First time here on the boards. Definitely a real wealth of information to get through here, so apologies if this is covered elsewhere in one form or another or is in the wrong section. I have been dealing with digestive issues for a good 7 years now (I am 32),things such as bloating, diarreah, sore stomach, are fairly common. I used to chalk it up to lactose intolerance, as I can't drink more than a glass of milk without ending up on the toilet for the rest of the day (sorry if that was too graphic ), but I find that even if I avoid dairy I still get sick more often than not. I am at the point where I generally carry Immodium with me when I go out to eat, and am often nervous to eat anywhere but home. I have also been suffering from depression and anxiety for the last ten years, and am often tired. I found alot of this improved when I went on a low carb diet, and was eating mainly vegetables and protein.
I finally decided to bring these issues up with a new doctor of mine during a physical, and he sent me for a celiac blood test. The test came back 80% negative with only a 20% chance for celiac. The only number I remember, was that my IgG was 70, everything else was normal. I also showed a vitamin D deficiency and high cholesterol. Based on this, the doc says I don't have celiac, and he pretty much said I have IBS, which he thinks is caused by my anxiety. I have a real hard time buying that though, as something just does not feel right. Just this morning, I ate some ceral (wheat biscuits) and immeadiatly went to the bathroom and felt very tired afterward. My wife and I also just came back from dinner out, and we ate pretty much the same things, and she feels fine, where I feel tired, bloated and grumpy. Obviously something is up.
So my question, after that long spiel is this: should I go back to this doctor and insist on seeing a specialist, or should I just try a gluten free diet for a while? I am just really tired of feeling the way I do most of the time, and I get the vibe that my doc doesn't take it all that seriously (I'm actually kind of offended that he insinuated that it was all mental) I live in Canada, and it's kind of hard finding another doc, as there is a bit of a shortage in my area right now, so I am at a loss as to what to do...just want to feel like a healthy young man, know what I mean? Thanks a bunch for any help you can offer.