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What are the symptoms?

symptoms of coeliac diseaseThe symptoms of coeliac disease can vary widely from person to person. Some people experience more unpleasant symptoms, while others may only have mild and non-specific symptoms such as iron-deficiency anaemia and fatigue. Some people may not experience any symptoms at all.

Possible coeliac disease symptoms may include:

  • Diarrhoea, excessive wind and/or constipation
  • Persistent or unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea and vomiting
  • Regular stomach pain, cramping or bloating
  • Iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency
  • Tiredness and/or headaches
  • Weight loss (in some cases)
  • Hair loss
  • Skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis)
  • Tooth enamel problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Join and/or bone pain
  • Neurological (nerve) problems such as ataxia (poor muscle co-ordination) and neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the hands and feet)

symptoms of coeliac disease

Some of these coeliac disease symptoms are commonly mistaken as symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guideline on IBS states that GPs must exclude a diagnosis of coeliac disease before they diagnose IBS (nice.org.uk 2015). If you have been diagnosed with IBS without being tested for coeliac disease and you are still suffering any of the symptoms above, ask your doctor to be tested for coeliac disease.

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