It Wasn’t My Imagination


Marsha Delaney: Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2013 3:29 PM

It’s unofficially official. My son’t atrocious reactions to gluten now make more sense. I thought he had an intolerance to gluten. Now I believe he has celiac disease.

It’s interesting because his symptoms and my daughter’s symptoms are not at all similar (with the exception of their crazy, violent and lunatic reactions). My son does not get any digestive issues at all. He doesn’t get migraines or break out in eczema. He just gets hyperactive, exhibits autistic behavior and turns incredibly hostile and violent. Last week, however, he got a hold of my husband’s blasted baguette again (which, incidentally, should have been behind lock and key and wasn’t), and what appeared in its crimson, blistery, polka-dotted state all over my son’s little behind later that afternoon? Dermatitis herpetiformis. He’d never had it before. There it was, however, splashed out all over his little buttocks. Celiac disease.

“These symptoms are the hallmarks of dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), a skin manifestation of celiac disease. DH affects 15 to 25 percent of people with celiac disease, and these people typically have no digestive symptoms of the disease.” (Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign of the National Institutes of Health).

See, it wasn’t my imagination.


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