How to find a doctor for gluten intolerance and celiac disease

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It’s hard for me to imagine 1 year ago this week I was sitting at Dr. Aukerman’s seminar thinking to myself, “maybe I do have a problem with gluten.”

After 20+ years of having issues, could this finally be the answer I was looking for that would solve all my bowel problems? Would this doctor really be able to finally solve the mystery? As a matter of fact, he did but only because I persisted in looking for answers.

I started Pretty Little Celiac a little over 4 months ago and I couldn’t honestly believe how fast it picked up in the gluten-free/celiac community. I’ve met hundreds of people struggling with the same exact symptoms but are unable to find their “Dr. Aukerman.” I get question after question from readers wanting to know how I finally was able to figure it all out and who helped me get there.

Let me give you my suggestions on how to go about this journey based on my own experience.

1. Don’t ever let someone tell you nothing is wrong if you believe otherwise. One of the most frustrating appointments I’ve had to date was with an allergist trying to find something wrong. There had to be something making me sick in my food so I went to get allergy tested. 100 back pricks later with NO results. Nothing! Not one thing came up as a problem during my test results. That doctor recommended I go to see a GI doctor but also told me that they really wouldn’t be able to figure out intolerances unless I went on a complete food restriction diet and then added foods in slowly. Well, I’d already been to several gastrointestinal doctors and just figured it was a wash.

2. Referrals – And when I say referrals I mean from friends and family that have had simliar problems and went to a doctor who they trust and finally helped them out. Doctors can refer to other doctors but do those doctors listen to their patients? Do those doctors actually take the time to spend with you so you know what is wrong? Do those doctors know about the bedside manner of their colleagues? All of these things are important. I knew my friend went to Dr. Aukerman and trusted him with her care. She also felt incredible since her diagnosis so of course I was going to check him out.

3. Google Searches – Make sure you look for several different terms when you are searching and you include a 50 mile radius for your search. Gluten intolerance doctor, celiac specialist, celiac gastrointestinal are some terms I would start with when researching online. Often these doctors have been reviewed online as well by other patients so that even cuts down on some stress of finding a new doctor.

4. Check with local gluten free or celiac support groups as to what doctors they like seeing and have helped them. Other people suffering from the same problems is the perfect way to start!

5. See if your local University has a celiac center or doctor specializing in the disease at the school. Specialists are often found at large medical centers like Universities because they can get money for research so they stick with places that will pay for those types of things.

**Do NOT take gluten out of your diet if you are going to be tested for celiac disease or gluten intolerance**

You need to keep everything the same prior to seeing any doctor so the tests can be done. If you start changing things prior to testing, it can seriously affect the ability to find out what is actually wrong.

How did you find your doctor? Leave a comment with a tip so others can get the help they need!

 

13 Ways to Supercharge your Fitness Routine in 2013

2013 is starting off with a bang! First WellBella.com picked up one of my articles for their website and now ColumbusUnderground.com ran my latest article on 13 Ways to Supercharge your Fitness Routine in 2013.

I wanted to write something for all the people that already have a fitness routine but are looking to kick it up a notch. The new year always brings to light people trying to get started but no one pays any attention to all the people that started a long time ago and never stopped.

Check out my article HERE.

This partnership is perfect because I love what they stand for in this community.

Here is what their website says about how they started and where they want to go-

Columbus Underground is an online media outlet based in Columbus, Ohio.

We are a hyper-local, community-driven, new media enterprise that creates unique exclusive content, provides a moderated community messageboard, and provides connections to other local media, blogs and online information. We tell the stories of Columbus by showcasing the best reasons why it is great to live here and why you should build your life here.

The website was launched in November 2001 when Walker and Anne Evans recognized the local nightlife scene did not have an adequate online resource to represent all of the great events that were happening around the city. It quickly grew to be the place to find out about dj events, talk about upcoming events and for djs to connect with venues in the Columbus nightlife scene. In 2005, they registered it as a business. In July 2007, Walker was able to make it his full-time job and in April of 2010, Anne left her job to join him. Now, an Editorial Director and an Advertising Sales Executive have also joined the team.

ColumbusUnderground.com has always been configured as a community-driven resource. As a result, as our community of users has continued to grow, so have the topics of discussion and focus areas. ColumbusUnderground.com has expanded during the past decade to cover local development, restaurants, politics, civic issues, transit, lifestyles and a wide range of general interest topics. Today, ColumbusUnderground.com provides locals and visitors with an online resource where they can find and share information related to entertainment, dining, music and more.

13 Reasons Living Gluten-Free will make this the best year yet

I finally met Laura in person at the Celiac Awareness Tour in Cleveland, Ohio in 2012 and I just simply adore her! We have similar stories and passion for sharing information and awareness about celiac and gluten free living. I thought what a better way to do this than by cross promoting our blogs. So here is her guest blog!

