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why does a gluten free diet help reduce narcolepsy and cataplexy symptoms for some narcoleptics even if tests show they have no gluten sensitivities

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Segal
18 years experience Family Medicine
It probably doesn't.: I don't believe that a gluten-free diet would treat narcolepsy. A thorough search on pubmed did not reveal any publications demonstrating a connection ... Read More
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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience Sleep Medicine
Not entirely known: There is a link between carbohydrates and narcolepsy. So similar products containing gluten and carbohydrates and just the digestion of gluten itself ... Read More
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Gluten sensitivity: Many people have sensitivities to gluten even if they don't have celiac disease. Some symptoms can be fatigue, sleepiness, difficulty concentrating ... Read More

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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Feola
30 years experience Internal Medicine
GLUTEN FREE DIET: Yes , Gluten causes inflammation in the body and is difficult to breakdown.. Als allergies develop over time and exposure, therefore many people devel ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Even if a person is on a gluten-free diet, he should still have celiac disease antibodies in his blood if he has gluten allergy. The blood test can st ... Read More
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
38 years experience Family Medicine
Might not show: Depending on the test that is being run, it might not show. Some tests require there to be gluten in the diet in order to tell that the body can't pro ... Read More
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Dr. Douglas Shumaker
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes, : Yes, celiac disease is also called gluten sensitivity (or more accurately gluten sensitive enteropathy). It has also been called non-tropical sprue or ... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Variable: Your dh lesions are dependent on your body's production of IgA antibodies to epidermal transglutaminase (etg), which may take several years to resolv ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Blood/GI tests/none: The screening test for celiac is done with blood & finds antibodies to your gut tissues. This must be done while you are on gluten to be accurate. ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Maybe, but: This needs further evaluation, as you may have cataplexy, but you may possess, an atonic seizure disorder, provoked by emotional events, or you could ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Probably: No one has looked at this scientifically, as it's very difficult to measures states of mind. However, it makes sense scientifically, as immune respon ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Stick with gluten: Free diet. A test may become negative after successful treatment but that does not mean cure. The child in all likelihood has gluten sensitivity. You ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Your celiac problem is not going to go away so why would you want to make yourself sick again? Remember that some people may not totally recover unti ... Read More
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