|Has anyone got Coeliac/Celiac's Disease?|
Posted: 11/29/2006 12:27:24 PM
|Coeliac/Celiac's is a lot more common than people realize. There are many people who are undiagnosed and their health ailments are attributed to other medical problems. Symptoms|
Celiac Disease may appear at any time in a person's life. The disease can be triggered for the first time after surgery, viral infection, severe emotional stress, pregnancy or childbirth. CD is a multi-system, multi-symptom disorder. Symptoms are extremely varied and can often mimic other bowel disorders. Infants, toddlers, and children often exhibit growth failure, vomiting, bloated abdomen and behavioral changes. A couple of websites to research are www.celiac.org and www.celiac.com. For some reason we call it Celiac in the United States when outside of the US it's called Coeliac.
Classic symptoms may include:
abdominal cramping, intestinal gas, distention and bloating
chronic diarrhea or constipation (or both)
steatorrhea -- fatty stools
anemia - unexplained, due to folate, B12, B6, or iron deficiency (or all)
weight loss with large appetite, or weight gain
dental enamel defects
bone or Joint pain
fatigue, weakness and lack of energy
infertility - male/female
Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is skin manifestation of celiac disease characterized by blistering, intensely itchy skin. The rash has a symmetrical distribution and is most frequently found on the face, elbows, knees and buttocks. DH patients can have gastrointestinal damage without perceptible symptoms.
The above listed symptoms are more commonly diagnosed as anything but Coeliac/Celiac's disease. The problem with this is that the person can wind up taking all kinds of medications to treat acid reflux, digestive issues, depression, psorasis.
There is no cure for Coeliac/Celiac's disease. There is really not a medication for it either. The only way to manage this disease is complete abstainence from the foods that irritate this. For me it's wheat and all grains. It's not uncommon for someone who has Coeliac/Celiac's disease to also be allergic to dairy which can make cooking and eating out a huge challenge. I have both, allergic to dairy and Celiac's disease. What I eat is a Paleo diet or a caveman's diet. I eat meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts, oil. You can find Paleo recipes here www.paleofood.com.
Cooking when you have this disease can be very challenging. The best way to cook is to use only fresh or frozen ingredients, avoid mixes, food in boxes, cans or bags. You have to become a detective when reading the ingredients of foods other than fresh foods. I eat and cook very simple these days. It keeps me very healthy and slim.