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Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease services offered in Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Celiac Disease services offered in the greater Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ area

More than two million Americans live with celiac disease, a chronic inflammatory condition triggered by a dietary protein called gluten. At Premier Gastro Care in Phoenix, Arizona, Shakti Singh, MD, and the experienced team understand the challenges you face and the potential complications caused by celiac disease. They help you eliminate gluten from your diet and support your ongoing health and well-being. Connect online to request an appointment or call the office today to learn if your symptoms are caused by celiac disease.

What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is a chronic inflammatory condition triggered by consuming gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. If you have celiac disease, the gluten triggers your immune system, which then attacks the small intestine and causes inflammation.

The inflammation damages small structures lining the small intestine called villi. Villi are responsible for absorbing nutrients. When they’re damaged, you develop nutrient deficiencies.

Without treatment, the ongoing inflammation also damages the gastrointestinal barrier. As a result, toxic substances and inflammation typically contained in the small intestine can spread throughout your body, causing numerous problems and symptoms.

How will I know I have celiac disease?

Celiac disease causes symptoms similar to many other gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. The best way to determine if you have celiac disease is to consult your Premier Gastro Care provider when any of the following symptoms last longer than two weeks:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

Children may also have foul-smelling stools or fail to grow at the expected pace. At every age, the severity of your symptoms depends on the amount of gluten you consume and your overall intestinal damage.

As inflammation and toxins spread into your body, you may have symptoms such as:

  • Skin rash
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Headaches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Tingling 

You could also experience symptoms caused by a specific nutritional deficiency. For example, an iron deficiency causes fatigue.

How is celiac disease treated?

After learning about your symptoms, diet, and medical history, your Premier Gastro Care provider completes a physical exam and runs blood tests to check for inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, and antibodies associated with celiac disease.

The only treatment currently available for celiac disease is eliminating all sources of gluten. This can be tricky because gluten is often a hidden ingredient in food and non-food products like vitamins, medicines, and toothpaste. Your provider works closely with you, teaching you how to follow a gluten-free diet and identify hidden sources.

A gluten-free diet stops your immune system from attacking the villi and gives your small intestine time to heal. However, you will always need to keep following a gluten-free diet. As soon as you start eating gluten, it will trigger a new immune attack.

Waiting to seek treatment increases the risk of severe intestinal damage. Call Premier Gastro Care today or use online booking to schedule an appointment and start treatment for celiac disease.