Neuropathic Gluten Sensitivity

I recently treated a patient who had a history of headaches for 40 years. I did some blood work and found that she was gluten sensitive. I took her off of gluten and her headaches went away. She then visited with her gastroenterologist who picked up the phone and called me and said, Why did you put this patient on a gluten free diet, she doesn’t have celiac disease. I began to explain something called nonceliac gluten sensitivity and I have to admit there was a lot of silence on the other end of the phone. There are still people who don’t believe.

That there really is such a thing as being gluten sensitive if you don’t have celiac disease. But let’s look at what the science is really telling us about this notion of nonceliac gluten sensitivity. Back in 2012, there was an international symposium in England and I’ve listed herethese are the top gluten researchers really on the planet. They came together to look at this notion of gluten related disorders, in other words being sensitive to gluten without necessarily having celiac disease. And what did they find They looked at the notion that this is a big.

Question with $2.5 billion dollars each year being spent on glutenfree products globally, at least that’s the 2010 statistic. They described 3 different things being allergic to wheat, having celiac disease, and yes, being sensitive to gluten. Here’s what they came up with. The symptoms in gluten sensitivity may resemble those associated with celiac disease but with a prevalence of extra intestinal symptoms, meaning away from the gut, behavioral changes, bone or joint pain, muscle cramps, leg numbness, weight loss and chronic fatigue. And here is a percentage breakdown in terms of what they found, things like abdominal pain, 68,.


Understanding Gluten Sensitivity

And further down you see foggy mind. Thirtyfour percent, about 13 of the people with gluten sensitivity actually have neurologic issues like foggy mind. And a little further down, depression and even numbness in extremities and joint pain. So the point is that gluten sensitivity is real, and it frequently manifests itself outside of the gut. In my profession, being a neurologist, we see a lot of brain related issues related to being gluten sensitive. Things like cognitive issues, attention deficit issues, depression and even nerve issues. So we’ve really got to understand that our most well respected.

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