Could You Be Gluten Intolerant?

Did you know that a food intolerance can lead a person to suffer from multiple joint pain, depression, weight gain and/or loss, chronic fatigue, and even neurological symptoms?

Did you know that gluten can cause all of the above mentioned symptoms in an intolerant individual?  Intolerance means that the person has difficulty breaking down the gluten protein and thus the body expresses itself in a variety of “inflamed” ways.

Gluten intolerance has been evidenced to be linked to Fibromyalgia in some individuals.

40% of all diagnosed idiopathic ataxia has been evidenced to be due to gluten intolerance, which can result in permanent brain damage.  This is called gluten ataxia, and can mimic MS.

The signs and symptoms for gluten intolerance vary.  Not all individuals with gluten intolerance will have the classic autoimmune, genetic disease, known as Celiac Disease (CD).  (Diagnosis occurs when a small intestine biopsy is positive for damage to the lining.)  However, individuals with non-Celiac gluten intolerance may have similar symptoms.

The symptoms affect multiple systems of the body:  gastrointestinal, systemic, musculoskeletal, neurological, psychological, bones and teeth, reproductive, and integumentary.

GI symptoms:  bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, floating stools.

Systemic Symptoms:  chronic fatigue, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), autoimmune diseases

Musculoskeletal symptoms:  multiple joint pain, bone pain

Neurological: Peripheral neuropathy, seizures, migraines, and gluten ataxia (balance problems)

Psychological:  Depression, schizophrenia, irritability, difficulty concentrating (in children seen as attention deficit)

Bones and Teeth:   Bone pain, defects in tooth enamel, osteopenia and osteoporosis (in CD)

Reproductive:  Lack of period, several miscarriages, delayed puberty in kids

Skin:  Rash – Blistering Rash (dermatitis herpetiformis)- in Celiac Disease; canker sores,  and eczema

If you have any of these symptoms listed, it can be beneficial to you and your health to speak with your doctor to determine if you would benefit from a blood screening test.  Watching your diet in conjunction with working with your physical therapist can help you achieve optimal health.