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#1 strkngfang

 
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:58 AM

I've been receiving treatments and advice from a functional medicine doctor for just about a year now. I had never heard of them before I attended a 6 wk program on digestive issues, put on by my wife's county employer. Everything he said and his knowledge on the subject was remarkable so I made an appointment to see him. He is very picky on who he accepts, because he wants only the determined, so he doesn't waste his time, I liked that. Of course insurance doesn't cover anything that he has done so it became costly, but I figured being healed was worth any price I had to pay. I've had several tests, GI effects stool, Adrenal Stress Index & NutrEval etc and they all brought up "red flags" that he dealt with by giving me certain supplements. The problem has been that I'm not really much better and it is starting to feel like he is running out of answers. My program with him runs out in June and that will be it for me, win or lose, because of the high cost to maintain everything he has asked of me.

My question is, who do I try and find next? I know the GI doctors are useless with these problems. I've had 3 colonoscopies, upper and lower GI, small bowel etc and everything was negative. Even blood tests for celiac was negative, even though my recent tests with my functional medicine doctor all showed very elevated gluten intolerances.

Any advice, if June rolls around and I'm feeling the same? I keep praying that I'll have a breakthrough in the next 6 months but I just don't know??
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:27 PM

You may not have celiac disease with villi damage but you probably are gluten sensitive or intolerant... no test to determine that just an elimination diet for 3- 6 months & see how you feel...You will need to watch out for hidden sources of gluten in foods plus your cooking equipment as well...
by the way I never heard of a functional medical doctor ......is this an alternative doc of holistic doc?

by the way, there are now more gluten intolerant /sensitive people in the world than true full blown celiac...
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