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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Tendonitis And Broken Bones

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I would just like to know what people's experiences are with any sort of tendonitis; back, joint, or hip pain, other kinds of "itis"; and broken bones.

I'm 44 and was just diagnosed positively about a month ago. Before that, I didn't have any sort of GI symptoms or anything to point that DRs to test for celiac. I found out about this by accident (long story).

In the past few years, I've had plantar faciitis, achilles issues (ongoing), my shoulder joints "pop" when doing certain exercises and I actually found out I have a micro tear in one shoulder's tendon. Two days ago, my big toe on my right foot started hurting -- seemingly for NO reason -- as if I have a stress fracture. I can't put any pressure on it at all. The pain is constant. (ie, not getting better or worse with rest or exercise). I had a stress fracture in this same foot YEARS ago (like 35?) while in college, and it is sort of the same feeling but a bit worse. I had done some lower body weight training that day -- which had included walking lunges -- but nothing seemed to hurt me at the time. I was actually in bed sleeping(!) when the toe started to hurt.

So, my question is, have any of you experienced what you feel is these sorts of pains, either for seemingly no reason or, if you exercise, for example, do you find yourself getting injured way too much?

I had a DEXA scan after my diagnosis. And, although the numbers are in the negative percentile, they seem within a normal range (I haven't yet discussed this with my DR).

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I finally started on the road to twigging to my gluten intolerance when my physio pointed out to me that having 2 frozen shoulders (one with bone loss) in as many years is not normal, and probably indicates an underlying inflammatory process. Anyway, after lots of blood tests which did indicate a high level of inflammation, but no obvious cause for it, a gluten free trial diet resolved my chronic headaches, the frozen shoulder released and various nagging aches and pains pretty much went away.

Some years ago I struggled with rehab from a car accident due to persistent inflammatory responses on trying to exercise. I took prescription level anti-inflammatories and pain killers for well over a year. It only really resolved after many months of gentle physio-led pilates and a microbiotic diet which happened to be, you guessed it, gluten free.

The MRIs from the car accident showed that I have something called Scheuermann' disease, which is a condition where the end-plates of the spinal vertebrae don't develop properly. It can cause curvature of the spine, and may cause back pain, or may be symptom free. It develops in teenagers during the final stages of growth, and is often seen in athletes, leading to speculation that it might be caused by exercise-induced oxygen deprivation in the body tissues. Now I am not especially athletic, and did no more running around than an average teenager. I do sometimes wonder if underlying systemic inflammation might have had a hand in the development of this condition too.

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The inflammation we get can have some nasty effects on the muscles, tendons and joints. I have definately had my share of issues most of which resolved when I had been gluten free for a while and the inflammation went away.

However with it being your big toe, having no relief when your off it and with it's sudden appearance you may want to run this by your doctor to make sure you are not suffering an attack of gout.

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I have had terrible tendonitis in the past in both of my elbows, so bad that I couldn't even squeeze the toothpaste tube! I tried everything from the brace to the cortisone shots and nothing solved it. The ONLY and I mean ONLY thing that solved it was acupuncture.

Since going gluten free I haven't had any flareups which has been great!

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