Self-proclaimed font of Celiac knowledge, Libby tries to educate everyone she comes across on the differences between allergies, gluten sensitivity, and Celiac Disease.See all posts »
I have been sick for the past five days. I am frustrated and annoyed at my body because I have no idea what is going on. I convinced that a number of outside factors could be affecting me: stress from moving, the new house I live in not being exactly clean, an abnormal eating pattern, drinking, who knows…it could also been good old fashioned gluten poisoning from eating out at restaurants a few too many times.
This time last year, I became very sick for an extended period of time (see the dish soap post for more info) and when I went to a doctor, I had a very unpleasant experience. I told the doctor of my symptoms, my Celiac Disease, and a few of my concerns including my lack of understanding on why I was getting sick and my constant dehydration.
The response from the doctor was shocking. He told me I was depressed. Without any exam, tests, samples, or warning, he explained that I was probably depressed and needed to see a psychologist. It was not only surprising, but this doctor told me this information in a rude, almost bored tone, and then did not ask any further questions. Clearly, I was not depressed and in fact was being poisoned by gluten in our dish detergent, but it is experiences like these that make me worried about going to the doctor. Luckily, this man was not my normal doctor and I informed my regular GP about his bad behavior. However, I find that non-gastroenterologists often jump to conclusions when dealing with stomach issues.
A doctor will often ask,"Well, have you eaten gluten?" And the answer is always, "Obviously not on purpose, but I honestly have no idea, that's why I am here." This is all a little silly because now they will eliminate gluten as the problem. The next response varies from bacterial infections to parasites, but most doctors never look at the situation as an autoimmune disease.
We have to be our own detectives. I only go to the doctor now if I am extremely ill and I know it is something I cannot solve. I have also learned to stick with my gastroenterologist solely for intestinal problems!