The worst symptom of being glutened in my case is anxiety. If I accidentally eat gluten I become more anxious than usual and I develop heart palpitations/skipped beats which absolutely terrifies me.
Unfortunately anxiety is a feeling I’m more than familiar with. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve suffered from major periods of anxiety and panic attacks and these (I think) were completely unrelated to gluten. I am lucky to have found ways of managing this anxiety and I haven’t suffered a full blown panic attack in a long time.
Back to the present and at first I wondered if I was feeling anxious about the fact that I knew I had been glutened. But then I realised my feelings of anxiety and my palpitations/skipped beats were some of the first signs of my being glutened. I was feeling anxious before I even realised I had eaten gluten.
Is anxiety a symptom of celiac disease?
Yes. A number of sources talk about anxiety, as well as depression, as a symptom of undiagnosed celiac disease. Nutritional deficiencies and malnutrition may contribute to anxiety in celiacs due to possible intestinal damage which prevents us from absorbing the nutrients we need. This sounds logical.
But how about when we are diagnosed, healed and following a strict gluten free diet?
Anxiety is a common topic on gluten free and celiac forums. Many celiacs say that they feel extremely anxious after accidentally eating gluten and some even mention palpitations. As with all of these things it’s nice to hear I’m not alone in this.
Almost every time I accidentally get glutened I suffer from anxiety and palpitations. How about you? Is anxiety one of your signs of being glutened? Do you suffer from palpitations or skipped beats as a result? Does anyone know why this seems to be happening to so many of us and is there anything we can we do to stop it?
Please share your experiences in the comments below..