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LundqvistSaves

Member Since 20 May 2012
Offline Last Active Nov 09 2012 05:30 PM
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Rash That Looks Like Bites? Due To Gluten? (Photos)

08 November 2012 - 09:24 PM

Hello!

After a year of constant sickness and stumping 4 gastroenterolists, I was finally diagnosed with a rare parasite. Needless to say, my GI is all messed up and I am slowly healing. I also think I may be gluten intolerant (was tested for celiac and gluten allergy, but came back negative).

One symptom I noticed when I wasn't yet strict on my gluten-free diet were these random welts that I would discover every other week. It seemed like only one would form and then dissolve, then maybe I'd get another one two weeks later. They were incredibly itchy, and honestly I had always thought it was just a spider bite. I went back on a gluten-free diet and they seemed to go away. I thought maybe it was due to gluten, but i'd eat it occasionally (a slice of pizza maybe once or twice a week) and it wouldn't always happen.

I've been totally gluten-free for 2-3 months now. Now on Tuesday, I broke out on the left side of my neck, left forearm and left finger in a whole bunch together -- probably 12 total (most I've had at once was 2). I went to the doctor and he diagnosed it as shingles (because they are all just on one side of my body). He said he was "95% sure", despite the fact that I have no pain at all, no sick feelings, and absolutely no blistering which are all symptoms of shingles. The only thing I can think of was I had toasted some bread in a toaster oven the day before the bumps broke out. There is the possibility of cross contamination, but just a few days earlier than that I had done the exact same thing and had no problems at all.

I was wondering if anyone has experienced these symptoms. I added photos, I'm sorry that they are so gross. I was hoping someone would recognize the same type of rash. I honestly don't think it's shingles. Could this be gluten? If so, why does it only happen sometimes, and why would it happen so badly this time if it was just a little cross contamination?
Thank You!

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Could This Rash Be From A Glutening? (Photo)

07 November 2012 - 10:06 PM

Hello!

After a year of constant sickness and stumping 4 gastroenterolists, I was finally diagnosed with a rare parasite. Needless to say, my GI is all messed up and I am slowly healing. Upon my many hours of trying to find a diagnosis online (since I seemed to lose hope in modern medicine), eventually it was suggested that I may be gluten intolerant.

One symptom I noticed when I wasn't yet strict on my gluten-free diet were these random welts that I would discover every other week. It seemed like only one would form and then dissolve, then maybe I'd get another one two weeks later. They were incredibly itchy, and honestly I had always thought it was just a spider bite. I went back on a gluten-free diet and they seemed to go away. I thought maybe it was due to gluten, but i'd eat gluten occasionally and it wouldn't happen sometimes.

I've been totally gluten-free for 2 months now. Now on Tuesday, I broke out on the left side of my neck, left forearm and left finger in a whole bunch together -- probably 12-15 total (most I've had at once was 2). I went to the doctor and he seemed confused and diagnosed it as shingles (because they are all just on one side of my body). He said he was "95% sure", despite the fact that I have no pain at all, no sick feelings, and absolutely no blistering which are all symptoms of shingles. The only thing I can think of was I had toasted some bread in a toaster oven the day before the bumps broke out. There is a possibility of cross contamination, but just a few days earlier than that I had done the exact same thing and had no problems at all.

I was wondering if anyone has experienced these symptoms. I added photos, I'm sorry that they are so gross. I was hoping someone would recognize the same type of rash. I honestly don't think it's shingles, but the doctor was confident that it was since it's only on one side of my body. Any suggestions?

Thank You!

http://i3.photobucke...ngelo/photo.jpg
http://i3.photobucke...elo/photo-2.jpg

Look familiar to anyone?

Wierd Symptom Afterwards, Anyone Else Experience It?

04 June 2012 - 06:15 PM

First and foremost, I want to thank anyone who is reading this that has read or replied to my previous posts. It really means a lot to have such great advice.

I've been sick for about a year (2 gastros stumped, can't find problems), not DXed, but been gluten free for almost three weeks now, yet symptoms still exist.

The most annoying symptom I experience is really strange and every doctor doesn't understand it.

Basically, once I have a bowel movement, I feel 10x worse. Recently for the past 2 or 3 days, I feel pretty good for most of the day. Everything will be fine, and then I'll have a bowel movement, and 5 minutes afterwards I feel much worse. I bloat up, have some abdominal pain -- mostly upper--, and feel like I am totally full of trapped gas (but no matter what I do I can't pass it, and OTC meds don't work for it). I am not constipated as I have 1-2 BMs a day. It has been like the for the past 8 months and sometimes it'll subside after 3-5 hours, or if I go to sleep sometimes. It hurts and keeps me from doing much of anything.

I'm praying that this is a symptom of celiac or gluten so I can finally understand it and treat it.

If anyone has or has had this symptom, PLEASE reply.

Thank you.

Numb Hands From A gluten-free Diet? Or Is It A Symptom?

31 May 2012 - 07:38 PM

Hi all-

Been sick for a year now, gained 30lbs, heatburn, bloating 24/7, the works. Despite stumping two well-regarded gastros and enduring all procedures, they still can't figure me out. So I started going strictly gluten free 2 weeks ago.

A week in, I noticed a weird rash on my finger. Eventually went away the very next day. My stomach pain is still constant, everyday bloating and upper GI pain. Taking nexium right now. But the weirdest thing was I noticed my hands were a little numb. It started with my right pinky and ring finger getting numb and tingly on memorial day, since then it comes back from time to time, on my left hand now also. This has all never happened to me before (25 year old male in otherwise good health).

I looked it up on the forum and it seems like this is a common symptom for celiacs, but as I read more it looks like people were saying it was a reaction to a lack of nutrients (like B12) simply from a gluten free diet. I'm confused -- is it a sign that I am gluten intolerant, or is it just my body reacting from the diet that I'm on regardless of if I am a celiac or not? If anything, I was hoping it would be an indicator that I do, in fact, have some gluten allergy.

It's also weird how random my symptoms come on, including the numbness. One would think they flare up because I'm ingesting gluten, but I'm 99% certain that I am absolutely not taking in any gluten from anywhere. I'm on my third week, and my stomach is still a painful mess, but I'm hoping this works. The doctor said I can do a celiac sprue blood test, but doing that requires me to abandon all my progress already.

Anyone with any experience? Thanks.

On And Off Symptoms?

24 May 2012 - 09:03 PM

Hello -

I'm new and not diagnosed. I've been sick for almost a year now and blood work, MRIs, endiscopy and colonoscopy don't explain any reason why. All came back negative and am getting the "he's crazy" treatment from doctors. I just turned 26. Doctor took a biopsy last month but have yet to get results.

I've only been gluten free for about a week but honestly feel worse so far. Symptoms are heartburn, extreme bloating, and a massive pain in my upper stomach/below my ribs that goes down to about 2 inches above my belly button. Usually an all-around stomach ache and always fatigued. Always a stomach ache. The bloat is massive.

The thing that I find odd is that my symptoms flare up randomly. At least once a day, but sometimes I can go 5 hours feeling fine, then I'll have a bowel movement or maybe just do nothing at all and then suddenly all my symptoms will flare up terribly. Sometimes I'll eat and then suddenly feel 10x worse too - even when I eat gluten free. It seems that I would feel worse like this if I were to eat something contaminated with gluten, but why even when I eat gluten free? Is that normal for the first month or so?

I know it hasn't been long that I've been gluten free, but is it normal to just have your symptoms flare up randomly if you've been feeling ok for a few hours? Seems strange, or like something that would happen if you only consume gluten.

Thank you all for listening.