If you’ve already read the page “How do I know if I have coeliac disease” you’re probably chomping at the bit for some real symptoms you can look out for.

Before the list begins, I want you to remember this:

You may have all of the symptoms, some of them, or none of them. That will have no bearing on your coeliac status, OK?

But we are a measuring society and love to know our markers, so here they are:

In adults:

  • Anxiety
  • Bloating (a very uncomfortable feeling)
  • Constipation (or a flux between both)
  • Depression
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dry skin
  • Easy bone breaks (this is because over time a lack of nutrition leads to osteoporosis)
  • Easy bruising
  • Fogginess (lack of mental clarity)
  • Gas
  • Infertility
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy (often extreme)/exhaustion/fatigue
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Poor/slow immune response
  • Stomach cramps
  • Weight gain or loss

In children also watch out for:

  • Abdominal distention (that’s where the tummy sticks out like a beer drinking old man)
  • Anaemia
  • Irritability (hard to spot sometimes in little people – is it boundary testing or irritability?)
  • Large, bulky, malodorous stools
  • Poor attention span
  • Poor weight gain

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