately assume that you have the disease! However, if you notice a pattern with any of these symptoms, in you or your children then talk to your doctor. Its worth it. You could be feeling brand new in just a few weeks!
Did you know that Celiac Disease affects at least 3 million people? I didn’t.
Or that you can have Celiac Disease and not even be aware of it? Uh, no.
If you are not aware of it, you are susceptible to a whole slew of other autoimmune disorders. What!
These are all facts from The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. Facts that I came to learn shortly after my youngest daughter was diagnosed Celiac, a few months after her first birthday. Honestly, I was not aware of Celiac Disease until it was an “option” during the time we were going through the process of finding out what was going on with her. A process of which was relatively short, compared to many other stories that I have read.
We were lucky I guess, in some ways. We found out throughout the span of 4-5 months, even though that time felt much longer. The fact that she was diagnosed so young, lowers her chances of other autoimmune problems. At the time, I didn’t care. I was much more focused on “fixing” my daughter. Can this be fixed?
My biggest reason for starting this blog is to continue learning about Celiac Disease. If along the way I am able to help others who may go through the same obstacles, even better! My advice today, don’t stop asking questions until you get a resolution!