Other digestive symptoms may include chronic diarrhea or constipation, as well as pale, foul smelling stool that floats in the toilet bowl, along with abdominal discomfort, vomiting, odorous stools, gas and bloating.
Many symptoms occur in young children under the age of 5 years old. If you notice these symptoms in your child, ask to have them checked. Since there is a genetic component, if you have the problems with gluten do not feed it to your children either.
Symptoms outside of your digestive tract can be equally challenging and include general and constant fatigue, and anemia -- especially iron-deficiency. You might also experience weight loss or weight gain, bone pain, bone loss or osteoporosis, swelling in the body, joint pains, arthritis, canker sores in the mouth, and an itchy rash called dermatitis herpetiformis.
The nervous system can be affected with seizures, depression or anxiety, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet. These symptoms may occur is because of destruction of the digestive tract as you don’t absorb many of the nutrients you would normally get from your food.
There several menstrual related symptoms such as lack of a period, missed periods, recurrent miscarriages, and infertility. Children may exhibit a failure to thrive.
One of the difficulties of diagnosing celiac disease or gluten sensitivity is that the symptoms may show up and disappear periodically throughout your life. The variability of the symptoms make it hard to link it to food ingestion.
Celiac disease is also referred to as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. Celiac is almost always characterized by digestive symptom and other symptoms that start after the introduction of gluten-containing grains into the diet.
There is a strong genetic link for people that have celiac disease. If you are of European descent you are more likely to have the genetic marker associated with celiac disease. Celiac disease is also more common among people who have been diagnosed with Down syndrome or Turner syndrome.
Since the symptoms can involve so many parts of the body, it goes misdiagnosed very often.