Archives for: July 2006, 31
Oh boy. Back to square one now. I just got glutened, in a way that surprised me, but soon I said "D'oh!" I won't go into the details until I have more details about how the gluten got in there.
Here's the interesting thing though, my lower back started tingling (creepy-crawlies) just like it did after my alleged shellfish poisoning. I still feel there was toxin in the crab, but it's contribution to my health problems seems negligible at this point, considering how I feel right now. (Perhaps that could have something behind the mechanism of celiac neuropathy, we let toxins in too readily, and those toxins can then wreak havoc? Pesticides, chemicals, naturally occuring toxins, etc.)
Here's the other clincher. About a week ago I got a rash, much like mosquito bites, but without the mosquitoes...I hardly spent anytime outside and had "bites" in places that mosquitoes don't usually reach. Shellfish poisoning could have caused this too, ciguatera can stick around a good long time before it gets cleared out. Then, I looked at pictures of Dermatitis herpetiformis, and it looks just like it. Not as bad as most of the pictures, but same general distribution and characteristics. So, I'll make an appt with a dermatologist once offices open. Maybe I'll become a biopsy-proven celiac afterall. (For those who don't know my background, I was too far off gluten at diagnosis to expect an accurate biopsy, so I opted out of poisoning myself for a couple months to get the biopsy)
Wow...You are now entering the celiac twilight zone. Dermatitis herpetiformis and celiac neuropathy? I'll see what the dermatologist and neurologist think, but that's my strongest suspicion...today. Why me, why now? Stress of having children, possible vitamin deficiencies could contribute, and occasional bouts of poor diet. I loosened up too much, after hearing a gastroenterologist talk about how when she first started her work people weren't so careful about trace amounts of gluten. Those people still got well. I guess I'm not one of those people, and celiacs diagnosed as adults tend to have a lot more trouble with complications.