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Magister Mundi

Member Since 27 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Sep 11 2013 06:32 PM
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Weird Skin Rash

06 September 2013 - 01:53 AM

Hello all,

I developed a skin rash at around the same time as I developed serious celiac symptoms, and my doctor is pretty certain it's connected somehow. It resembles ringworm (red circle, clear middle), and is definitely not dermatitis herpetiformis. It also seems to move around on my body - a few weeks ago, my back was covered in it, and now it's surrounding my groin area. A couple months ago, it was all around my stomach. I've also started developing weird little pustules on my palms and fingers... little yellow bubbles. Plus, I have constant hay fever symptoms.

 

I know I haven't been glutened recently, so it's not that. We've tried broad-spectrum anti-fungul/anti-yeast treatments, and that seemed to help, but it didn't get rid of it, and the anti-fungal only replacement medication didn't do a whole lot. My doctor is about to send me to a dermatologist, and I applaud the decision - it's definitely negatively impacting many areas of my life, including some, ahem, intimate parts of life - but I'd like to figure out a list of possibilities to ask my dermatologist about.

 

Any ideas? Bacterial overgrowth, maybe? Systemic yeast infection? Anyone else have this problem? As a note, I'm somewhat recently diagnosed - I had my anti-tTg IgA test about a year ago, and my biopsy about 8 months ago.


Odd Post-gluten-free Symptoms

11 February 2013 - 02:01 AM

Hello all,

This is a long one, so please be patient or skip to the bottom for the TL;DR version.

So, a little background before I get into my weird post-gluten-free symptoms. I'm 23, male, and a student at the University of Oregon. This last summer I was given a presumptive diagnosis of celiac disease based on blood work (120/30 ELISA units on an anti-tTg IgA blood test). Because I wasn't going to be able to get in to see a specialist for a biopsy for six months due to insurance issues, I went gluten-free at the recommendation of my primary physician.

My symptoms did start to recede, ever so slowly... but of course, by the time I was starting to notice a real difference, I got a consultation with a GI specialist, who told me to resume a normal, non-gluten-free diet for two months so as to not throw off the biopsy results. I started eating gluten again for those two months, got an endoscopy/colonoscopy/small biopsy, and - surprise surprise with 4x the "normal" amount of ELISA units - was positively diagnosed with celiac disease.

I'm now gluten-free again. It's been two weeks, and I'm just now starting to get over the worst of the gluten withdrawals. With the exception of an incident of very mild cross-contamination at the end of last week, I've been doing alright in my recovery process... with a few weird exceptions.

First, my BMs. Surprisingly, while I was back on my gluten-y diet in the leadup to the biopsy, I was pretty regular, and everything was as it was supposed to be. No floating, no malodor, no excess mucous, no partially digested food, etc. However, in the past two weeks since going back onto the gluten-free diet, all of the traditional symptoms of celiac in that department have cropped up. I've become irregular in my BMs, the consistency is off, it's definitely malodorous, digestion isn't working properly, and there's far too much mucous.

Huh? Isn't the opposite supposed to be happening? Interestingly, the first time I went gluten-free I also had an abundance of mucous, but none of the other symptoms.

Second, allergic reactions. One of the recurring symptoms I had pre-diagnosis was constant itchy, runny, red eyes, even when it wasn't allergy season. In fact, this is so consistent that when I was gluten-free the first time, I used this reaction to tell when I had been glutened. So when I got that cross-contamination last week, my eyes got all itchy, as usual. But then, yesterday... they got itchy again. And I'm 100% certain I didn't get glutened yesterday, since I was at work all day in a food-free environment, and the only things that went into my mouth were very carefully vetted and screened by me beforehand (and were all things that couldn't have been exposed to gluten).

Again... huh?

TL;DR version: Going gluten-free again appears to have actively made my intestinal issues and allergic reactions worse.