Thanks for the responses and encouragement! As excited as I am about this doctors appt, I'm also nervous. When I heard the first negative report 4 or 5 years ago I was devastated! Since then I've been through so many tests with vague answers. A lot came back abnormal, but not enough to be the problem. I don't think I can take much more of the same and I don't know what I'll do if Dr. Rudert doesn't have answers. I know you guys have all been through the same thing but I don't know which is worse, the time spent at doctors or the money wasted. Not to mention just feeling sick and tired all the time. We'll see how it goes and see what Dr. Rudert has to say. Michelle, I'm sad to say that I no longer live in Athens. I did graduate from UGA and am a die hard fan, but now reside in Paulding Co. Ga. Thanks for the info though. Maybe one day I'll move back to Athens and I'll get that number from you If my thoughts are right and this is celiac, I'll be on this message board a lot more often.
Sylviaann, I know you addressed this in your previous posts and it sounds silly but I need to ask this specific question for my own encouragement. It is my understanding that both your blood tests and endo were negative but Dr. Rudert still thought celiac an option? I've been tested twice for celiac and both came back negative. Both doctors have told me that celiac is not an option if the test result is negative. I've also had my second endo this summer but my first with biopsy. The two samples she took were fine even though visually there were some issues. I ask this because I'm going to see Dr. Rudert Wed. I see an endometriosis specialist here in ATL and he feels my symptoms are clearly celiac and he has sent several patients in my position to Dr. Rudert with positive results. I feel so strongly this is the answer I'm looking for but have been hesitant to try an elimination diet. It's too expensive and difficult when your doctors are telling you it's impossible to have celiac with a negative result. It may sound weird, but this is hope for me. I'm not naive enough to think this is easy to deal with, but it's answers and the hope of going shopping with my mom without running to the bathroom every hour. Thanks for your help.