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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes


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    I like computing, philosophy, research, positive thinking and more.<br><br>I have gluten sensitive enteropathy, with some characteristics of Marfan syndrome, without fitting the clinical definition of Marfan syndrome.
  1. Vision

    Myasthenia gravis is certainly consistent with vertigo and diplopia (double vision), and Myasthenia gravis is associated with celiac disease. Multiple gluten-triggered autoimmune disorders involve damage to the inner and/or middle ear. Vertigo can also be caused by inner ear damage from autoimmune inner ear disease, which is also associated with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. This disease tends to involve deficiencies in magnesium and/or potassium and other nutrients. You may have also noticed over the years that your balance in doing things like bicycling, somersaulting, underwater back somersaults, etc., is not as good as other people. Perhaps you may have noticed a ringing or background noise in one or both ears on occasion over the years or dizziness when rising suddenly from a chair or the floor. These manifestations would be further indication of a middle or inner ear problem. Scanning of your ear canals could reveal bone thinning and/or damage to the ear's hair cells. You should also get checked for nutritional deficiencies such as magnesium, calcium, potassium and B-vitamins, which can contribute to inner ear damage and the resulting vertigo. An environmental doctor or doctor familiar with celiac disease and nutritional deficiencies would likely be more open to doing these tests and recommending supplements than the average general practitioner.
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    Thanks for the replies, folks--sorry for my slowness in responding back. I'm no expert, but I found that going gluten-free was not enough for me. I found that I was sensitive to other foods, in addition to gluten, and that I have significant vitamin and mineral deficiencies from gluten. Because of my other sensitivities I am on a Paleo diet (which prohibits grains, cow's dairy, legumes and other "modern" foods) with citrus fruits and walnuts also excluded. I am especially magnesium deficient. I read that magnesium deficiency is a common side effect of celiac disease, and that magnesium deficiency can cause constipation, near sightedness and other symptoms that I have. So I have been taking 1,500 mg magnesium (with calcium) daily and this has brought about additional improvements for me on top of the Paleo diet--especially with the constipation. My vision improvement has occurred in fits and starts and regresses when I accidentally eat the wrong foods. I am hoping that by sticking as much as possible to a strict Paleo diet and taking supplements that my vision will continue to improve.
  3. Hi, I'm a new poster here, though I've searched info on this board before. I suppose the correct term for my condition would be gluten sensitive enteropathy since I didn't get a biopsy and therefore don't qualify clinically as celiac. One of the more startling improvements I've experienced on a gluten-free diet is improvement of my nearsightedness. I haven't seen anyone else here mention that improvement, though I have seen mention of double vision and blurry vision. Has anyone else experienced an improvement in visual acuity? For the first time in over a decade I can see well enough to walk around in the house without my eyeglasses if I want to, and I can read without my glasses if I hold the material up close, also for the first time in many years. Also, my night vision seems to have improved a bit, after deteriorating in recent years. I haven't found mention anywhere on the Net of nearsightedness being a symptom of celiac, but I have found it mentioned as a symptom of Marfan syndrome, which has celiac disease as one of its manifestations, and I do have several Marfan characteristics. I don't qualify clinically as having Marfan either, as my armspan to height ratio is 1.042, which is slightly below the minimum of 1.05 necessary to be categorized as having Marfan syndrome. My sister also has experienced vision improvement since going gluten free. She also has some Marfan characteristics but also does not qualify as having clinical Marfan syndrome.