Getting diagnosed with celiac disease can take a long time. Figuring out that you are gluten intolerant can take a long time as well. Many doctors are starting to become more aware of the prevalence of celiac disease, but others are slow to suggest it because they don’t know that much about it.
My journey has been a long one, where I hadn’t felt healthy for many years up to my diagnosis. It can be frustrating at times and discouraging. I often wish that I could have known the warning signs of celiac disease or gluten intolerance years ago, it would have been much easier.
For me, it took being so low in iron that I felt constantly dizzy. My body was not absorbing vitamins very well and we finally figured out why. When I was diagnosed I felt like I couldn’t eat anything anymore without getting sick. Two days after cutting out gluten I already felt so much better. It has been almost two years and I can’t imagine letting any piece of gluten pass through my lips. I am still trying to get my iron level up to exactly what it should be, but it has come a long way.
Here are some of the warning signs of celiac disease/gluten intolerance that can be easily missed or mistaken for other disorders:
-Stomach aches and pain
-infrequent or late period (in women)
-vitamin levels low
-bad gas that is out of the ordinary
-easy bone breaks
-stunted growth in children
-other autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, crohns, etc.
-a family member with celiac disease
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but if you have some of these symptoms it is definitely worth asking your doctor to get tested.