Welcome Rickscuba!! Yes, I can definitely relate to the cracked heals issue. I suffered from terrible rough and cracking skin all over my feet(not just limited to my heals) Of main concern was the dry cracking on my toes. In fact, the cracks went so deep(almost to my bone) that I developed ulcers on my toes, which led to infection, which in turn led to amputation of my big toe and 2nd toe on my left foot(I am not diabetic) Had 4 foot surgeries and doctors had no answer as to why this was occurring in my feet. Recently, I have developed the same cracking on my right foot and toes on right foot-also get tingling and burning in them regularly. I have been gluten free for 9 weeks now and my physical and mental health have improved tremendously. I know that neuropathy can develop in feet and hands of celiacs/gluten intolerance and I do have neuropathy as well in both my feet. I am hoping that whatever the issue with my feet, that staying gluten free will turn things around with my feet, otherwise may require amputation of toe on my right foot. I do not have any advice for remedies for you but thought I would at least share my similar story with you. Good luck.
I am happy for you. Your feelings are similar to those which I had 2 months ago. I went 30+ years being misdiagnosed and I don't have much faith in the medical system. In fact, it was my wife, who spent countless hours researching my symptoms online; she was the one who diagnosed my celiac-NOT A DOCTOR!! Yes, I had the same feelings you did as well. Some anger at the medical community but then I decided that I am not going to focus on the negative emotions. Instead, I made a point to focus on the fact that I am getting healthy now and it is still not too late to enjoy the rest of my life and spend more quality time with my loved ones. Try to fight through the negative emotions and focus on the positive outcome that has finally come your way. In the short 2 months that I have been gluten free, all of my physical and mental ailments have completely vanished and I am a whole person for the first time in my life. Best of luck in your journey and your newfound life!!
I, like you, suffered from chronic constip. Usually only went one time a week and that was usually diarrhea. Chronic stomach issues for 30+ years and none of my doctors EVER suggested gluten issues/celiac disease!!!. I drank Pepto-Bismol and Immodium AD regularly to deal with my symptoms. After observing all my symptoms, my wife concluded I was gluten intolerant and suggested I try a gluten free diet. A week later, with nothing to lose, I took her advice and went gluten free. Within 48 hours I was going #2 daily. Now 2 months later I go twice daily. I have not had any stomach, intestinal, or bowel issues(no constip or diarrh) for over 2 months now and I feel great. I never got tested for celiac by a doctor since I have already seen the amazing and miraculous results of keeping gluten out of my body.
Welcome SusieQ. The same thing happens to me within an hour or 2 after I accidentally consume gluten(achy joints, grumpy mood, brain fog, stomach issues)-Sometimes the side effects can last a few days from my personal experience but they do eventually go away and I get back to normal again. I am glad to see someone learning about gluten intolerance at such a young age. I have had symptoms of gluten intolerance/celiac disease since I was your age-I only wish that I would have known back then about this disease. Consider yourself one of the lucky ones who does not have to live with it for 30 or 40 years before we got diagnosed. Good luck and watch out for those accidental glutenings.
Hey Jessica. Sounds like the same type of brainfog that I experienced for many years, except mine was all the time. Almost got fired from work as a result(I am in telephone customer service so when you forget what you are talking about with a customer they are much less forgiving than friends would be-LOL!!) My brain fog subsided within 48-72 hours of going gluten free and after years of walking around in a stupor, I was finally able to process my thoughts and speech again(What a relief-I was scared that I was losing my mind-seriously) When I do get accidentally glutened, the brain fog comes back within a couple hours of ingestion, and can last for a few days. Good luck. Hope the fog lifts soon for you.