I used to break out in hives all the time as a teenager and around the same time started to have anaphylactic reactions to carrots, bananas, avacado's, red delicious apples, watermelon, any melon including cucumbers, and tree nuts. I always went to the doctor but they never knew what was wrong. I also was in the hospital a lot for asthma. Then at 20 my joints became so painful I couldn't put weight on them. I went to a doctor who told me it was my adrenal. He gave me medicine and the pain andy symtom in my joints went away. I never had stomach pain, or excema but when I was pregnant with my second daughter I began to break out. After my fourth child I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and autoimmune disease. My thyroid died within the month of diagnosis. I have gone gluten free and I feel so much better but I was never tested for celiac. I know I have often been anemic but can't tolerate iron without getting extremely sick and vomitting. Vitamin supplements in the past have made my neck stiff and I suffer severe body aches and flulike symtoms which subside after I quit with the supplement. Lately vitamins aren't bothering me, stomach bloating which I attributed to having six babies is gone and a depression I have always felt is gone. I think I have celiac. I don't want to eat gluten again. How important is the testing?
6pennies replied to Sunflower23's topic in Celiac Disease - Parents of Kids or Babies With Celiac DiseaseWay to go Momma! I have been through a similar battle with my daughter. She has gone years with health problems; lost her hair at 4 diagnosed with alopesia, broke out in weird blisters, hundreds of them at 5, nothing helped. All the time I was taking her to pediatricians, and dermatologists. Terrible headaches were almost constant. Then at seven she broke out in severe excema all over her body, doctors said, some kids just get excema try eliminating things. We went a year without dairy, with no difference. Since then her headaches, bellyaches would send her screaming and itching and sleepless. I took her to the emergency room and demanded they test for evrything. Results were all negative and I don't think they tested for celiac. She missed a lot of school and although I spoke with them and kept them up to date most people thought it was psychological. I withdrew her from public school and did homeschool and then a new pediatrician suggested we try going without gluten. After two weeks her skin was almost totally clear, her headaches gone, her stomach aches gone and her sleep improved. She still has some excema but it is so much better. Unfortunately we didn't get her tested. I will never put her back on gluten. Our other daughter has been off gluten also to make it easier. The other day I let her have valentine candy and treats with her class and her eyes swelled shut. This freaks me out. Poor kids. Its so scary and worrisome and draining to be a parent when people all around you suspect you are making things up, that its in your childs head, that you are not feeding them a healthy diet when you really are more careful than most parents. It feels so good to be right. I hope everything works out. We moved all of our children to a charter school and I am so extremely happy to not have to deal with the public school district any longer!