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What Type Of Doctor Do You See Regarding Your celiac disease?


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#1 glutenexpat

 
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Posted 27 April 2006 - 02:29 PM

I am new to the boards here, so please excuse me if this question has come up previously. I am wondering what type of doctor do you see for your celiac disease? I am most interested in who you are seeing for follow up work and ongoing care?

I was diagnosed almost accidently in November 2004. I was having an endoscopy and colonoscopy for ongoing stomach problems during the procedure she just for the "fun of it" she decided to take a biopsy of my small bowel though she told me I really doubt you have Celiac Sprue, I am going to have the biopsy checked anyway. Low and behold it turned out positive, then she ran the blood tests and told me I needed to go on a gluten free diet. She gave me a very brief hand out, told to come back in 4 years for a follow up on a seperate finding from the colonoscopy, and told "good luck on the Gluten free diet and in dealing with your Celiac Disease." I was never told about follow up tests, never given exact results of the blood tests other than they confirmed the diagnosis, and was never told who I should be seeing for "treatment" I realize that there really is not treatment other than the gluten-free diet, but I am learning that there is much more to celiac disease than just trying to be gluten-free.

It was a rude awaking when I went to my primary doctor after this episode with the GI, to find out that most physician know very little about Celiac Disease. When I asked my primary doctor about having my child tested, she said "what harm could it do your child to go on the gluten-free diet. it could not hurt to any of us to eat more healthy." She just does not get it!

Anyhow I would appreciate your thoughts and input.
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Posted 27 April 2006 - 02:36 PM

Hi T, and welcome in to the wonderful world of Celiac! Where the patients quickly know more about how it works than the doctors. I, too got "gluten-free, dairy free diet, see you in 6 months". I learned everything I know about this disease right here. Keep reading and feel free to ask any questions that come up along the way. Everyone here is very caring and knowledgeable and have been where you are right now. To answer your question about which doctor--I see my gastroenterologist once a year now, for all the good it does me :D
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Posted 27 April 2006 - 04:37 PM

Welcome, T - I was lucky, was very sick, blood in stool for a long, long time (I ignored it), severe anemia, very weird poop, etc. My regular doctor sent me to a wonderful gastroenterologist. He immediately suspected Celiac, rearranged the next day's schedule slightly and got me in for colonoscopy/endoscopy. I saw him one month later, and then he scheuled a followup for three months after that, and then I"ll probably see him in six months to a year.

I, as many other people, get most of my information from this board and people who live wtih the disease. I think your doctor was pretty negligent! but, feel free to ask away here. There are good books as well -"Dangerous Grains" is one and there are others.

Blessings to you -
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Posted 27 April 2006 - 07:33 PM

Welcome T -- you've joined a great group of people! With regard to my doctors, I see two neurologists -- my celiac is in my brain (NOT in my head!!!) :lol: :lol: . . . Lynne
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Posted 27 April 2006 - 09:11 PM

glutenexpat -- You will get the answers and support you will need here with the loving people on this site.

First you might like to buy the book mentioned above -"Dangerous Grains" you must must read it.
AMAZON has it right here. If you can't affort to buy it call your local library see if they have a copy, if not have them do an inter library loan. And once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down. There are a few books with accurate informations and more with misinformation. There are several threads here about good/bad books to read.

Have you started the gluten free diet yet? It's the key to wellness...

What are some of your other illnesses? Or symptoms?

Some of us here are seeking all sorts of treatment... like I have been going to my chiropractor. Sounds odd I know, but he is resetting my digestive system along with changing some eating patterns. With his help I have been able to gain some weight I was down to 98lbs, now I'm up to 107.5 and I'm feeling much better with a combination of alternative things. I also see a neurologists, endocrinologist and I've walk-out-of more gastro doctors offices then I can count. Some with celiac disease are seeking acupuncture treatments, many people are into digestive enzymes, pobotics and vitamins.
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Posted 27 April 2006 - 10:15 PM

I am new to the boards here, so please excuse me if this question has come up previously. I am wondering what type of doctor do you see for your celiac disease? I am most interested in who you are seeing for follow up work and ongoing care?

I was diagnosed almost accidently in November 2004. I was having an endoscopy and colonoscopy for ongoing stomach problems during the procedure she just for the "fun of it" she decided to take a biopsy of my small bowel though she told me I really doubt you have Celiac Sprue, I am going to have the biopsy checked anyway. Low and behold it turned out positive, then she ran the blood tests and told me I needed to go on a gluten free diet. She gave me a very brief hand out, told to come back in 4 years for a follow up on a seperate finding from the colonoscopy, and told "good luck on the Gluten free diet and in dealing with your Celiac Disease." I was never told about follow up tests, never given exact results of the blood tests other than they confirmed the diagnosis, and was never told who I should be seeing for "treatment" I realize that there really is not treatment other than the gluten-free diet, but I am learning that there is much more to celiac disease than just trying to be gluten-free.

