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triaging doctor's appointment?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 22, 2013 at 4:55 AM

My insurance covers only one doctor's appointment per year, and I can't decide if I should get tested for celiac (and know once and for all if I actually have celiac or just gluten sensitivity) or get my hormone profiles checked out, because I suspect I have several hormone imbalances. Any thoughts which one I should do?

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on January 23, 2013
at 06:37 PM

See if you can find a doctor on the Paleo Physician's Network. They might be more open to ordering the tests you're interested in, and possibly (but not necessarily) better informed on how to *interpret* them, which will be the most important part.

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on January 23, 2013
at 06:36 PM

If you only get one appointment, can you see one doctor who would order *both* tests for you? (Assuming the lab work wouldn't be considered a separate "appointment.")

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on January 23, 2013
at 04:20 AM

Thanks for your input, I'm aware of all that, I've been gluten free for years, I'm still just curious as to wether or not I actually have celiac. Now I just have to find a good endrocrinologist...

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on January 22, 2013
at 05:31 AM

I haven't eaten gluten in years, but I've been curious since I quit gluten if I have celiac or just NCGS, as have people around me, since people don't take NCGS quite as seiously as celiac, and I suspect my hormones are a mess (I express symptoms of estrogen dominance, sluggish thyroid, and excess androgens)

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on January 22, 2013
at 05:02 AM

Unless you have been consuming gluten regularly, a Celiac test will be pointless. If you feel better avoiding gluten, why does it even matter???

If you suspect hormonal imbalances, start there, but you'll need to be more specific. There are lots of hormones the body utilizes...

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on January 22, 2013
at 05:31 AM

I haven't eaten gluten in years, but I've been curious since I quit gluten if I have celiac or just NCGS, as have people around me, since people don't take NCGS quite as seiously as celiac, and I suspect my hormones are a mess (I express symptoms of estrogen dominance, sluggish thyroid, and excess androgens)

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on January 22, 2013
at 07:46 AM

A. You don't necessarily have to have celiac to have bad responses to gluten. Some people with hashimoto's who are not necessarily celiac feel better gluten free and same people with chronic hives. I have both.

B. You can test yourself; don't eat gluten for a couple months and see if you feel better.

Get your hormone profiles checked out > testing for celiac

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on January 23, 2013
at 04:20 AM

Thanks for your input, I'm aware of all that, I've been gluten free for years, I'm still just curious as to wether or not I actually have celiac. Now I just have to find a good endrocrinologist...

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