Informational Overview

NCGS is characterized by abdominal and non-abdominal symptoms related to ingestion of gluten-containing foods.  NCGS is related to but different from Celiac Disease (CD) and Wheat allergy (WA).   Complicating matters more there may be some overlap with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity is unique in that there is no specific lab test or tissue sample that can identify the gluten intolerance disorder.  However, there are symptoms that are associated with NCGS and a host of suggestive lab tests.

Symptoms of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity:

You may have gluten intolerance if you experience these symptoms:

Abominable or gastrointestinal (GI):

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Bowel problems (constipation or diarrhea)

Non-GI symptoms include:

  • Non-Abdominal symptoms:
  • “Foggy mind”
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Joint and/or muscle pain
  • Leg/arm numbness
  • Dermatitis
  • Depression
  • Anemia

**The most common non-abdominal symptom is tiredness or fatigue.

Many independent publications and groups report the benefits of avoiding gluten in the diet.  However, many aspects of NCGS like epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatment need to be determined.

If you are suffering from these symptoms of gluten intolerance in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Canyon City, or other surrounding southern Colorado communities, then come see us at The Food Allergy Center at Asthma & Allergy Associates, PC for further evaluation and a treatment plan.

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):

While controlled studies are lacking a large amount of evidence points to a strong correlation between Irritable Bowel Syndrome and NCGS.  Up to 30% of patients with IBS had good response to a gluten-free diet.

And yet, it appears that NCGS exists independent of IBS as well.

If you have IBS then consider consultation at Asthma & Allergy Associates, PC in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, or Canyon City, so we can help with evaluation and a treatment plan.

Autism and NCGS:

Autism is a chronic behavioral condition with onset before 3 years old.

There is a wide range of behavioral issues and as a whole they are referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  The behaviors include stereotyped, repetitive behaviors, social and language impairment.

Other characteristics may include hyperactivity, aggression, anxiety and depression.   It is one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities in the United States.

The cause of ASD is not known.  One popular theory is the possibility of “leaky gut syndrome”.   This theory has led to trying Gluten-free and Casein- free (GFCF) diets to help with behaviors.  The response to a GFCF diet in autistic children is uncertain, but a few small studies suggest mild benefits.

If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS), don’t hesitate to call Asthma & Allergy Associates in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, or Canyon City about the symptoms of gluten intolerance.