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Gluten Free - Graves and Hypo

Hi - after my post last week about my blood test results a few people suggested a strictly gluten free diet is sometimes beneficial so I took the plunge and have been gluten free for 5 days. However, every so often I get awful pains in my stomach, maybe an hour or so after eating so bit worried! Has anyone experienced this?!

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Louiseh75,

It's not unusual to get 'withdrawal symptoms' after giving up gluten, coffee, dairy etc. but they shouldn't last beyond a week or two.

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Thank you. Sometimes hard to know what's 'normal' and what isn't!

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Hi I’m the same! I tried gluten free for a while but couldn’t keep it up.. just not organised enough. I know exactly what you mean I get severe discomfort (down my left side)

after a big meal but I’m fine with a small meal. I’ve got graves and am on block and replace. My TSH is at the very top end of normal. I m ok but it’s definitely a rollercoaster ride!

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Yep - pain and discomfort down the left hand side - not good!! Have to try something though. Started as hyper, then RAI, then hypo. Antibodies quite high at mo so trying to get them under control. Rollercoaster as you say!

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437jd,

If TSH is top end of normal your dosing needs adjusting. Either Carbimzole should be reduced or Levothyroxine dose increased. TSH 1-2 is probably a good guide for hyperthyroid patients on B&R.

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Hi Clutter, my levothyroxine was increased at last TSH result and I’m having my bloods done again in about 6 weeks. Thank you for your comment 🙂

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437jd,

Excellent :)

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Hi it is normal to experience pain, bloating, wind, headaches etc when excluding gluten, i am now past that stage a little now,it does get better but i have to stick with being gluten free and soya free as im celiac and hashis. Stick with it and you will benefit.😊

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Thanks for the reply. So far - apart from the pain! - it has been ok and I haven't been craving any sugar or anything which is great. I'll stick at it and hope things improve soon! 😊

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It will improve and i too crave the occasional sugary treat and there are plenty of cakes and biccies that are gluten free m&s do some lovely desserts etc- no need to go without.x good luck and also be careful when eating out. Bye for now.

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Thanks!!

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Doves farm have some great recipes for gluten free cakes & biscuits using their flour mixes:

dovesfarm.co.uk/freee

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Yes ive actually got some biscuits by dovesfarm there lovely lemon ones and have umed and ared with getting some flour and baking but sadly im no delia or nigella!😨

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Just had a nosey on their site - some of their stuff looks tasty!! Thanks for this!

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Will definitely check them out! Thanks for this!

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