For reasons that doctors and researchers don’t seem to fully understand yet, autoimmune diseases seem to be on the rise these days. Whether or not more people are affected or whether medical science is just better at diagnosing more people is not known. Celiac disease is just one autoimmune disease on the list that is getting a lot more press in recent years. It’s a condition that may not sound terribly serious at first glance since many people may just assume it’s some kind of wheat allergy that doesn’t do any serious harm, but celiac disease can do significant damage to the digestive system. Eating gluten, a protein found in wheat and some other grains, causes the body’s immune system to attack the lining of the small intestine in celiac sufferers, and can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Particularly alarming is the belief that the vast majority of people suffering from celiac disease don’t even know it. The symptoms can mimic other conditions and in some cases, may not be serious enough to warrant the attention it deserves. Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms that could mean you have celiac disease.
1. Stomach Problems
This symptom probably makes the most sense in the minds of most people when you are dealing with a disease that affects the digestive tract, but like most symptoms of celiac disease, you cannot count on this symptom always being present. These types of problems can vary quite significantly from stomach aches, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. It’s quite common for these symptoms to occur shortly after eating.