Sadly, I walked away from a medical office with 4 prescriptions in hand and unanswered questions in the Fall of 2005. My thyroid would swell (only on the left), I was light-headed, bloated, I hurt all over and still had pain from an auto accident that I had been in just six months prior. So what was I to do?
I was going to find the answers. After the physician poked my body in several places, he announced, "You have fibromyalgia." For my thyroid, he suggested a thyroid med. For my pain, he prescribed a pain med. For the anxiety from the accident and the resulting pain he prescribed an antidepressant. For my muscle pain, he prescribed a muscle relaxant. Are your kidding me? I wonder if he would treat his mother the same way.
To make a VERY long story short, you must be your own "symptoms detective."
I began researching "what" would cause my thyroid to swell one day and go away the next.
I began to eliminate all food that would cause inflammation. In my research I found reliable info on what could be the culprits wreaking havoc on my body.
My detective work led me to go GLUTEN free. I came upon info from Dr. Datis Kharrazian who said, “There’s just no question that many people that have Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism have gluten sensitivity. For some patients, it’s life-changing when they go gluten-free.” The doctors I worked with insisted that gluten had NOTHING to do with my thyroid. OK, we would see. After about 6 months of being gluten free, it was miraculous. I could feel the changes with each passing week. If I cheated and had gluten, my thyroid swelled which brought on symptoms. My fatigue improved as well as my joint and muscle pain.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It is said to be the only known protein found in our food that is completely indigestible. It can stir up our immune system which mistakes it for an infectious threat and can cause a wide variety of symptoms that can make your life miserable.
The relationship between Gluten & Thyroid is well documented. (here)
As always, I must say that I urge you to speak with your doctor regarding and physical conditions.
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After 18 years working in the health field as a Med/Surg Asst, I have seen many patients visit their doctor seeking answers but leaving with only a script in hand.