I have had quite a rough time lately coping with the celiac disease. Eating became more and more stressful and I even had times when eating caused such paranoia that I mainly sticked to rice and bananas most days in order to avoid consequences.
I wanted to open up a thread for those of us who are troubled by unstable intestines. Please share your stories as well as your remedies. I hope we can all profit from your contributions.
Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.
When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.
In adults, common symptoms include:
- Iron deficiency
- Bone or joint pain
- Depression or anxiety
- Tingling numbness in hands and feet
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Itchy skin (called dermatitis herpetiformis)
- Mouth sores