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The Thyroid and Celiac Disease

Did you know that a huge percentage of people with a thyroid problem have Celiac Disease? Well I didn’t. Hashimotos thyroid disease and Celiac disease are both auto immune diseases. That is the body attacks its own cells and organs, leading to diseases notoriously difficult to treat. There is very often a genetic connection as well. Once again another medical link, that is so easily overlooked. I was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid at 18 and it took me another 10 years to get a Celiac diagnosis, with no-one ever suggesting the possibility.

So how does having an under-active thyroid affect me?

If you read articles on having an underactive thyroid, it will tell you that, it causes “tiredness”. That little word alone cannot begin to explain the bone weary exhaustion that it causes. The fatigue is so overwhelming, that sometimes it is impossible to function. Sometimes even going to the shops,or making something to eat causes you to feel so tired you need to go sleep. The problem is you want to sleep all the time, even when you wake up, you are still tired and need to sleep more. I had my non functioning thyroid in addition to low iron levels as well as poor absorption. Little wonder I felt as terrible as I did.

One of the strangest problems I’ve had with my thyroid has been getting my Eltroxin (replacement synthetic throxine) levels correct. The only way to measure thyroid levels is with a blood test. Your TSH ( thyroid stimulating hormone) is the hormone produced by the Pituitary gland. When the thyroid is not pumping out sufficient thyroid hormone, the pituitary gland pumps out more TSH, so if those levels are high, the thyroid function is low.

Most people I know seem to get the right dosage and then their function remains constant, mine however seems to swing from one extreme to the other. Its very low, then its too high, then its non functioning, than its overactive. I also react to the Eltroxin. Does anyone else have this strange reaction?

My blood levels show I am underactive, but when I take Eltroxin, I have heart palpitations, lightheadedness and dizziness as if my thyroid is overactive. For this I am now taking a beta blocker, inderol to control those effects, while at the same time remaining on the medication.
I would love to know if anyone else has that or anything similar.
Let me know how your thyroid affects you!

It is interesting to me that there is also some discussion and interest in the idea that gluten itself might be responsible for Auto immune diseases. No one knows what is the trigger for the body’s own immune system to begin mistakes its own cells as foreign material. As more and more people eat a highly processed diet made of mainly of white flour and sugar, surely somehow we are changing our bodies own DNA and enabling cancers and other genetic abnormalities to appear thus causing even more auto immune diseases?

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