Hello, I'm new here and looking for some support
I'm 60 and for the past 15 or so years have suffered with hot flushes. Recently I came to the conclusion that wheat-based products such as bread or pastry, or even breaded fish, were aggravating or causing the flushes. I don't know if it's actually the wheat or some additive, but to cut a long story short, about 2 months ago I decided to cut wheat out of my diet. As many of you probably know, this isn't the easiest thing to do! However, I bought replacement 'non-wheat and gluten' items to try out, and I have had some relief, provided wheat doesn't sneak in somewhere. I also noticed I got rid of annoying dizziness I used to get on lying down or standing up.
At around about the same time I began to drop wheat, I also notice I was having a 'thumping heart' at night or on waking up from sleep, and also a dull headache. This began to alarm me and I did wonder whether I was going down the route of thyroid problems (my mother had an overactive thyroid that went undiagnosed for years). As I am needle-phobic I decided to send off to Blue Horizon for a finger prick thyroid test. I got the results back in 2 days and whilst they said the values were in the normal range, they did flag up that my antibodies are raised, and on reading up about it (I'm not that clued up on the thyroid) I discovered this was something I should mention to my doctor. I've an appointment with her in 10 days' time (she's been on hols) so I have yet to get into a discussion with her about it.
However after finding this forum I thought I might as well share my results since you're all probably way ahead of me on thyroid knowledge/experience!
TSH - 3.43 IU/L
T4 total - 88.7 nmol/l
Free T4 - 19.7 pmol/l
Free T3 - 5.64 pmol/l
Anti-Thyroidperoxidase abs H 148.1 (normal <34)
Anti-Thyroglobulin Abs H 283.4 (normal <115)
Since sending off for the test I have noticed the thumping heart and headache comes and goes and now I'm beginning to suspect it's connected to something in the wheat/gluten-free bread I bought. Am trying to narrow that down by keeping a food diary. So not sure it's a thyroid issue at all, however clearly there's something going on with my thyroid as the test shows.
Any comments or info greatly appreciated!