Those same doctors who mean so well, and know so little about autoimmunity, also may tell you that your food choices and diet have nothing to do with your symptoms. That's Nonsense. Gluten reactivity or cross-reactivity is still possible, even without a celiac disease diagnosis.
Here's a simple do-it-yourself investigation about your autoimmune triggers
Do you eat perfectly shaped pieces of processed meat, processed chicken, or processed fish? Examples are chicken nuggets, fish sticks, and imitation crab. If you do, be aware of feeling a lot worse within a few days of eating those things. Do you? This may not be an immediate reaction. You'll have to wait 2 - 3 or even up to 8 days to see how you feel; not an easy task.
Do you have unpredictable food reactions? Unpredictable abdominal swelling and bloating? Increasing frequency of food sensitivity? Aches, pains, or swelling throughout your body? Frequent bloating and abdominal distention after eating? If some or all of the answers are yes, then we have to understand that your body's reaction to food is of primary concern. Additionally, we have to correctly assess if you have leaky gut (leaky gut syndrome). If leaky gut is present, we have to take the correct actions regarding your condition. This is not a time for a do-it-yourself strategy. There are many aspects to leaky gut. For a doctor to say that what you eat has nothing to do with your symptoms is really an insult to your intelligence.
Blood tests to check for autoimmunity, leaky gut and food sensitivity
There are relatively new blood tests to check for autoimmunity, leaky gut and food sensitivity. I can order these tests for you when you are under my care, but for extensive immune reaction testing, there's only one laboratory ° that does them, and because they are new there is no insurance coverage to reimburse you for the costs. But this is ok. If insurance were to ever get between you and these tests, it would probably triple the cost.
Allow yourself to accept this fact: there are new tests (from ° Cyrex Labs) that your doctors don't know anything about. Not having these new diagnostic tests at his, or her disposal, your doctor might even suggest surgery before all the contributing factors about your true autoimmune condition are really discovered. Doctors would only know about these new lab tests if they were studying leading-edge scientific literature about autoimmunity. This is not common.
It generally takes decades before medical practice catches-up with the scientific forefront. That means the research being published today won't reach your medicine cabinet for at least another 20 to 50 years. However, you don't have to wait. We use nutrition response testing—time-tested, non-invasive, in-office tests—that can indicate what would be the most helpful strategy to promote healing. You can know more about the nature of your autoimmunity, where it comes from, what it affects in you (like leaky gut, autoimmune thyroid, Adult ADD, neurodegeneration, brain fog, or sciatica), and the most important thing of all: what we can do to help you.