I thought I had a yeast infection
After a horrible pregnancy, during which I had severe nausea, kidney stones and an unnecessary appendectomy I was ready to get on with my life as a new mom. I then developed thyroiditis which was diagnosed when I noticed that I was having bm's 4 times a day, my hair was falling out and I was getting really tired just walking up a flight of stairs. I had extremely low levels of iron, vitamin B, and D.
After 8 months or so it seemed to be righting itself and because the vitamins were making me feel sick, I gradually stopped taking them (stupid, I know).
At 10 months post-partum my vagina started feeling very itchy. Not inside, no discharge or anything, just insanely, irritatingly itchy all over outside. I went to several gynecologists that prescribed pretty much every cream known to man and it never went away.
Finally the last doctor told me that he didn't know what the problem was and sent me to a specialist in vulvodynia. She found out that I was severely deficient in B, D and iron, and after hearing my history and symptoms told me she suspected I was an undiagnosed celiac.
It seemed probable. Auto immune diseases run in my family and I've been tested for everything anyone I could think of. I did test positive genetically but the bloodwork was negative.
However, I figured that was good enough for me. No biopsy, I just cut gluten out of my diet and took the vitamins. My health was bad enough that I didn't need someone to cut pieces of my intestine out for me to try it.
16 months post partum I'm not as tired, and not running to the bathroom nearly as much. But I was still itchy... Anyone else have this symptom and have any advice? No it's not DH. The doctor just keeps telling me that it will get better when my vitamin levels go up and my skin can actually repair itself. I'm getting a full panel done next week. The itching is driving me up the wall though!