Enjoy…

Rebecca

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13 Reasons Living Gluten-Free will make this the best year yet

If I could describe the month of January in three words it would be motivated, success, and failure. Yeah, you didn’t read the last word incorrectly, I meant to say failure. Why? Because two weeks in to this wintry month, resolutions turn into dreams, and results turn into that thing you will never obtain. Well folks, it’s time to change your failures into life changes! It’s time to be happy, healthy, and no longer support your bad habits and so-called addictions.

Have you been toying with the idea of going gluten-free? Did you doctor recommend this diet for you, but it seems so…difficult? Were you recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease and you just can’t seem to pull the final gluten plug?

Throw all of the things holding you back out the gosh darn window people!

Here are 13 reasons why going gluten-free in 2013 will make this the BEST year yet:

1. Stop being so tired!
Many suffer extreme fatigue as a symptom of Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance. Think of all the times you say, “If I only had more energy I would be able to do more”, well here’s your chance! Going gluten-free can help you feel less sluggish so you will have the ability to do more of the things you love.

2. No more gas
Yuck, I know. But it’s reality, isn’t it? I tooted my own horn way too often before I went gluten-free, and I don’t mean that in a good way. Just days after going gluten-free my flatulence subsided. I no longer had deadly gas brewing, but instead I felt, dare I say, normal!

3. Sayonara, Bloated Stomach!
Do you ever feel like you’re a hot air balloon on the verge of popping? The culprit may be gluten. Before I went gluten-free, I would eat a slice of bread and look 6 months preggers just an hour later. The bloating side-effect may not seem like a huge deal, but once you no longer have to experience it, it is truly a wonderful thing!

4. See ya, Constipation!
Yeah, no one likes to talk about it, but it happens. One of the most uncomfortable things to experience is constipation. Some people that should be on a gluten-free diet experience constipation as a side-effect (while others experience the opposite). Both can be horrible. But, going gluten-free may take away all of your toilet troubles.

5. Vominos, Vomitting!
Although I didn’t personally experience this symptom, my sister did. She seemed to constantly be vomiting. What was mistaken in college for “drinking too much” has since been diagnosed as a side-effect of the gluten she was ingesting. If you experience the vomiting symptom regularly, think of how good life would be without it…

6. Stop being so Irritable
Tell your husband/wife/sister/friend that it’s not your fault you’re so irritable (well, to a certain extent). Many experience extreme irritability as a result of gluten in their diet. Imagine a life in which you aren’t so…wound up. Now go achieve it!

7. Get your ‘bean-stalk’ on
Many children suffering from Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance experience delayed growth before going on a gluten-free diet. If your child seems like they aren’t growing as they should be, gluten could be the common denominator. See what happens to your child’s height when they go on a gluten-free diet. You might have a weed on your hands after that!

8. Finally Gain the Weight
Some may call you crazy for explaining your weight loss as ‘unwanted’, but we understand. If you’re on a gluten-filled diet that doesn’t agree with your body, the result could be unexplained and unwanted weight loss. You simply are not absorbing the nutrients you need. Going gluten-free might be the answer to your problems.

9. Itchy Skin Resolution!
One of the most annoying things that can come from eating gluten is dermatitis herpetiformis, an itchy skin rash that looks like eczema or poison ivy. This is one symptom that everyone can see. People can hide stomach pain, diarrhea, and flatulence, but you can’t hide unattractive skin rashes. Think of how beautiful life would be if you didn’t have to deal with this issue!

10. Feelings of Depression may Subside
There might be a reason you always feel down in the dumps. What could be better than testing out a gluten-free diet and seeing not only a change in your body, but also change in your mood?! By going gluten-free this year, you just might change a lot of negatives into positives!

11. Finally Hitting Puberty
All you teenagers and parents reading this – there may be an explanation for you or your child’s delayed puberty. I personally experienced delayed puberty that I attribute to my gluten-filled diet growing up. This is a symptom of Celiac Disease and could be remedied with a gluten-free diet.

12. Become ‘Regular’
Ladies, some women experience erratic menstrual periods as a result from their gluten-filled diet. This may seem trivial to some, but I know it can be mighty annoying when you’re the one dealing with it. Imagine a world where you become regular. Maybe a gluten-free diet can help you achieve that!

13. Be Healthy!
The number one thing a gluten-free diet can do for you in 2013 is help you to become healthy. Being healthy isn’t achieving just one thing; it is an all-encompassing term. A gluten-free diet may help you to alleviate several symptoms, enabling you to be healthy in your mind, spirit, and body. All three of these contribute to a happy life.

If you’re struggling to start a gluten-free diet this year, remember the above reasons why it can help you. You can also join the online gluten-free community for help and support through this confusing time.
It is also important to consult your doctor before going on a gluten-free diet.