“Coeliac disease is just a food allergy, right?”
As you coeliacs know very well, coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition, like diabetes. Therefore it is not a gluten or wheat allergy neither is it an intolerance to gluten.
“A bit of gluten won’t hurt…”
Well it will, the smallest amount of gluten can cause diarrhea and stomach pain for up to a week. So when your friend thinks that 1 biscuit won’t hurt, don’t listen.
“I don’t have the same symptoms that you did so I mustn’t have coeliac disease…”
Symptoms can range from nausea, sickness, bloating, diarrhea and anemia, however you don’t have to have all the symptoms to have coeliac disease. Experts within the field of coeliac disease recommend that family members should be tested as a proactive approach to diagnosis, as many family members of sufferers are more at risk of developing the condition.
“You can ‘grow out’ of having coeliac disease”
Coeliac disease is a lifelong condition. The gluten-free diet is the only treatment for coeliac disease. If gluten is introduced back into the diet at a later date, the immune system will react and the gut lining will become damaged again.
“I’ve been on a gluten free diet and feel fine, so I mustn’t have coeliac disease…”
If you think you may have coeliac disease, as you’re suffering from symptoms DO NOT prescribe yourself to the gluten free diet, you should visit your GP as soon as you can. If you go on a gluten free diet before you’ve been to see a doctor this could prove very detrimental to your diagnosis, as your blood test results will come back negative therefore delaying your treatment, which will lead to further complications.