Gluten Intolerance - Symptoms

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What are gluten intolerance symptoms?

Gluten sensitivity is all the rage these days. Not a week goes by that I don't see a patient with gastrointestinal symptoms who has started a gluten-free diet - or what they think is a gluten-free diet - and tells me that their symptoms have improved. They describe their symptoms as feeling bloated and gassy; and experiencing abdominal pain, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. Gluten-free products are flooding the market place. Most of these gluten-free products have always been gluten-free, but their gluten-free status now is being advertised for marketing purposes. What's going on here? Is gluten sensitivity a new "disease?"

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Comment from: kenny, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

Gluten ingestion gives me a real sore back, panic attacks, lack of concentration, and blood sugar crashes. My sciatic nerves kill me. My feet kill me too. My brother died 2 weeks ago because of this. He loved his pizza and beer. He had morphine to kill the pain, and it got him. He was only 56. Our ancestral heritage is from northern Finland.

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Comment from: ann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I find it very insulting firstly to say people's illnesses are a placebo effect! I had no problems until after my third child in my late 20s. I had diarrhea and vomiting affecting my bowels and stomach, unrelated to pregnancy at 6 months term and these got worse over the years. I cannot eat wheat or oat cereals and a list of other foods such as corn, seeds, rice, barley or peppers. There is no mind over matter when I eat one of these foods and I then spend 3 to 5 hours stuck in a toilet with diarrhea, nobody wants to be like this! I also have Helicobacter pylori and this is likely to have caused this.

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