What are Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance?

This list is from dummies.com 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
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  4. 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.

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    • 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!

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