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6+ Weeks Gluten-Free And A Dh Update . . .

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Hey All,

6+ weeks on a tight veg & rice diet, and fruit with a wee bit of beef, chicken,and shrimp, and BAM !!! Healing . . Vanicream is outstanding for dryness and is a blessing for me. I'm also good with dairy, ie cheese, eggs, mayonnaise, etc . . . No "raw open wounds", dry skin sloughing, yes, but, healing. Gluten-free Bisquik is working too.

Finally relief from the rawness, weeping, uncontrollable urge to rip one's flesh in search of relief . . .

I'm lucky, and the over-the-counter 1% hydro-cortisone is working good. There is hope, but we must observe and pay attention.

Comfort, healing, and health to you all . . .

Peace,

WF

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Yay! Encouraging updates are good to see. I'm 3 months into being on a gluten-free diet myself, and yesterday I realized that a rash I've had on the back of my arms for like ever, is gone! It was small red bumps, but not blisters I don't think. I seem to recall that occasionally it would be a bit itchy, but nothing like what I had much more recently on the back of my knees and ears. Progress towards healing is good. :D

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Thanks pricklypear1971, squirmingitch, eatmeat4good, and ciamarie !!!

Ya, it's an incredible feeling to get a handle on the hellish nightmare of DH !!! Congrats ciamarie on your success's !!! We all must ( in my opinion ) remember: Our body tells us ALL we need to know . . . if we only listen to it . . .

And thus, WE ARE our own doctors !!! Autonomy !!!

My best suggestion for new comers is to go minimal on diet ( doing your research of course ), add things back in one-by-one, and pay close attention to how the body reacts. Adjust accordingly, and live without the ( as one put it ) " compulsive urge to claw one's flesh " !!!

We can't be cured of Celiac / DH, BUT, we can manage it !!!

Peace, healing, and love to all my kindred afflicted,

WF

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It's so good to see you've hit on the right combo of things that gave you relief. Your post is sure to give hope to other DH sufferers as well?! :D

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Hey All,

6+ weeks on a tight veg & rice diet, and fruit with a wee bit of beef, chicken,and shrimp, and BAM !!! Healing . . Vanicream is outstanding for dryness and is a blessing for me. I'm also good with dairy, ie cheese, eggs, mayonnaise, etc . . . No "raw open wounds", dry skin sloughing, yes, but, healing. Gluten-free Bisquik is working too.

Finally relief from the rawness, weeping, uncontrollable urge to rip one's flesh in search of relief . . .

I'm lucky, and the over-the-counter 1% hydro-cortisone is working good. There is hope, but we must observe and pay attention.

Comfort, healing, and health to you all . . .

Peace,

WF

Hey All,

2 weeks later and Irish Spring soap & a good hot shower has no effect on my healing lesion areas. No increased itch or aggravation. Strict Gluten-Free is working well for me still. I wish such success to ALL others !!! Gotta pay attention to your body to know just what to do . .

Peace and healing,

WF

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It's wonderful to hear you are doing so well! Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately I am not. I went strict gluten free Nov. 24th, 2011 & iodine free also to help speed things up. It was working great. Then I got a little lax on the iodine. My multivitamins had 25% RDA in them plus I added a few whole eggs & some cheese. I felt I might be pushing it but wasn't sure. Then I broke my own rule of whole foods & got some re-fried beans. They had no gluten listed on the ingredients in the fat free version but their regular ones did contain wheat. I can't remember the exact timing but I began to break out again & then it got progressively worse. Everywhere. My scalp is the worst. Horrors!!!!!!! I got to thinking about the beans & you know how thick & gunky they are. I asked myself if the company really cleaned out the vat well after producing the ones containing wheat? I think it was the re-fried beans. Lesson learned ~~~ the HARD WAY!!!!!!!

I've gone low iodine again in the last 3 days & things are getting better. The itch is not making me want to gouge my skin to pieces & I didn't get any new blisters today --- well, the day isn't over until midnight is it? I'm hoping. Oh but I hate starting at ground zero again. I write this in hopes of helping others who may read this & learn from my screw up.

