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Is this a thyroid problem? Exercise

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Hello all, I am at a loss here and a lot of my research has left me still kind of at a loss. Long story short, I have not been formally dx celiac, however, I have a very high sensitivity to it and all grains for that matter. I have also a long list of other food intolerances and have been gluten/soy/casein free for 4+ months and corn/processed sugar free for about 1 week. Over the prior few months my energy levels have significantly increased and I have generally been feeling well enough to get back to my old exercise routine. For about a month I was running on a treadmill for 15 minutes and lifting weights after for 30 minutes and was doing this twice a week. I also was playing basketball once a week for 2 hours at a time. This was the extent of my exercising. Well about 3 weeks ago, I started into an autoimmune reaction to a new food which I was able to identify as corn. My reaction swung from what I felt was an underactive thyroid to an overactive thyroid for several days. I went to my NP about all this and she told me to cut out the heavy exercise and to cut out the corn. The symptoms subsided generally and I began a supplementation of a healthy probiotic, glutamine, digestive enzymes with meals, and aloe vera. Now during this time 3 weeks ago during my reaction I would go through phases of being very hot and balmy, and on several occasions I was waking up in the morning in a pool of sweat. I also had mild heart palpitations, a feeling of a tightening throat or lump on my throat, mild muscle twitches and decreased appetite. Also was going through major phases of brain fog and confusion. Once cutting out the exercising most of these short lived symptoms went away and now on a full supplementation of vitamins aimed at healing what I believe is a very leaky gut I was generally feeling quite well aside from the detoxing effect of the vitamins and removal of corn/processed sugar from my diet. I was dying to play basketball the other night and figured I would just take it easy and not overexert myself, and I generally felt great while playing and immediate after, keep in mind we play basketball from 8-10pm and by 1am I was asleep. Well the day after, I again woke up in a pool of sweat but my brain had never felt so clear before, on only 5 hours of sleep I felt almost superhuman. It was almost scary how well I felt, however, late in the evening (last night) I felt again my heart rhythm not being quite right and I had the feeling of it not working right as I was falling asleep last night and was kind of jolted awake for a second. I added in a new probiotic yesterday (high quality from custom probiotics) which may have been messing with my system last night but still, many of the same symptoms I was experiencing a few weeks back returned after this basketball playing a few nights ago, just not to the same extent as before. I am awaiting results from my NP on a stool and vitamin/mineral test and I have had a normal looking thyroid test done, although it was not a full panel. I am to see my GP early next week, who I have avoided like the plague due to the constant pushing of prescription remedies, with these full range of symptoms to discuss and to push for the full thyroid panel. In the meantime, I was hoping someone out there has dealt with similar thyroid symptoms during recovery and if I can just chalk them up to just that, my body recovering from years of damage done from a poor diet and/or possibly having celiac. Celiac runs in my family and I do believe I have it, I am totally okay with that, but I am striving to live a semi-normal life with no worries of my health, I am relatively young, 33 male and am in generally good physical condition (well aside from whatever is going on inside).

 

Thanks in advance!

 

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Karen is right.  You really can not second guess thyroid symptoms as they often overlap with celiac or other autoimmune symptoms.     I personally had very few traditional thyroid symptoms, but lab tests showed I had Hashimoto's thyroiditis.    Best bet is to get some lab tests.  

Sometimes we get fixated on one diagnosis.  Like when I was sure my niece had celiac disease, but it turns out she had Crohn's (pill camera).  Or when my PCPs blamed my life-long anemia to Thalassemia (a genetic anemia).  I do have Thals, but I also had iron-deficiency anemia from celiac disease!  You can have multiple issues!  

If you do have celiac disease, then 4 months into the gluten-free diet is such a short time.  The gluten-free diet has a long learning curve (hence mistakes are made and cross contamination is common).  Be sure to read our Newbie 101 thread pinned at the top of the Coping section of the forum.  

I hope you figure it out.  ?

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