Symptoms of Coeliac disease

Symptoms of Coeliac disease

Symptoms of Coeliac disease

There are multiple indicators for coeliac disease, however it is often very difficult to pinpoint as the cause due to the unique range of symptoms each individual experiences.  Many of the symptoms can mimic or be very similar to other diseases, such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) so in some cases it can take years to obtain an accurate diagnosis.  Symptoms can range from severe to minor or atypical and may even go undetected.

Note symptoms can vary for each individual and can include one or a combination of the following:

·         Headaches

·         Weight loss(but not in all cases); it can be weight gain

·         Recurrent gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

·         Excessive flatulence, and/or constipation

·         Fatigue, weakness and lethargy

·         Persistent stomach pain, cramping or bloating

·         Iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency

·         Skin rash (dermatitis Herpetiformis, DH)

·         Hair loss (alopecia)

·         Mouth ulcers

·         Depression and anxiety

·         Tooth enamel problems

·         Joint and/or bone pain

·         Osteoporosis

·         Infertility or repeated miscarriages

·         Neurological problems such as ataxia and neuropathy


Symptoms in babies and young children can also include:

·         Bloated tummy

·         Muscle wasting in the arms and legs

·         Irritability

·         Failure to gain or lose weight


So you may think your possible reaction to gluten may not be strong enough to warrant you to worry and get tested. A little bit of bloating here, mild swelling in the joints there – no big deal, just a little embarrassing… right?  Wrong.

Over a period of time (say a few years) low levels of inflammation in the body start to add up. Even if you don’t experience any immediate negative effects from eating gluten (or your reactions are “tolerable”), you could be doing long term damage to your body.  On average it takes approximately 13 years to diagnose someone with Coeliac disease.

Remember that this inflammation may be damaging the cells in your small intestine that are designed to absorb nutrients, which can leave you both fat and starving. Chronic inflammation anywhere in the body has full-body effects — chronic inflammation has even been discussed to the point that it has links to terminal illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Every bite counts.  So please go see your health practitioner if you suspect the culprit is gluten.

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