By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)
When you’re celiac it often be a challenge to figure out which symptoms are celiac related and which are not. I know that whenever I have something weird going on with my body, whether it be an itchy head, achy muscles or a headache I instantly wonder if gluten is the culprit. The alternative is of course that my itchy head is from spending too long in the sun, my achy muscles are the result of a tough run and my headache is due to not drinking enough water. My mind doesn’t think of these things first though. It first considers whether or not I may have been contaminated by gluten or if in some other way it’s related to the fact that I have celiac disease.
A new study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Nuerology finds that those of us with celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease or gluten sensitivity may actually be more susceptible to migraines. So if you’re a celiac and you suffer from migraines it sounds like they really could be related.
The Columbia University Medical Center in New York studied 502 patients, 188 with celiac disease, 111 with inflammatory bowel disease, 25 with gluten sensitivity and 178 control subjects. Each of these patients completed a survey which included details on their medical history, medications, alcohol/caffeine/drug use, when and how they were diagnosed with celiac/IBD/GS, how long they have been on a gluten free diet and then what type and how often they suffer from headaches.
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