Why haven’t doctors investigated this possible connection? The answer is a sad reality. Many people with a gluten intolerance, including celiac disease (CD), dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) and non-celiac gluten intolerance remain undiagnosed. For example, with CD, over 90% of individuals remain undiagnosed. Likely, it is even higher in non-celiac gluten intolerance since it is more under-recognized by doctors than celiac disease. Unfortunately, many doctors are not very aware of the many elusive symptoms associated with gluten intolerance and as a result, only the symptoms (ie. possibly scoliosis) are diagnosed, not the disease. Typically, it isn’t on the doctor’s radar so it often isn’t investigated as a cause.
What is Scoliosis?When a spine is viewed from the front or back, it is normally straight. With scoliosis, the spine curves to the right or left in the lumbar or the thoracic area. The vertebra become twisted and the ribs, attached to the vertebra, abnormally protrude. This can lead to thoracic problems and in severe cases breathing problems can occur.
It seems to be more common in adolescence, but it can occur in infancy, childhood, or adulthood. The prevalence of mild scoliosis appears to be fairly equal between boys and girls. However, the more severe forms of scoliosis seem to be more common in girls.
Approx 80-85% of individuals with scoliosis have idiopathic scoliosis which means the cause of the scoliosis is unknown. This type of scoliosis can be hereditary (like CD). Just like gluten intolerance, there doesn’t appear to be a racial or ethnic difference in prevalence.
The SeriesOver the next week, I’ll be exploring the possible connection between scoliosis and gluten. Please join in, make comments on the posts and share your stories if you have have experienced this connection or if you have any suggestions that may help others who are wondering whether their scoliosis may be caused by the ingestion of gluten.
The Series Includes:
Part 2 Of 5 Part Series: How Could A Gluten Intolerance Cause Scoliosis
Part 3 Of 5 Part Series: Could Gluten Intolerance Be Involved In All The Various Types Of Scoliosis?
Part 4 Of 5 Part Series: How Could A Lectin Intolerance Contribute To Scoliosis.
Part 5 Of 5 Part Series: My Thoughts About An Association Between Gluten And Scoliosis