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Self Diagnose Celiac- How To Get A Thyroid Test?

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I'm 17 years old, and have self diagnose myself as being celiac. Since going celiac lots of symptoms have become light or disappeared. A most visible symptom is my hair texture, most recently I cut my hair to about 1/4 inch... and as I've stated to family members my hair texture should have slowly improved... and it did. Though I also think I have other health problems such as monosodium glutamate intolerance, yeast intolerance, nuts intolerance, and possibly prone to diabetes. Though my most concern is my thyroid. I think I'm also suffering from a thyroid disease, and have nearly all the symptoms, most common ones ( which many may find to have): Weight changes, anxiety and depression, fatigue, neck discomfort, muscle and joint pains, hair and skin changes, bowel problems... There are also other symptoms I experience, but according to http://thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_starthere/a/10signs.htm these are the most common that many can relate to. As of now it seems like my doctor is no longer doing anything else, after getting back a negative test for celiac ( though before test I was on a 2 week diet, and did not know it could interfer with results since I assume I've been celiac since birth). I have also been set with a physcriologist, having my first session today. He recommanded that I don't think about my health for the entire week, and next Wensday I can mention all my symtoms from birth to now. So to make this all short in talking about my symptoms, how can I get a thyroid test done? I think there is something wrong with my thyroids as well, and from there if results show that I have a thyroid problem I may also be able to get proper blood test for lack of vitamins, since my immune system do not absort well at the moment.

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All the symptoms you list for thyroid problems are also problems that are seen with celiac. Have you asked your doctor to check your thyroid? Since he has decided your negative panel is 'proof' that you don't have celiac it shouldn't be hard to get him to test your thyroid levels. You could also hold off for a month or two on the throid panel and see if the gluten-free diet helps with those issues. It can take some time to heal and for other problems to resolve if they are gluten related.

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All the symptoms you list for thyroid problems are also problems that are seen with celiac. Have you asked your doctor to check your thyroid? Since he has decided your negative panel is 'proof' that you don't have celiac it shouldn't be hard to get him to test your thyroid levels. You could also hold off for a month or two on the throid panel and see if the gluten-free diet helps with those issues. It can take some time to heal and for other problems to resolve if they are gluten related.

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Yeah, but I really can't hold off on getting my thyroid check... I think it will be very logical. I also have like this rash like thing on/ around my neck which could be caused by my thyroid, skin issue has been there for years... almost look like dirt around neck, but I've notice it try to clear up on one side... or sometimes come back, also when I once ate a lemon I notice the bumps sorta spark out like. I find myself to be thirsty a lot also, well there is just a lot of symptoms. Though I have never been gluten free for one full month, and look forward to that time near end of July.

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You can get your thyroid tested through an endocrinologist doctor. They deal with hormones and things. It's a very simple and quick blood test to get and you'll get your results back a few days later.

Also, if you are wanting to get a blood test to check to see what vitamins you are deficient in or what your levels are, you could get a Spectracell blood test done. Talk to your doctor to see if he can request it for you. It's like a "vitamin analysis." So, it checks what vitamins you are deficient in or have too much of. It's a great test to get. With the Spectracell test you have to fast for at least 8 hours I believe, and you just wake up and go get your blood drawn without eating anything. This one is about 12 tubes of blood (not bad at all if you are laying down...plus you are drowsy from just waking up, so you barely notice it!) The thyroid blood test is probably 1-2 tubes and you don't have to fast or do anything before that test.

Best of luck :)

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In Australia a GP can order the tests you don't need an endo.You need TSH, FREE T3, FREE T4, TgAb and TPO antibodies (for Hashimoto's Disease) as a minimum

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It definitely wouldn't hurt to get your thyroid checked, but the problem could likely be related to gluten. My thyroid shut down for awhile at the peak of my disease before I really figured out what was happening with my body, the autoimmune reaction to gluten basically destroyed it and it took a long time to get it back functioning properly again. Lugols iodine helped me, but it also aggravates DH (the skin disease associated with celiac and gluten-which I have badly) so that is something to consider. What helped me the most was simply being gluten free and eating really healthy. I was formerly vegetarian and adding meat back into my diet helped my thyroid symptoms a lot. I began gaining weight and feeling warmer. But if I accidentally get glutened, my hypothyroid symptoms show back up.

Being gluten free for a month really isn't long enough to see full improvement. I've been gluten free a long time now and my body is still healing. The healing process is long and slow. Keep it up! I wish I had discovered I was celiac when I was your age. I was sick my whole life and could have saved thousands of dollars spent on useless doctors who didn't help me at all, had I known!

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