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Member Since 25 Feb 2012
Offline Last Active Oct 05 2012 07:15 PM

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In Topic: Severe Itching And No Rash

05 October 2012 - 05:39 AM

I am 24 and 3 years ago, my body started itching all over and I had a prickling sensation all over my body like bugs were crawling on me, but no rash whatsoever. For the past three years, I have been on an endless search from doctor to doctor, blood tests, skin biopsies to no avail. Everything comes up negative and doctors look at me like I am crazy, because I look completely normal. There is no rash, bumps, hives, to see how bad I am suffering.

I, too, suffered steadily-worsening itching without rash for years. I just wrote it off to generic eczema until I finally stumbled across celiac/gluten intolerance as a possible culprit for many of the symptoms I had been suffering. Since going gluten-free earlier this year, the uncontrollable itching has mostly resolved itself - but it took awhile. I didn't really suffer any visible signs of rash other than when I scratched so much that I irritated my skin, although the last few months before I went gluten-free I did develop dermagraphia where I could basically write on my own skin by lightly pressing on it. You can imagine how red and bumpy my skin looked whenever I had an itching fit!

At any rate, just offering my own experience to encourage you to stick with it for now. You can't really judge if it's truly helping you for a couple of weeks at least, from everything I've read. For some people it takes even longer.

In Topic: Surprised This Morning With Celiac Diagnosis, Not Sure What To Do

05 October 2012 - 05:33 AM

Medical history wise, it's a long story how I got here. I am 29, female. The short version is that 2 years ago I became sick with anxiety symptoms, constant panic attacks, food aversions, dizziness...I was having severe rhinitis at the time, and they put me on flonase for 2 months. Then since that didn't work, they put me on a 6 day steroids pak...Backing up some, after years of constant stomach and digestive problems, my doctor would not let me see a gastro specialist for just IBS, but once I developed internal hemorrhoids from it, they let me have a consultation...I guess I'm lucky that he put it on my file, and that I had to go into the lab anyway for my allergist. Or I'd probably never would have known.

Anxiety, severe rhinitis that didn't respond well to medication, and IBS were some of my major symptoms. All have responded well to my voluntarily going gluten-free earlier this year. I self-diagnosed for several reasons and believe I am gluten-intolerant rather than full-blown celiac, but I feel so much healthier now than I have in years. My anxiety/OCD are much more manageable now as are most of my other symptoms. Every time I start to doubt my gluten intolerance, I remind myself of how well my body has responded. The biggest proof for me is the fact that this is the first ragweed season in years that I have not been a miserable, exhausted, nose-running-all-the-time mess! Going gluten-free can be a huge adjustment at first, but I wouldn't trade how much better I feel now for anything.

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