The symptoms of coeliac disease are many and vary from person to person. Contrary to what was thought previously, it is now clear that coeliac disease occurs in all age groups and is increasingly prevalent in adults and the elderly.
Coeliac disease is a complex disease that can manifest itself anywhere throughout the entire body. Far from everyone has gastrointestinal symptoms, which are generally seen as the most common indicators. Lactose intolerance is one symptom of untreated coeliac disease that can be easily missed.
Symptoms in children vary depending on their age. Coeliac disease manifests itself in gastrointestinal problems, as well as in more discrete signs such as fatigue, enamel defects in teeth, and delayed puberty. Below are some examples.
Common symptoms of coeliac disease in children:
Poor appetite, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal distension/thin extremities, constipation, fatigue, stunted development, stunted growth, anaemia, mood swings.
In older children and adults, it is common for the signs to be both long term and non-specific. Adults may also experience gastrointestinal problems as well as things like depression.
Common symptoms of coeliac disease in adults:
Gastrointestinal problems, menstrual disorders, infertility, anaemia, weight loss, enamel defects in teeth, mood swings, fatigue, depression.