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  1. Thanks. To confuse matters, I also asked to be tested for pernicious anemia (symptoms are similar to hypo thyroid), but she only put B12 and CBC to check for that... Although from what I understand you have to look for antibodies (PA is another autoimmune condition). We'll see what comes back. The bloodwork I had done a year ago showed my B12 at 167 (normal range 198-615), and she failed to even mention it. That could also explain my crazy fatigue, heart palpitations, etc. I just want answers so I can start feeling well! I'm sure you all can relate. I'm a single mom to 3 small children and I don't feel like I am giving them my best because I am so darned tired and foggy.
  2. So I had my bloodwork done today. Not sure how long it takes to get results back but I would like to be prepared when they do come back. What if she tells me I do indeed have antibodies but my TSH is "normal" so I don't require treatment? Also, I requested Free t3 and free t4 but what she wrote down was t3 and t4. Is this the same thing? I also asked for TSI (for Graves) but she didn't put that. I do suspect my symptoms are hypo rather than hyper but I seem to have symptoms of both. Any thoughts welcome! Thanks.
  3. I realize this is an old thread, but this is EXACTLY what my arms look like! If I knew how to upload pics, I would. The funny thing is, my rash never appeared until AFTER I was dx'd with Celiac and had been gluten-free for many months! It is just now starting to calm down after 4 months of flare-up.
  4. Thank you Gemini. I have read lots of anecdotal stories about people going gluten-free and their thyroid antibodies plummeting. I just want to be sure that if the tests come back negative that it means I do not have Hashimoto's. Not that I have just stopped producing antibodies because going gluten-free has calmed my immune system. Some people are saying this can happen in as little as 3-6 months of being gluten free. The more I read, the more I realize I have many symptoms of both hypo and hyper (or Graves??) - including Mitral Valve Prolapse, which I was diagnosed with last year. I've read some studies that say as many as 40-50% of those with autoimmune thyroid disease have this! I have written down all of my symptoms and rush factors, along with what tests I should ask for, to show my GP. Any advice or suggestions would be welcome. Thanks, Alissa
  5. Interesting... Would you mind posting your results here when you get them?
  6. This video is long but it explains how gluten affects autoimmunity (including thyroid).
  7. Irishgirl76

    5 Year Old Boy, And Possibly Me?

    Thanks, squirmingitch. He has had minor flare-ups, but nothing major. I, on the other hand, had a major outbreak that lasted about 3 months (and is just settling down now). It was by far the worst I've ever had. At least I assume that was what it was. Whatever it was it was horrible, and the itching would actually wake me up in the night.
  8. Irishgirl76

    5 Year Old Boy, And Possibly Me?

    Just to update, we finally had the genetic testing done, and all of the children turned up HLA DQ2 positive.
  9. Thank you. I have gotten very good at stomping my foot. I was the one who demanded Celiac testing and my daughter and I both came back positive. I have been right on a few other self-diagnoses as well (ie - my daughter's asperger's), so I think my doc has learned to listen to my instincts. Thank goodness!!
  10. Oh and I ALWAYS ask for test results, especially since my sister had her whole family tested for Celiac after I was dx'd and she was told her results were "fine". One year later her daughter had a SEVERE DH breakout, went back to the doc. He pulled up their bloodwork result and oops, 2 do the kids were actually positive.
  11. Thank you both very much. That will be very helpful. My TSH results were 1.6.
  12. Are these the correct tests I should ask for? TPOAb - Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies TgAb - Thyroglobulin Antibodies Free-T3 Free-T4 Should I ask for Graves testing as well? Thanks!! Alissa
  13. Thank you!!! I have been searching the Internet for 2 days. Lol
  14. Hello, I was diagnosed with Celiac just over a year ago. I have adopted a strict gluten-free (and grain-free) diet. I eat very clean, no processed foods, no soy, no dairy etc. yet I am still not feeling better. Very fatigued all the time. I am starting to suspect my thyroid. They checked my TSH when I was diagnosed and it was fine, but in my research I see that TSH is a poor test for Hashimoto's, and what they should be looking for is antibodies. My question is this: since Hashimoto's has a clear link to gluten sensitivity/Celiac, if I get tested for it now, will it come up negative since I have been gluten-free for a year? This week I took my cousin for Celiac testing, as she has many symptoms of Celiac. Come to find out she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and Graves Disease as a child. So there is a family history. I have booked a doctor's appointment but would like to know what the odds are of a false negative. Thanks so much! Alissa