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What are the signs and symptoms of celiac disease?

Diarrhea and weight loss because of malabsorption are the classic symptoms of celiac disease, but they occur in less than one-half of people with the disease. The symptoms vary widely in presentation and intensity. Often the symptoms are not related to the bowel function, but instead are due to the consequences of chronic malabsorption of vitamins and minerals (for example, people who complain of weakness, fatigue, and are anemic because they cannot absorb iron in the diet).

Other symptoms may include the following:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Numbness and tingling (paresthesia) of the hands and feet
  • Osteoporosis due to decreased absorption of calcium and vitamin D
  • Skin rash
  • Abdominal pain
  • GERD and heartburn

Infants and children may have even less specific symptoms including diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, failure to thrive, and developmental delays.

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Comment from: Foresthome, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I am 58 and recently had an esophogastroduodenoscopy, or EGD, and was diagnosed with celiac sprue. I am a nurse and began reading about the disease and now I am wondering if I have had it since birth. I was diagnosed with rickets, a form of malnutrition, as a toddler and began to suffer from migraine headaches as young as 6. When my permanent teeth came in the enamel had not formed correctly on many of them, resulting in having most of my teeth crowned. I also have chronic constipation, gas, bloating, fatigue, joint pain, and my stools have been difficult to flush, because they float, for as long as I remember.

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Comment from: Txakurrtepia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I got my first migraine at two years old. My mother was told to ignore the hysterical child and take me home. At five one of my baby teeth came in abscessed. Many cavities followed. I broke both arms and my foot before I was ten years old. At eighteen I was diagnosed with asthma. When I reached the age of 30 I read an article about celiac disease and asked a doctor. He told me it used to be called failure to thrive and since I was thriving I did not have it. Thankfully I ignored him and went on a gluten free diet. I no longer have migraines or asthma. I am on vitamin D (50,000 IU a day) and after three years of this my fatigue has finally gone. I did not realize that celiac could have such an impact on one's life but I am so glad to be called the 'food Nazi' as I actually feel good.

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