I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease a few years ago. I didn’t have the usual symptoms of stomach upset and pain. My twin sister had been diagnosed with it for quite some time. She kept telling me to get the blood test done at least. I didn’t listen until my Psychiatrist found out my sister had Celiac. He thought there was a good chance a lot of the medications were not working like they should because I wasn’t absorbing them into my system. So I went for the blood test and the biopsy which both came up positive. I had been living with it for quite some time and had done some damage. Here is a list of symptoms/disorders that can be or are caused by Celiac Disease. I have most of them.
Early Menopause- I started at 41
Hormonal level swings
Loss of appetite
Back Pain- Big one for me also causing osteoporosis
Joint Pain, Stiffness, and Swelling- Not fun
Leg Cramps- Calves in the middle of the night
Anemia- also a big problem for me
Low vitamin D- I was diagnosed with Rickets
Low Vitamin B12 and Calcium
Loss of Interest in Daily Activities
Memory Loss- another problem for me
Dark Circles Under Eyes
Pale Skin- I’m talking Casper the Ghost
Vertigo- I hate this one
Hair Loss- scary when it first starts
Sinus Pressure- another fun one that cause 2 cysts in my sinus cavity
Leads to other Auto Immune Diseases and some cancers
The problem is some of these symptoms are the same as Bipolar. Generic Medications are still made with gluten as a binder. Gluten is everywhere. The public dismisses it or jokes about. A bread crumb the size of a grain of salt can contaminate me and take me 6 months to get better. My medications won’t work correctly if I get contaminated. For the first few days it’s like swimming through wet cement with every bone in your body broken. It’s very possible I went into Kidney Failure because of it. They don’t know. It costs me 3 times more for food than the average person. My diet consists of Rice Chex because that’s what my body can handle. I can’t eat corn, milk or gluten free oats anymore.
As far as being Bipolar is concerned no one knows which end is up. So I just have to deal. I suffer from everything on this list except seizures. Plus I now have problems with my White Blood Cell Count and Bone Marrow due to an Auto Immune Disease caused by Celiac. It isn’t as simple as people think. Before speaking about something you don’t know educate yourself.