I initially went to my doctor, about 3 years ago, as I was suffering from dreadful bloating and wind. She advised I remove wheat from my diet and see what happened. The improvement was almost immediate, along with other benefits i.e my joints stopped aching (which I had put down to age!!), and my psoriasis cleared up. After 5 - 6 weeks I was told to start eating wheat again so that blood tests for CD could be done. Unfortunately this made me so poorly I was unable to eat much and the tests came back negative. Since then I have avoided gluten, and also now have to avoid oats as they bring on the same symptoms. My doctor did book me in for an endoscopy, but my reaction to the ingestion of any gluten is now so severe that it would be pointless having the test. I have seen a dietician, who really wasn't much help, and my doctor did ask the hospital specialists if there was an alternative, to no avail. Although I am managing my diet myself (I am also a vegetarian), and have annual blood tests, it would be beneficial to have an official diagnosis in order to receive the extra support services. My Grandmother is a coeliac so there is a family history. All help and advice greatly appreciated.