Can gluten sensitivity affect muscle strength?

Gluten Sensitivity and Muscle Strength

Gluten Sensitivity and Muscle Strength

Can gluten sensitivity cause malabsorption severe enough to cause muscle weakness and early muscle fatigue as a chronic problem?

My 11-year-old son has suffered from this since about 4 years of age. He has been seen by a neurologist with no diagnosis, and has a history of being on about 6 rounds of antibiotics as a 3-year-old for chronic ear infections.

His only other obvious symptoms are occasional bloating and gas.

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He Has Muscle Weakness as a Symptom
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

I'm going to correct you on one point, you go on and on describing your son's problems and then say that 'His only symptoms are bloating and gas'. That's not true.. he's got severe weakness!!

I only say this to get you out of the 'typical' talk that is the reason why people don't get diagnosed with gluten sensitivity. If you read my page on Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity, you'll see that sometimes the ONLY symptom is depression, or the ONLY symptom is Infertility.

My belief is that ANY chronic health problem - and I repeat ANY chronic health problem- especially in children IS caused by gluten sensitivity until the person goes on a 100% gluten free diet for 2 to 3 months and it doesn't help.

For a child to have muscle weakness starting at 4 years old and there is no 'medical' reason for it, I can almost guarantee that he has gluten sensitivity.

I would also INSIST that you doctor check his vitamin d level as one of the many Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency is muscle weakness.

On top of that, it could be VERY likely that he has some sort of intestinal parasite. Parasites are VERY common and can also cause symptoms of weakness- and doctors aren't going to look for this problem either unless someone has ongoing diarrhea. In any case, parasite tests from 'regular' medical labs are not very good at finding these infections and are VERY prone to missing them on tests.

But in my practice I find that 95% of people with chronic health problems have intestinal parasites- and that eliminating them improves their condition.

You can see the comprehensive Intestinal Pathogen Test that I carry and see why it's really the best test to find out if he has this problem. This test also looks for C Difficile Infection and Intestinal Candida which are both common side effect of antibiotic use.

Let me know if you need any help with figuring out what's wrong with your son because there IS a reason, and the doctors haven't found it in 7 years already- so it's not likely that they are GOING to find it....

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

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