Essential Tremor and Gluten Intolerance

July 16, 2018

Gluten intolerance is an immune reaction to eating gluten a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten intolerance is different than celiacs disease, and is generally not as severe. People with gluten sensitivity can experience symptoms such as like forgetfulness or what is described as a “foggy mind” depression, ADHD-similar behavior, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, bone or joint pain, and chronic fatigue when they have gluten in their diet, but other symptoms are also possible.These symptoms may seem the same as those associated with Celiacs, but someone with gluten intolerance would not test positive for Celiacs disease/ gluten allergies. Celiacs can also damage the small intestines, while gluten intolerance doesn’t leave any damage. There is not a blood test you can take to determine if you have gluten intolerance, so right now the only option is to be screened and to try a gluten free diet and observe any relief of symptoms that may be associated with gluten intolerance. 

Essential tremor is a neurological condition that has been determined to be related to how the cerebellum interacts with the nervous system. Glutencan interact with and even damage the nervous system. Gluten can even induce neuropathy and multiple sclerosis. One of the more commonly observed issues is tremors, and those may go away with taking gluten out of the diet. This problem is much more common in children than adults, but as mentioned before symptoms tend to go away after gluten is removed from the diet. In Celiacs disease, there are connections to neurological conditions, but this is not the case in gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance is not a condition related to any neurological disorders, and does not make someone predisposed to essential tremor.  

Although taking gluten out of the diet may resolve the problem, there are also other vitamin deficiencies that can cause the same symptoms and results in the neurological system. vitamins like B12, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Vitamin E and CoQ10. The most common culprits are B6 and B12 though. B12 helps the body build insulation around nerves and B6 allows for the proper creation of neurotransmitters. 

Though it can be hard, it is possible to diagnose gluten intolerance. A gluten free diet is not a fad diet, and takes a lot of time and dedication to make sure you are getting the proper nutrients while removing gluten from the diet. To make sure the diet is the most effective, there is no “cheat days”. Gluten has to be entirely removed from the diet for results to take place. 

Without proper treatment, symptoms of gluten intolerance may worsen, and this means tremors may also worsen. It is important to be diagnosed and to watch for symptoms of gluten intolerance so it can be treated and managed properly. While gluten intolerance will not cause internal damage, symptoms may be hard to manage without removing gluten from the diet entirely. Doing this can greatly increase chances of more manageable tremors in the life of someone with essential tremor.