Multiple Sclerosis and Celiac Disease

Over the course of the last few weeks I’ve learned something of interest that anyone with MS should take notice of, as there could be a connection with celiac disease (CD). Celiac Disease is also an autoimmune disease affecting the small intestine and the body’s reaction to gluten a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Like multiple sclerosis you can develop celiac disease at any time. Also like MS the Celiac Foundation claims the disease is largely under diagnosed and of the 300 symptoms many are the same. This includes nerve damage.

Once you develop celiac disease (CD) villi in the small intestine are damaged which means the ability to absorb nutrients can be reduced. That in turn can damage other parts of the body.

Besides the Celiac Disease Foundation sighting a connection with MS, there is an article in JAMA apparently stating a connection as well. While I haven’t paid for and read the JAMA article I did find an article in the news that quotes from this report. A link to the JAMA study is included with the article I read. One paragraph caught my eye that I’ll quote from below and provide a link to.

The research team concluded that celiac disease is linked to a 2.5-fold increased risk of neuropathy, and suggest that screening for celiac disease should be performed in patients with neuropathy. This suggestion is also valid for patients with multiple sclerosis.” New Link

So my thoughts are if you have MS and have abdominal pain and or bowel dysfunction that your doctor can’t solve you should suggest they get you tested for celiac disease. Also visit the Celiac Foundation’s website and check out the 300 symptoms. 300 Symptoms