Can Gluten Contamination Cause Seizures
Posted 25 September 2011 - 04:34 AM
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Its been a decade now since I've been having seizures. I've seen many great neurologist who have prescribe me over six anti-epileptic meds and none seem to work. I've gotten MRI's and catscans done and they find no abnormalities in my brain. So now I'm desperate. I figured it maybe something I'm eating that my brain doesn't like. When I go to a nutritionist she tells me I have gluten allergies. In my country our main foods are either made with wheat or barley. She says all these years I've been depriving myself from nutrients. Basically I'm malnutritioned. So when she does this food allergy test she tells me I'm allergic to gluten, corn, and soy. So what, am I posed to starve to death? And could this gluten allergy thing be the real answer to my seizures?? Please help me figure this out
What country are you in? Perhaps there is somethign being lost in language translation. There is allergy to the gluten grains (wheat, barely, rye) and there is celiac disease or gluten intolerance. These are two different things. Celiac disease is an auto-immune reaction, not the same thing as an allergy. It would be good if you can get your tests to find out which tests they ran to find out about this "allergy". If they did not run a celaic panel then you will wan tot have that done BEFORE you go gluten free. If they did a celaic panel and it was positve then you need to be gltuen free regardles sof whether the seizures are caused by the gltuen. The gluten is making your body starve because it is not allowing you to absorb nutrients from your food. Eat simple gluten-free foods like meat, vegetables, fruit, plain rice, potatoes, etc. you will not starve tryign to eat gluten-free.
Now all that said, I had seizures prior to going gluten free and have not had one since. My seizures were not for as many years as you and were not severe/long lasting ones. Seizures can be caused by many things,so gluten may not be the cause for you. In my case the drs think it was gltuen attacking the brain or related to severe malnutrition somehow. Very little research has been done on the neuological reactions to gluten and seizures are a rare reaction. You can trial a gluten free diet and see if it helps you. Do not expect to see immediate results however. It may take many months to recover from neurological issues caused by gluten if that is the cause of your seizures.
Posted 25 September 2011 - 10:31 AM
Posted 25 September 2011 - 11:54 AM
That was what I found with a quick Google search. Hope it helps! I never considered it that unusual.
Posted 25 September 2011 - 01:19 PM
I never considered it that unusual.
I wonder, too, if we tend to meet more people with severe reactions when we have more severe issues with gluten ourselves. Everyone who is not having too much trouble probably doesn't go searching out answers and support as often, I imagine.
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Posted 25 September 2011 - 01:52 PM
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Posted 25 September 2011 - 05:00 PM
Posted 25 September 2011 - 06:16 PM
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