Symptoms to look out for
Coeliac disease can be difficult to spot because the symptoms are so varied. The condition affects 1 in 100 people, but only 30% of these people are diagnosed. Watch our animated video to understand more about coeliac disease and how to get that all important diagnosis.
Possible symptoms may include:
- severe diarrhoea, excessive wind and/or constipation
- persistent or unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting
- recurrent stomach pain, cramping or bloating
- iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency
- sudden or unexpected weight loss (but not in all cases)
- mouth ulcers
- skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis)
- repeated miscarriages
- neurological (nerve) problems such as ataxia (loss of coordination, poor balance) and peripheral neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the hands and feet)
And 1 in 4 people with coeliac disease have been previously misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you have this diagnosis but you weren't screened for coeliac disease first, then ask your GP for a coeliac disease blood test.
If any of these sound like you, then take our online assessment.