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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Yes, celiac disease can affect your nervous system. My hands shake if I eat barley gluten (gluten ataxia). But I thought Dupuytren's was more to do with the tendons or connective tissue of the hands rather than the nerves, but my knowledge of the subject is very limited - you would know more than I. However, since, as you say, celiac disease can affect the absorption of so many minerals and vitamins it makes sense that there could be a connection between it and Dupuytren's. Thanks so much for your reply. And goodluck with your celiac diagnosis. I'd be interested in the outcome of any further tests you have.
  2. Bony Tori

    Hi. I had never heard of Bony Tori until now - after reading your email. I have what you describe under my tongue (and have just looked at some photos on the net to be sure). No dentist has ever mentioned them. I even had a bunch of dental x-rays taken recently (2 weeks ago) and no one said a thing. I had noticed them but figured they were normal. Since no mention had ever been made I haven't given them much thought. Until now. I've been doing quite a bit of research on diseases associated with gluten intolerance and have not noticed anything on bony tori...but then I wouldn't have because I didn't know what it was. Fascinating!
  3. I've known that I suffer from coeliac disease for a few years now, but only recently have I been doing more detailed research into the disease. I didn't even know that gluten intolerance was genetic. Further research has lead to some interesting discoveries which have me taking a long look at the medical history of family members. I'm sure it comes from my mother's side of the family as osteoporosis and other related diseases are common in my maternal relatives. However, convincing them of getting tested when they have not experienced the stomach pain that I went through is proving more difficult than I thought it would be, despite being armed with primary medical literature. I'm looking for more amo, before approaching my family again. Dupuytren's runs in my family, on my mother's side. Dupuytren's contracture is a thickening of deep tissue (fascia) which passes from the palm into the fingers. Shortening of this tissue causes knots which pull the fingers into the palm. It is a very distressing genetic disease. I recently returned home to Australia for the 1st time in over 2 years and was shocked at how far Dupuytren's had progressed in my mother's fingers. I'm hoping there is a connection. It would be wonderful if a gluten free diet could halt the disease. But my research so far has not come up with a direct connection. However, listed diseases associated with Dupuytren's include cirrhosis and diabetes - both of which are also listed as being associated with coeliac disease and gluten intolerance. Are there any other coeliacs out there who suffer from, or whose family members suffer from Dupuytren's? Or, has anyone ever heard of research connecting the two?
  4. I'm yet another celiac with PCO syndrome. I discovered I was a coeliac in 2000 and have had bouts of cysts since then. However, I have only recently discovered that my gluten-free diet wasn't as gluten-free as I thought. No pain since starting the stricter diet but its only been a couple of months. I have been doing quite a bit of research lately into gluten intolerance and its related diseases and I am sure I came across a connection between the two. However, at the time my focus was on another connection with coeliac disease and so put it aside. If I find it I will let you know. Otherwise, general infertility problems are well documented. There's a book called Dangerous Grains which summarises most of the known or suspected connections of gluten intolerance and other health problems including infertility. Also, a google search can be great and can even lead to the primary literature in the medical journals - perfect ammunition to arm yourself with when next you visit those doctors too lazy to do their own research and/or too arrogant to accept information from patients.
  5. I too suffered from gluten ataxia, although it was never severe enough to get me to a doctor. I discovered I was a celiac late 2000 and cut wheat out of my diet. The smallest amount of wheat would have me blacking out with stomach pain. During this time, while my intestinal lining was still healing, I was able to have rye and barley without pain and so figured my allergy was specific to wheat gluten. My hands still shook. Although, I generally avoided rye, just in case, unknowingly I had been consuming barley in the form of my old favourite Vegemite. As soon as I stopped eating vegemite, and became more diligent in regard to my gluten-free diet in general, my shaking stopped. It is a wonderful feeling.