Celiac Disease and Neuropathy

Celiac Disease and Neuropathy

Dr. Howard Sander’s published an article on “The Link Between Celiac Disease and Neuropathy” and was featured on The Neuropathy Associations website before they closed on Dec 31, 2014 and brings attention to the need for some patients presenting with neuropathy and the symptoms of Celiac Disease to be tested.

Howard. W. Sander, M.D. is a professor of Neurology, director of Neuromuscular Medicine, and director of Neurology Residency Program at New York University School of Medicine.

Normally doctors test for celiac disease, but not for gluten sensitivity. One patient noted that they did not have celiac disease, but that once they went on a gluten-free diet, they regained the temperature sense in their feet and the pain levels went from a 10 to a zero!

Some solutions just require patience, some out of the box thinking and knowledge of all the possible causes of neuropathy.

Never allow a doctor to just dismiss you as nothing can be done, until ALL possible causes have been explored and you have been tested for an immune mediated neuropathy. I have found that the book by Dr. Norman Latov, Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Pain and Burning Won’t Stop is an excellent resource for patients to find knowledge that may help them lead the doctor to the cause of their neuropathy. Do yourself a favor, buy a copy and read it. Available from www.amazon.com.

Click here to see Dr. Sander’s full article on Celiac Disease and Neuropathy

About the Author

LtCol Eugene B Richardson, USA (Retired) BA, MDiv, EdM, MS

Col Richardson has suffered with severe neuropathy for over 45 years. A 27 year military veteran and veteran of the Vietnam War, he was diagnosed with a progressive chronic peripheral neuropathy resulting in severe disability. This diagnosis has been confirmed as due to exposure to Agent Orange. It was not until 2010, 42 years after his exposure to Agent Orange, that his diagnosis was recognized by Veterans Affairs as service connected.

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  1. Great job, Gene, et. al. David and whoever else worked so hard on getting the new website up: EXCELLENT JOB! You always do so well, and have the best interests of ALL neuropathy patients, all the time. I, for one, really appreciate it. KUDOS, GENE AND FRIENDS!!

    1. HI Lynda. Thanks. We have been working our tootoos off for months! We still have along long way to go to get doctors up and support groups and correct the article links etc etc….
      But in the end it will be worth it…. We think that when we are done, we will have the best website going on neuropathy that is helpful to patients.

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