At Your Appointment

Celiac Disease Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • How often have you had symptoms in the last month?
  • When was your last celiac serology test?
  • When was your last bone densitometry test?
  • Are you struggling with your diet?
  • Are you currently working with a dietitian?
  • Have you had a flu shot this year?
  • Describe your symptoms. Do you have diarrhea, fatigue, or unintended weight loss? Abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, or excessive gas?
  • Do you have symptoms outside your digestive tract, such as skin problems, joint pain, or headaches?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • What foods or other triggers seem to make your symptoms worse?
  • Do you have a family history of celiac disease or any other autoimmune disease?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have celiac disease?
  • Could another condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose celiac disease?
  • What treatments are available for celiac disease?
  • How is diet related to celiac disease?
  • What causes celiac disease?
  • How severe is my case of celiac disease?
  • Do you ever use medication to treat celiac disease?
  • What are the potential complications of celiac disease? What tests do I need?
  • What specific dietary restrictions do I need to follow? What will happen if I have gluten?
  • Should I work with a dietitian?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my celiac disease?
  • Do you believe my symptoms are due to celiac disease or another problem, such as inflammatory bowel disease? Why do you think this?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 7
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Celiac Disease. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/celiac-disease/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352225
  2. Treatment and Follow Up. Celiac Disease Foundation. https://celiac.org/about-celiac-disease/treatment-and-follow-up/
  3. What Is Celiac Disease? Celiac Disease Foundation. https://celiac.org/about-celiac-disease/what-is-celiac-disease/