Hey guys, thought I would share my story here, new comer and all. I apologize for it being lengthly. First off I am a 30 year old male.
First off I believe I have Celiac Disease considering I took Accutane when I was a teenager. I continued to take a low dosage of Accutane for years as my doctor thought it would be a good idea ( 1 x 40 mg pill every 4 days ). It made my skin flawless, however if I stopped, I got a rash across my forehead, and my nose would break out. We both thought it was a bought of Rosacea since I am a very light skinned person, and small dose of Accutane is good to combat this.
Just a year and a half ago I started having stomach problems. One day I just felt a little sick to my stomach and then I could not have a bowel movement for roughly 2 weeks. Doctor gave me some Senna pills and stool softners and said I should be OK. Well I ended up taking Metamucil and that worked perfectly. I began taking Metamucil everynight before bed, and as long as I did that my bowel movements were perfect. I also stopped taking accutane for about 7 months as I blamed my stomach issues to this product.
Unfortunately the " rosacea " rash on my forehead came back. I tried all kinds of cleansers, acne medication, hydrocorisone cream and some antibiotics my doctor gave me thinking it was something else. All that failed. After 7 months of dealing with it, I went back on my Accutane regimen and of course the rash went away and my skin was back to perfect.
About a year later ( just 4 weeks ago ) I went to the gym and upon coming home had myself an egg sandwich. I felt really ill after, nauseaed and gassy which sometimes happens since I had the stomach issues, so I didn't think anything of it. I took my Metamucil as always but no bowel movements the next day. It had been 1 week of feeling sick and no bowel movements when I decided to start looking for answers. I quit Accutane again and of course the rash came back. My doctor was on holidays so I have had to wait 4 weeks now to see him, my appointment is on April 18th.
Looking over the symptoms of Celiac Disease, I believe this is what I have. The rash and the severe constipation is what I feel gives it away. However, I don't really have any of the other symptoms. I have always had very strange sleeping schedules my whole life, and fatigue is always off and on, so that is hard to pinpoint. I don't have any pain or sore joints that I notice, but I am an avid running and body builder, so I am use to muscle fatigue. I have always ate a lot of gluten and it has never really bothered me until just 3 weeks ago, which I do find kinda off. I have since started a gluten free diet, but did splurge tonight as I had 4 pieces of pizza with a friend, however ironically I don't feel too bad. The rash on the other hand looks a bit worse. I have looked for pictures of DH online and think the pics I have look very similar, although I don't notice many people having it on their forehead. The pics are linked below. If anyone has any insight to this, it would be greatly appreciated.