Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Quick note

I was off the grid last week. My indestructible mom had a heart attack and spent some time in the hospital. She's home and feeling better. I'm feeling more normal, too.

I saw an anonymous comment on someone else's gf blog about itchy arms. The comment said the upper arms itched like fleas were biting, but there were no fleas.

I have experienced the same kind of itching. It drives me crazy and even wakes me up at night. I tried every topical cream I could find. Nothing worked. Years ago, I thought I had become allergic to bleach, and stopped using it in my laundry. The result was continued itching, and dinghy whites.

Now, fifteen years after the itching started, I think it's probably related to celiac and the itching occurs when my body's pH is too acidic. I squeeze a fourth of a lemon or lime in a glass of water and drink it. The itching stops almost immediately. I drink lemon water twice a day for a week or so, and my system seems to balance itself out again.

I was relieved to hear that ONE other person experienced this baffling symptom. Anyone else? I'd like to hear about your similar experience, and your solution. Has anyone had a medical professional say this was a symptom of celiac disease? I assume it is, since celiac seems to be the cause of ALL my odd symptoms.


Maureen "Hold The Gluten" said...

Sorry to hear about your mom. Hope she is feeling MUCH better!

Before I was diagnosed with celiac, I would get bouts of terrible rashes on my legs. Horribly itchy. Is it possible you are are getting glutened by something? Are you using soap, shampoo, lotion with wheat/oats in it? Just a thought. Since going gluten free, I have (knock on wood) yet to have one of those evil rashes.

That's great that you have found the lemon/lime juice to work for you! Just throw some rum & mint in and make a anti-itch mojito :)

Gluti Girl said...

Kay, I do hope your mom is doing better. It's hard when they are sick and to see them sick.

I used to get a rash on my arms, but I don't remember it being terribly itchy. Do you think maybe you are having a reaction to food? Hope it stays away!

Gluten free Kay said...

There's no rash. Just itching.

I only use vaseline and gluten free lotion and shampoo.

Sarah said...

I'm sorry to hear about your mom.

On a lighter note, I just tagged you, so check out my blog for the rules. I'm excited to know some random facts about you!