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What are Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance?

This list is from and I thought it was a pretty decent representation of some of the symptoms that could possibly occur.  If you find you have quite a few on this list (like I did) perhaps you should talk to your doctor!

There are 200-300 symptoms of gluten intolerance, so this is just a few of them:

Gastrointestinal symptoms: These are some of the “classic” — although not the most common — symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain and distension
  • Acid reflux
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas and flatulence
  • Greasy, foul-smelling, floating stools
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss or weight gain

Nongastrointestinal symptoms: Interestingly, although gluten sensitivity and celiac disease affect the gut, most people’s symptoms are not gastrointestinal in nature.

  • Fatigue and weakness (due to iron-deficiency anemia)
  • Vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies
  • Headaches (including migraines)
  • Joint/bone pain
  • Depression, irritability, listlessness, and mood disorders
  • “Fuzzy brain” or an inability to concentrate
  • Infertility
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Dental enamel deficiencies and irregularities
  • Seizures
  • Clumsiness (ataxia)
  • Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Respiratory problems
  • Canker sores (apthus ulcers)
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Eczema/psoriasis
  • Rosacea (a skin disorder)
  • Acne
  • Hashimoto’s disease, Sjögren’s syndrome, lupus erythematosus, and other autoimmune disorders
  • Early onset osteoporosis
  • Hair loss (alopecia)
  • Bruising easily
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Muscle cramping
  • Nosebleeds
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Night blindness

11 thoughts on “What are Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance?

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  3. I’m gluten intolerant, if I eat wheat I immediately get the following symptoms: Diarrhoea, fatigue, headache, joint ache, eczema, alopecia areata (it worsens) and gingivitis which is not listed above.


    1. Wow, yeah there are SO many symptoms its hard to pin down! I am sure that is why for so many years my symptoms were attributed to something else. I am glad you figured it out Natty, those symptoms are not pleasant!


  4. So if you don’t eat bread, what can you eat that is a good replacement for it?
    We eat a lot of sandwiches here in the UK.


    1. Hi Graham, I am not sure what you have available in the UK, but here in the US we have quite a few gluten-free breads that you can buy like Rudi’s ( or Schar’s ( You can also buy different gluten-free mixes to bake your own bread like King Arthur’s ( or Chebe ( I love Udi’s gluten free bagels ( they are a bit pricey, but have great texture and flavor. I use them like toast or for a sandwich.

      I do purchase a loaf of gluten free bread and keep it in the freezer and take out what I need for each meal. While the tastes and textures of gluten free bread are getting better………they don’t taste quite the same as the gluten filled stuff.

      I sometimes substitute a corn tortilla often for bread! Also – some of the gluten-free baking mixes will make great crepes that you can make sweet or savory depending on what you are making.

      I hope that helps! 🙂


    2. You don’t have to stop eating bread, my whole family is gluten free and we get a mix called Pamela’s bread mix on amazon and can still enjoy bread and other things like that. We made a flour mix of our own using ratios of different flours and eat pretty normally. We also make sure to take our essentail nutrients because our food certainly doesn’t have any!


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