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Doctor Of Internal Medicine Vs. Gi
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Would seeing a doctor of internal medicine be just as good as seeing a GI? Would an internal medicine doctor possibly be more familiar with celiac disease?

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Don't ask me because I'm jaundiced. If the Gi"s don't know much, and they are the ones who do the scopes for it, what will an internist know? :P Hypothetical question :rolleyes:

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Would seeing a doctor of internal medicine be just as good as seeing a GI? Would an internal medicine doctor possibly be more familiar with celiac disease?

There are always exceptions but the Internists I've seen really have no idea about Celiac. They have always suggested that I see a Gastroenterologist when I begin asking questions.

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My internist is the one who suggested it. I had been to GI's and all they told me was my intestines was inflammed. My interenist ran the blood tests, found me a GI who would listen to me.

The 3 of us worked together to find the answer.

Now I love the both, my GI has been supportive since the test results, found me a support group, is talking to my children peds dr and set me on a direction to find what I can eat, instead of what I can not eat.

BUT it took an internist to put all the pieces together.

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I would ask an internist or your GP to run a full celiac panel. It couldn't hurt and you wouldn't need a referral. Then if you feel that you really need to see a GI for biopsy ask to see one. If your blood tests are positive some doctors now skip the biopsy and just diagnose since the biopsy has a fairly high rate of false negatives. Be aware that the blood tests can be a false negative also.

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A rheumatologist ran my celiac panel which was positive and then referred me to a GI Dr. I have been seeing him since. He did the endoscopy and I have my follow up blood test with him in a few weeks. I was wondering the same thing though- he told me it is just blood tests from now on, so I am thinking I could just go to my regular Dr. My GI seems pretty well versed in celiac though, I guess I will wait to see how my blood test came back. If it is good I won't worry too much, but if it is bad I might need further guidance with the diet.

I guess go to whoever you feel is more up on the disease?

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Thanks everyone! I was looking at a list of GI's on the website of a local celiac support group and noticed one of them was actually a doctor of internal medicine and that's what got me wondering. I've already seen one GI and it wasn't the best experience so I'm thinking maybe I should try the internist...but it looks like it just depends on the person. Thanks!

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A rheumatologist ran my celiac panel which was positive and then referred me to a GI Dr. I have been seeing him since. He did the endoscopy and I have my follow up blood test with him in a few weeks. I was wondering the same thing though- he told me it is just blood tests from now on, so I am thinking I could just go to my regular Dr. My GI seems pretty well versed in celiac though, I guess I will wait to see how my blood test came back. If it is good I won't worry too much, but if it is bad I might need further guidance with the diet.

I guess go to whoever you feel is more up on the disease?

Would a rheumatologist be even better since they deal with the immune system??

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Would a rheumatologist be even better since they deal with the immune system??

It depends on the rheumatologist. My U.S. rheumatologist sees no relationship between arthritis/autoimmune/celiac :o

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It depends on the rheumatologist. My U.S. rheumatologist sees no relationship between arthritis/autoimmune/celiac :o

Mine didn't either just wanted to give me shots in the joints, send me to a pain clinic to 'learn to live with the pain' and prescribe pill after pill, some of which were later removed from the market. My arthritis has been in remission since a couple months after I started the diet.

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