Newbie Anorexic With Neural Symptoms in Coping with Celiac Disease Posted September 12, 2010 · Report to Admin Hi, I'm sorry if this has been posted before, but I'm curious for feedback. I'm a 26 year old female with a history of anorexia nervosa. There is no celiacs within my family that I know of/ has been tested for, although my mother (biological) has severe rheumatoid arthritis. I however don't talk to my family, so if something was awry I wouldn't know. I have some of the classic GI symptoms of celiac - bloating, gas, abdominal pain/discomfort - constipation, but never diareeah. I have these symptoms even when my ED (eating disorder) is in complete remission. I have ALOT of possible neural symptoms... neuropathies affecting my peroneal and tibial nerves in my left leg for sure - possibly the sciatic in my left leg and my left arm. I get weird involuntary muscle spasms of my lower left eyelid, but they're not associated with any other visual disturbances. On two occasions I have had visual disturbances (blurred, double vision). I get severe headaches. I also have severe night sweats (menopause ruled out and sleep apnea under control) wherein I drench my pjs and the sheets. I also have alot of mood problems (irritability, depression). And about 6-8 months ago I had severe problems walking, although I'm not sure if my gait was exactly ataxic. And I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (so if I'm not on the pill I menstruate 2 or 3 times per year), yet I"m not diabetic or overweight. All the neural symptoms began approx a month into my last anorexic relapse (I am currently at a stable and healthy weight and have been since April 2010). The neuropathies in my left leg have improved, but are still not nearly 100%. All the other symptoms have not improved. Does anyone know if celiac can be brought on by starvation/ anorexia? My doc has ordered a serological screen, but I've been advised to wait a month and eat a heavily gluten-ated diet during that month to try and prevent a false negative. Additionally I"m getting a couple of CNS MRIs done at the end of August. If all my neural symptoms are still so pronounced, do I really need to wait a month to avoid a false negative? Has anyone else had a similar experience? Even without the eating disorder? Can you get celiac without having a relative who has it?