We were very fortunate. Our GP spotted the symptoms of coeliac disease on the first visit and referred Jamie for blood tests immediately. But I know that for thousands of people suffering from coeliacs, diagnosis can take years, and unmanaged coeliacs disease can lead to many more health problems, such as infertility, osteoporosis, anemia, and certain forms of cancer.
Coeliac Uk have launched a petition to the governemnt, asking them to better prepare doctors to diagnose coeliac disease quickly, and thus reduce the risk of long term health problems for sufferers.
To sign the online, simply go to http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/coeliacdisease/ This is a two step process and you’ll first need to add your name and email address. You will then be sent a confirmation email with a link. Simply click on the link to register your signature. Please note: depending on your email security settings, this might go into your Spam folder.