Hi all! My story: For a couple of years, I had an itchiness that drove me mad at night- but mad - never experienced anything similar and nothing would stop the itching night after night after night (I'm in my fifties.) I mean, it would itch during the day also, but I could handle that. But at night, it was the itch from hell. Mine was on my legs - and my legs looked like they had been attached by cats. The itchiness was not strongly localized, but when I would hunt down the center, there would be a tiny (like the head of a pin) watery blister just under the surface of the skin. I thought maybe I had picked up scabies in a Peruvian hostel - but scabies cures didn't touch this condition. Then I started on the South Beach diet and was off all grains for about six weeks . . . surprise, surprise, the itchiness was abating and my legs were healing! Then, for my reintroduction to grains I had a spaghetti dinner (carbo load dinner before a century ride) and on the short walk home from the restaurant started cramping and bloating - I couldn't even stand upright. The being doubled over with cramping and bloating and gas had happened to me not infrequently in the past and I just thought it was something everybody dealt with occasionally but did not discuss in polite company - I didn't realize it was a symptom. I had never been able to figure out what food was causing the problem. It sort of felt like a miniature Mohamed Ali was inside me punching the hell out of me from the inside out . . .Anyway, I have now been living gluten free for two years now. Very occassionaly, I'll get a little bit of the itching, but I can usually trace that back to being glutened. Other symptoms that have gone away are : gas & bloating, awful joint pain and flares of dry eye syndrome, psoriasis flare-ups, severe dandruff - all gone!!! amazing.
I love being gluten free. Life is so so much better and fortunately I don't mind living without bread, pasta, cakes etc. As long as I can have my chocolate, I'm basically content! But, sometimes it feels a bit lonely and sometimes the extra attention at restaurants bothers me. So, I thought I would drop in to this team to find some company.
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Henry David Thoreau
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