What is Coeliac Disease?
Pronounced See – Lee – Ak.
Coelic is an auto – immune disease which is triggered by eating Gluten. Gluten damages the lining of the small intestine which results in a number of different symptoms (These vary from case to case)
- Unexplained stomach problems – cramping, bloating, soreness, wind
- Weight loss(Not in all cases*)
- Skin Rash (Dermatitis Herpetiformis – DH)
These symptoms may be mild in some cases. However, in many cases the symptoms are very extreme and nasty and can be quite debilitating for sufferers.
It is not uncommon for Coeliac disease to be confused with the symptoms of Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS).
If you think that you may have Coeliac disease, but have not had it diagnosed – you need to consult your GP in the first instance.
How to get diagnosed…
- Discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
- Get a Simple blood test at your surgery.
- Be referred to a Gastroenterologist for a gut biopsy
These 3 simple steps will give you and your GP a conclusive answer on whether you have Coeliac disease or not and will therefore form your new way of life to avoid the symptoms.
After your diagnosis the remedy sounds super simple. Do not eat Gluten. Do not eat Wheat. However, it is not as easy as it sounds (the voice of experience!) There are however a few basic things you can do, to equip yourself with some knowledge:
- Learn what is Gluten Free… and what isn’t!
- Familiarize yourself with Coeliac UK http://www.coeliac.org.uk
- Talk to people – there are lots of people in the same situation!
- Friends and family – a little support goes a long long way
- Look out for the free from symbol
- Follow this blog
*If you see any unexplained weight loss it is strongly advised that you consult your doctor immediately