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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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I've read the posts of celiacs and other gluten sensitive souls and always thought everyone had it so much worse than I could imagine. I kind of had a "there but for the grace of God" attitude about the multitude of food issues many celiacs face. But I've come to realize that once you have some serious GI issues they don't just go away...sometimes they get worse!

I've been Gluten Free faithfully for quite some time and I am now finding other reactions and beginning a food diary/elimination diet to track it. So far the dairy sensitivity has worsened and I have been experiencing a reaction to soy too. I've also been having heart palpitations and shortness of breath (saw a cardiologist who assured me I was fine other than trivial valve regurgitation). Oh, and diverticulitis issues too, I'm beginning to believe all of my issues are just food related.

I have a new mantra...

I AM NOT CRAZY, OR DEPRESSED, OR A HYPOCHONDRIAC, I JUST HAVE FOOD ISSUES!

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(Hashimoto's) Thyroiditis can cause some of the symptoms you listed as your hormones swing from hyper to hypothyroidism. It could be worth checking out...beyond the food issues. :);)

Best wishes.

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(Hashimoto's) Thyroiditis can cause some of the symptoms you listed as your hormones swing from hyper to hypothyroidism. It could be worth checking out...beyond the food issues. :);)

Best wishes.

Thanks, I've had my thyroid checked and it was good, I've wondered about sjogren's because I've also been having swallowing, choking issues, but that could also be due to GERD...oh well...

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Thanks, I've had my thyroid checked and it was good, I've wondered about sjogren's because I've also been having swallowing, choking issues, but that could also be due to GERD...oh well...

Forgive me for pushing this, but which thyroid tests did they do? Did you see the results?

Doctors often say they have checked the thyroid, but that usually means they tested TSH. If TSH is "normal" they don't look any further. Please, do check with your doc and find out if they ran Free T3, Free T4, and thyroid antibodies (anti-thyroglobulin known as TgAb and anti thyroid peroxidase, known as anti-TPO). You cannot know if you have autoimmune thyroid without those antibody tests, and autoimmune thyroid can definitely cause your symptoms.

As for the diverticulites, I've had two bouts with that. I'm finding that the soy-free, starch-free paleo/primal plan (with SCD variation so I can eat home-made yogurt!) is making a huge difference. I do not have abdominal issues as long as I stick to the plan.

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Forgive me for pushing this, but which thyroid tests did they do? Did you see the results?

Doctors often say they have checked the thyroid, but that usually means they tested TSH. If TSH is "normal" they don't look any further. Please, do check with your doc and find out if they ran Free T3, Free T4, and thyroid antibodies (anti-thyroglobulin known as TgAb and anti thyroid peroxidase, known as anti-TPO). You cannot know if you have autoimmune thyroid without those antibody tests, and autoimmune thyroid can definitely cause your symptoms.

Beachbirdie is completely correct. I am almost positive that I've had thyroid issues for 15 years but the doctors would just check my TSH, which was a high normal or just above the range, and tell me I was normal.... I accepted that and didn't ask to see the specific lab results; that was a HUGE mistake on my part. My doctor finally "found" a thyroid problem when my TSH was triple the normal range, but my symptoms hadn't changed one iota from when my TSH was in the normal range... he would call it a coincidence. Sheesh. :rolleyes:

Those Free T4 and T3 labs should be in the upper half of the normal range, at about 65-80% of normal, so if the lab range was 0-10, you would ideally want to be at a 7. When my TSH was high, my Free T4 was at 10%, or in the above example it would have been a one... and I didn't feel very good.

Best wishes with it all. :)

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Beachbirdie is completely correct. I am almost positive that I've had thyroid issues for 15 years but the doctors would just check my TSH, which was a high normal or just above the range, and tell me I was normal.... I accepted that and didn't ask to see the specific lab results; that was a HUGE mistake on my part. My doctor finally "found" a thyroid problem when my TSH was triple the normal range, but my symptoms hadn't changed one iota from when my TSH was in the normal range... he would call it a coincidence. Sheesh. :rolleyes:

Those Free T4 and T3 labs should be in the upper half of the normal range, at about 65-80% of normal, so if the lab range was 0-10, you would ideally want to be at a 7. When my TSH was high, my Free T4 was at 10%, or in the above example it would have been a one... and I didn't feel very good.

Best wishes with it all. :)

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My TSH was 2.28 and my Free T4 was .91

I spent a few days compiling all of my symptoms, organizing the patterns of highs and lows and went to the doc armed with my own "research". I figured that there had to be a reason for all of the things happening to me. They weren't just digestive but arthritic too and then there were the heart palps. He's running an ANA, RA, and Lupus panel as well as checking SED rate and another CBC.

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Do you know your lab's ranges? A TSH of 2.28 is in the middle of my lab's range (0.2-6.0) but is on the high end if the range is 0.2-2.5... The ranges make a difference.

That's good the doctor is looking into rheumatic diseases too. Good luck with the tests.

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Sorry i took a break from the forum for a bit...

My TSH was 2.28 and my Free T4 was .91

I spent a few days compiling all of my symptoms, organizing the patterns of highs and lows and went to the doc armed with my own "research". I figured that there had to be a reason for all of the things happening to me. They weren't just digestive but arthritic too and then there were the heart palps. He's running an ANA, RA, and Lupus panel as well as checking SED rate and another CBC.

Ask them to test your Free T3. If your lab uses ranges like my lab, your Free T4 is on the lowish end. I can't function if my TSH is as high as yours though your mileage may vary. I'd be really suspicious of early hypothyroid here. Endocrinologists are increasingly accepting of new TSH recommendations which say 2.5 (some say 3.0) is the upper end of the range...with that in mind, you are definitely on your way.

Not to mention that many hypothyroid patients show symptoms long before their labs catch up to them. I had a heck of a time getting my doc to stop looking at me as a potential cardiac patient (palpitations, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety) and start thinking about thyroid. Turns out most everything that was wrong with me at the time WAS thyroid.

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