Most People Don't Even Show Symptoms Of Celiac Disease Even While It Destroys Their Intestinal Lining...

Over 3 years I suffered with back and rib pain. I also, developed severe acid reflex problems. I had every test done, they found an unexplained fractured bone in my chest and bruised ribs. They could not figure out what caused that or what was causing my pain. Eventually, I lived with with chronic pain in my back and ribs, it just never went away! I usually took Tylenol 3 for the pain but over time my body developed a dependency and it stopped working so often I would drink while taking Tylenol 3. I was well aware the it was dangerous to do this. Funny thing I learned about severe pain is if you suffer with it long enough you get pretty dame desperate to get rid of it. Hell before this all happened I never even wanted to take an Aspirin for a headache now I was to the point I would have taken crack if it could given me even 15 minutes relieve from the pain. I end up at the the hospital and where they gave me a needle in my back with Demerol to relieve my pain. I was given Demerol to take at home. 

I had such extreme fatigue to the point where I would put a chair beside me when I in the kitchen cooking or washing dishes. I would have to sit down and rest every 15 minutes. My 2 large toenails became so badly infected that I had to have those toenails removed when they grew back I had the same problem. So once again those toenails were removed! I was suffering from deep depression and was crying often when I was by myself. I would cry in the shower when my husband was home. I didn't want him to know when I crying because I didn't want him to feel bad. He was so supportive, he had always been my rock and I know he felt frustrated that he couldn't figure what was wrong with me. I stood on the curb of a side walk for a very long time and wanted to walk in traffic to kill myself. The only thing that stopped me was the though that what if it didn't work and somehow I ended up even worse off. My knees had become so painful that over time I would find myself unable to get out of bed. As time went on I would struggle more each day to try to stand on my legs. Finally, when I developed malnutrition and went down to 96 pounds I was tested for celiac disease. Which tested positive.

I found an article in Prevention Magazine called 7 Diseases Doctors Miss and one of them was celiac disease.... a genetic inability to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten damages the lining of the small intestine, making it difficult to absorb nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, folic acid and iron, Left untreated the disease causes osteoporosis, enema, infertile, miscarriages and lymphoma. Mostly, celiac disease is left untreated. It takes, on average 11 years to diagnose. In many cases, a person is symptom free even while the illness destroys the intestinal lining. The article did not mention gastric problems but this is common for people with celiac disease, its usually misdiagnosed as having acid reflex. Nor did it mention you're more susceptible to getting infections like what happen to my toenails. 

I now have osteoporosis and I suffered from severe anemia for many years. My doctor never believed me when I told her I was taking the iron supplements she told me to take because my iron count just never improved.  Now I know it was because the celiac disease had block its absorption.

The pain in my ribs, back and knees have now gone way along with my reflex problem once I stopped eating products with gluten. I have found out that the celiac disease was mimicking arthritis pain in my knees but its not a common symptom of celiac disease. I though the depression I was going threw had been from all pain I was going though but I think most of it had come from my Vitamin D absorption being blocked. When you have a lack of Vitamin D is can cause depression. That's why its know as the sunshine vitamin. Could you have celiac disease and not even know it?

I wrote this post on November 22, 2010