Hi all, new to this site and to gluten sensitivity altogether! I hope you all don't mind my giving a bit of my history, as a background to my question below.
I was diagnosed as hypothyroid last September during tests following three miscarriages (I have since had 2 more). My TSH and FT4 levels are now in a good way, but I continually research into ways to improve my thyroid and in reading around, saw it recommended (on the Thyroid UK support forum here on Health Unlocked, amongst other places) that a gluten-free diet would be a good idea as gluten sensitivy could have an effect on the thyroid.
I should add that I have mild psoriasis (elbows, knees and fingernails) along with small eczema patches on my arms, as well as joint pains in the joints of my hands, my hips and occasionally knees which I took to be linked to my psoriasis. Additionally, these joint pains along with psoriasis on my knees only started after the birth of my daughter 5.5 years ago. My miscarriage consultant told me that pregnancy is often the trigger for hypothyroidism, and I thought no more of it. I've also put on a stone and a half in two years without having changed my diet or exercise; I am vegetarian and don't eat fatty foods or much in the way of sweet stuff as I don't have a sweet tooth. I was informed that this is likely down to the thyroid problem.
Anyway, I tried cutting out all gluten for two weeks and then accidentally had a large piece of quiche for lunch last Saturday (I know, I should have thought, but it didn't occur to me that quiche base is of course wheat-based!). Three hours later I started developing strong stomach cramps, which progressed down my digestive system and I had major intestinal pains and bloating all evening. The pains subsided to a degree overnight, but I only felt back to 'normal' 2 days later.
Given that I hadn't had anything else to eat other than salad, I can only attribute it to the quiche. I would also say that ever since my childhood I have suffered from regular constipation and only after some adult years had passed did I work out that it seemed to be caused if I ate too much toast (I love bread, and could happily eat toast every day!). I managed to mostly remove toast from my diet, and that seemed to sort that particular problem out.
Anyway, my question is, should I be getting tested and if so, what for? Presumably I'm not full-blown coeliac as other than bloating/stomach and intestinal cramps I don't have any other major side effects that I know of. Apart from that one slip I've now been gluten-free for three weeks and while I don't feel any different in myself, I didn't feel particularly bad to start with. I suspect the difference will come if I attempt to eat something with gluten in again, which I was advised to do after 4 weeks of being gluten-free, to see what happens.
Not sure whether testing makes any difference, other than I'd like to have it "confirmed" that I am indeed gluten-intolerant, if that is true.
Thanks, and sorry for the long post!