Like many people with celiac disease, I spent a lot of years and money to go through many tests and misdiagnoses before doctors finally found my problem. Because of the large variety of symptoms associated with celiac disease, and the fact that many celiacs have few or no symptoms, diagnosis can be very difficult. Most medical doctors are taught to look for classic symptoms and often make a wrong diagnosis, or no diagnosis at all, which is why is still takes an average of 6-10 years for those with celiac disease to get diagnosed.
During my doctor visits my diet was never discussed, even though most of my symptoms were digestive in nature. My symptoms included abdominal pain, especially in the middle-right section while sleeping, bloating, and diarrhea (off and on over a period of several years). A simple (and free!) exclusionary diet would have quickly revealed my problem. An exclusionary diet involves eliminating wheat, rye, oats, barley, dairy products, soy and eggs for several weeks, and recording any reaction as one slowly adds these foods back to their diet.
I created Celiac.com to help others avoid a similar ordeal. I also want to provide people who know they have the problem with information which will improve their quality of life, and broaden their culinary horizons. To do this, I have compiled information from a large variety of sources including medical journals, books, doctors, scientists, and news sources, and posted it all right here. Many of our articles are written by medical professionals such as nurses, doctors, and other celiac disease experts.