In reading the replies to the original question I am struck by several things: treating MD's diagnostic prowess as good when in fact the ability of MD's to diagnose Celiac Disease is horrible; generally ignoring the hyperthyroid condition that seems obvious; and the consistent overuse of meds that can contribute or in fact be the cause of all/most symptoms.
I have been diagnosed for over 26 years and what I have found is that newly diagnosed Celiacs are among the worst at giving advice about
the condition. That is not to say that ALL long term celiacs have answers but the chances become better with long term
Celiacs that continue to research and find practical work-arounds in day to day living.
Wheat/gluten is rather recent as an addition to the human diet and as such should be considered questionable as a useful human food. That MD's should be given gatekeeper status as diagnosticians for CD is stupid ~ their formal education in the area is less than one day as is their education in diet. Remember that Big Pharma runs the game and there is no upside to telling a patient that they need to be on a Gluten Free diet ~ FOREVER. No, a diagnosis of IBS or Croen's Disease or some other Gluten induced problem will be treated with drugs and surgery which keeps the patient coming back for more of Big Pharma's stuff. The very idea that one would eat a dangerous diet to confirm what is self-evident is beyond stupid ~ but MD's do it all the time.
After going to an MD with specific complaints the AVERAGE time to diagnosis is 12 Years, and this is for a condition that is now recognized as having a prevalence of >1% of the population.
No, take the MD's out of the loop ~ they offer nothing and can be a source of terrible mis-diagnosis.
Post Edited (frazere) : 10/20/2013 1:08:58 PM (GMT-6)