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I have Hashimoto's hypothyroidism, it is an autoimmune thyroid problem, I believe that Gluten Intolerance trigger the Hashimoto's. I have actually read some information about how going gluten-free may allow the thyroid to re-regulate itself. This is what I am praying. I have been gluten-free for 1 month and am going to get some more blood work done to check my thyroid again. I don't know if gluten-free alone will be enough for things to get corrected but so far I am getting less of the Hypothyroid symptoms. My doctor is a little worried about my decision to try gluten-free diet before hormone replacement stuff, but she said I could try.

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:D Hi,

I too am Hypothroid with Hashimoto's. My thyroid is regulated with two thyroid medications, at this time. I also have adrenal insufficiency. I am gluten-free since December of 2002. The endocrinologist did reduce one of my thyroid medications from 15 mcg to 7.5 mcg. within the last year. I was happy.

What has your experience been with the effects of an autoimmune disease?

Take Care of yourself.

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Update on my Hypothyroid. I have been gluten-free for six months now and am feeling pretty good. I recently had blood work done again for celiac disease and my thyroid. My TSH level dropped from 98 to 6 and my IgG level dropped from 40 to 9. My doctor was very impressed that my TSH had dropped so much just by going gluten-free. I am also taking a supplament to support my Thyroid, but no hormones.

Anyway, I am excited that the gluten-free diet has helped so much with my Thyroid. Technically my Thyroid is still high but I also haven't stayed away from Caesin. So know I am going to avoid Caesin and see if that will help my TSH to drop to a normal level.

I just wanted to let everyone know that diet does have a lot to do with our health. And if something is wrong it doesn't mean we need a drug to fix the problem. We need to be proactive to find the root cause and fix the problem not just put a band-aid on it.

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congrats on the great results! :-)

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My son and husband are celiac disease; my other son and I tested completely negative and are asymptomatic -- but I was dx w/ Hashimoto's about 3 months ago. (they discovered that while working on gyn problems....) Does anybody know if I should think about having my celiac disease screens run again?

joanna

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    • I am sorry that you are sick! i think you need to really adhere to a gluten free diet that consists of ONLY whole foods (no processed gluten-free foods) and do not go out to eat, until you start to see improvement.  Each tiny gluten exposure can set you back.  It sounds like you really became even more ill after the gluten challenge.   I was just anemic when diagnosed.  I waited seven weeks for my endoscopy due to work issues, so i took the time to consume lots of gluten.  Like a loaf of sourdough per day not to mention all the cakes, cookies that I loved.  (Okay, I just ate a few out of each package......)  by the end of seven weeks, I knew I had celiac disease.  I had a bloated stomach visible under my left rib cage, pinching when I bent over, indigestion, etc.  Not to mention some weird Fibro pain my my shoulders, tingly legs, etc.   Most resolved, but it took about two years. If you  ask for thyroid panel, be sure it includes testing for thyroid antibodies.   
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