I have been helping one of my patients dads. His name is Chris and he is 31 years old.
I have been investigating his son – who was sick, tired and grumpy. It turns out that his son is gluten sensitive (or early celiac disease).
But Dad also had the same symptoms!
Tired all my life
He said: “I’ve been tired all my life – constantly tired and moody. I can’t think or concentrate properly, I was questioning my intelligence level when at school and struggled with concentration. I have done so many things to try and keep up my energy: being fit, drinking lots of water and eating the best I can. However, I was always lacking in energy. I just thought that’s who I am. It has been a constant battle for me. I never feel fresh.
I thought I was normal. And, yes, my bowel motions always loose, and I do get tummy pain now and then – but I thought this was normal. My sleep is shocking. I wake up lots of times sometimes with nightmares. I hate mornings because when I wake up I do not feel refreshed – I still feel tired.”
Isn’t this is a sad story. His blood test have shown up celiac disease. He is about to have an endoscopy to prove this. He is desperate to go gluten-free immediately! He feels that most of his life has been spent struggling. If only he had sought help earlier and got the appropriate test for celiac disease. This is such a common story.
Anyone who has any ongoing symptoms that have not been appropriately diagnosed should have blood tests for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.
Also, celiac disease is a progressive condition – so a negative test taken years ago needs repeating. You could have developed celiac dais over the last few years.
Also, get the RIGHT tests. I so often see people who have not been tested properly, or who have had their blood tests wrongly interpreted.
NOTE: Tiredness is a KEY symptoms of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.
by Rodney Ford