There are more than 100 hidden symptoms of Celiac Disease and quite a few more common ones. It’s important to get tested if you recognize these symptoms. Even if you think you “only” have a mild gluten intolerance, you could be wrong and putting your future (or your child’s future) at risk.
You will be more committed to completely avoiding all forms of gluten if you see elevated antibodies on a lab report. Just as with Hashimoto’s – doesn’t seeing your antibody count make you more aware of your thyroid?
While Colon Cancer is well known by alternative doctors as a sign of Celiac Disease, there are many doctors who don’t know this! Educate them!
The standard Celiac test is somewhat limited as it only tests 1 or 2 antibodies. I much prefer the Gluten Analog test from Cyrex Labs with 24 antibodies. That’s how I found I had Celiac after being off gluten for a decade. But I flunked the sensitive Cyrex tests, eventually finding it was the breathing a tiny bit of oat dust when handling my pony’s horse feed! If you have no access to Cyrex Labs, by all means run a standard Celiac test on yourself and the kids, especially if you have any of the common or hidden symptoms of Celiac.
Common symptoms of Celiac Disease
Common symptoms include:
- Recurring diarrhea or constipation
- Bloating, intestinal pain, rectal bleeding
- Colon Cancer
- Unexplained fertility or miscarriage issues
- Weight loss
- Iron Anemia
- Canker sores
- Skin bumps and blisters often confused with Eczema (Dermatitis Herpetiformis)
- Failure to thrive
- Various forms of psychiatric concerns
- Family history of Celiac
Even with these clues, most doctors won’t think of Celiac and won’t run the blood tests. With an estimated 1 in 130 Americans having Celiac Disease, only a tiny percentage are ever diagnosed.
To make it more confusing, many people have none of the common symptoms. 12 to 25% of confirmed Celiacs have NO digestive issues…