Celiac Disease Symptoms

I am not a doctor, but my years of living with celiac sprue disease have provided me with a wealth of information that could help folks challenged by undiagnosed symptoms.

Celiac Sprue Disease presents itself with the traditional symptom of a bad gut (intermittent diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating) only 50% of the time. This means, that there are many misdiagnosed people, or people who display seemingly unrelated symptoms, that have celiac sprue disease or a gluten sensitivity.

Some traditional symptoms are:
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Distended abdomen
  • Bone pain
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Vitamin/mineral deficiencies
  • Delayed growth in children
  • Failure to thrive in infants
  • Tooth abnormalities
  • Migraines
There are three different reasons for a gluten reaction: celiac sprue disease (an autoimmune disease), gluten sensitivity, and gluten allergy. One in ten people are afflicted by one of these three issues, and would lead a healthier life without gluten.

Many celiac patients also have an intolerance to dairy proteins (casein) or dairy sugar (lactose). Many of the recipes, products and recommendations on these pages are gluten free and dairy free, considering I cannot consume dairy, either. If your symptoms don't improve with the removal of gluten, try dairy, too.

The Celiac Disease Foundation is an excellent, up-to-date site for learning about celiac symptoms, related diseases and awareness. If you'd like to request celiac testing from your doctor, see this page for information -- Celiac Disease Diagnosis.

Celiac.com, a website about Celiac Disease and Gluten-free Diet Information, has a wealth of information, including a thorough list of symptoms and a list of diseases/disorders probably associated with celiac disease.

This short list contains some of the most common symptoms and associated diseases of celiac sprue disease. Many of these can be eliminated or helped immensely with a gluten-free diet.
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Attention Deficit Disorder/ADHD
  • Autism
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 
  • Crohns Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Dental-Enamel Hypoplasia
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis (skin rashes)
  • Epilepsy (with or without cerebral calcification)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Head Aches (Migraine)
  • IBD - Irritable Bowel Disease (a very common misdiagnosis of celiac disease)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Pancreatic Disorders
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Schizophrenia/Mental Problems
  • Short Stature, Delayed Puberty
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus