I have had stomach problems my entire life. First bad attack I remember I was nine years old. I was diagnosed at the age of 18 with a "spastic colon" and had a laparoscopy performed to rule out cancer, I was losing weight and in awful pain, after surgery was told congratulations everything looks normal. Since then I've had lots of diagnosis; pelvic inflammatory disease, duodenitis, IBS, dysmenorrhea, PMS, generalized anxiety disorder and GERD. Have had multiple tests; colonscopy, abd ultrasound and CT scans, upper GI and gallbladder removed. I've spent the last 23 years cancelling plans and missing work because of abdominal pain and diarrhea. A few months ago I developed melasma on my face (brown patchy areas) and while researching that I found it could be associated with Celiac disease and suddenly it seemed like everything made sense. So I went to my Doctor and asked to be tested, he seemed quite skeptical but I insisted. After reading and reading I was convinced this was the answer even though the diet seemed quite daunting I felt like I finally had an answer and I wasn't crazy, lazy or a hypochondriac. Then I go to the mail today and have a nice little postcard that says my celiac panel results were normal. I am so confused. Why is it so important to me to have a clinical provable answer. I feel like I needed it to commit myself to the diet. Has anyone else experienced this and how did you cope? It's not easy for me to open up and talk about this for years I've just tried not to talk about always feeling bad - topic doesn't make for a fun conversationalist. But I am truly at my wits end.