Hello folks! This is my first post here after my wife and I came to the conclusion that she has either celiac disease or non-celiac gluten intolerance.
Quick history - my wife has been suffering from various stomach/intestinal problems for over a decade. She's had colonscopies, endoscopies, CAT scans, etc. She's had every diagnosis from hypothyroidism (ruled out), colities (no evidence of irritation in the colon), to the good ol' catch-all IBS. After reading until our eyes fell out, we stumbled upon information about celiac disease. The more we read, the more we realized that this just might be the answer we've been seeking for so many years.
Last Thursday, she started on a gluten-free diet. By the VERY NEXT DAY, she had a TON more energy, her vision seemed less blurry than it had been, and her overall sense of well-being was greatly enhanced. We're thrilled as you can imagine! She used to have to take a nap after work every day, no longer required. She'd been taking Aciphex for stomach acid - not necessary any longer.
To be on the safe side, my wife scheduled an appointment with a gastroenterologist. This was the same guy who gave her the IBS diagnosis so I was skeptical from the start. Earlier this week, her family doctor performed the celiac blood test, which came back negative.
I'd like the forum's opinion on what he is recommending:
1. He dismissed the blood test completely and wouldn't schedule another one.
2. He said "A gluten-free diet is not the best thing for you." and wants her to go BACK ON GLUTEN.
3. Immediately wanted to schedule the full RotoRooter treatment, endoscopy, colonoscopy, etc.
4. Gave her free samples of the latest and greatest fix-everything-but-take-for-the-rest-of-your-life stomach meds (prescription of course)
His statement about gluten-free diet not being the best goes against EVERYTHING I have read, including the fact that people who stay on the diet typically live 7 years longer than the average person! I also read that there are NO treatments for celiac or gluten intolerance beside eating a gluten-free diet, so why is he recommending meds?
I'm skeptical as stated, but my wife wants to make sure there's nothing else seriously wrong. I have convinced her to seek a second opinion thankfully, but was curious what you guys thought about his suggestions. The thought of her going back to gluten after the radical changes she's experienced just breaks my heart. Thanks in advance!