I have felt sick for years, but recently ended up the emergency room because of severe dehydration due to diarrhea. I went to a doctor who basically told me that I have ibs and that I would have to live with it. I refused to believe this and started to do an elimination diet. My husband was convinced that wheat was my problem. I started eliminating wheat, and although I felt better, the special wheat-free (but not gluten-free) items made me feel badly. So I eliminated all gluten and after five weeks I felt wonderful. I realized that there were a lot of symptoms that I had been ignoring – the constant heartburn, the bloated stomach, the constipation and diarrhea – avoiding gluten had made all the symptoms completely disappear! I went back to the doctor I had originally went to and was told that I needed to go back to eating gluten to get an accurate test for celiac disease (Is this true?). The doctor spent basically three minutes with me and didn’t seem to believe that I was feeling better. I have started back with gluten for two days and all my symptoms have returned. I thought that I would be happy to eat all the foods I hadn’t eaten in so long, but I feel so badly that I wish I could just go back to avoiding them. I really don’t want to return to the same doctor, but have no idea how to find some one who is near me who knows and understands gluten intolerance/celiac disease. Please let me know if there is a great doctor in the Maryland/Washington DC metro area!