It was a rude awaking when I went to my primary doctor after this episode with the GI, to find out that most physician know very little about Celiac Disease. When I asked my primary doctor about having my child tested, she said "what harm could it do your child to go on the gluten-free diet. it could not hurt to any of us to eat more healthy." She just does not get it!

Anyhow I would appreciate your thoughts and input.



Wow, I have read a lot of threds and am feeling like I am really blessed. My sons pediatric gi doctor was great when he was diagnosed. He gave us our first book about celiac and ordered blood tests for the whole family... and if none of the blood tests come back positive on the parents he does a gene test to find out what side of the family it came from so you can let your other family members know to get tested. Also, after you have been on a gluten free diet for awhile you should go back in for a blood test and it should be negative. That way if it isn't then you know your getting hidden gluten and can try to figure it out. He gave me a whole list of books that we could buy through the doctor's office that they buy in bulk and sell to their paitents at the cost they got them for. They even have a support group that meets to exchange ideas. He also suggested I see a nutritionest because we are vegetarians as well as gluten free. He also wants us to come back in for follow up blood test to make sure we are getting the nutrition we need. Call around till you find a doctor who is knowlegeable on celiac diease. Some one who can point you in the right direction and give you the help you need. You might call around and find a nutritonist as well who knows about celiac and can help you get started. Good luck! as Ms. syl screwed stated above their are altenatives as well... aloe juice worked really well to heal my insides and 3 other people I know so maybe you could try some of that.
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Posted 28 April 2006 - 03:33 AM

Celiac physical care from a GI
Celiac knowledge and emotional support hugely from this board.
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Posted 28 April 2006 - 06:03 AM

After I was diagnosed in September I had a 6 month followup where they took my vitamin D level, did a dexa bone scan, and did another TTG to see how I was responding to the diet. I am now supposed to see my G.I. doctor once a year for the rest of my life - where they will run the TTG and vitamin levels and blood counts to make sure I'm avoiding osteoporosis and staying on the diet.

My G.I. told me not to deal with my primary or family doctor regarding celiac - she said family practitioners generally won't do the same kind of testing and checkups that I'll need done for the rest of my life.

My best advice is to find a good G.I. (possibly at a teaching hospital or research hospital - I go to the University of Wisconsin hospital where they are very knowledgeable about celiac) and stick with that doctor, while alternative medicine can benefit some...I really feel celiac care should be through an appropriate medically trained professional.

After I was diagnosed in September I had a 6 month followup where they took my vitamin D level, did a dexa bone scan, and did another TTG to see how I was responding to the diet. I am now supposed to see my G.I. doctor once a year for the rest of my life - where they will run the TTG and vitamin levels and blood counts to make sure I'm avoiding osteoporosis and staying on the diet.

My G.I. told me not to deal with my primary or family doctor regarding celiac - she said family practitioners generally won't do the same kind of testing and checkups that I'll need done for the rest of my life.

My best advice is to find a good G.I. (possibly at a teaching hospital or research hospital - I go to the University of Wisconsin hospital where they are very knowledgeable about celiac) and stick with that doctor, while alternative medicine can benefit some...I really feel celiac care should be through an appropriate medically trained professional.


Also - I have 3 children under 5 and they have all been tested...as have some members of my immediate family - father, bro, etc...
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Posted 28 April 2006 - 06:37 AM

my kids(3 with celiac) see a pediactric gi. they were diagnosed the week between christmas and new years. we have also had 4 more of our children tested and my husband and myself. we have 4 more children that have not been tested yet. we know that one of our celiac free children has a celiac gene----so he will be tested yearly. the rest of us will be tested on a periodic basis until we know whether or not we have the gene. my family is going to be part of a celiac study, so hopefully we will know how many of us carry the gene----then we will know who needs ongoing testing. we have an appt. on june 1st with the ped gi to have their Ttg levels retested. i have also been in contact by phone with our ped gi. i have a friend with celiac, so i knew a fair amount about it before mykids were diagnosed, but after being on this board, i think i am more up to date on info than my celiac friend. welcome to the boards
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Posted 28 April 2006 - 09:01 AM

nutritonists leave a lot to be desired if you live in south east florida.

Interview them first before you spend money for nothing. Ask them how much experience they have in helping people with celiac disease. How many other Celiac they treat? Ask if they speak to Celiac's at hospitails or support groups? Ask if they have read DANGEROUS GRAINS or the PALIO DIET? Or any of the best selling Celiac books. If they can't answer yes to any of those questions skip it it's a waste of your money.

Your best information will be found here on this site.

