Sarah’s story is a reminder that gluten sensitivity comes in many different forms. – Dr. Perlmutter
11 years ago, in my third trimester of pregnancy, I developed itchy skin that made my life all but unbearable. I did neither marks nor welts on my skin. I considered myself “lucky” when hives would show so people didn’t think I was totally crazy.
I saw my GP, dermatologists, and of course a psychiatrist. I was prescribed Effexor, Adavan, Xanax. Nothing helped the itch, and I knew these drugs were not what I needed. I wasn’t crazy or depressed. I was crazy and depressed because my skin felt like it was on fire, and no one could help me! For years, I endured this “itch.”
Over the years my digestive symptoms became awful and I knew something was going on with my body. Fear, money, and trust issues kept from going to the doctor. I didn’t want a “pill.” I have searched the internet for many years to my answer, and this year, stumbled upon a list of gluten-sensitivity symptoms via the internet. Finally!
I have been gluten free since May and rarely itch anymore. I want to thank Dr. Perlmutter for writing Grain Brain because when a doctor says something, people listen. It is nice to read something that backs up so many of my feelings.