Feel shattered


Am waiting for yet another blood test result re Thyroid - mother and grandmother on maternal side both suffered from Hypothyroidism and I think I have since few months after having my daughter (who is now 9)

Have had myriad of medical issues but main ones are total exhaustion, weird electric shock sensations, constant aches and pains and heavy periods.

Am 43 - is this too young to get issues? Dr doesn't give much weight to my concerns.


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  • Welcome to the forum, Achey1.

    Although hypothyroidism is most common in menopausal women, younger women, men and children can also be hypothyroid.

    Arrange your blood test early in the morning when TSH is highest and fast (water only) before the test because TSH drops after eating and drinking.

    Ask for a copy of your results and ranges and post them in a new question for advice.


  • Just for the hell of it, go Gluten free, I mean 100% gluten free - not a crumb. I get the Electric shocks and hair standing on end etc whenever I get gluten poisoning.

  • Yes! Definitely try this, but before you do, ask your GP to check for celiac disease, along with iron, ferritin, folate, vitamin D, vitamin B12, TSH, T4, T3 and Thyroid Antibodies.

    Then go gluten free as you could have non celiac gluten sensitivity.

    If you eat a lot of gluten better to taper off gradually as withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Apparently days 2-4 are the worst.

  • Hi achey1, my thryroid issues started at 29 but I wasn't diagnosed with Hashimotos until I was 33. Definitely get your TSH test done but make sure the doctor/Endo tests for antibodies also as something like 60% (could even be 90%, can't remember) have the autoimmune version which can be triggered by childbirth, mine was.

    Going gluten free will help reverse your antibodies (I have a link on my profile) but testing for Coeliac is a different test - however worth checking also - Coeliac is actually the end product of gluten intolerance and may not show until the damage is done. Cutting it out completely for a week at least would help you determine if you are intolerant- you'll know once you introduce it again 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

  • One possible cause of the thyroid problems in your family is Impaired Sensitivity to Thyroid Hormone (more often known as Thyroid Hormone Resistance). It is genetic and requires very high T3 levels in the body to overcome the resistance. If there are other family members with fibromyalgia, CFS, ME, Coeliac Disease, MS, Heart Disease, thyroid or depression this would further support this.

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