It’s the age old question…”how do I know if I have coeliac disease?”
Chances are you don’t. But you probably know that something isn’t quite right. Lord when I look back I had symptoms coming out of my ears but I just didn’t know what they all meant (and nor did my doctors, for that matter).
There are a few things that make coeliac disease (cd) a bit tricky sometimes to diagnose.
- You may have no symptoms (so how the heck do I know anything is even wrong?). The fancy way to say this is ‘asymptomatic’
- Your symptoms may not be in your gut (as most of us expect coeliac symptoms to be). They could show up through your skin, mental wellbeing, joints, energy levels and so on
- You may not test positive for cd but you may have non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (confused yet?)
So part of my answer to you is TRUST YOUR GUT. If you have a family history of cd, if you feel unwell and can’t get to the bottom of it, if you have any of the symptoms in the rather extensive list, then it’s worth pushing for more information.
Coeliac Disease can be asymptomatic (symptom-free or ‘clinically silent’). You do not need to have all, or even a percentage of the possible symptoms to have Coeliac Disease. This one is a real doozy. It’s amazing how many people think they can’t possibly have it because they only bloat sometimes or the fogginess is because they’re not getting enough sleep. “Denial”.
Your symptoms are not an indication of the potential damage being done.
Coeliac Disease can also be linked back to genetics – eeek.If you have a first degree relative (mother, father, sibling) with coeliac disease, there’s a 10% likelihood of you having it too.
Sometimes cd can be triggered by stress – something as common as a bout of gastro can be enough to get those antibody soldiers sent to war.
To make all this a bit clearer, there are actually a good bunch of symptoms you can look out for to make it just a little easier. Swing on over to the symptoms link to read all about it.