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Gallbladder And Thyroid Problems

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 04:12 AM

Hi all,
I am new to this forum and to hypothyroidism and what seems to be gallbladder disease.
I only just found out in the past two weeks that celiac disease can destroy or harm internal organs---possibly with autoimmune damage. I have been diagnosed with under-active thyroid about 4 months ago, then about 2 months ago (after losing health insurance) started having what seems to be gallbladder attacks: these are accompanied by sluggish digestion (gastroparesis??), bloating, pain, and loss of appetite. The pain is in the upper-right torso---and seems to abate if I avoid eating fats.
Since I can't see a doctor until the health insurance is available, I am asking those of you with experience in this area:
Does that sound like gall bladder attacks? Does anyone have both hypothyroidism and gallbladder disease? Celiac disease runs in my family---a couple nieces showed symptoms in early childhood---the rest of us were asymptomatic until middle age.
I welcome any comments and advice.
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 06:12 AM


I do not have celiac (hubby does) but I can attest that this sound like gallbladder disease. I started getting ill last year around this time (2/07) and by July I was having gallbladder attacks (about 3 of them) and soreness in my upper abdomen - sore to touch around where the ribcage ends in the center of the abdomen and a band of pain going under my arm pit around to the back under the "wing." I had gas and bloating already by July but in July a severe non-stop diarrhea started along with loss of appetite to the point where I lost 10 lbs in 3 weeks. I had gallbladder surgery on 8/16/07 and still had loss of appetite for about another month; and still had the gas and bloating and pain in upper abdomen and across around the back - both sides of my back now. I am 6 mos after surgery and still get gas and bloating and some pain when I eat stuff I shouldn't (fatty foods). Before removal, I was so nauseous the sight and smell of food made me feel like throwing up.

While I had some gallstones, my diagnosis was primarily gallbladder disease - my gallbladder was not functioning any longer and could have become infected (big serious problem that kind of infection).

I also have hypothyroidism and had half my thyroid removed about 10 years ago and have to take Synthroid everyday. But again, I do not have celiac...as far as I know I don't...
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Husband has Celiac Disease and
Husband misdiagnosed for 27 yrs -
The misdiagnosis was: IBS or colitis
Mis-diagnosed from 1977 to 2003 by various gastros including one of the largest,
most prestigious medical groups in northern NJ which constantly advertises themselves as
being the "best." This GI told him it was "all in his head."
Serious Depressive state ensued
Finally Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003
Other food sensitivities: almost all fruits, vegetables, spices, eggs, nuts, yeast, fried foods, roughage, soy.
Needs to gain back at least 25 lbs. of the 40 lbs pounds he lost - lost a great amout of body fat and muscle
Developed neuropathy in 2005
Now has lymphadema 2006
It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003

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