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  1. I'm a 17 year old girl. My entire life I've had strange and random stomach problems- from frequent gas and digestion problems to occasional crippling stomach cramps so bad that I've been taken to the hospital. Earlier this year, I started waking up every day with painful, swollen, and itchy hands, feet, and face, especially my lips and eyes. Around bedtime I'd get major hives all over my body, and they'd last all night until the next day, until they eventually faded after a few hours. I started to have really, really bad itching on my legs that eventually developed into chronic eczema. My older sister has a gluten intolerance, so I decided that I should try the gluten free diet to see if it would help me. Alot of my symptoms sound like an allergic reaction, but I started reading about Celiac's disease, and realized that I had a lot more symptoms than I originally thought: -skipping menstrual periods -fatigue and constant mind fog -trouble concentrating -anxiety and depression -frequent mouth sores -heartburn along with the ones already mentioned: -eczema -digestion problems (including awful heartburn) I've been on a gluten free diet for about 6 months. I noticed immediate relief from a lot of things- especially the stomach problems. I haven't had a cramps episode since. But my eczema continued to get worse, and I've had to seek treatment for that. I've noticed several things- I'll get hives and swelling every once in awhile right before bed. If I don't take Zyrtec they will last until the next day and can be very painful. I can usually link the hives to something I ate that day that was contaminated by gluten. It's difficult to figure out sometimes. Also, my symptoms take awhile to take effect. If I know I've eaten something contaminated, the hives will come that night, and about a week later I will have SEVERE mood swings/anxiety/depression. Occasionally I will get crippling heartburn. It may seem like I have it all figured out- I obviously have some sort of allergic reaction to gluten. But I've had an allergy test, and it came out negative to everything! And the symptoms aren't always consistent. Celiac's disease makes sense in some aspects, but I haven't been tested so I can't be sure. I'm really confused, and it can be overwhelming sometimes. Has anyone else had allergy symptoms in conjunction with Celiac's symptoms? Does this sound like Celiac's at all? I know it's alot of information but can someone help?