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    What are celiac disease symptoms?

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    There is no typical celiac. Individuals range from having no symptoms (asymptomatic or "latent" forms of the disease) to extreme cases where patients present to their physicians with gas, bloating, diarrhea, and weight loss due to malabsorption.

    In between these two extremes lie a wide variety of symptoms that include:

    • Diarrhea
    • Constipation
    • Steatorrhea (fatty stools that float rather than sink)
    • Abdominal pain
    • Excessive gas
    • Any problem associated with vitamin deficiencies
    • Iron deficiency (anemia)
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Weakness
    • Weight loss
    • Bone pain
    • Easily fractured bones
    • Abnormal or impaired skin sensation (paresthesia),
    • Including burning, prickling, itching or tingling
    • Edema
    • Headaches*
    • Peripheral Neuropathy* (tingling in fingers and toes)

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    Individuals have reported such varied symptoms as:

    • White flecks on the fingernails
    • Fuzzy-mindedness after gluten ingestion
    • Burning sensations in the throat

    In children, the symptoms may include:

    • Failure to thrive
    • Paleness
    • Querulousness, irritability
    • Inability to concentrate
    • Wasted buttocks
    • Pot belly with or without painful bloating
    • Pale, malodorous, bulky stools
    • Requent, foamy diarrhea  

    In addition to all of these, dermatitis herpetiformis, a disease in which severe rashes appear (often on the head, elbows, knees and buttocks) is related to celiac disease.

    Reactions to ingestion of gluten can be immediate, or delayed for weeks or even months.

    The amazing thing about celiac disease is that no two individuals who have it seem to have the same set of symptoms or reactions. A person might have several of the symptoms listed above, a few of them, one, or none. There are even cases in which obesity turned out to be a symptom of celiac disease.

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    Thanks so much for this info.This will really help people. Now Ii know I need to get tested. I have been dealing with these symptoms for a while now. Mainly the bloating, gas and constipation and abdominal pain and my bones hurt and I'm always so tired, no matter how much sleep I get. If you have these symptoms or some of them ,then you should get tested. Thanks again.

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    Celiac.com's Founder and CEO, Scott was diagnosed with celiac disease  in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. Scott launched the site that later became Celiac.com in 1995 "To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives."  In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.

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