There are many symptoms that come along with gluten intolerance. The most common of these, and most well know symptom is gastrointestinal problems, which can include diarrhea and abdominal pain. Although most people are aware of the common symptoms that come along with gluten intolerance, there are many other surprising symptoms that many people are unaware of. It is important to get tested if you feel any symptoms that come along with gluten intolerance, because it could actually be celiac disease. Although there is no test to determine if someone has a gluten intolerance, you can get an allergy test to determine if you have an allergy against gluten and the products that have gluten in them. If you suspect that you have a gluten intolerance, you should pay attention to the common symptoms, and some of the surprising symptoms that are not as common.
One of the symptoms that people do not often know can be a side effect of gluten intolerance are migraine headaches. These migraines that are caused by gluten intolerance are combined with daily diarrhea, a low iron count and a skin rash. Usually these migraines start within one to two hours of eating food that contains gluten.
Skin rashes are also a symptom that many people do not know about. The two skin conditions that are common with an exposure to gluten are called keratosis pillars and dermatitis herpetiformis. Both of these skin conditions cause extremely itchy skin rashes that can appear on the torso, face, buttocks, elbows, hairline, and arms. Similar skin irritations that can bring attention to a gluten intolerance mimic that of eczema.
Fatigue is a symptom that can point to a gluten intolerance, but it can only be a clear symptom when paired with gastrointestinal problems, like frequent diarrhea. This symptom is much like migraines in the sense that it cannot point directly to a gluten intolerance unless it is paired with other symptoms. The reason for the fatigue is that the body is not absorbing nutrients and essential vitamins, so the body becomes overworked and tired. “Brain Fog” also happens after eating a meal that has gluten in it, and people have trouble focusing on tasks they are trying to do, and have trouble thinking clearly.
Anxiety and depression are now being linked to gluten intolerance as well. If a person is in pain, or constantly feeling sick due to gluten intolerance, they can become anxious about their illness. They can also feel depressed from having the stress of being in pain and not knowing why this pain and sickness is happening.
One symptom that is usually considered a disorder or a disease by most people is fibromyalgia. One of the strongest symptoms of gluten intolerance is inflammation of the connective tissue. The body thinks that gluten is bad, and will send out antibodies to destroy it. These antibodies destroy the lining of the stomach and intestines. The inflammation, just like the joint pain that comes along with fibromyalgia can present itself in any part of the body. Sometimes, eliminating gluten can help get rid of this diagnosis.
There are so many symptoms that can be present if a person has a gluten intolerance. Some are very common, and some are more surprising and less known. No matter what symptoms you are feeling, you should tell your doctor about them so they can test and diagnose you properly.