Gluten intolerance and celiac disease are two chronic conditions still abysmally underdiagnosed, they have an aura of mystery because everyone who is intolerant to gluten reacts differently to it. There is no cookie-cutter diagnosis of symptoms, and the symptoms and complications of gluten intolerance often mimic those of other conditions.
If you would like to know whether you are gluten intolerant, the following list will serve as a starting point to help unravel a mystery in your world and possibly steer you in the right direction. This list categorizes the symptoms by looking at the whole body and dividing it into its elemental areas, listing some of the common, chronic symptoms or complications associated with celiac disease and gluten intolerance in that area of the body. And keep the word “chronic” in mind, as it’s an important term. Chronic implies a severe, prolonged, or returning problem, not just a fleeting or rare discomfort that could be attributed to sensitivity, not intolerance. All of the symptoms listed here are some of the chronic symptoms commonly associated with gluten intolerance and celiac disease.
Recurring intestinal problems that can include one or more of the following: diarrhea, constipation, gas, acid reflux, cramping, stomach pain, stomach upset, bloating, problematic stools
Headaches, migraines, brain fog
Itchy skin, rashes or blisters, eczema, mouth sores
5. Skeleton and Muscles
Osteoporosis, osteopenia, bone/joint pain, muscle cramps, numbness or tingling in arms, hands, feet, dental enamel problems, stunted growth in children
Infertility, irregular menstruation, recurrent miscarriage
Behavioral issues, seizures, depression, psychiatric problems
9. Autoimmune System
Diabetes, thyroid disease, liver disease
10. Nervous System
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; cancer in small intestine