The symptoms of Coeliac disease can vary from person to person, while one person can show mild symptoms another can can show severe symptoms, some do not show any symptoms at all, but can be affected later on in life. Coeliac disease usually affects the intestines and the digestive system but it can affect other areas of the body as well.
Coeliac disease should not be mistaken as an allergy, it is an auto immune disease, if it were an allergy your body would respond immediately, in some cases anaphylaxis would occur, but then the symptoms would go away. The symptoms of Coeliac disease can last a lot longer, in some cases up to, or even over a week after gluten has been ingested.
Symptoms of Coeliac disease in children
Coeliac disease can have a different effect on children making them feel tired and irritable. They may also be smaller than normal and have delayed puberty.
Other common symptoms in children
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain & bloating
- Persistent diarrhoea or constipation
- Pale, fatty, foul-smelling stools
Coeliac disease symptoms in adults
- Severe or occasional diarrhoea or constipation
- Excessive extremely smelly wind
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pain, cramping or bloating
- Iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency
- Sudden or unexpected weight loss or weight gain
- Mouth ulcers
- Acid re-flux
- Heart burn
- Hair loss
- Lactose intolerance
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin rashes
- Tooth enamel problems
- Liver abnormalities
- Repeated miscarriages or infertility
- Loss of coordination or poor balance
- Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
In the past, people with Coeliac disease were expected to be underweight. In fact, most people with the condition are a normal weight or even overweight.
If you believe you have Coeliac disease you should first discuss it with your doctor, they can carry out a blood test to confirm it. It is important that you DO NOT stop eating gluten at any point during the blood test and the biopsy or your test will not be accurate.