This past October I received Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s book “The G Free Diet.”
Only recently did I have to time to begin it.
In the third chapter I was stunned to read that fibromyalgia was a condition that could be caused by untreated celiac disease:
Nine percent of patients eventually diagnosed with celiac disease have at one time been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Now nine percent doesn’t seem like such a huge number. But when taken in perspective that there are approximately 2 million Americans with celiac disease, that nine percent isn’t so small.
I’m not surprised that gluten may have adverse affects on someone with fibromyalgia since many fibro sufferers have food sensitivities and allergies.
Common symptoms of celiac disease:
- abdominal bloating and pain
- chronic diarrhea
- pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
- weight loss
At first glance, the connection to fibromyalgia may seem like a stretch.
However, adults with celiac disease are less likely to have digestive symptoms. Instead they may suffer from one or more of these symptoms:
- unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
- bone or joint pain
- bone loss or osteoporosis
- depression or anxiety
- tingling numbness in the hands and feet
- missed menstrual periods
- infertility or recurrent miscarriage
- canker sores inside the mouth
- an itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis
These symptoms match more of the fibromyalgia symptoms. But before I give up gluten, will giving up gluten make my fibromyaglia more manageable?
If anyone has embarked on a g-free diet and seen any changes in their symptoms, please let me know.
Photo courtesy of Dave Pullig.