Coeliac diagnosis dilemma

WHEN Dave, a 47-year-old Sydney man, decided to have a colonoscopy after his sister was diagnosed with bowel cancer, he expected the worst.

Dave had lived with abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea for most of his life, which doctors had put down to irritable bowel syndrome. This prompted the gastroenterologist he consulted to do an endoscopy at the same time.

“I was fully expecting to be told something terrible,” he says. “The last four years, as soon as I put anything in my mouth, I’d blow up like a balloon and feel sick for the rest of the day.

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