Should I Push For Visit To Rheumatologist? in Sclero Forums (MAIN) Posted March 7, 2007 · Report reply HI I must chime in on this one. I am not a dr. but upon reading your entry you speak of quite a few nutritional defincienies, including iron and B 12. These are very common deficiencies in celiac disease, an autoimmune disease of the intestines. Another side effect of celiac disease is neuropathies with no explanation. You may suggest having a celiac panel blood test run if you have not already. I am not a dr. but I do have celiac sprue and I know form personal experience and from speaking with many people that it can present in many ways, with many rheumatological symptoms. It is often overlooked, but it is not uncommon. Anyway some food for thought. I hope you get to the bottom of it soon, it can take so long with autoimmune at times. Don't lose hope, with the help of a good rheumatologist you will get to the bootom of it. Oh btw- you don't need a rheumatologist to run the celiac panel blood test, your primary care physician can order it easily. Sincerely, Sarah.