Celiac disease is immune reaction triggered by consuming gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye products. For individuals with celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune system response in the small intestine, causing inflammation. Such inflammation can permanently damage the small intestine and prevent the absorption of several vital nutrients. If left untreated, this malabsorption of nutrients can deprive the brain, liver, bones, nervous system and other organs of essential nutrients. Although there is currently no cure for celiac disease, your physician can help devise a healthy, gluten-free diet and prescribe medications to ease intestinal inflammation.
Los Angeles rheumatologist Susan A. Baker, MD, FACR has devoted her practice to providing comprehensive and compassionate treatment for individuals suffering from celiac and other related diseases. From her Beverly Hills practice, Dr. Baker is able to provide individualized guidance from diagnosis, to treatment, to aftercare.
Causes and Symptoms of Celiac Disease
- Stomach pain, particularly after eating
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Rapid, unexplained weight loss
- Anemia that results from iron deficiency
- Loss of bone density (osteoporosis)
- Softening of the bone (osteomalacia)
- Itchy or blistered skin rashes (dermatitis herpetiformis)
- Erosion of tooth enamel
- Chronic headaches
- Persistent fatigue
- Joint pain and swelling
- Acid reflux and/or heartburn
- Malfunctioning of the nervous system, evidenced by tingling in the fingers or toes or loss of sensation in the extremities
Celiac Disease Treatment Options
Vitamins and Mineral Supplements – Depending on the severity of the nutritional deficiencies caused by celiac disease, your physician may recommend taking oral vitamins and mineral supplements. Typically, these supplements are intended to increase the level of calcium, folate, iron, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, vitamin K, and/or zinc in your system.
Prescription Medications – For some individuals with celiac disease, the damage to the small intestines is so severe that steroids may be necessary to help control inflammation. Steroids are typically only taken for a period of time in order to ease severe symptoms of celiac disease while the small intestine heals.
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Contact Beverly Hills Rheumatologist and Internal Medicine Specialist Today
Susan A. Baker truly is an expert when it comes to diagnosing and managing the symptoms of celiac disease. Dr. Baker has helped countless individuals regain control of their body and restore their quality of life. If you would like to schedule an appointment in the Los Angeles area or address any questions, contact Dr. Baker at (310) 274-7770 at your earliest convenience.
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