Gluten intolerance is a food intolerance associated with the disease called "gluten-sensitive enteropathy," or "celiac disease." It happens if your immune system responds abnormally to gluten, which is a part of wheat and some other grains.
Some people may have a food intolerance that has a psychological trigger. If your food intolerance is caused by this type of trigger, a careful psychiatric evaluation may identify an unpleasant event in your life, often during childhood, tied to eating a particular food. Eating that food years later, even as an adult, is associated with a rush of unpleasant sensations.
There are several other conditions -- including ulcers and cancers of the GI tract -- that can cause some of the same symptoms as food allergy. These problems include:
- Cramping and abdominal pain.
These symptoms can all be made worse by eating.