Digestive Tract #Gluten Symptoms

I thought this list of oral, gastric and abdominal symptoms from Gluten Free Society was interesting today. They were talking about the importance of dentists recognising coeliac signs routinely, mainly apthous ulcers and enamel defects in the mouth but, quite rightly, explain that there are far more symptoms linked to gluten sensitivity. Go to the blog to read the full post.

Oral Symptoms:

  • Canker sores
  • Geographic tongue (gluten induced damage on the tongue – makes the tongue look similar to a topographical map)
  • Tonsilar stones or exudates (appears as white lumps of puss embedded in the tonsils)
  • Pharyngeal Erythema (chronic severe redness in the back of the throat)
  • Excessive mucus production (leads to chronic throat clearing)
  • Bad breath
  • Cystic Frenula (a small cyst can form on the flap of skin connecting your top lip to your gums)
  • Metallic taste in the mouth

Stomach and Esophagus

  • Gerd (Gastric Reflux)
  • Gastric Ulcers
  • Stomach gas and bloating (chronic – after eating)
  • Barret’s Esophagus
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • H. Pylori infection
  • Vitamin B-12 Anemia
  • Iron deficiency anemia (both B-12 and iron require special chemicals made in the stomach to be absorbed)

Small & Large Intestine

  • Celiac disease
  • Lymphoma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • IBS
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Abdominal migraines

Obviously, any one of these could be caused by something else but if your investigations turn up nothing obvious, consider gluten.


6 thoughts on “Digestive Tract #Gluten Symptoms

  1. Micki I am seriously suspecting I now may have problems with wheat/gluten. I used to be OK in moderation and suspected just an intolerance, but lately, if I have ANY I am getting so constipated and getting such bad stomach cramps. It was over a week between movements (sorry – too much info) and having to take laxitives. Horrible. I never normally have problems like that. It made me feel nauseous all the time. Fearing the worst but how do I know if it’s an allergy or something else? Planning a visit to my allergy specialist soon.

    • Hi Ruth, sorry to hear that. I would get checked out via your GP – any bowel changes should always be checked. If nothing found, my advice would be it doesn’t matter what you call it, come off the gluten. Traditional first (as in wheat, rye, barley, oats) and if you feel better, you are gluten sensitive. If you wish, you can also do the gluten gene test to see whether you have coeliac and/or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity genes which gives you an idea if you need to be trad gluten or grain free. Either way, follow the TGF Plan when it comes out! Does that help?

      • Hi Micki. I don’t know anything about a gluten gene test. I’d certainly be interested to find out more about that. I’ve had a look at the TGF plan and I think I could cope with that. What’s one more major food group to avoid?

      • Hi Ruth, read about the gluten gene test here – you can only get it through me in the UK – I am THAT cutting edge! Not cheap, I’m afraid though. I did laugh at ‘cutting out one more food group’; it is a lot more than that if you turn out to need grain-free so be warned! The TGF Plan hasn’t launched yet – it has gone out to readers today in fact, gulp!

    • Micki: What a coincidence! I was going to contact you this afternoon about having the gene test done. I have been diagnosed in the past with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I.B.S., have tried every conceivable diet all to no avail. I had a coeliac blood test which was negative but try to follow a gluten-free/dairy-free diet about 95% of the time. I look 6 months pregnant, have a heavy, full feeling in my stomach plus nausea. Could these symptoms be gluten related? Also, I have had a Pyroluria test done which was positive 18 months ago and borderline last time. Is there a connection between Pyroluria and Gluten Sensitivity? I would be grateful for your comments.

      • Hi Annie, yes absolutely could be and probably are gluten related. I presume you have seen your GP for the usual checks in case. I don’t know of a specific link between pyroluria but since it is about non-metabolising zinc and B6, ie an absorption or enzyme problem, could well be. I know for sure that zinc deficiency is very common in gluten sensitives.

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