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Celiac Disease Neuropathy
Common: Peripheral neuropathy (burning, tingling or numbness in hands or feet) is a relatively common finding in celiac disease and may predate other manifestations. Of concern, although it may 'just' be associated with nutritional deficiences, it 'can be' associated with lymphoma. Please be evaluated. Gltuen-free diet will not improve the neuropathy - but may prevent further deterioration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more
Possibly: The prevalence of neuropathy among patients with celiac disease is much higher than in healthy people. Sometimes, the neurological problems arise from nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption. However, some cases are due to autoimmunity and associated with the underlying disease (Celiac). ...Read more
Sure: First, work closely with your doctor to develop a gluten free diet and control gastro-intestinal symptoms. Secondly, start a medical food, MetanX or a generic equivalent and take twice daily. Will help regrow small fibres over 9-10 months, and should result in less symptoms in feet and legs. Pain can be controlled by Lyrica or Cymbalta. ...Read more
Can sickle cell trait have an impact on other health conditions such as type 1 diabetes, neuropathy, high blood pressure, celiac disease, or asthma?
NO: celiac disease can be hidden- or latent- and not associated with severe disease and symptoms or malnutrition. It depends on the individual's immune system and the antibodies it produces in response to gluten. It can be quantified by testing for antibodies and by an endoscopy to look at the degree of intestines that are affected. It can be graded as minimal to severe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the typical treatment plan for someone just diagnosed with celiac disease, aside from avoiding gluten?
Two negative blood test for celiac disease is it possible to still have it and it be the cause of bone loss? How do i test and make sure 100%
There's no 100%: The labs are probably not totally sensitive / specific but they're pretty good. Have you had a biopsy? This is one to work out with your physician. Bone loss won't be the primary manifestation of celiac disease despite "pop" wisdom. "Low blood pressure" isn't an illness. A full workup, including some zebras like porphyria or other neuropathies, may be a consideration along with supportive Dr. ...Read more
Can Celiac Disease mimic MS even after being treated with a strict gluten-free diet? Could my untreated Celiac have caused my brain lesions?
Abdominal discomfort: Individuals with celiac disease can have a variety of different symptoms and may even be asymptomatic. Often it is associated with gastrointestinal distress including pale stools that are associated with non-specific diarrhea, cramping, and bloating. The diagnosis can only be made by a physician. If symptoms improve with a gluten free diet, the chances of having celiac disease are greater. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was tested once for celiac disease and it came back negative. In three years could that have changed?
Check with you Doc: Discuss with your doctor why your were tested for celiac disease. As with any test, the degree of suspicion for a particular disease helps understand the results. If there was a very high index of suspicion for celiac disease and the test was negative it may need to be repeated or further testing may need to done like a biopsy of your small intestine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In Celiac disease the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten like proteins in rye and barley) in the small intestine causing damage. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Classically people have loose stool, bloating, and abdominal discomfort but more often are just found when screened for other reasons (like symptoms of a nutritional deficiency like ...Read more
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