I am a new member but have been reading quite a bit on this site....I have had "atopical dermatitis" for the last 10 years. Last summer, I started dealing with awful upper stomach issues (bloating, hearburn, indigestion, pain) which comes and goes (bouts will last about 3 weeks and then be good for several months). I finally went to the dr again recently because my skin was so bad and had been since december. I could not clear up my rash with using cortisone 2 times per day for over 3 months.
I asked for a celiac screening referal because my aunt (moms sister) has celiac disease and thought that I should be tested.
The night before my test, I looked up typical symptoms and insted of "skin rash" I came across DH (dermatitis herpetiformis) and my skin is exactly what is described when I look up that particular dermatitis. When I went to the dr originally, I got a stronger cortisone cream that did not even touch the rash. It continued, as bad as ever.
I went back 2 days ago, mentioned DH to the dr who took a swab of my legs and perscribed me Dapsone. I have only been on it 24 hours. (50 mg once per day). I am still waiting on my celiac screening test.
I wish I knew the answers and cannot wait until I find out but so far, here are my symptoms that seem to relate...
upper stomach (bloating, gassy, heartburn, indigestion)
infertility (we have 4 kids through adoption)
stools are normal but very oily or fatty looking at times
very irritable at times (this could be reltated to having 4 kids!)
severe skin rashes
tingling and toes and feet falling asleep
I am not even sure what I want to ask other than, does my description sound like it could be a celiac diagnosis coming my way? I am so anxious to hear. I wish it wouldnt be so long for the results!