Be well!
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Posted 28 April 2006 - 12:30 PM

Oh -- I forgot -- I also see a registered dietician -- she specializes in Celiac Disease -- and she is helping me to coordinate my new Celiac diet with a weight lost regime -- not an easy task, considering that I can't walk straight, have no muscular coordination (my brain just doesn't tell my muscles the right thing to do anymore!) and haven't figured out how to BURN the calories that I intake. She is FANTASTIC. I would recommend her to anyone, and I would recommend to anyone that they find a registered dietician in their area that specializes in celiac. Hard to find, but worth the effort.
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Posted 28 April 2006 - 03:14 PM

I got pretty sick before they finally diagnosed me (GI doc was the last specialty consult I had before I was going to be shipped to psych) and am on a slow road to recovery. Thus, I see a GI doc and an internist for my follow-up. GI is about 2x a year. Internist about every 2 months or so. I am not the norm in terms of follow-up (I think?) but an example of what happens when you get really sick and they cannot diagnose you!

I also get support from this website. It is very helpful.
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Diagnosed 11-11-05 after 3 months of major symptoms, including 2 hospitalizations and 7 ER visits for dehydration and syncope. Otherwise, I had all "normal" blood tests and major scans. During those 3 months, lost 20 pounds, all my muscle tone, and ultimately could not walk for 2 days. Spent 6 days during the second hospitalization hooked up to IV and STILL passing out IN BED due to malnutrition with doctors staring at me AS IF it was all IN MY HEAD

Other related symptoms:
Osteopenia
Hypothyroidism
Gluten Ataxia - three "nodes" recently found in my brain (thought I had MS)
Muscle weakness
Fatigue
Chronic Constipation
45 pound weight gain since going gluten-free!

gluten-free since 11-11-05. Cannot eat bananas, potatoes, or spinach. Recently reintroduced yogurt into my diet and able to tolerate plain yogurt with sugar.

HATE the diet but psychologically tolerating it for my health.

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 09:08 AM

Hello Everyone!
I didn't even realize this forum was here until today! I, like most of you have been diagnosed with everything you can imagine over my 43 years and wasn't "officially" diagnosed with Celiac's Disease, by blood test, until a year or so ago. I have been symptomatic since (according to my Mother) I was 9 months old and wasn't growing as fast as they expected me to. Last Fall, I casually mentioned to our pediatrician that my 14 year old daughter's fatigue and depression sounded an awful lot like my celiacs or my thyroid problem. She gasped in horror, told me I should have all three of my kids tested (and shame on my doc for not telling me so!). So, we did the blood work, all positive, did the endoscopies and they too were all positive. Now, I don't know if I should have the endoscopy. My regular doctor (who thinks I should be gluten free when convenient!) doesn't think I need to, what good would it do is his point of view. Any opinions out there?

By the way, it's taken quite a bit of time (denial is a wonderful state to be in!)but all three of my sisters and my parents have been tested, one sister was positive and everyone else was negative. We're currently signing up for a UC-Irvine celiac's study, has anyone else done this?

Celiac's isn't the end of the world but, you still have to eat so...it's difficult to make the choice to eat right every single time you put food into your mouth. My two teen-age kids face the toughest times because they serve pizza at every single gathering they attend and stop by fast food places on the way home from sporting events - you can only eat so much salad! Ah well, it just felt good to say that to some people who can understand what we're going through here - thanks!
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Posted 02 May 2006 - 09:22 AM

I see the best.... Dr. Fasano :D

The GI I had before Dr.F just didn't know enough about Celiac Disease. Dr. Fasano stepped in at a crucial time for me, and literally saved my life. I had to see him quite frequently at first, now it's only twice a year (checking my antibody levels).

I also see a nutrionist because I have a difficult time maintaining a healthy weight. I see her every other week.

Lastly, I have a PCP who manages the side effects I have because of the Celiac Disease: anemia (blood work to check my iron levels) and osteopenia (evaluates bone density scans).

Hope that helps!

- Lauren
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Posted 08 May 2006 - 07:16 PM

Thank you all for your information and replies. Since I was dx'd in Oct. 2004, I have learned everything I know about celiac disease from the internet or from reading books. I did see a dietician, several months after being diagnosed, but that turned out to be fruitless, as I knew more about the gluten free diet than she did. I am finding that there are not many if any doctors here in NE Florida that have much if any knowledge of celiac disease or the proper follow-up/treatment of the disease.

I do belong to a local support group, and they seem to be having the same struggles I am having locating someone to take charge of follow up testing etc. If anyone is located in this area that has a doctor that is on the right track and is knowledgable about celiac disease, please let me know, I need someone to handle the follow up tests that I should have had done a year and a half ago.

I look forward to learning from you all and sharing with you what I have learned by trial and error.

Take care.
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