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Member Since 31 Jan 2006
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How Much Tsh Fluctuation Is Normal?

06 December 2011 - 01:27 PM

(Follow up to my earlier thread, "Hair Loss")

I got my test results back. My TSH is 2.81. I know that's borderline using the new "normal" ranges. My TSH a year ago was 1.46, so it has doubled since the last test. Is this a normal amount of fluctuation? What tests should I get next? So many of my symptoms fit with a thyroid issue, and multiple family members have thyroid disorders, but I don't know what to say to my GP. The normal range on my tests say that TSH should be .4 to 4.0. (Actually not my GP, but filling in while my regular GP is on maternity leave, so he doesn't know me.)

Is this enough for a referral to an endocrinologist? So far my other tests (ferritin, CBC, metabolic panel) look normal. I haven't gotten the Vit D test back yet, although I do take 5000 IU and I'm absorbing iron, so I don't expect it to be off.

Hair Loss?

02 December 2011 - 10:40 AM

A little background: I did my first triathlon in mid-September, so I was training hard for most of the summer. At the beginning of August my training peaked: instead of getting better, I just got slower. My hair started falling out. By the time the race happened, I was pretty sure that I was experiencing symptoms of overtraining. At the same time, school has been INSANE, and my stress levels have gone through the roof.

It's the beginning of December, and I'm still losing hair. I've lost maybe 40% since August. I'm still unable to exercise hard like I used to, so I'm only walking (instead of running) and occasionally riding my bike at an easy pace. If it had just been overtraining, I would have recovered by now. I think the combined stress from school and the triathlon may have triggered something else. Stress from school triggered problems that led me to go gluten free 6 years ago, so I think something may be happening again. I feel like my insulin response was a little out of whack too after the race, but it seems better since I've gone to a low carb diet. I was eating dairy for a while too, but I decided to stop.

Any thoughts on the hair loss and fatigue? My doctor ordered some basic vitamin deficiency and thyroid tests but I"m wondering if I should ask for anything more specific. I'm pretty sure it's something hormonal, but I wouldn't rule out the beginning of something autoimmune.

I Have Cocoa Powder And Coconut Milk. Any Good Brownie Recipes?

30 July 2011 - 11:18 AM

I am not great at making up recipes and substituting, but I have the ingredients for brownies. Does anyone have a recipe that uses cocoa powder and coconut milk? I DO NOT have actual chocolate in the house. I have the standard staples for gluten-free baking, like gluten-free flour and xanthan gum.

Fruits And Vegies

08 July 2011 - 03:58 PM

I posted this already in the weight loss section, but it might fit better here. I've noticed my belly is huge since I've lost weight, and I'm trying to figure out why. I'm mostly eating meat and produce. I limit the fruit, but I've been eating TONS of vegies. What vegies give people problems? I know some people have issues with nightshades, but what else? I'm not sure if it's just the volume of vegies I'm eating, or the fiber, but sometimes I get super bloated and gassy- like one in particular doesn't agree with me.

Weight Loss Makes My Belly Look Bigger

07 July 2011 - 07:14 PM

I've been on a diet recently to lose a few pounds, and I've done OK so far. I've lost some fat everywhere, and now it seems like my belly looks really big in comparison. It's still the "problem area" on my body, even though it's not all from extra fat.

I'm currently gluten, dairy, and soy free. I eat somewhat Paleo style- I have a serving of black beans or sweet potatoes first thing in the morning, and maybe one serving of fruit in a day. After that, I'm pretty much only eating meat and cooked vegetables. I don't eat much in terms of calories, but those vegetables are huge! Why is it that I look pregnant after a big meal, but I can never tell when anyone else has eaten a big meal? I really have no idea if I just digest REALLY slow, or if I'm intolerant to something else. I cook almost everything myself, so I don't think there's any hidden gluten.

I haven't really kept up with all the other things that people have problems with on this forum. I know that certain fruits and vegies can be an issue.

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