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I have celiac an hashimoto's disease. Need to find a doctor who will help with my thyroid. Cannot take regular thyroid meds due to lactose in them and can't find a doctor who will listen.

This is my first post and I need help. I feel like my life is over. I have been sick for 4 yrs and have been to every specialist and physician in the area. Everyone says I am crazy. I finally was diagnosed with celiac and hashimotos but I can not take the medicine. I am EXTREMELY sensitive to ALL medicines and must take small dosages but every doctor says that I am over reacting. I know my body. I am so frustrated. I lay in bed with no energy, constant mental cloudiness, body aches, and if I take the thyroid meds my heart rate accelerates, have severe mood swings, tingling all over and hot, and it hurts my stomach. I CANNOT have dairy but no one will send my script to a compounding pharmacy. Please help

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my SUPER AWESOME GI DOC recently moved to the atlanta area.  i do not know exactly where, because atlanta is so abounding, but her name is Dr. Ruth Montalvo.  unless you need an endo, then i am clueless.  good luck  :)

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I have celiac an hashimoto's disease. Need to find a doctor who will help with my thyroid. Cannot take regular thyroid meds due to lactose in them and can't find a doctor who will listen.

This is my first post and I need help. I feel like my life is over. I have been sick for 4 yrs and have been to every specialist and physician in the area. Everyone says I am crazy. I finally was diagnosed with celiac and hashimotos but I can not take the medicine. I am EXTREMELY sensitive to ALL medicines and must take small dosages but every doctor says that I am over reacting. I know my body. I am so frustrated. I lay in bed with no energy, constant mental cloudiness, body aches, and if I take the thyroid meds my heart rate accelerates, have severe mood swings, tingling all over and hot, and it hurts my stomach. I CANNOT have dairy but no one will send my script to a compounding pharmacy. Please help

Sorry to hear about your issues.  The good news is that you've been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and Hashimoto's.  Me too!  You didn't say which thyroid med you are on, but I've always been on Armour Thyroid.  It doesn't contain any milk products (lactose).  I stick it under my tongue to speed up the process, so that I can have that morning coffee or tea!  My compounding pharmacy can make thyroid replacements too, but the Armour is working.  What may not be working for you is insurance.  So, I pay cash!  It's actually cheaper than paying for my co-pay.  Shop around.  I use Costco Pharmacy.  I have other allergies so I understand about reacting to meds.  Have landed in the hospital a few times.  Docs know to start out small and build up.  

 

It's hard to differentiate symptoms from thyroid and Celiac (at least for me).  Although I have been diagnosed with Hashi's since 1997, I didn't have any major problems (other than small dosage increases) until menopause.  For almost a year, my thyroid has been wacked out.  I've been both hyper and hypo, swinging back and forth on a daily or weekly basis .  I have been hypo for the last five months (better than hyper) but with the recent celiac disease diagnosis, my doc and I are slowly trying to get my dosage right without pushing me to the hyper side.  My TSH this week is still a little too high (4.5), but I'll take it for now.  I think it will lower as my gut heals (and it is healing just not as fast as I'd like).  

 

Pay cash.  Maybe your doctor doesn't know about Armour or maybe your insurance won't cover it and he doesn't prescribe something that won't be covered. 

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I see Dr. Harry Delcher.  He is a board-certified endocrinologist in Atlanta (Sandy Springs area) who has gone "off the grid" so to speak.  He is known for using natural methods including Armour for thyroid.  Just a warning - he does not accept insurance, but he will give you an itemized bill with all the codes so that you can submit for reimbursement if you like.  New patient consult is $320, follow-ups are of course cheaper.  He works with a nutritionist and they sell all the supplements and such in their office.

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I'm a Chattanooga girl. I wish I could help. I mean I really really wish I could give you an answer. Only thing I can help with is Access Family Pharmacy does compounding. 4062 Hixson Pike (423)-877-3568. They might even be able to help.

 

My mom had a great GI Doc but he is semi-retired and doesn't take any new patients. (He never tested her for Celiac either) The Doctor who realized I had it I no longer go to because he was also my mom's MD and he took her off her diabetes meds and her Potassium both of which resulted in complications. And even after he said he thought I had Celiac he never tested me and never suggested my mom try going gluten-free.  Mom is now going to a D.O. who is a family friend. I haven't been to a Dr in 2 years, really don't want to either. The mess my mom has gone through recently I'd rather just not go back ever. (Yes I realize that is probably unrealistic) Afraid I'm more likely to give you a list of Dr's not to go to!  

 

If there is anyway having a local friend can help I am here. 

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