Have a headache? You must have eaten gluten.
Tummy pain and vomiting? Surely coeliac related.
Acute pain on your lower right belly? No need to have it checked out. You probably ate gluten.
Pain in your little toe? Could it be gluten related?
See the trend here?
If you have coeliac disease or non coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), it is tempting to blame every symptom we experience on a gluten exposure. After all, coeliac disease is a multi system disease. This means that it can affect any part of our body, and the symptoms are so vast that they can manifest themselves as gastrointestinal problems, body and joint pains, neurological symptoms and many others. Moreover, the symptoms one person experiences with gluten ingestion can vary from one time to the next. We tend to be constantly fearful that our symptoms are linked to a glutening or coeliac disease.
What we have to remember is that we can still get sick like other people. A headache could be simply stress related or due to a more sinister cause. A bout of vomiting could be due to a tummy bug. Severe acute abdominal pain might need a visit to your doctor. It can be dangerous to blame everything on gluten.
But how can we possibly know if a symptom is stemming from our gluten-related condition? In short, we cannot know this ourselves for sure.
That is why we have to constantly investigate and use a little common sense when we get sick or feel pain. Although many of our symptoms are indeed caused by gluten or complications of coeliac disease, we should not automatically assume that everything is. If things feel strange, or if you have definitely not been exposed to gluten, sometimes a visit to our doctor is warranted.
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