In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease. In 1998 I created The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore!, and I am the co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
Celiac.com 11/29/2005 – According to Dr. Thomas H. Brannagan and colleagues at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, some cases of small-fiber neuropathies are caused by untreated celiac disease and may be treatable with a gluten-free diet. The researchers report on eight patients who had neuropathy with asymmetric numbness or paresthesias in various parts of their body that began at different ages--ranging from childhood to 59 years. Out of the 8 patients in the study 5 were diagnosed with celiac disease after their neuropathy began. All patients were treated with a gluten-free diet and their neuropathy symptoms were re-evaluated--four reported improvement, one had no improvement, and 2 reported worsening of symptoms.
The researchers conclude: “Patients with celiac disease may have a neuropathy involving small fibers, demonstrated by results of skin biopsy. The pattern of symptoms, with frequent facial involvement and a non–length-dependent pattern on skin biopsy findings, suggests a sensory ganglionopathy or an immune-mediated neuropathy. Improvement of symptoms in some patients after initiating a gluten-free diet warrants further study.”