I have hypothyroidism as did my Aunt who has been diagnosed with coeliac disease over the last couple of years. I only have memories of her being practically crippled with joint pain but nobody seemed to know what caused it. Once she was diagnosed coeliac she has some pain but nowhere near as bad ie she used to have to use crutches or splints on her legs and things to help turn taps on etc. Nothing like that now.
Since I was diagnosed hypothyroid I also started to develop very bad pains in my joints and as I related it to my thyroid, I paid to see a consultant and found that my taking a different thyroid medication, the pain was relieved a bit. However, it is back with vengeance and thinking of my Aunt and her situation I started to remove gluten from my diet. Then I would add it back in and find the pains were worst again.
I queried this with my doctor and with no hesitation he said he would do the blood test which I was a bit surprised at. The results came back and he said there was no sign of coeliac disease and I took that at face value. I hadn't avoided gluten before the test because I know that can affect the result.
I wasn't actually aware of how the blood test was done but Ive just read that the way they do it is to test for antibodies. I have been having private blood tests done for my thyroid and at Christmas I also had my antibodies tested which came back very high. I believe there's nothing thaat can be done for them so haven't pursued it with my GP.
However, having read what I have today about antibody testing and as I have actually been eating alot of gluten since Christmas, leaving me in alot of pain (I don't get stomach pain as such, just a kind of ibs and I am definitely not losing any weight), Im beginning to wonder if he ever did the test in the first place.
What do you guys think about this? Is it just an antibody test he would have done and if so why didn't he tell me they were high?