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Paloma

I Need To Find A Doctor In La

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Hello,

My Mother is a celiac and I've started to get the feeling I may be too. I went off gluten out of curiousity last week and I felt great! But of course I figured my depression couldn't be that linked to Wheat! of all things, so I had pizza last night and low and behold I was a basket case today!

I'd really like to talk to a doctor, but I don't want to go to someone who will treat me like I'm crazy for thinking my diet could make me sick.

I live in LA - holllywood area, but I'd be willing to make a trip for the right professional.

I'm at my wits end... :( thank you for any help!

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Hi Paloma - you might want to check out the Los Angeles Celiac Yahoo group - they have a list of doctors in their Files section.

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If you are willing to travel to Orange County I found Dr. Albers to be very knoweglable. He accepted my diagnosis of celiac based on my original syptoms 29 years ago, improvment on a gluten free diet and my current reaction to very very small amounts of gluten. My celiac has never been confirmed by biopsy or blood test. He is also aware of the neurological symptoms that celiac can have. This discussion came about because my son has Turretts and Aspergers.

Below is the link to his profile on the UCI Medical Center website.

http://www.ucihealth.com/findadoctor/bio.aspx?hsid=99023966

You will have to be patient for an appointment though. You can expect to wait about 8 weeks for an office appointment. Once I had my office appointment it only took a couple of weeks until my colonoscopy and endo were done.

Also, UCI Medical Center requires a referral in order to make an appointment. I had to have my doctor, who is not associated with the UCI Medical Center, fax a referral letter and my medical records (I only had the last six months sent). I had my doctor's office do this. If I had it to do again, I would pick up the letter and medical records and fax them myself. Take a copy of your medical records to the doctor's appointment. Mine were faxed to Orange but my appointment was in Irvine. The records did not make it from point A to B for my appoinment.

PM me if you need any further information.

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If you are willing to travel to Orange County I found Dr. Albers to be very knoweglable. He accepted my diagnosis of celiac based on my original syptoms 29 years ago, improvment on a gluten free diet and my current reaction to very very small amounts of gluten. My celiac has never been confirmed by biopsy or blood test. He is also aware of the neurological symptoms that celiac can have. This discussion came about because my son has Turretts and Aspergers.

Below is the link to his profile on the UCI Medical Center website.

http://www.ucihealth.com/findadoctor/bio.aspx?hsid=99023966

You will have to be patient for an appointment though. You can expect to wait about 8 weeks for an office appointment. Once I had my office appointment it only took a couple of weeks until my colonoscopy and endo were done.

Also, UCI Medical Center requires a referral in order to make an appointment. I had to have my doctor, who is not associated with the UCI Medical Center, fax a referral letter and my medical records (I only had the last six months sent). I had my doctor's office do this. If I had it to do again, I would pick up the letter and medical records and fax them myself. Take a copy of your medical records to the doctor's appointment. Mine were faxed to Orange but my appointment was in Irvine. The records did not make it from point A to B for my appoinment.

PM me if you need any further information.

Dear Phyllis,

Is it possible for UCI medical doctors to rely only on blood tests because I don't really want to go through anything invasive? Also, did you ever do other tests on your own - like Enterolab? I am thinking of getting the kits and figuring some things out before my appointment, as I will have to wait til end of Oct. anyways...

Thanks,

Mbelle

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