Case Study: Listening to your gut (Celiac Disease)

It is May now (where does the time go?) which is also Celiac Awareness Month! A good friend and avid reader of the blog suggested that I do a case study about her medical history and ultimate diagnosis of celiac disease. Celiac disease in adults can present as a myriad of symptoms and is often not diagnosed, or is misdiagnosed as anemia or chronic fatigue syndrome. The subject is an active female, born in 1975, living 5400 feet above sea level. Her answers are unedited. Read on!

Are you always tired?

Some people may experience a profound fatigue, which is all encompassing, affecting daily routines, and not alleviated with rest. This tiredness is called “chronic fatigue syndrome,” commonly abbreviated to CFS. Coping with CFS can lead to feelings of anger, guilt, anxiety, isolation and abandonment. The feelings can lead to an increased stress level and exacerbated symptoms, which can make management and recovery more difficult. One treatment that can be beneficial to sufferers of CFS is massage, which can greatly improve the quality of life.