Over the past few years, my son experienced several frustrating symptoms that we attributed to a plethora of maladies: tummy aches (he must be eating too much or is playing sick to avoid going to school), feeling sick after eating milk products (he must be lactose intolerant), a resistance to writing (could it be a processing disorder?), moodiness (that must just be his personality…well…except for the fact that he is a fabulous and joyous kid…it didn’t mesh), lack of focus (better get him tested for ADHD), headaches (hmmm….is his eye prescription okay?) and more. I began to read a lot about the possible correlation between ADHD-like symptoms and consuming gluten. I {finally} decided to take him off gluten to see if it would make a difference. Magically, these symptoms disappeared (or were at least significantly reduced)…immediately…like within 24 hours. WHAT?!?! He is more focused and alert in school, he has a newly discovered “can-do” attitude, and he didn’t have a tummy ache for weeks! We are just in the very beginning stages of this new discovery, but so far, it has made a believer out of me (and most certainly out of his teacher!).

Now, we are still investigating whether my son is Celiac or simply has sensitivities, but in my research, I found this fabulous infographic outlining the symptoms of Celiac Disease on glutendude.com and wanted to share it with anyone who is also facing a variety of symptoms that they can’t seem to explain. In some people, the effects of gluten reach farther than most people would ever expect.

Gluten intolerance was so new to us that we didn’t see the writing on the wall. We didn’t even know what we were looking at or what to look for, for that matter. It took personal research, time and thinking ‘outside the box’ to finally figure out why he was suffering. Not once did the doctors “hear” what we were saying nor did they recommend any courses of action related to changing his diet. Most everyone else (including ourselves) jumped to inaccurate conclusions about why he was feeling the way he was. At times, we need to solve our challenges using our own devices. Think – research – probe, then grow.