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It's wonderful to hear you are doing so well! Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately I am not. I went strict gluten free Nov. 24th, 2011 & iodine free also to help speed things up. It was working great. Then I got a little lax on the iodine. My multivitamins had 25% RDA in them plus I added a few whole eggs & some cheese. I felt I might be pushing it but wasn't sure. Then I broke my own rule of whole foods & got some re-fried beans. They had no gluten listed on the ingredients in the fat free version but their regular ones did contain wheat. I can't remember the exact timing but I began to break out again & then it got progressively worse. Everywhere. My scalp is the worst. Horrors!!!!!!! I got to thinking about the beans & you know how thick & gunky they are. I asked myself if the company really cleaned out the vat well after producing the ones containing wheat? I think it was the re-fried beans. Lesson learned ~~~ the HARD WAY!!!!!!!

I've gone low iodine again in the last 3 days & things are getting better. The itch is not making me want to gouge my skin to pieces & I didn't get any new blisters today --- well, the day isn't over until midnight is it? I'm hoping. Oh but I hate starting at ground zero again. I write this in hopes of helping others who may read this & learn from my screw up.

Hey squirmingitch,

Thanks. It's damn tough to stay on the diet regime, especially because almost everything I crave I can no longer eat. Too soon for me to test me favorite things as the hell I went through has me in shell-shock. However, we don't know what jacks us till we test it, as you well know we're ALL individual cases.

Hang tough and best of luck,

WF

P.S. No screw up, just a test !!!

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Thanks WF but I wasn't testing ~~~ I just forgot to think the whole d&%$ thing through to consideration of cc. And darned if it didn't hit me worst in my scalp. I can use the Oragel to stop the itch everywhere else but the scalp is kinda funny you know? You don't want to get seen in public with grease all in your hair. Arrrrgggghhhhhhhhhh!

And believe me I wasn't out of shell shock myself yet when this hit.

I guess we'll all go through these little "slip ups" again & again until we get used to thinking everything through to the last degree. Hard to change 55 years of thought about foods overnight.

I sincerely am glad you are healing so well though. Keep it up & don't slip up.biggrin.gif

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I'm happy to hear some of you are doing well. I merely suspect that I have dh. Doc did biopsy and won't know for a couple of weeks. Question-how long of gluten free eating until I get some relief? I've only been gluten free for 5 days. No improvement yet - too soon to expect relief? Or perhaps rash is something else. Thanks for any help you can offer

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I'm happy to hear some of you are doing well. I merely suspect that I have dh. Doc did biopsy and won't know for a couple of weeks. Question-how long of gluten free eating until I get some relief? I've only been gluten free for 5 days. No improvement yet - too soon to expect relief? Or perhaps rash is something else. Thanks for any help you can offer

:( Sorry to say, but DH is often one of the slowest responders. You might try omitting iodine as much as possible from your diet to start with to see if your DH is iodine sensitive (assuming that's what it is. Iodine often makes it worse. Eat sea salt, no kelp, avoid eggs...asparagus.

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I'm happy to hear some of you are doing well. I merely suspect that I have dh. Doc did biopsy and won't know for a couple of weeks. Question-how long of gluten free eating until I get some relief? I've only been gluten free for 5 days. No improvement yet - too soon to expect relief? Or perhaps rash is something else. Thanks for any help you can offer

Hi zippitty5,

Thanks-a-million !!! The following is based on my personal experience and research. 5 days was too soon for me, took over a month of just rice ( if you like Soy Sauce, go with Tamari to be safe ), veggies, fruits, and some chicken to see the " ITCH " subside. Healing took about another week+ in my case to begin and I've quite a ways to go. Seems to me that we're ALL individual cases with varying response times as well as types and intensity of physically manifest symptoms. As I've stated previously, be patient, observant, tenacious, and careful. I'm self-diagnosed for the record ( never consulted a physician ).

Research / read ALL you can and thoughtfully apply it to your situation. Your success will be mirrored in the subsidence of your symptoms and the commencement of healing. BUT again, be patient. The offending concentration of IgA in the skin can take up to 2+ years to clear ( note " can take " ). I've got tons of research links so, if you'd like me to post them for you, just ask.

I believe in autonomy, ie WE are our own best doctors IF we inform ourselves and are perceptive, so, that's about all I can give you at this time except my best wishes for healing and solutions !!!

Also, not all afflicted with Celiac / Dermatitis Herpetiformis who have biopsy's or blood tests turn out positive. So, unfortunately, at least in that respect, you can't trust the medical industry to determine the condition for you. However, eliminating gluten, and perhaps iodine ( a trigger ) combined with your patience and results will show you just what you need to know ;)

May we ALL find our own path out of the Celiac / DH affliction !!!

Peace,

WF

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