Posted 15 March 2007 - 02:15 PM
I was flipping stations today and stopped at Fresh Air on NPR. I never listen to it but there was a doctor who had written a book about misdiagnosis. He was telling a story about a woman who at age 20 stopped liking food. She was having abdominal discomfort and really hated to eat. She was diagnosed with anorexia and after 15 years was down to 82lbs and had been institutionalized 4 times. She had also seen over 30 specialists. She claimed she was eating but her body was deterioriating and she kept losing weight. She eventually got D and went to see a GI doc who believed her and ran some tests. Guess what was wrong with her? She has celiac.
It is a horrible story but I knew as soon as they started describing her story that she probably had celiac. I'm sure many of us have horror stories about how long it took us to get diagnosed and how many doctors told us we were crazy.
Just thought I would share.