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Auto immune issues

Hi- I'm looking for a bit of advice---I've had psoriasis for almost 30 years, which is now contolled with Methotrexate, diagnosed as celiac 18 months ago, new diagnosis of scleroderma. Im very active and a competitive cyclist and have a healthy GF diet. I'm struggling to get a bit of extra weight off (large weight loss a few years ago which is well maintained), and my nutritionalist thinks maybe I have a thyroid issue (Hashimoto), and I'm just wondering if anyone else on here is same/similar?

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Hi and welcome. Yes auto-immune system tend to hunt in packs and once you have one, you are more likely to acquire more, unfortunately. Inability to lose weight, combined with energy issues, hair loss, gastric issues along with many other signs, are associated with hashimotos. The only way to prove or disprove is to have a blood test. I wouldn't even bother trying to get the GP to do these as, even if they agree, NHS labs generally won't do them. Many here use Blue Horizons or Medichecks and do finger prick blood test at home. You need a minimum of TSH, ft4, ft3,. TpoAb, TgAb. But Hashis is associated with significant nutritional deficiencies and it can be cost effective to test all at one go rather than subsequently. So if possible add folate, ferritin, vit d and vit b12 unless you have these results already from a recent test. Blue Horizons thyroid plus eleven, or Medichecks thyroid ultravit cover all of these.

There's plenty of good advice on here for interpretation of results if and when you get them.

Good luck

Gillian

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