Allergy symptoms: Is gluten making me sick?

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Does your stomach churn after nearly every meal? A food allergy may be to blame. With all the talk about...

Does your stomach churn after nearly every meal? A food allergy may be to blame. With all the talk about gluten intolerance and going gluten-free, it's reasonable to question this grain-based protein. Is gluten making you sick?

Symptom 1: Digestive upset

After eating foods containing wheat, barley or rye, a person with gluten sensitivity will experience digestive upset. From stomach cramping to persistent diarrhea, the aftermath of eating gluten is uncomfortable and immediate. If you're using the restroom multiple times during and after a meal, talk to your doctor.

Symptom 2: Joint pain

When the intolerance to gluten is more severe, the allergy symptoms may also include joint swelling and pain. The protein works as an inflammatory food and makes the wrists, ankles, knees and fingers feel stiff and sore. These symptoms are often confused with arthritis.

Symptoms 3: Brain fog

If you're sensitive to gluten it can also make you feel like you have the flu. Mental clarify suffers and a general feeling of overall mental and physical fatigue sets in. If you notice these symptoms after eating a meal heavy with wheat, barley or rye products, it's time to get a professional opinion.

A doctor can evaluate your allergy symptoms, perform a blood test and intestinal biopsy to confirm a gluten sensitivity. If your intolerance is severe enough, you may be diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that gradually damages your intestinal wall if you continue to eat glutinous foods.

Ready to put an end to your allergy symptoms? Call a family physician in Atlanta today to schedule a consultation.

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