Hello, I've been having my bloods monitored by doctors for years, as my results are indicative of sub-clinical hypothyroidism. Recently they also tested for antibodies, and confirmed that they are present, confirming Hashimoto's. My mother has hypothryoidism, so this runs in my family, so it's looking fairly conclusive that full on hypothyroidism is on the way. My confusion is that, for the last few times I've seen the Dr I've been told I could start a trial of Levothyroxine "If I want to" ..... I'm so confused, as I only want to take medication if it's necessary, not on the basis of just "wanting to". I can't remember all blood work results, but I think he said my TSH results were 5.6, and that I wouldn't have to start taking anything 'til it reaches 10 (my hormone levels are still within normal range). Was I right to say "no" and to continue to just monitor, or have I been foolish and rejected meds that would make me feel better?! My other question is about diet. I keep reading online that people with Hashimoto's ought to avoid gluten in their diet, but neither my Dr, or the Endo, have even mentioned this. I had thought of asking for them to include testing for gluten sensitivity in my next lot of blood tests, but I don't know whether they'd be open to that idea. Is it something that medical professionals recommend, or is it just internet rumours rather than medical fact? I don't want them to think I'm making unreasonable demands and being faddy, but on the other hand, if there is a link, surely they should consider it? Has anyone else persuaded their Dr to test for this?