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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Doctor In L.a.?

    I am a 35 year old L.A. native in desperate need of finding the right doctor in Los Angeles. I have severe allergies and asthma and after being on antibiotics 6 times in 2009 and almost 7 months of prednisone into last year, I said enough was enough. It was time to reclaim my health! Last year I started researching what could really be making me sick and came across gluten intolerance and celiac. Thank God for some of the books out there and this website! Needless to say, like many people have found as it seems, there was a lack of information especially in the medical world. I asked all of my doctors- my allergist finally said maybe it was causing my health issues, but would not test me. He seemed not to know enough about it. I went to a general med doctor who was recommended as "specializing" in celiac and he went ahead and did the testing even though I had been gluten-free for about a month. I of course didn't test positive to celiac, but absolutely know I am gluten-intolerant and always have been. I have been gluten-free for about 8-9 months now and notice such a difference. I only had to be on antibiotics and steroids once or twice this last fall/winter and I am happy to say that my asthma is under control. It is shocking to me how much better I feel- I'm still kind of angry I didn't figure this all out before. Anyway, the reason, I so desperately need to find the "right" doctor is that I have developed tendonitis in the last year and discovered I am Vitamin D deficient and have an elevated iron level. I have gone to two different doctors for the tendonitis-the current one, an orthopedic surgeon is ridiculously unhelpful. We have a history of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis as well as diabetes, cancer and I'm sure some other things in our family. I am so sad that my family didn't know about celiac disease even though they took pretty good care of themselves. Who knows, maybe they wouldn't have suffered so much. I have had my rheumatoid baseline done but by that same doctor that did my celiac testing. I was on prednisone at the time, and it probably wasn't a fair reading. So I am basically looking for a doctor that will be able to do blood work and read it properly, be aware of joint diseases and possibly test for them, will actually listen to my concerns and hopefully be able to help me continue to reclaim and be preventive with my health. I am luckily very healthy otherwise that I know of, but would like to avoid all many severe health problems as I can in the future. Thanks for listening or reading rather and....Anyone have any advice?