Not sure if this has been touched on here or not, but today I viewed a seminar in which the presenter mentioned the connection between migraines and Celiac Disease. From time-to-time, certain folks on the MdDS Facebook site have mentioned feeling better while on a gluten-free diet. Quite honestly, I had discounted as nonsense any connection between dizziness and gluten intake. However, it appears there is some research to support the link- indirectly.
Apparently, it’s well documented there is an increased incidence of migraines in those with CD. (See ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11335703 (The clinical syndrome was dominated by progressive cerebellar ataxia with ataxia of stance and gait (100%), dysarthria (100%) and limb ataxia (97%). Oculomotor abnormalities were gaze-evoked nystagmus (66.7%), spontaneous nystagmus (33.3%), saccade slowing (25%) and upward gaze palsy (16.7%).)
I did find one article written by Italian researchers documenting a case of vertigo and nystagmus associated with Celiac Disease in an eleven year old girl. journals.lww.com/jpgn/pages/arti … e=Fulltext “In our patient, vertigo disappeared with a gluten-free diet, recurred promptly during a period of poor compliance, and thereafter disappeared with a strict gluten-free diet. In contrast, the bilateral nystagmus showed no improvement after 2 years of a gluten-free diet. Permanent neurologic damage or insufficient suppression of the immunologic process, despite strict a gluten-free diet, may explain this…”
As an aside, I read a fascinating article describing the speculations by a researcher at Mass General in Boston. He suspects CD can be triggered by aberrations in gut microbrial. nytimes.com/2013/02/24/opini … .html?_r=0 Changes in gut bacterial composition can occur due to a variety of events, including child birth.
For those who don’t know, Celiac Disease generally manifests with bowel “issues” such as bloating, diarrhea, & constipation, but it can also have no symptoms at all. CD is rare so I’m not suggesting that everyone with MAV has underlying Celiac Disease. However, for those who have tried everything else, trialing a gluten-free diet for a month or so may be worth a shot. Gluten is found is wheat, barley, rye, among other foods.