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  1. 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.
  2. 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.