Recently I was speaking to a friend who suffers from bad anemia and bloating after eating. She has had this for a while and doctors haven’t been able to pinpoint the reason. A huge siren went off inside my head when I heard this. This sounded just like me three years ago before I was diagnosed. My friend said she would never have considered that anemia and bloating could be related but I can and you probably can too. Celiac disease and gluten free living are on my mind A LOT and so I like to think I’m pretty good at picking up on symptoms which could very well be the result of celiac disease. I asked her a few more questions to find out whether she had any other symptoms commonly associated with untreated celiac disease. She has many. I encouraged her to speak to her doctor about getting tested. I hope she will.
This conversation led me to write this post. I thought highlighting some of the symptoms of untreated celiac disease could be useful for those of you who are new to the gluten free game and a little lost. In my case all ofÂ the terrible things that were going wrong with my body were going wrong because I was eating gluten. If you think this could be your problem too then keep reading.
These are the symptoms I had which led me to seek help and in turn be diagnosed with celiac disease. All of these things improved not too long after starting my 100% gluten free diet.
- No period for 10 months
- Constant bloating
- Very low energy
Symptoms of celiac disease can vary so widely from person to person ( and some sufferers don’t have any symptoms at all) which is why it’s often so difficult to diagnose.Â Here are some of the possible symptoms (from theÂ Coeliac UKÂ website). This is by no means an exhaustive list and similarly some people have few or none of these symptoms. If you think you or someone you know may be suffering from un-diagnosed celiac disease I would urge you to speak to your doctor about being tested.
- diarrhea, excessive wind, and/or constipation
- persistent or unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting
- recurrent stomach pain, cramping or bloating
- any combination of iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency
- tiredness, low energy and/or headaches
- weight loss (but not in all cases)
- mouth ulcers
- hair loss (alopecia)
- skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformisÂ (DH))
- tooth enamel problems
- infertility/missed periods
- repeated miscarriages
- joint and/or bone pain
- neurological (nerve) problems such as ataxia (poor muscle co-ordination) and neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the hands and feet).