The Symptoms?

As a Coeliac the symptoms you could encounter can be many or few and extremely varied. There are some Coeliacs, – you may consider them lucky or unlucky depending on your view – that are asymptomatic. Those who have no visible symptoms. It may sound like a great boat to be in but unfortunately it isn’t as lucky as it sounds. If you have no symptoms then you can remain blissfully unaware of the damage that is being caused to your villi.

If you aren’t asymptomatic and do suffer from outward symptoms then I feel for you. For I am one of you and unfortunately I have the luck of getting stuck with at one point in my life almost every side affect that a Coeliac can go through.

For a quick glance guide, Gluten Dude in America has created a wonderful infographic based on his own research. You can find it here.

I want to start with the non visible symptoms, these can be:

  • Anaemia (Iron Deficiency)
  • Low Calcium
  • Low Vitamin B12
  • Low Vitamin D
  • Low Blood Sugar
  • Hypothyroidism
  • High Blood Pressure

Then we have the behavioural and mental side affects. Generally if I’ve been glutened one of these will be my first sign, that and headaches and sniffles.

The behavioural side affects you may experience include:

  • A.D.D
  • Anxiety
  • Brain Fog
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Memory Loss
  • Depression
  • Irritability and Unfounded Anger
  • Mood Swings
  • Feelings of Loneliness
  • Panic attacks
  • Sleeping Problems; including, insomnia
  • Chronic Fatigue

The other symptoms are all body related; We can separate them into specific areas.

Head:

  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Dizziness / Vertigo
  • Sinus Issues
  • Coughing
  • Dandruff

Mouth:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Disease
  • Mouth Ulcers / Sores
  • Tooth Enamel Erosion

General Body Issues:

  • Eczema / Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Asthma
  • Fainting Spells
  • Fluctuating Weight; generally underweight or overweight
  • Seizures
  • Chills and Fevers
  • Easy to bruise
  • Brittle Hair and Nails

Joint and Muscle:

  • Muscle Spasms
  • Joint Pain
  • Leg Cramps

Intestinal and Digestive:

  • Food Cravings
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea

 

Unfortunately as a woman there are female specific issues that we have to deal with, these can include:

  • Breast Tenderness
  • Infertility
  • Hormonal Mood Swings
  • Heavy Periods
  • Early Menopause
  • Miscarriages

 

If you any of these relate to you and you feel as if you may possibly have Coeliac Disease please see a health professional for a diagnosis. There is not reason to adopt a gluten free diet unless you are gluten intolerant or a Coeliac. Don’t deny yourself wonderful food because of a hunch.

5 Comments

  1. Laura

    Not just nausea but rather violent vomiting. Nearly every time I’ve been accidently glutened the vomiting has been so severe and long lasting that I’ve required IV fluids.

  2. Sarah

    Thanks for this useful information. After reading this i am sure my kids both suffer as i do. I might be able to help them before they need 2 hip replacements like myself and my brother after being undiagnosed for 30 years.

  3. Shane

    My brother recommended I might like this website. He was totally right. This information was exactly what i was looking for. Thanks!

  4. Ally

    Hi there!,
    This is really informative and I love that you aren’t afraid to link to outside sources. That infographic that Glutendude created was a fantastic quick view point. I suffered for so long before my diagnosis; this website should help people know the signs.

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