Did you know that there is a link between Epilepsy and Celiac Disease?
The association between the tow has been known for decades. This should be a consideration for patients having seizures, if there is a family history of autoimmune disease, nutritional deficiency, or gastrointestinal disease.
Apparently, cerebral calcification (an inherited genetic neurological disorder characterized by abnormal deposits of calcium in certain of areas of the brain) and congenital folate absorption can occur because of gluten intolerance and these things cause seizures.
I have read several stories about people with Epilepsy finding relief from their seizures by living gluten free.
Brain scans have shown that the calcification on the brain can be an indicator of Celiac Disease. If the patient does not adhere to a gluten free diet, the calcification gets worse.
Once the patient is on a gluten free diet and sticks with it, the calcification does not get any worse, although, unfortunately it does not improve at all either.
It never ceases to amaze me what an impact Celiac Disease can have on one’s life and quality of life and yet, there is no routine testing for it and I have been told (And have read) that very few people with Epilepsy are told of the possibility of Celiac Disease!
If you have Epilepsy, please talk to your doctor about this.
DO NOT STOP TAKING PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS TO FOLLOW A GLUTEN FREE DIET!!! Only your doctor can tell you if you have Celiac Disease as well as Epilepsy.