Gluten intolerance is frequently misdiagnosed, because many of the symptoms are similar to autoimmune diseases and, in fact, gluten intolerance is linked to a number of other medical problems. Physicians may focus on treating the symptoms as a separate disease or disorder when, in fact, gluten intolerance is the real cause.
Our gluten intolerance symptoms checklist can help you help assist your doctors or other medical professionals with your gluten intolerance diagnosis. If you exhibit even one of these symptoms but believe you have gluten intolerance (perhaps you have tried a gluten free diet plan and seen your symptoms abate), insist on further testing. To get accurate test results, you will want to be on a regular (not gluten free) diet for at least one month.
False negatives are quite common with some tests, especially in people with mild gluten sensitivity, rather than full-blown celiac disease. And staying away from gluten makes a false negative even more likely.
If you exhibit many of the symptoms in our gluten intolerance symptoms checklist, it’s very likely you have gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Bring the checklist to your doctor and ask for the appropriate tests.
Gluten Intolerance Symptoms Checklist
- Do you frequently feel irritable for no reason?
- Do you often feel depressed or do you suffer from clinical depression?
- Are you prone to mood swings?
- Do you suffer from adult Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity?
- Do you frequently have anxiety?
- Do your joints/bones ache frequently?
- Do you suffer from inexplicable exhaustion and fatigue, no matter how much sleep you get?
- Do you have anemia?
- A calcium deficiency?
- Another nutritional deficiency?
- Do you show signs that may indicate a nutritional deficiency, including hair loss, dull hair and skin, weak nails, or exhaustion?
- Have you had unexplained weight loss or (less likely) weight gain?
- Frequent falls or broken bones? (a symptom of osteoporosis)
- Have you been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
- Do you have frequent gas and/or bloating?
- Irregular bowel movements?
- Stomach pain?
- Acid reflux/heartburn?
- Do you exhibit eczema or psoriasis?
- Unexplained skin rashes?
- Dental decay, tooth enamel discoloring, frequent cavities or other dental problems? (which could indicate a calcium deficiency)
Other Diseases or Disorders Linked to Gluten Intolerance
The following diseases and disorders are often linked to gluten intolerance. In addition to treating these diseases, your doctor should perform gluten intolerance tests.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Other autoimmune disorders
Gluten Intolerance Symptom Checklist for Children
Gluten intolerance may show up differently in infants, toddlers, and school-age children. Some of the more common signs of gluten intolerance in children include:
- Stomach ache
- Colic (in infants)
- Learning disabilities
- Nutritional deficiencies, which show up in blood tests or in lethargic behavior
- Behavioral problems
If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, especially if gluten intolerance runs in your family, ask your doctor to perform the appropriate tests and, regardless of test results, consider a gluten free diet plan for your whole family.