Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, DACNB, Phoenix Metro Area Thyroid Doctor Comments On The Connection Between Celiac Disease and Thyroid Dysfunction …
So what do we know for sure? As early as 2003, the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago reported some startling numbers regarding the prevalence of Celiac disease in America. A fact sheet distributed by the center made the claim that Celiac disease affects approximately one percent of healthy, average Americans. That means as many as 3 million people in the United States are living with Celiac disease. Of those 3 million, more than 90 percent of sufferers remain undiagnosed, attributing their chronic pain, intestinal irritability and bowel issues to something other than Celiac disease, fibromyalgia or thyroid maladies.
There are more than two hundred signs and symptoms associated with Celiac Disease. Keep in mind that the disease may have no symptoms at all. The symptoms may or may not cause digestive dysfunction.
Up to 60% of children and 41% of adults with celiac disease may be asymptomatic.
Here is a list of a few common symptoms associated with Celiac Disease:
1. Recurring abdominal cramps, gas and bloating
2. Chronic diarrhea
4. Liver and gallbladder dysfunction
6. Weight loss
7. Greasy, gray or tan, foul-smelling stools
8. Anemia (iron-deficiency that does not respond to treatment and B12 deficiency)
9. Skin rash
10. Stunted growth in children (delayed puberty)
11. Osteopenia or osteoporosis
12. Infertility (recurrent miscarriage)
14. Sores in the mouth
15. Peripheral neuropathy
17. Joint pain
18. Fluid retention
19. Bruising easily
Luckily, several advancements in these specific areas of digestive medicine have been made, and a variety of treatment and testing options are now available to those who want to address their pain.
You can have a blood test or biopsy come up negative and still have Celiac Disease. Genetic testing is available and affordable.
In today’s world, patients are required to take charge of their own health. Only with the guidance, support and knowledge of a medical team that understands the underlying issues can patients truly begin to experience the benefits of modern medicine. Dr Heimlich can guide you to a new existence—one in which the sting of fibromyalgia and thyroid issues can be addressed or eliminated by first conquering what may be undiagnosed Celiac disease and the issues that so often accompany it.
Call us today and take your life back from the discomfort and distress of Celiac disease, fibromyalgia and thyroid complications.
One last thought, a common misdiagnosis of celiac disease is irritable bowel syndrome.
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Celiac: A precursor to thyroid disease?