I think I may have Celiac disease and wanted to share my story in hope for some support and/or advice from those that may have had a similar experience. I am 30 years old and have been sick with severe stomach issues (bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, bloated, pain, etc) for about 7 years now. About 2 years ago, I had both blood tests and a biopsy to test for Celiac, along with other tests. The blood test came back positive for Celiac, but the biopsy came back negative, so my doctor told me I didn't have it. I was then diagnosed with microscopic and ulcertive colitis. The doctor put me on various medications and my stomach issues seemed to be under control. Then, about a year ago, I developed a bad rash on my face and hands which then led to dehibilitating muscle pain and fatigue. After much frustration and many doctors, I have now been diagnosed with Lupus and Dermatomyositis -- both auto-immune diseases. I know Celiac is also auto-immune and that once you have one, you are predisposed to develop others. I am now on several drugs including methotrexate, which is causing my hair to fall out. At one time I prayed that I didn't have Celiac so I wouldn't have to stick to the difficult diet, but now that I am experiencing all of the horrible side effects from these medications, I am praying that I do so I can come off the medication on get healthy by changing my diet. I have been on the gluten-free diet for about a week now, but still am not even sure if I have Celiac or if it will work. As you all obviously know, it is such a difficult diet, but even more so when you don't even know if you are going to gain the benefits from it. Although I have some of the best doctors in the area, I can't get anyone to give me a definitive answer on whether or not I have Celiace disease. They all just say "Well it can't hurt to try the diet." Easier said than done when it's not your health. Has anyone had other auto-immune diseases that have been put into remission after going gluten-free? If so, do you know how long before I might start to feel even a little better? Thank you.
sld posted a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & MedicationsHello - I am new to the gluten free diet and was wondering if lotions and/or creams with gluten (i.e. oatmeal) in them need to be avoided? I have extremely dry skin, especially at this time of year, and the only lotion that works is one with oatmeal in it. I have been doing well on the gluten-free diet and then my boyfriend questioned my lotion the other day. I would hate to be going through the whole diet and then ruining it with the lotion. Thanks in advance for any help!