How to Tell if You Have Celiac Disease

There is no easy way to tell if you have celiac disease. There are hundreds of symptoms that occur due to celiac disease, but some of the most common include diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, bone or joint pain, and migraine headaches.

Celiac Disease and Its Symptoms

A person with celiac disease is unable to digest gluten, as it causes damage to the tiny finger-like tissues in the small intestine called villi. The disease affects close to 1 in 100 people worldwide, with many going undiagnosed. There are around 300 symptoms a person with celiac disease can display, making diagnosis difficult.

Here is a list of the most common symptoms reported by celiac disease patients:

Oral symptoms:

  • Mouth sores
  • Ulcers
  • Tooth enamel erosion

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Brain fog
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Panic attacks

Female-specific symptoms:

  • Heavy and painful periods
  • Infertility

How to tell if you have celiac diseaseSkin symptoms:

  • Acne
  • Brittle nails
  • Burning scalp

Intestinal symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain

Joint and muscle symptoms:

  • Back pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Joint stiffness or pain

Vitamin deficiencies:

  • Anemia
  • Low vitamin D
  • Low vitamin B12

Other symptoms:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Fluctuating weight
  • Headaches or migraines

It is important to note that some people with celiac disease may not display any of the aforementioned symptoms but can still be affected by the long term effects of the untreated disease.

Celiac Disease Testing and Treatment

Testing for celiac disease is most effective while you are still consuming gluten. A physical exam, medical history findings, and blood tests help in diagnosing celiac, but an endoscopy and small intestine biopsy are the best sources of confirmation.

A lifelong gluten-free diet is the only effective treatment for celiac disease. In some circumstances, medication may be prescribed to treat the symptoms and side effects.

A healthcare professional will be most helpful in identifying and treating any nutritional deficiencies and other problematic symptoms that can come with a gluten-free diet.

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