It does make me chuckle,sometimes, at how free we all are here in discussing a subject that most would never think to bring up outside this forum . Its nice to have a comfortable place to ask questions that we could not ask anywhere else.
When I don't want to go into a litany of woes, I simply say that the long-term consequences of gluten intolerance are vast and can, eventually, be deadly. But that the short-term effects of being glutened can be (here, I pause slightly for dramatic effect) "inconvenient". Believe me, EVERYBODY understands what I mean.
Brilliant! Thanks to the OP for asking this, I can't believe it never occurred to me. I think a worry-weight has been lifted off of my chest after reading these responses.