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How Did Your Doctor Tell You?


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#1 Googles

 
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 09:00 PM

For those of you who were diagnosed by a doctor, how did the doctor tell you? After my endoscopy my doctor called told me and pretty much hung up. Unluckily for me I was starting my shift at my evening job 15 minutes later. They then sent me to a nutritionist (which you would think would be positive), who's food list was out of date and only gave me a list of foods to eat and said she could do nothing more to help me. While I understand that this isn't a diagnosis of cancer, it seems to be that this could have been done more compassionately. What did other people experience?
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#2 Rebecca92

 
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 09:37 PM

After my blood test my nurse called me and told me I test positive for celiacs disease, of course I asked her what that meant. She explained briefly, and then that was it. I was on my own. That's probably the reason I tried to ignore my disease for a year. She didn't stress how harmful gluten was to my body
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#3 JoshB

 
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 10:04 PM

My doc left a long rambling message about how my white blood count was normal and I didn't have arthritic marks and my this and that were normal, and then right when I'm about to hang up thinking that he has nothing to say, he ends with "and your ttG and gliadin antibodies are off the charts so you probably have celiac sprue."
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 02:31 AM

I was told my biopsy was positive (already had positive blood test that lead up to it) and was given the "option" to go gluten free immediatly or retest in three months. :huh: Luckily I had been lurking on here before and doing research on my own to know that I needed to be gluten free after the scope/biopsy and that the other was was just plain STUPID! I did consult with a dietician and she basically told me things I had already learned. Her information and pamplets were out of date too and I found two mistakes in the pamplets she handed out. So for me the dietician was really of no benefit. Thank goodness the insurance payed for it.
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Me:
Celiac disease(positive blood work/biopsy- 10/2008), gluten free oat intolerent, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis/Disease, Raynaud's Disease


DS2(age 9):
celiac disease(positive IgA tTG, no biopsy- 11/2010)


DS1(age 13):
repeated negative bloodwork and negative EGD/biopsy. Started on a gluten free trial(8/2011). He has decided to stay gluten free due to all of the improvements he has experienced on the diet.


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Posted 21 August 2011 - 02:47 AM

was told bluntly to go on diet and live with it and that there was no need for a GI doctor.
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 04:32 AM

I was told by my surgeon, he was really upfront that he didnt know much about it, and to find a good GI doctor, (still looking for that) they also sent me to a dietician who also gave me outdated info. I have learned more and given better advice from all the wonderful people here then anywhere else. Does anyone else kinda feel like most doctors dont know what to do with us.
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Just takin it one day at a time :)

#7 luvs2eat

 
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 05:42 AM

I only had symptoms for 2 months when I saw a gastroenterologist. He sent me for bloodwork and scheduled me for a screening colonoscopy since I was close to 50. After my colonoscopy, he said, "I have good news and bad news." I asked for the good news first. He said, "I know what's causing your diarrhea and it can be stopped." Then I asked for the bad news. He said, "You can never eat wheat, rye, or barley again." He told me he'd never seen such high blood levels before.

I went home and did my own research so that by the time I actually got to the dietician/nutritionist at the hospital she told me I already knew more about celiac than she did.
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 08:27 AM

I feel like all the general doctors I have gone to pretty much know little to nothing about this disease. I had to self diagnose and demand a blood test. When it came back positive the general doctor just said to start a gluten-free diet. My blood test was extremely high and I have inflammatory arthritis so I didn't want to mess around. I called the Mayo Clinic and got an appointment with the best doctor ever! He immediately scheduled a biopsy, bone density scan and did all sorts of blood work and found my B-12 levels to be alarmingly low. If I would have stuck with the general doctor's advice this would never have been found and I could have ended up with severe neurological damage.

I haven't been back to a general doctor yet and I won't be back to my previous 2. My neighbor is a nurse so I asked her for some references of open minded doctors who are into whole body health. She gave me some places to start. I am also going to look online and see if I can find references of a good doctor locally.

If you are diagnosed by a blood test to have Celiac you need to see a GI doctor to order all the correct tests. There are so many other disorders that go along with this disease especially with the absorption of vitamins.

Don't give up if you don't like how your doctor treats you. Ask neighbors, friends, relatives if they can recommend someone. Easier said than done because I haven't found one yet but I am going to keep trying!
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#9 moose07

 
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 12:25 PM

Well I had been seeing my GI for over a year and I had gone through every test he had except Celiacs. He even told me he didn't think I had it but because he had nothing else he was going to try testing me for it before he sent me to another specialist. So I got the blood test and his nurse called to tell me it was positive and I would need another endoscopy to confirm it. I had had an endoscopy a month and a half before to test for Crohn's (I think). After the second endoscopy my doctor called me I told me there was no way I didn't have Celiacs and I needed to schedule a bone density scan asap. After that I had one visit with him where he told me I needed to find a dietician and be gluten free but there was nothing else he could do for me. I got the feeling he was just proud he figured it out.
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 01:28 PM

After my blood test my nurse called me and told me I test positive for celiacs disease, of course I asked her what that meant. She explained briefly, and then that was it. I was on my own. That's probably the reason I tried to ignore my disease for a year. She didn't stress how harmful gluten was to my body


Same here. No warning or anything - just the nurse's blunt, "Did you know you have celiac disease? You cannot eat gluten any more. Go see a dietitian for handouts." That threw me into a panic as I was not expecting that result whatsoever! Boy, have I learned a lot since then and about 98% of it from this board. :)
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 01:36 PM

My doctor suggested I go on a gluten free diet. I was never biopsied although I had an abnormal reading with my stool tests and blood antibody test.

And nothing seemed to be abnormal when tested 12 months after that :)

Never was there a need for what the call an "official" diagnosis. ;)
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 04:34 PM

In the middle of the endoscopy, when I still a bit loopy from the drugs, the gastro told me she saw signs of Celiac. Or at least I think she did, cuz I couldn't really remember anything afterwards. At the follow up appointment she said "you have celiac disease. Look it up on the internet. See you in 6 months." And she walked out of the room.
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 05:21 AM

Well, I was lying in a hospital bed nearly unable to stand on my own because of what turned out to be undiagnosed celiac but which the doctors thought was non-Hodgkins lymphoma, so I was delighted by the news. He came in and told me directly. It was a total relief to find out what was killing me.
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:36 AM

basically I self diagnosed, but went to a GI for "official" diagnosis to basically get my (now ex) husband to stop bugging me about food. I had to go back to eating gluten for 8 weeks for the challenge, I had the blood test, then had to wait a while still for the endoscopy. The blood results came back "99.9 % positive for Celiac" and the doc said "don't eat pasta or bread anymore" and then the endoscopy showed severely flattened villi, inflammation of the esophogus and a hiatal hernia.
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 09:18 AM

My husband took me to the emergency room when I reached the point that I could barely stand and I was loosing my vision. BP was 40/60 and they couldn't feel a pulse.

Fortunately my internist called on a GI to consult and she immedately suspected Celiac. After the positive biopsy she told me I had Celiac disease and it could be totally controlled with strict dieting.

She sent the hospital dietician to talk with me. The dietician said she didn't know much about gluten. Look on the internet. Best thing I got from her was a booklet that contained a great cornbread recipe!

I am totally thankful that the right GI was on call. She has been wonderful and supportive. She even sent me a tape of a lecture on celiac given at a medical conference she attended.

My diagnosis was almost four years ago and I am healthy and happy. Finding this sight was a God-send.
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