Monday, March 9, 2015
Since this is my first blog post for the month of March, which is autoimmune awareness month, I decided to mention all autoimmune diseases and how they are all so easily misdiagnosed and still unknown to many doctors. Celiac is one of the easier ones, not that it isn't awful, but the damage heals on just a gluten free diet, no steroids or IVIG necessary. However many autoimmune diseases are far worse, some can leave you in a wheelchair, unable to do things you used to be able to, or doubled over in pain in your joints. The only thing that you can do in some of those is delay the progress of the disease or hope it goes into remission and doesn't come back. I have a friend who has to go to the hospital for a week for IVIG once every month to slow down the disease. Whereas with celiac a gluten free diet will put the disease into remission and keep it there, just as long as you stay gluten free. However, celiac is one of the most misdiagnosed ones out there. Once you have your diagnosis, celiac is easy to deal with, it's getting there that's the hard part. Most people who have celiac wait 10 years until getting their diagnosis, and the symptoms can be vague and vary from person to person. In some ways, it's harder than other autoimmune diseases, just based on how hard it is to get your diagnosis. Eighty three percent of people who have celiac disease, don't know it. They are walking around thinking they have an anxiety disorder or irritable bowel. This disease is so easily treatable, if more people were aware of the disease, less people would have to suffer for 10 years they don't have to.