March 2008 & November 2008, originally uploaded by darnlucky.
Looking at these two pictures together, it makes me furious that none of the doctors that I was going to at the time could see that I was clearly sick. After 6 months of being pretty well gluten and sugar free, I have lost 30 pounds, have zero acid reflux, and the dermatitis herpetiformis (uh, itchy rash) that I've had for 15+ years is completely gone.
I still experience some joint pain and inflammation if I eat something with gluten in it, like a commercial salad dressing. But WOW! I can't believe I used to feel like that every single day. Progress, progress, progress.