Aphthous Ulcers/Canker Sores, Gluten Sensitivity and Unmanageable Behavior
Posted Sep 16 2008 4:51am
Just in the office last week: An "acting out" child, smart, second grade, unable to respond to medications with two previous docs repeatedly adjusting meds to no avail.
She is depressed, suffering with ADD, emotionally up and down, diagnosed Bipolar, trials of atypicals [antipsychotics] and antiepileptics to no avail. - and she complained of canker sores.
This is what her mouth looked like: -and, yes, I did ask the important *number two question* regarding bowel frequency. Her response: "Every two or three days" Canker sores are often related to Gluten Sensitivity.
Since Gluten sensitivity, and it's downstream end point, Celiac, is genetic, I asked her mother the same question. Her response: "Switches from constipation to diarrhea since childhood."
And her Grandmother had joined for the evaluation, so I asked her as well - with the response: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome my whole life."
I ordered the LRA/ELISA ACT [see the description and research here under Immune Dysfunction Testing ], and will keep you posted. Initial impression: pervasive genetically related bowel disorders across the family and with our patient - likely related to an immune dysregulation - likely gluten. The GS [Gluten Sensitivity] is likely contributing to the emotional volatility. Psych meds adjusted slightly downward, as she appeared too sedated with Risperdal.
Stay tuned, I will post the results, even if I didn't get this right.