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When to Visit a Doctor for Coeliac Disease Testing

Jan 22, 2017

Coeliac disease can be difficult to diagnose due to the fact that most people experience it differently. There are more than 200 known coeliac disease symptoms, each of which can occur in the digestive system or various other areas of the body. Some people develop this disease as children while others do not show their first symptoms until adulthood. The reason for this is yet unknown to researchers but this fairly recently-discovered disease is only marginally understood.

Some people afflicted with this disease have no symptoms at all yet still test positive on the blood test. Some others may have a negative blood test but have a positive intestinal biopsy. However, all people with coeliac disease are at a higher risk of developing long-term complications whether or not they display any discernible symptoms.

Childhood

Symptoms can occur as early as infancy, and you will see a few specific symptoms during the early years of development. Abdominal bloating and pain are one sign of this disease and this is often accompanied by chronic diarrhoea. A few minutes after consuming gluten-rich foods, your child may also vomit or experience long bouts of constipation. When he or she does have a bowel movement, his or her stool may be pale, foul-smelling, or fatty. You may begin to notice loss of energy after meals or irritability and behavioural issues.

In short, your child may begin showing signs that something is not quite right inside his or her little body and you should have a professional test him or her whenever you feel comfortable. His or her paediatrician is likely to recommend a gluten free diet for your child, which is something that is easier than you think to achieve.

Adulthood

When you are just diagnosed with coeliac disease, it can be hard to think about giving up some of the foods that you love. However, there are a vast array of foods that are completely gluten free and you can live a happy and comfortable life without too many alterations. As an adult with this disease, you might experience any one of the following symptoms. Something your doctor may discover is an unexplained iron-deficiency anaemia or you may begin to feel fatigued after eating.

More severe symptoms include osteoporosis osteopenia, liver and biliary tract disorders, depression or anxiety, and even seizures or migraines. Rather than living with these symptoms and no answers, take the time to have yourself tested. Many people have this disease and it is quite easy to avoid the worst of symptom flare-ups. By speaking with a professional and taking the time to create a comprehensive diet plan, you can enjoy nearly all the foods you love without worry.

Whether you have classic coeliac disease with trackable symptoms or non-classic coeliac disease, you must understand that this is not a diagnosis as severe as cancer. In fact, 80% of those suffering from this disease never get diagnosed and yet live long and happy lives. Getting yourself tested is merely a way for you to understand and treat your symptoms for a more comfortable life. You deserve that peace of mind.

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