How does my body react to gluten if I'm sensitive to it?

What does gluten do to me?

Gluten can cause a multitude of reactions in the human body. Science is finally showing what we have known for a long time in clinical practice. Many of the responses to gluten are not found in the intestinal tract. We commonly see "foggy thinking", fatigue, headaches, lethargy, joint pain, depression, anxiety, weight issues, as well as the typical intestinal problems of diarrhea, cramping, bloating, and constipation. The good news is that many of these symptoms improve considerably or disappear entirely when a proper gluten elimination diet is carried out.

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Is it likely that I could have a gluten sensitivity and show NO intestinal problems, only the other issues like fatigue, foggy thinking, headache, achy joints? I've been following the elimination diet for about a month now, and while congestion and achy joints have cleared up, the fatigue and foggy thinking actually may be getting worse. At first I had days, about every 3 days or so, that seemed like the fatigue was going away, but now, every day is bad. I've been eating the same things, my daily journal doesn't shed any light. I've looked at cross contamination issues and can't find any, but am wondering still about some sneaky gluten finding it's way into my food that I haven't identified. Most of the listings of gluten sensitivity issues always mention intestinal issues before the rest, though, and I don't have any, so I was wondering if I should still be focusing on trying to figure out where I might be getting some contamination in the foods I'm still eating, or if I need to look elsewhere for a cause for my tiredness and foggy thinking.

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