Its a bit of a long story but the short version is that I've had Hashimotos for about 14 years (I'm 32). I was never advised to make any dietary changes at the time of diagnosis.
I've had loads of health problems, including double vision, which happened 6 months after diagnosis, but nobody has ever been able to link my eye problems to my thyroid condition, only tell me I have a "muscle imbalance", which means my eyes don't work together.
In the last year, I've had a persistent pain in my lower right abdomen, which is like a dull ache, worse with pressure (particularly when I'm lying in bed). It does not appear to be linked to my cycle or any food in particular.
I go through bouts of very severe constipation (but the pain remains constant irrespective of constipation). I get random pains in my joints, and even on occasion, bone pain in my lower legs.
I have problems with post nasal drip and a thick coating on my tongue, and tonsil stones, which my acupuncturist says is intolerance to dairy. I get significant amounts of reflux as well - which caused an oesophageal ulcer about 2 years ago - but I'd always thought that the increased acid was a side effect of citalopram, which I take for anxiety.
My GP has recently done a blood test for Coeliac disease (at my request) and it came back negative. She says the pain isnt likely to be bowel related and told me to ignore it. I've also had repeated large ovarian cysts, irregular cycles. The gynae team said the pain isnt in the right place for the cysts to be causing it. So I'm confused but tired of the pain.
I've been trying for 2 years to conceive, but unsuccessfully - some months it appears I do not even ovulate. Recent blood tests showed I was marginally low on iron but my doctor said supplements were not needed.
I have vitiligo, which is I understand, more common in Hashimotos patients. I also have a very strong family history of autoimmune disease, my mum has thyroid disease (not known if hashis), pernicious anaemia, and diabetes.
Anyways.... just wondering if all these problems are linked to my hashimoto's, and whether anyone has any personal experience of dietary changes that make a difference to overall wellbeing but particularly fertility? It seems like a huge mountain to climb to completely eliminate dairy and gluten/wheat. I could do dairy more easily. In relation to dairy, would Goats milk/cheese be ok, as that would also make it easier (I just can't do black tea and rice/nut/oat milk curdle or change the taste).
I already take 100mcg selenium daily to support thyroid function, folic acid 400mcg, and also a combined 250mg/250mg tablet of choline and inositol, which is supposed to lower insulin resistance and decrease the risk of ovarian cysts.
Thanks for any (sensible) advice.