Can celiac disease be the cause of migraines?
Anyone who’s ever had a migraine knows there’s no mistaking it for a common headache. Migraines are typically associated with more intense pain as well as other symptoms, such as increased sensitivity to light, sounds or smells and even nausea and dizziness. There are several underlying mechanisms that can cause migraines to develop, and one of those causes is celiac disease. In fact, one study found migraines are 10 times as likely to occur in people who also have celiac disease; in another study, 30 percent of celiac patients reported symptoms of migraines.
The findings aren’t all that surprising: Several studies dating as far back as the 1960s have linked celiac disease with neurological disorders, including ataxia, neuropathy and depression. While the association between celiac disease and migraines has been demonstrated, researchers are still not sure why migraines – and, in fact, all kinds of headaches – are more common in people with CD than in the general population. One theory is that the same autoimmune response that attacks the lining of the small intestine also attacks the protective membrane covering the nerves or even the brain cells themselves. Another theory maintains that the inflammation that occurs in celiac disease may be more widespread than previously thought, affecting the nerves and brain as well as the small intestine.
In addition to discovering a higher prevalence of migraines among those with CD, what these studies have also found is that when these people begin adhering to a strict gluten-free diet, their headache symptoms tended to resolve. Anyone who’s been diagnosed with CD knows the importance of following a gluten-free diet, but sometimes, adhering to what appears to be a gluten-free regimen isn’t enough. That’s because many important nutrients that are normally absorbed by a healthy small intestine can no longer be well-absorbed in people with CD. As a result, other symptoms related to nutritional imbalances can occur.
A simple solution would be to take supplements to make up for this lack of important nutritional elements. But again, these efforts can be thwarted, first, because many supplements are not formulated to be readily absorbable by people with CD, and second, because many supplements that purport to be gluten-free may be processed on equipment that’s been exposed to products containing gluten. The result: Many supplements labeled “gluten-free” actually wind up incorporating tiny particles of gluten that are sufficient to cause reaction in people with CD.
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