Celiac Disease Symptoms
Celiac disease was once thought of a disease with only GI symptoms. It is now recognized that the
disease is a multi-symptom, multi-system (organ) disease. Celiac disease also does not routinely
present with the 'textbook' symptoms that physicians learn. More often it presents with symptoms
that can mimic other problems.
Most physicians recognize the classic symptoms of celiac disease : diarrhea, bloating, weight loss,
anemia, chronic fatigue, weakness, bone pain, and muscle cramps. Physicians may not be aware that
celiac disease frequently presents with other symptoms, some that do not involve the small intestine.
More often, symptoms can include constipation, constipation alternating with diarrhea, or premature
osteoporosis. Overweight persons may also have undiagnosed celiac disease.
Children may exhibit behavioral, learning or concentration problems, irritability, diarrhea, bloated
abdomen, growth failure, dental enamel defects, or projectile vomiting. Others will have symptoms
such as rheumatoid conditions, chronic anemia, chronic fatigue, weakness, migraine headaches,
nerve problems such as tingling of hands or difficulty walking, or other conditions that are unexplained
and/or do not respond to usual treatment. People may have one or more of the above symptoms.
Patients are frequently misdiagnosed as having 'irritable bowel syndrome', 'spastic colon/bowel', or Crohn's disease'.
Dermatitis Herpetiformis Symptoms
The lgA deposits under the skin result in eruptions of red raised patches of skin, similar to the beginning of a pimple,
that can develop into small watery blisters. The itching and burning of the eruptions are severe and the urge to
scratch them is intense. Scratching will further irritate the eruptions. Eruptions commonly occur on pressure points,
such as around the elbows, the front of the knees, the buttocks, back face, and scalp but can appear anywhere
on the body.
Eruptions are usually bilateral - occurring on both sides of the body. 60% of those diagnosed are men and the most
common age at diagnosis is 15 to 40 years old. Although it is uncommon to diagnose young children with DH, we are
seeing more cases of early childhood DH.