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Member Since 12 Sep 2009
Offline Last Active Jun 05 2013 09:36 AM

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Does This Sound Like Dh?

04 June 2013 - 04:43 PM

HI all!


I've been gluten free for almost four years and doing well. But now I have a extremely itchy rash that looks like it could be a DH for the last two months. The doctor took a biopsy and it came back negative. He gave me prednisone. It seemed liked it helped, but it didn't take it completely away. He also gave me Triamcinolon ointment (corticosteroid). I've been using it for almost three weeks now. It helps to take the itch out, but I'm not sure how long I should use it. I tried to stop using it and then the rash just keeps coming back. It will go away on my legs and then two days later it's back and so itchy.


It moves to my arms, back, legs and it really likes to stay on my shoulders. It's never on my face, but I do think it might be on the back of my head in my hair.


So my question is what should I do next? I was reading about the low idioine diet. I actually had thyriod cancer five years ago and I'm getting rechecked for it right now. I also wonder if it's from stress. I feel that stress can make it worse. Should I just try the low idioine diet on my own and see if it helps? I do eat a lot of nuts and chips. I'm also wondering if it's a corn allergy, but I never reacted this way to corn before.


I'm also wondering if I'm getting gluten from something and that's why I have this rash. I never had a rash like this before and it's so frustrating. I keep a food journal all the time and I'm very careful, but I'm thinking I should recheck everything just to be sure.



Thanks everyone!

Food Allergy?

04 June 2013 - 11:22 AM

Hi all!


I am so overwhelmed right now. I have super itchy skin rash for the last two months that will not go away. I've been to two doctors so far -my PCP and derm. They gave me predisone. It helped, but it didn't go away. AT first I thought it was poison ivy, but I think the predisone should have taken it away if that was the case. The derm doctor gave me two kinds of cream,  took a biopsy and it came back as just an allergy. So it's not DH. I didn't change any products, but I am really sensitive to fragrance. I have to buy fragrance free products. And the weird thing about the rash is it's on my stomach, shoulders, back, arms and legs, but not my face. It makes me wonder if it's my laundry detergent, but I haven't changed that either.


So now I'm starting to think it's a corn or soy allergy. I've been doing some research and corn is in everything. I've suspected that I have a corn intolerance since I've been gluten free. I can't eat any of the gluten free cereals except for maybe one or two. and that's only once a week. I know I can't over do it on processed foods. And the last two months I've been going a little crazy with Frito's, so I've been eating more corn lately. Then yesterday I had a gluten free cereal, Frito's and popcorn all in the same day and I swear it looks like the rash has gotten worse. :( The cream the derm doctor gave me is helping, but it's just not going away.


I'm not sure what to do. Today I'm trying not to eat any corn products, but I think I already did without knowing it. I think it's in my salad dressing. I've been tested for a corn allergy with blood work and it came back negative, but I heard these tests aren't really accurate.


Sorry, I'm so depressed here, but I'm just so bummed. It's hard enough to be gluten free and I think corn might be even harder to avoid. I'll really miss my chips.  :(


So does anyone have any suggestions? Should I go to my allergy doctor to get more testing for a corn or soy allergy or should I just try to avoid them on my own?


Thanks everyone!


Thyroid Medication? Levoxyl Discontinued

13 May 2013 - 05:37 AM

HI everyone!


I just found out yesterday that my thyroid medication was recalled and discontinued - Levoxyl. I've been taking this for the last three years without any problems. I am so bummed... So now I'm looking for another gluten free medicine.


In the past I've gotten deathly sick from the brand name Synthroid, Abbott Laboratories, so I'm a little stressed out about changing to a new medicine. I'm super sensitive to gluten, I can't do milk and I don't have a thyroid, so my doctor wants me to be on a brand named thyroid medicine.


So what does everyone take for thyroid medicine that they trust and know is gluten free? I'd really appreciate any advice. I did hear Armour Thyroid is a good brand? Is anyone here taking it?


Thanks so much!!! :)



WolffS Cream Of Buckwheat Or Pocono?

22 October 2012 - 07:16 AM

Hi everyone!

I've been gluten free for three years now and doing great except for the occasional accidental glutening. I know I just got glutened again and I really suspect the Wolffs Cream of Buckwheat. I used to eat the Pocono brand all the time without any problems. It was one of my "safe" foods. Now my Wholefoods doesn't carry the Pocono brand anymore and I switched to the Wolff's brand a few months ago. It seems like every time I eat it the next day I get all my glutend symptoms - cold sore, super tried, stomach pains, depressed and wonderful bloating. At first I thought maybe it was something else. It's almost like it's hard for me to believe that this cereal is making me sick because on the box it says gluten free. :angry: Plus I used to eat the Pocono brand all the time. I'm super frustrated..

I just called the company today and they told me that the Wolff's brand is made in a different facility, but of course she has no clue why it would be contaminated with gluten. I told her that I get sick every time I eat them -still nothing. I asked it it was possible that it's being processed with wheat -she didn't know... <_<

This isn't the first time I reacted to this cereal either. I'm super sensitive. This is the only thing I ate differently two days ago and I reacted to it a few times before. :angry:

Is anyone else having problems with the Wolff's Cream of Buckwheat? I'd hate to try it again to make sure this is what I'm reacting to and feel sicker. I know sometimes it's hard to tell what the culprit is.

Thanks for letting me vent! :)

Ditka's Steakhouse

03 September 2012 - 11:23 AM

Hi everyone!

I was just wondering if anyone had any experience eating at Ditka's Steakhouse. The hubby ate there and told me the food is so good and wants to take me there. I called them -they don't have a gluten free menu, but they told me they would make me something special. I'm always a little unsure when I hear that a restaurant doesn't have a gluten free menu.

Thanks everyone! :)