People who have gluten intolerance tend to experience certain distressing symptoms, whenever they are exposed to gluten in their diets. Worth mentioning very early on is the fact that the symptoms we are looking at here are those that are experienced by people with gluten intolerance as soon as they are exposed to gluten in their diets.
In other words, these are short term gluten intolerance symptoms.
It is important to note this, especially keeping in mind the fact that there are other symptoms of gluten intolerance that manifest in the long run. You have to remember a statement that appears frequently in medical literature where matters to do with gluten intolerance are discussed: to the effect that besides being an allergic reaction, gluten intolerance is also a mal-absorption disorder. Now the symptoms we are about to look at here are those that describe gluten, both as an allergic reaction and as a mal-absorption disorder, in the short run. In the long run, and on account of gluten intolerance being a mal-absorption disorder, we end up with things like the various manifestations of malnutrition, which are not in the list of symptoms we will be examining here.
First in our list of the three commonest gluten intolerance symptoms is bloating. People who have gluten intolerance tend to experience extreme bloating, which starts shortly after they are exposed to gluten in their diets. The ‘bloating’ in question here is best described as being a feeling of rather inexplicable ‘fullness’ in the tummy. And while ordinary bloating tends to be transient, that which is associated with gluten intolerance tends to be more enduring, and it makes the afflicted person extremely uncomfortable while it lasts. A person comes to associate this sort of bloating with gluten intolerance when he or she notices a pattern, where the bloating only seems to manifest when he or she takes one of the foods that contain gluten.
Second in our list of the three commonest gluten intolerance symptoms is general discomfort in the abdominal area, including pain. The exact degree of discomfort experienced in this regard varies from person to person. In the worst case scenario, the pain associated with gluten intolerance can be excruciating. A person who is afflicted of it comes to notice a pattern where he or she only experiences it when he or she consumes gluten-containing foods — leading to the conclusion that it is a manifestation of gluten intolerance.
Third in our list of the three commonest gluten intolerance symptoms is diarrhea. A person who has gluten intolerance notices a pattern where he or she tends to have many, frequent loose stools every time he or she consumes foods containing gluten. But it is also worth pointing out that there are some people with gluten intolerance who actually experience constipation, rather than experiencing diarrhea every time they consume foods that contain gluten.
We do have to mention that there are other gluten intolerance symptoms that are not so common, but which are nonetheless sometimes experienced by people who can’t stand gluten. Those include headaches, muscles disturbances and rashes. If one notices a pattern where he or she experiences any one of these symptoms every time he or she consumes a food that contains gluten, then a conclusion may be made that the symptom in question may indeed be a gluten intolerance symptom.