I started having medical issues in Aug 2012. I started out itching all over my body. My face itches really bad and I get little red bumps around my chin, forehead and cheeks. I've always had bowel/intestine issues and that seemed to get worst (feeling bloated, painful bowels). I've been constipated for the last 17yrs. I started getting really bad heart burn which I've never really had before. My stomach ached for no reason. I went to my primary doctor and she checked me out and ordered blood test. Everything came back normal. She suggested that I take over the counter medicine for the heartburn and itching. I went to a dermatologist to see if she could figure out why I was itching all over. She gave me a steroid shot and a prescription cream to help with the itching. I went to Allergist to see if she could find anything. Nothing. She suggested that I take over the counter Allergy medicine. I tried all the OTC allergy medicines and they all made me sleepy all day so I stopped taking them. I started using Bragg's ACV. It helped with the heartburn but the itching would not go away.
I kept searching on the Internet for possible causes of the itching because that was bothering me the most. I ran into an article about Wheat and the harm and can do to your body. I asked my doctor for a test to see if I have Gluten sensitivity and the test came back negative. I'm not sure which test she requested but I decided to start a Gluten-Free diet anyway. I started the Gluten-Free diet on 4/9/2013. The only diary I consume is cheese. I still eat sweets (fruit, candy, and honey), white rice and potatoes and I've lost 4lbs in two weeks. I'm still learning what I can and can't eat. I bought some Gluten-Free cookies, crackers and chips for my kids but I've also been eating them. I've learn just recently that I probably shouldn’t eat these items just yet. The itching has decreased but not completely gone away. The bumps on my face have disappeared until I eat something that contains Gluten. I went to a birthday party a week after I started the gluten-free diet and ate a piece of cake. The next morning my stomach was aching really badly and I itched all over for an entire week. I still have constipation. I have 4yr old twins and my daughter has been itching since September/October 2012 so I think she may have the same sensitivity. It seems like an ingredient was changed in something because I don't recall the itching before then. My son does not have the itching symptoms.