My Dermatologist Made Me Cry in Doctors Posted February 19, 2007 · Report to Admin I really hate to write unfriendly things about people online, but I'd like to warn anyone in Colorado about my dermatologist so that they won't go through the same thing I did... I've gone to Dr. Barbara Reed a couple of times over the past few years because she is a really highly regarded dermatologist in Denver. She's always been very nice and she clearly knows her stuff, but I went to her last week and at the end of my appointment I mentioned that I was diagnosed with celiac disease last year and I was wondering if she knew of any good face lotions that are gluten-free. Instead of just saying that she didn't know of any off the top of her head, her whole demeaner changed and she said "you aren't eating it" in a snide tone. Taken aback, I stammered something about how it could still make its way into my mouth and I'd rather be safe than sorry. She responded by launching into a 10 minute story about how one of her friends had stayed with her for a while and the friend was on a really restrictive diet but it turned out to not be celiac disease at all, and I should really just be listening to my body and not worrying about labels. At this point, I was on the verge of tears so I didn't respond, and luckily I made it to my car before I started sobbing. The fact that a medical professional who knows nothing about my horrible medical history (other than that I get the occasional zit) could make such off-base, blanket statements in such a condescending manner makes me want to throw up. Why do so many doctors turn nasty at the first mention of celiac disease? I am going to be honest here and I hope I don't offend anyone. First of all, many doctors are not educated about Celiac. Secondly, when it is brought up to a doctor they immediately begin thinking, "hypochondriac." If it isn't "hypochondria" then it must be some sort of eating disorder. So, they try to disuey you from thinking you have some gluten intolerance problems. If you are a woman, they will immediately send you to the OB/GYN because it has to be some kind of reproductive problem. UGH!