Last Nov 2011, I found out by accident that I was having an immune system response to gluten. I did a comprehensive stool analysis looking for information on what was happening in my gut. I was squarely focused on probiatics, yeast, infection. Gluten wasn't even on my radar. I did the test because I had been diagnosed with diverticulosis and had 3 infections in my colon in 18 mths. I figured the antibiotics (nasty tasting) had blown out all the good bacterium.
The conclusion was that I needed serious probiotics to repopulate my intestinal tract but I was also showing a non-celiac immune response to gluten at 3x the normal levels. The Doc recommended that I eliminate it completely....forever. To say that I was floored is an understatement, I honestly didn't know where to start. But, I went with it.
The first pleasant surprise was within a week of my new gluten-free diet was the persistent sinus drip in the back of my throat vanished. The next almost immediate thing was the regular bloaty feeling I always lived with vanished. I was thrilled beyond belief. This coupled with intensive probiotic treatment was that gastric processes resembled something akin to normal for the first time in years and years.
Fast forward a whole year now, and something even more miraculous has occurred. My thyroid bloodword started changing around the end of the summer in the direction of being over medicated with Synthroid. By October, I had weaned myself off it completely. The medical journals I read said it would take about 6 months gluten-free to see a difference in symptoms and it was almost that to the day that my blood work started to show a shift.
I've been Synthroid free for over a month and have never felt better. The most notable changes are the quality of my skin, nails & hair. My thinning hair is actual thickening up. I even see new growth in my eyebrows. My hypo pals will understand that one. My energy levels have never been higher. The constant yawning throughout the day...gone! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to believe that my hypothyroid diagnosis of decades ago had to do with an undiagnosed gluten intolerance.
However, before jumping up and down (which I have the energy to do these days), I am checking back in with my Doctor. Not sure if she will believe me about the gluten/thyroid connection but she will do a thyroid panel to see what my stats are at this point. I'm hoping for a Xmas miracle that my thryoid has healed itself and can manage without hormone supplements.
This post is not so much a question as an "I needed to share my joy" moment with people I know would understand.