It’s a rare case when you find yourself more knowledgeable about a medical subject than your doctor. But as awareness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance continues to increase among the general population, this phenomenon is on the rise. When individuals suspect they’ve figured out the cause of their condition, they can be insatiable for information.
After reading books and newsletters on the topic, consuming prolific amounts of information via the Internet, and participating in blogs, patient-consumers are becoming information savvy. As a result, it’s becoming more common for patients to have more information than their own doctor on gluten intolerance, and they may be able to provide facts the doctor doesn’t know. The medical community is becoming more and more uniform in their knowledge of the condition, but until there is wide-spread expertise on the matter, it won’t hurt to do some independent research.
If you find yourself more knowledgeable on celiac disease or gluten intolerance than your doctor, consider it a blessing in disguise and choose from these two primary options:
If you feel that your doctor is not as knowledgeable as you are about celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and food sensitivities in general, this is a good sign to find another doctor. This can open the door for you to be referred to an excellent gastroenterologist. The reality is that you can’t expect your general physician to know all conditions equally, and there are times when a specialist is needed.
If you like your current doctor and they are somewhat knowledgeable about the condition, your research can help create a good synergy with your doctor and enable you to double-check information. For example: Let’s say you’ve read somewhere reliable that, in order for blood work to be accurate, it’s imperative that you consume gluten for a period of time before the test. But if you’ve been gluten-free for more than six months now and your doctor orders the tests without asking you to take the “gluten challenge” (Chapter One) you have grounds to ask why not and to let them know what you know.