Celiac disease is characterized by an autoimmune reaction to the proteins found in gluten. Gluten refers to wheat, hop, barley, rye, and oats. While some symptoms, like stomach pains or bathroom issues, are well known, there are a lot of things that go overlooked. There are, in fact, over 100 total symptoms which have been linked with Celiac.
The symptoms are difference in everyone, but if you are suffering from several of these after eating foods containing gluten, you may want to schedule an appointment with your doctor to get check for Celiac.
1. Canker Sores
For some unknown reason, Celiac patients often present with canker sores or mouth ulcers after consuming gluten. It is theorized this has to do with the immune system reacting with oral contact, but studies have yet to prove it.
2. Bad Teeth
Celiac can cause the enamel to erode on your teeth. Combined with common calcium deficiencies because of the damage done to your intestines (causing an inability to properly absorb key nutrients), and it often results in bad teeth. In fact, this is often one of the first physical symptoms shown in Celiac sufferers.
3. Bad Breath
The stomach issues in Celiac often cause acid reflux, which in turn causes bad breath. Many are first diagnosed with a combination of acid reflux and Irritable Bowel Syndrome before getting back a positive Celiac Sprue test.
4. Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Anxiety and panic attacks are common in those with Celiac – particularly those who are unaware they have the disease. A combination of malnutrition and a feeling of simply knowing something “just isn’t right” is to blame for this. These mental issues can range from mild to severe.
5. Early Menopause
Some women who receive a late diagnosis of their Celiac present with early menopause. This is due to hormones getting out of balance due to malnutrition and an overactive immune system.
6. Neurological Issues
Since exposure to gluten damages the ability properly absorb nutrients needed for proper nerve function, some patients will present with neurological issues. This can range from numbness and tingling in the extremities to difficulties with balance.
7. Hair Loss & Thinning
Nutrient deficiencies in vital minerals and proteins can cause hair to fall out or thin. If you’ve been notice bald spots or a little more hair in the shower drain than usual, you may want to schedule an appointment with your doctor.