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New frustrating symptoms


Hi everyone; I have been having some issues. I haven’t had tests done. frankly I don’t know what tests to do and whom I should seek out to have them done by. First off over all I feel good. My head is clearer and I have energy.......... I have abdominal bloating, rash/bummpies on my skin around my elbows and knees, my ears have been plugged for months. I am confident that the abdominal bloating is related to SIBO. I know this is connected to my thyroid issues, but don’t know how to connect the dots. Any and all help would be Muchly appreciated.

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So do you have Hashimoto's? Have you had TPO and TG thyroid antibodies tested to confirm

What are your most recent TSH, FT3 and FT4 results and what dose are you taking

If you have Hashimoto's then gluten is very often a problem. Bumpy rash on elbows could be that

Essential to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12.

Always get actual results and ranges. Post results when you have them, members can advise

Hashimoto's affects the gut and leads to low stomach acid and then low vitamin levels

Low vitamin levels affect Thyroid hormone working

Poor gut function can lead leaky gut (literally holes in gut wall) this can cause food intolerances. Most common by far is gluten. Dairy is second most common.

According to Izabella Wentz the Thyroid Pharmacist approx 5% with Hashimoto's are coeliac, but over 80% find gluten free diet helps significantly. Either due to direct gluten intolerance (no test available) or due to leaky gut and gluten causing molecular mimicry (see Amy Myers link)

Changing to a strictly gluten free diet may help reduce symptoms, help gut heal and slowly lower TPO antibodies

Ideally ask GP for coeliac blood test first

Thanks Slowdragon. I have been leaning towards hashimotos for a while now. It has taken me a lot of convincing to get my docs to even test my T3, so it has been a long up hill battle. Goin in Sept to get tested for hashis. I wanted a better idea of what all I should look out for. I am on a gluten free diet, so that is why the bumps have me concerned. My intestines/digestive track are obviously under stress. I just need guidance on how to prove that and get the docs to help me. I have done ton and ton of research on the subject of leaky gut. Funny thing the natural path I seen when this first began never mentioned this is connected to my thyroid. That kinda frustrated me because If I had known a connection back then I would have fought harder with my doctors to get my thyroid on better meds. I am astounded at how hard it is to get Doctors to work with you and treat what is wrong (Thyroid) instead of jumping to so other reason and prescribing more drugs. Thank you for your advice

in reply to grafkimber

Medics are in the main not interested in vitamins, nutrition or gluten issues

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