I'm quite honestly still in shock after determining that I can no longer have gluten in my life. Gluten truly is the six letter word that changed my life! It's almost like a cuss word!
In case you are visiting my blog for the first time, you may want to read here first.
Since beginning my gluten free/wheat free diet, I have learned quite a bit. Let me explain a little more...
Initially, I thought I was allergic to wheat and just needed to remove that ingredient from my diet. I did just that! However, I was continuing to put gluten into my body, oats, rye, and barley contain gluten as well.
After a few weeks of eating wheat free, I started to feel much better. I wasn't feeling as tired and my belly was starting to settle down. However, my symptoms were still lingering, and the awful rash I had been dealing with was not going away.
Being the research fanatic I am, I started looking further into my symptoms.
To make a long story short...
It turns out that I have Duhrings Disease, also known as Dermatitis Herpetiformis. You can learn more about this disease here. This skin disease is a skin manifestation of Celiac Disease. Therefore, if you have DH, you have Celiac. The positive of this is, once you confirm the DH, it's not necessary to have the biopsy for Celiac Disease. Not that there is really anything positive about having either disease.
Once I removed wheat and gluten from my diet, my rash cleared up in about 3 weeks. I still have scarring from the rash, apparently that can take a year or more to clear.
I still have the occasional patchy outbreaks, if I accidentally gluten myself. More about that in a later post. The best prevention for DH is a gluten free diet.
Apparently stress, heat and sun can aggravate the skin and cause outbreaks. Among other things, that apparently I haven't figured out yet!
I'm thinking I may need to take up yoga! They say yoga is great for helping reduce stress. Do you practice yoga? Would love any recommendations for a good video or television show I can follow for motivation. On the other hand, maybe a vacation somewhere, is in order...
Do you know anyone with Duhrings Disease? How do they cope with their symptoms? Would love to hear from you.
If you are having any symptoms related to DH or Celiac, I highly recommend you consult with a physician. I am by no means a medical expert, this post is just my experience that I am sharing with you. This is not intended to be taken as medical advice. I can't stress how important it is to seek proper medical care and advice.
So there you have it, the six letter word that has changed my life! Well, I'm off to soak up the air conditioning... (more on that later)
Until next time...