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I'm new to this forum. I've decided to register here because I have realized over the weekend that I might have Celiac disease and I'm going to be talking to a doctor next week. Personally, I find it a shock to even type it out. At the very least, if it isn't celiac's, something is going on with what I am eating. At the very least, I believe it involves gluten. 

 

One of my brothers' in-laws had it, and I was always under the impression that it was just something extremely rare. I had my own health issues but mine didn't quite match hers, and she's not a blood relative, so I just figured I was in my own boat. I just needed to figure out what boat I was in. Truth be told I actually didn't know a lot about the disease.

 

For much of my life, I had hypothyroidism. I also had eczema. As I grew older I was also diagnosed with depression and an anxiety disorder. My eczema did subside when I was in my late teens and 20s. But then after my mother died in my late 20s, a few months later the eczema returned. I'm not sure if stress triggered something, or if it was just part of the aging process.

 

Off and on these past 10 years, a few times I tried candida diets. These involved strict diets with no grains whatsoever, and whatever I went through them, my eczema disappeared. But I often abandoned these diets because they were expensive and I was going through grad school or in transition between work.

 

In the past few years, the last 2 in particular, I've had skin problems head to toe. Standard atopic dermatitis, but also "chicken skin" on my arms (had this as a child as well) -- but most irritating: a third kind of skin problem that seemed different than my usual eczema, it was these ulcer-like spots all over my butt, elbows, knees, calfs and ankles. These wounds healed very slowly and often would get infected. This I believe may be DH but I have no formal diagnosis of it yet.

 

I also have been diagnosed with anemia in the past and issues with rock solid stools and hemorrhoids. 

 

Last week after just feeling awful I tried the "strict" diet again. I didn't believe it was candida, but something is going on. I wasn't necessarily trying to see if it is celiacs, but even just seeing if it's allregies. After a week of cutting out the gluten, my eczema has cleared up for the most part, the clearest it's been in 10 years. There's a few patches left but it's still a vast improvement.

 

What's more, in the past year or so I've also experienced some erosion on my teeth, which is completely unheard of with me, all my life I had very strong, healthy teeth -- running in my dad's side of the family.

 

I guess yesterday just thinking about everything it dawned on me that I might have Celiac's I'll have to check this out.

 

So that leaves me here. I do realize that in order to get tested, I'll have to return to gluten for a few weeks. I look forward to learning more. Hopefully I will find out what's going on. :(

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Wow! it sure sounds like celiac disease could be your problem. Here is a link to the University of Chicago's celiac website regarding testing and gluten challenges:

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/medical-professionals/screening

I would advise that you take complete celiac testing panel. I was only positive on just one test and it was not one of the more popular on the panel when doctors and insurance companies are trying to reduce costs. If I had not had the full panel, I would not have been diagnosed with celiac disease.

Search the DH section of the forum for tips on how to deal with the rash and how to biopsy the skin. There is a definite procedure and it is very tricky.

Good luck and keep us posted!


Non-functioning Gall bladder Removal Surgery 2005

Diagnosed via Blood Test and Endoscopy: March 2013

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis -- Stable 2014

Anemia -- Resolved

Fractures (vertebrae): June 2013

Osteopenia/osteoporosis -- June 2013

Allergies and Food Intolerances

Diabetes -- January 2014

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Welcome to the forum!  Cyclinglady has left you some great info and links already there, so I don't have much to add there.  But let us know how everything goes!


I am my husband's "Silly Yak Girl" :)

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2013. I also have Lupus and Common Variable Immunodeficiency(CVID) for which I am on IVIG.

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The other issue is that I suspect I might also be developing issues with dairy. At first I thought "But I've never had lactose intolerance!" but then I just read that dairy intolerance can also develop over time with the celiac disease.

 

I'm going strictly diary free this week to see how I feel.

 

I'm in the UK on NHS so I'll probably have a while before I get any blood testing... and it will be a separate appointment in a few weeks anyway. I recall in the US I could get blood tests for thyroid right there but here I've had to do that separately, so I expect it would be the same. :wacko:

 

At the very least I have a doctor that I trust will listen to my concerns. The more I'm reading the more it feels like some puzzle pieces might be fitting together. I may be in for a journey but even just solving a mystery would make me feel better.

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