Hello everyone, I'm new here so please be kind
Anyways, I have had an extremely itchy rash on my leg for around two years. Small white bumps which I've scratched until they've bled and then crusted over, and scratched all over again...you get the picture I'm sure!
I went back and forth to the Dr who prescribed emollient creams, steroid creams and moisturisers which didn't help at all. I kind of just resigned myself to having this rash on my leg and got on with life.
A couple of weeks ago the same rash appeared on my right forearm. Very itchy small white bumps and not particularly dry skin either. In the past few days the same has appeared on my left forearm.
I googled the rash and it looks pretty much like DH. The symptoms of coeliac ring true with me also. Ever since I was a child I have suffered from chronic constipation. Numerous doctors appointment, special diets which included fibre drinks and actually sprinkling fibre on every meal and even operations the cause of my constipation was never resolved so again, I resigned myself to thinking this was just something I had to deal with. When I was around 16 I started getting pains in my bones and joints, so much so I almost had to repeat a year of school as I struggled to walk. A doctor diagnosed me with growing pains. These pains are still kind of there and some days they are better and sometimes they disappear for months and then sometimes it's painful for a good while. I suffer from migraines, and have cut out my supposed triggers but still get them now and again. I've had several bouts of severe depression but am now off all tablets. I feel tired all the time and could literally sleep at the drop of a hat!
recently in the past year I have had diarrhea maybe once month which is unusual for me but I thought maybe it was just my constipation getting better. Does think sound at all like coeliac and DH?
I went to the Dr today and explained all this and she seemed dubious but agreed to get a blood test for coeliac. She also prescribed steroid cream and moisturiser. From what I read, and I may be totally wrong with this but could the blood test come back negative but I still could be gluten intolerant? I've not changed my diet at all so have been eating normally as I understand you have to do this before you get tested.
I;m so sorry for rambling, feeling a bit confused! I asked to be referred to a dermatologist but the Dr said she wanted to take the itch out of the rash first. The steroid creams I've had in the past haven't worked and I'm presuming that because I'm still eating gluten I will be effectively "feeding the itch".
Anyway, thanks you so much for reading and any advice would be gratefully received.