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screwtapeltrs

Member Since 07 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Feb 13 2013 07:54 AM
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What Would You Do?

07 February 2013 - 08:43 AM

Hi everyone, I've been lurking while waiting to hear about the results of my 1...yes you read that right, 1 test for celiac. It was the anti-endomysial test with reflex.

Finally got the results from the doctor. Normal, of course; rated 5 with lab ranges of 0 to 19.

Also, had my thyroid checked again with this new doc from the endocrinology dept (she's really a NP). She advised me that the TSH - which is what my PCP had ordered - is not a reliable indicator when someone is taking Armour thyroid (which I am, of course).

Obviously - and I say this because of how crappy I feel - my free T4 was low (0.7 with lab ranges of (0.8 to 1.7), so she upped my dosage from 120mcg to 180mcg. I'll start this new dosage tomorrow.

Background: I have had Hashimoto's thyroiditis since a teenager (doc noticed a goiter), had my gallbladder out in 1997, 1 month after having my son (who by the way is autistic), lost both parents while still young - mom was 47 when she died from stroke, dad was 59 when he suffered a heart attack (lifelong sufferer of asthma and lost a ton of weight before he died), my sister has Ige food allergies and was diagnosed last year with Hashimoto's, a daughter with ADD, another son with a learning disability (school casts as autistic, but he is much more capable than my older son - I think because I refused to allow him to get the MMR).

Nobody in my extended family to my knowledge has celiac - or any autoimmune diseases that I know of, but of course we're not really all that close...

Symptoms I've been having: diarrhea/constipation - swings from one to the other - brain fog, inability to focus and concentrate for any length of time, lots of very smelly gas, aching joints, muscle weakness and the new joy in my life - a very itchy rash which I developed after my initial doctor visit back in December, 2012.


Can't think of anything else at this moment, but anyway, if it were illegal to be celiac, I would probably be put away for life due to circumstantial evidence! ;-)

Question is: I plan to try the GFD for at least 3 months' time to see if I begin to feel better. What would you do?

Thanks everyone - this is a very supportive community.