I am newly diagnosed with hashimotos after 3-4 years of having terrible stomach issues, weight gain with no cause/cure, general feeling like crap and looking like crap. I'm about 1 mo on synthroid along with diet changes. In the last few years I've tried everything, no gluten, corn, alcohol, sugar, soy, peanuts, dairy, eggs, all that made me feel better at the start and eventually leaving back off again at some point. I've also found myself craving sweets, which I never cared for before, and also salty foods, which I've always loved. Low carb diets, low calorie diets, balanced diets, adding veggies and fiber, all have just been ok, and none resulted in any weight lost. The best scenario was slowing weight gain. I am reading the hashimotos protocol at the moment and am feeling encouraged by it and what I'm reading here. I found this site after a google search of mucin which I read about in the book. It was a revelation! I've been looking for a way to describe my weight gain, as I'm up 10-12kg but as I'm a small person, no one finds it alarming aside from me, who have never felt like this before. For years I've had doctors say I wasn't fat enough to be sick, all labs were ok, maybe I should diet and exercise more. I have been eating healthy since my 20's as stomach issues demanded. I've had similar incidents in the past of feeling like I was "swollen " or puffy from eating certain things but never this on going. Alcohol and fruits made me feel this way before, but obviously cutting them out stopped all that. I am now on supplements recommended by dr Wentz alone with my thyroid meds and exclusion diet/exercise. My digestion is improved, less constipation and gas/bloating but the mucin/cellulite/weight remain unchanged. I know it's a slow process and I have to wait for results but I am impatient and have a hard time sitting back and waiting. I guess my point for writing this is to introduce myself, thank you all for sharing here and say if anyone has any advice, words of wisdom or support I could really use it. Also any tips for testing/supplementing are welcome. I am considering going to a hashimotos specialist but I don't know if a naturopathic/integrative doctor would be helpful or not at this stage. My endo said no diet changes were necessary so maybe I do need some assistance. Is acupuncture a better bet? What about lymphatic massage? It's all so overwhelming and I don't know where to go from here. No one else really gets what I'm going through and I feel like people think I'm fine and should just cut calories and exercise more if I really want results. Finding out this wasn't all in my head has been somewhat comforting but I don't want to spend another 4years Feeling and looking as I have and am ready to find some root causes and work towards wellness. Thanks in advance and I appreciate you reading this far.