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Underactive Thyroid & coeliac

Hello folks, just looking for a spot of advice.

Was diagnosed with underactive thyrpid (TSH- 75) June 2016 after a series of tests following recurring miscarriages. Got pregnant after medication evened levels & had healthy baby.

Durning pregnancy I got special monitoring, and in my notes it said 'hypothyroid with significantly raised TPO antibodies' - am I right in thinking this means I have Hashimoto (as in the autoimmune under active thyroid)?

I've asked my dr since but they said it doesn't matter as the medication is the same.

I've been suffering with bloating, joint pain, gastrointestinal pains since having baby, and my cousin who also has hasimoto & coeliac disease that this is a sign of coeliac & I should have been tested when diagnosed with under active thyroid. Should this test have been done automatically? Or do I have to request it?

Any advice or experiences that might help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much!!

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Yes, Hashimoto's is auto-immune under active thyroid whereby the immune system attacks the thyroid gland.

Celiac's is also an auto-immune condition of the small intestines. The immune system attacks the villi (small finger-like projections in the small intestines that are essential for the absorption of digested nutrients) and wipes them flat.

Very often Hashimoto's and Celiac's are present at the same time and/or one follows in due course; however, it is not always the case that doctors connect the dots and test for both when a diagnosis is made for one.

coeliac.org.uk/coeliac-dise...

You have a case to ask for it. Celiac's testing is done via blood tests, endoscopy, and biopsies.

Avoiding gluten will help both conditions but it is equally important that you don't eliminate gluten from your diet before you do all the tests needed to get diagnosed with Celiac's.

coeliac.org.uk/coeliac-dise...

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With Hashimoto's it is very likely hidden food intolerances can be causing issues, most common by far is gluten.

Only 5% are coeliac but over 80% benefit from strictly gluten free. See The Thyroid Pharmacist links below & Amy Myers link for reasons why

Most GP's and endo's have little idea that gut is affected.

Changing to a strictly gluten free diet may help reduce symptoms. Very, very many of us here find it really helps and can slowly lower antibodies.

thyroidpharmacist.com/artic...

thyroidpharmacist.com/artic...

amymyersmd.com/2017/02/3-im...

chriskresser.com/why-changi...

scdlifestyle.com/2014/08/th...

Low stomach acid can be an issue

Lots of posts on here about how to improve with Apple cider vinegar or Betaine HCL

thyroidpharmacist.com/artic...

Other things to help heal gut lining

Bone broth

thyroidpharmacist.com/artic...

Probiotics

carolinasthyroidinstitute.c...

Great film definitely shows why just testing TSH is inadequate and how complex Hashimoto's is

drbradshook.com/understandi...

Essential to get vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12 tested

If you can't get vitamin testing from GP

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

Medichecks Thyroid plus ultra vitamin or Blue Horizon Thyroid plus eleven are the most popular choice that also tests all thyroid hormones . DIY finger prick test or option to pay extra for private blood draw. Both companies often have money off offers. DIY finger prick test or option to pay extra for private blood draw

All thyroid tests should be done as early as possible in morning and fasting and don't take Levo in the 24 hours prior to test, delay and take straight after.

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This guy writes lots about gluten & thyroid health: chriskresser.com/thyroid/

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