Please can anyone help me
So under the supervision of my doctor I trialled a Gluten Free Diet for the last 6 weeks. This was in an attempt to quell some of my autoimmune symptoms.
I have Hashimotos thyroid disease and have been treated with Levothyroxine 100mg for the last 20 years. I have suffered IBS for many years too with ongoing digestive issues.
Check up yesterday with doctor for blood results showed my thyroid levels starting to go hyper instead of hypo according to my GP. Could this be the GF effect ?
However my autoimmune symptoms including joint pains, brain fog, depression, diarrhoea, insomnia and fatigue have significantly improved gradually over the last 6 weeks so I can confirm that going GF has had a positive impact on my life.
Energy levels improved ,I am sleeping better, brain fog and low mood has lifted and my stools are formed and regular. The joint pains in my feet, ankles,knees and elbows continue to plague me regardless.
A rheumatologist referral for these symptoms in January ended with him deciding that I had tennis elbow and post menopausal Arthralgia and should increase my exercise and consider physio!
So back to the drawing board with more blood tests and consultation with my conventional doctor. As autoimmune diseases are linked , my GP suspects Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Coeliac because of my symptoms.
So I have to include Gluten back into my diet for another 6 weeks for the antibody blood test . I am also going to provide a stool sample for a Calprotectin test . This will be 6 weeks of unleashed hell if last night was anything to go by !
For the last 6 weeks my symptoms had started to settle down but in order to re introduce Gluten I had to take a leap of faith . The consequences were horrendous after ingesting 2 slices of wholemeal bread with my supper last night.
I went to bed at my usual time at 10 O’clock . After tossing and turning with grumbling stomach pains, sweats, random joint pains, tingling sensations, itching scalp, runny nose and sinus type headache I finally got some shut eye after looking at my watch for the last time at 2.27am !
Woke up at 6 O’clock this morning feeling fearful ,anxious and generally rubbish from sleep deprivation.
Wish that I could fast forward the next 6 weeks 😢