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Member Since 21 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Dec 17 2006 07:04 PM

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In Topic: Headaches Persisting After Going Gluten-free

17 December 2006 - 07:04 PM

Thank you all for your helpful suggestions regarding headaches. I've decided to try them all for one month each, so I'll know, hopefully, which, if any, is most effective; lots of B-12 first, followed by magnesium, then calcium supplements. I'll keep the board posted with results in case it may help someone else. The thought of living without painkillers (and snide looks from doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc.) is fabulous...keep your fingers crossed!

Jebus (a.k.a. Ruthie)

In Topic: Who Has Thyroid Issues

16 December 2006 - 04:34 PM

Hi Ron,

I was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid 16 years ago. I'm female, 49, and thyroid conditions run in my family: my late mother, my younger son, my sister. My endocrinologist knew immediately when my bloodwork showed malabsorption of vitamins and minerals that it was Celiac disease and ordered the appropriate panel for that. He told me they go hand-in-hand as they are both auto-immune disorders; in the same way that diabetics are predisposed to other autoimmune diseases. Why your first endocrinoligist didn't know this right out of the gate, I can't say. Luckily it sounds like you're in good hands now. At first it was an overwhelming diet change, but it's really a no brainer considering the potential consequences. The folks here on the website clued me in about not eating dairy which I wasn't aware of, and that has also helped.

Good luck

Jebus (a.k.a. Ruthie)

In Topic: Heavy Periods

16 December 2006 - 04:14 PM


I don't know if this will help you, but before being diagnosed with Celiac, but being in the malabsorption of iron, B-12, vitamin D etc. stage, my endocrinologist insisted I take daily iron tablets, which resulted in my getting the "periods from hell" for the first time ever. I stopped taking them one week before my due dates, and voila! normal periods (for me) again. Hopefully, since they've begun to taper off because I'm ancient (49), they'll stop altogether soon. I think menstruating for 37 years is enough (minus the time I was pregnant with our two sons). I'm sure the male Celiacs out there are loving these conversations. They all just went to find a football game on the t.v.

Good Luck,

Jebus (a.k.a. Ruthie)

In Topic: Headaches Persisting After Going Gluten-free

16 December 2006 - 02:22 PM


I forgot to mention when I asked my headache question that I do take Topomax twice a day as a migraine preventative, so I haven't had one of my 12-hour, head-exploding, hide in a dark silent room, please let me die migraines for quite a long time, thankfully. It's the daily, persistent, nagging ones, like a band around my head or one of my eyes trying to pop out (lovely picture, but that's what they feel like). My forehead is sore to the touch sometimes, also. My husband reminded me today that if I usually forget to take my B-12, that could be causing headaches - is he correct? I try to remember at the end of each day (can't take in the a.m. with Synthroid). I appreciate your imput regarding nightshade foods, but I'm hesitant to remove potatoes and tomatoes, since I'm down to so few "safe" foods at this point. I'll try to never skip a whopping daily dose of B-12 and see if, with time, that helps. What do you, and anyone else reading this, think of this plan? Also, someone else mentioned perimopause - yes, I am diagnosed as perimenopausal and have been since about age 40, which confuses me - my ob-gyn said it could last for ten years or so until the real thing kicked in (I'm getting closer - yippee!). So hormonal swings can cause the headaches too? So I need a sex change and I'll be okay? Better consult my husband again. Thanks folks...


p.s. my real name is Ruthie

In Topic: I Am Now Treated For Low Thyroid

18 November 2006 - 03:46 PM


Thanks! I most likely do have a problem in this area, but I know my doctor would just give me that blank look--and we all know what she's thinking!

I need to find someone here that understands this stuff. Ugh--why are these things so hard????

I had her do the full (as "full" as she saw fit to do) thyroid panel a couple of months ago--she said it was normal--although I did not see the results for myself. I know she did the TSH, T3 and T4.

My maternal grandmother had thyroid problems--and ended up having a large goiter removed when I was little. This is the side of the family that also has autoimmune problems--two women have MS, and there are various other conditions.


Hi, I just read your post from November 4th, where you mention that your doctor would probably just give you a blank stare and that you don't see the written results of your own bloodwork. Did I read that correctly? I live in Jersey too and, if that's the case, it's time for a new endocrinologist for you! It was mine who has been treating my underactive thyoid for 16 years, who knew right away what it was when I told him how tired and crappy I felt. After finding malabsorption of iron and vitamins in my bloodwork (which I ALWAYS get written copies of), he said "Now we have to run a celiac panel - I'm sure that's what it is".

While I'm here, I see people debating between Synthroid and something called Armour. I take .45 mg of Synthroid daily and would like to hear the pros and cons; anybody reading - can you help me?



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