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I guess it doesn't need to be a GI doc... Does anyone know a doc in the Tampa Bay area that takes celiac seriously? Like, I can almost certainly get the celiac panel done if I go in and ask for it? I have stomach pain and stuff, but admittedly my biggest symptoms are fatigue, depression, and anxiety.

But doctors make me REALLY REALLY UNBELIEVABLY anxious; any HINT of making me feel bad or acting like it's all in my head, etc. will cause me to get panicky (I don't get full-blown panic attacks but I may as well), so having to waste my time with docs that dismiss my concerns is ultra painful. It's why I've taken so long to go to one. All the docs I've been to see the mood symptoms and assume Depressive Disorder, dismissing the other weirdo symptoms I've had, and it's EXTREMELY hard and anxiety-inducing for me to deal with that. :( (I guess I have to give everything I got to push past it if need be, but ugh....)


Docs said it was depression, which was in my case code for, "It's all in your head."

I replied (in my head, alas) with expletives that I don't think are allowed on here. xD

Self-dx'd Celiac just beginning my very bumpy gluten-free journey. My healing process is looking a lot like my deterioration was (rather non-linear)...

Praise be unto the (gluten-free, vegan) Flying Spaghetti Monster for the folks who worked so hard to raise awareness (and Internet to access it)! Y'all saved me decades of suffering most likely. :D

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I think the best thing to do, before you go to any Dr., is to write down all your concerns so you don't get side tracked. Also you could print some info about celiac and the crazy all over the place symptoms that can come with it and give that to the Dr. Maybe don't mention the depression and just tell them Dr.s make you nervous. When you call a new Dr., ask if the Dr. is knowledgeable about celiac and that you want a celiac panel done. Also you might want them to check your vitamin levels too.

I have heard that being unwell can cause anxiety, I believe that was true with myself.


Started on this journey w/ my 9 yr old son after a bout w/ the flu in the fall of 2009.

2 neg celiac blood tests, mine was also neg. No endo done. Son had x-ray, showing severe constipation. Son has latex allergy. KP for both of us.

Long family history of bowel problems, auto-immune and all sorts of cancers. My G-mother informed me that she was put on a gluten free diet after she had my mom (1950's), of course she stopped when she felt better. She has had problems ever since I can remember.

So here we are! I do have my son's Dr to thank for even bringing up celiac! Thank You Dr.B!

My adult daughter also has been helped by eating gluten-free.

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Thank you, it's so nice to have someone spell this stuff out for me (and I'm not being sarcastic either--I'm a prime example of why "common sense" isn't actually that common xD). Well, I'm young too, and have no experience with this awfulness. I might have to write myself a script here. I can call a lot of offices; that makes me nervous, but not as bad as being IN the office. I don't have a printer but maybe I can write out quotes from sites or some such, or go to the library.

I did have my vitamin levels checked already; I only have low Vitamin D, which I'm working on remedying now.


Docs said it was depression, which was in my case code for, "It's all in your head."

I replied (in my head, alas) with expletives that I don't think are allowed on here. xD

Self-dx'd Celiac just beginning my very bumpy gluten-free journey. My healing process is looking a lot like my deterioration was (rather non-linear)...

Praise be unto the (gluten-free, vegan) Flying Spaghetti Monster for the folks who worked so hard to raise awareness (and Internet to access it)! Y'all saved me decades of suffering most likely. :D

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I used to do the exact same thing so I would have all the info and questions in front of me when I made a call. I know of the anxiety that you talk about, I had it for many, many years. I missed out on a lot of things because of stupid anxiety.

Writing the info down for the Dr. will work, I might just list the site where you found it too.


Started on this journey w/ my 9 yr old son after a bout w/ the flu in the fall of 2009.

2 neg celiac blood tests, mine was also neg. No endo done. Son had x-ray, showing severe constipation. Son has latex allergy. KP for both of us.

Long family history of bowel problems, auto-immune and all sorts of cancers. My G-mother informed me that she was put on a gluten free diet after she had my mom (1950's), of course she stopped when she felt better. She has had problems ever since I can remember.

So here we are! I do have my son's Dr to thank for even bringing up celiac! Thank You Dr.B!

My adult daughter also has been helped by eating gluten-free.

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