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How Long For Symptons To Go Away After Starting gluten-free Diet
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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.

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That steroid shot, and if it was a steroid cream...

May be why you tested negative on Celiac tests. Steroids are a contradiction to testing...they are used to send celiac into remission.

I haven't ever seen a firm timeline on steroid use and testing problems...if you use them within 3 months of testing? Maybe it's 1...who knows.

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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.

hi there i have the exact same things and feelings as u i was on stomach tablets for acid stopped them 6 days ago to see my my stomach would break up my food more... i started getting stinging in the intestines and find it very hard to pass as my poo is rock hard and big i have pins and needles in my hands the last 6 weeks i started a gluten free diet 8 days now have a feeling im letting gluten in some way buy im very strict on my diet very plain diet gluten free bread with ham dinner i have chicken or salmon and breakfast i have porrage wheat and gluten free oat free organic stiff im on my oins and needes go from my hands to my lips and up my arms goes to my legs as well any ideas?? im 8 days clean of wheat now 

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