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Re: Celiac + Lupus?
Jun 14, 2005
Hi Vee,
When you look up Celiac (Coeliac) disease, you may be interested to find that SLE is linked to it, it has been found to co-exist with people who have lupus, and is also now a standard test for people who are DXed with Juvenile Diabetes Type 1. There are many, many (hundreds) of symptoms for Coeliac Disease, which is why it is confusing, especially if there is another autoimmune disease underlying it. Alopecia is one of the symptoms, as are the many GI probs, such as diarrhea, constipation, blood and mucous in stools, tummy pains, emotional disturbances, peripheral neuropathy and even fits, as it can affect the brain, people can have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, joint aches and pains, and people can also be asymptomatic and have no symptoms at all. The main reason to find out if you have coeliac disease and to then abstain from gluten, is that it can increase the likelihood of stomach and bowel cancer. In kids who have it, they find it very hard to concentrate and are irritable, etc, kids can suffer from ADHD, and adults can get depression...there is also a 'blistery rash', which is more common in adults and rarer in children. The rash is called Dermatitis Herpetiformis. DH can be characterised as an intensely itchy skin eruption distringuished by blistering outbreaks usually on the elbows, knees and feet. They symptoms of intense burning, stinging and itching cannot be overemphasised. It is common for DH lesions to be symmetrically distributed on the elbows, knees, buttocks, scalp, neck, shoulders and lower back. The face and facial hairline are occasionally affected. And rarely, the lesions occur within the mouth. ( this is a helpful website that gives a good overview of Coeliac Disease.
The rash sounds suspiciously like the one you described having as a child.
Best wishes, KTart

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