Celiac.com 01/09/2015 - A recent article by Jody Berger provides a cautionary tale for anyone suffering from non-classic symptoms of gluten-sensitivity or celiac disease.
Berger, it turns out, has non-celiac gluten-sensitivity. Sounds simple enough, right? But in Berger’s case, it took her one year and visits to a dozen doctors to get an accurate diagnosis.
When her first doctor diagnosed her with multiple sclerosis after a very brief visit, Berger sought a second, then a third, then a fourth opinion. In the course of her many visits, doctors told her she had nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, Lyme disease, and depression.
After a dozen visits, she finally found an osteopath who was “well-versed in systems thinking,” and another physician who had trained in ayurvedic medicine, a holistic system of healing.
The tingling, which the first doctor believed to be a sign of MS, is actually a fairly common, though not classic, symptom of gluten sensitivity.
This story highlights the amount of work patients can face when they present with atypical symptoms of gluten-sensitivity. Many times, well-intended doctors can simply miss the dietary connection and get the diagnosis wrong.
Do you have a similar story of well-intended, but misguided doctors wrongly diagnosing gluten-sensitivity or celiac disease?