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Ed in Baja

Neurological Problems Three Years Post Diag., gluten-free

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Hi Folks,

Have not been on in a long time.

My main symptoms prediagnosis were neurological...I Went all the way to cerebellar ataxia.

I had great hopes that going gluten-free would make me magically better...but have found that while the acute ataxia andHD skin problems largely resolved, other symptoms are progressing. A forum member gently informed me at the time I was Dx'd that symptoms may progress. That the neurological problems are perhaps triggered by gliadin, but can continue with gluten-free diet.

Sadly, this seems to be the case. I have proximal motor neuropathy , a gradual weakness of big muscles in thighs and legs, muscle tightness and cramping. Third and fourth fingers go numb.muscle and bone pain.

Progressive memory problems. I am only 58.

Ibuprofen in morning, occasional Vicodin at night when it's really bad. Helps some. Walking difficult, bike bicycling really seems to help, as does moderate weightlifting. Massage is painful, but helps. Maybe there is some recruitment of new nerves fibers. Low stress also seems to help. Depression is a risk I am always aware of...it's easy to become so when it's seems that one can only do less, not more.

I would be pleased to hear from anyone else who is having similar issues. If you are, hang in there!

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Have you seen a physical therapist? I found that to be very helpful when my progress seemed to have stalled. If you haven't recently you may want to have your vitamin and mineral levels checked. I find magnesium to be helpful when I am dealing with a lot of cramping and for me supplementing with B12 seems to have helped with some of the nerve issues. 

In my own case, which may not apply for you, soy protein seems to cause a great deal of bone and muscle pain that got a great deal of relief when I dropped it.

It does take a long time to heal nerve issues and some of mine seem to be permanent but I have been gluten free much longer than you have. 

I hope you can get some more positive progress. 

Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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