Unexplained immune or skin issues?
You just might be coeliac. For every patient with digestive symptoms, there are 8 patients with coeliac disease and NO gastrointestinal symptoms according to research published in the Journal of Gastroenterology. Coeliac disease dramatically increases your risk of autoimmune hepatitis, hypothyroidism, psoriasis, Sjogren’s, arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders. As well as a constellation of inexplicable ailments.
The number one symptom of coeliac disease is fatigue, with cognitive issues coming a close second. That was certainly the case in my situation. In order for your standard GP blood tests to show anything, you have to have reached the end stage of coeliac disease, where there is severe destruction in your small intestine. But if your immune system is struggling, you may still get a negative blood test even if the damage is severe. Biopsy only shows coeliac disease when it is end-stage. There ARE better ways to get answers. If you want to have a conversation, get in touch.
Fasano and Catassi. Current approaches to diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease: an evolving spectrum. Gastroenterology. 2001 Feb;120(3):636-51.
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