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Hashimoto's vs. Gluten

I was dx with Hashimoto's in 2005.  Has anyone else's doctor told them to cut Gluten out of their diets, and if so, when/if you did, did you feel better?  Ugh, I am supposed to be Gluten Free, but everything I love to eat has Gluten in it!  I know that they have a lot of foods that are now made without Gluten but they are expensive and they taste funny (wahhhh, I know...).  However, if it will help with the fatigue (as soon as I get up in the morning, I can't wait until it's bedtime) mood, and aches... I am thinking of trying it.  But I don't want to.  Maybe I will get lucky and lose this idea in the fog where my brain likes to wander about!  :)
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649848_tn?1357751184
While some people do best going gluten free, there are a lot of others of us who have not and do just as well; in fact when I talked to my doctor about it he said not to go g/f.  

There's really no reason to unless you are allergic to gluten.

I find that once my thyroid levels got to where *I* need them to be (not just normal on the lab report), that my fatigue and body aches improved immensely.  I also find that taking 200 mg magnesium daily helps with the body aches/pains.  

Have you had your vitamin B12 tested?  Deficiency can cause horrible fatigue.  You might also want to have vitamin D tested.  If your thyroid medication is adjusted properly, there could be another reason for your symptoms.

Can you post your latest thyroid labs for members to help assess?  Please post reference ranges along with the results, since ranges vary from lab to lab.  If your Free T3 and Free T4 are too low in their ranges, you may simply need a slight increase in your thyroid medication.
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I also have hashi and I do not eat gluten normally. I have found that I do have a sensitivity to it and feel much better when I don't eat it. That isn't the case for everyone though. You have to test it for yourself. You have to go about 3 weeks without gluten to get it completely out of your system. If you stick to whole foods it is much easier. Most packaged foods have some form of gluten in them. My thyroid numbers do not seem to be effected by gluten, however, so I think the gluten sensitivity probably isn't causing my thyroid problem. I certainly don't think it hurts to stop eating gluten, you can still get plenty of carbs thru whole foods. I also have found that when I do eat the gluten free products, I like them better if I haven't eaten the gluten filled products for awhile. I particularly like gluten free pretzels and Quinoa pasta. Good luck.
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I will try the Magnesium idea, thanks!  I haven't had my B12 levels tested.  I do have Vit. D supplements.  I was also taking an iodine supplement.  

My thyroid levels... I had to switch docs due to an insurance change.  I had an awesome holistic doctor but my insurance no longer covers him.  So, now I see a very busy, impersonal doctor that is unfamiliar with Hashimoto's and Armour Thyroid.  It took my doctor and I years to get to the right dosage and right away my new doctor wanted to drastically lower it (he is used to synthetic meds to treat thyroid, so he thought 120 mg qd was too high a dose).  I explained that when I was at a lower dose I lost a significant amount of hair on the top of my head (thank God for wide headbands!!!), and was very depressed/moody/angry - scary, l actually left work one day and drove to my previous doctors office after having a huge crying, snotting, fit in my boss' office one morning.  So... I haven't been following up with my new doctor or my labs.  Luckily, I still have refills of Armour to hold me off until I can find a new doctor or obtain better insurance.  Geez, kind of vented... thanks for listening!
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1812479_tn?1316871950
Thank you for the advice, I think I am going to give it another try.  Only... except for the occasional pizza, although I did purchase a gluten-free pizza crust from a health food store once and even though it was $13, it wasn't too bad!  Maybe the gluten free pretzels and some Schueler's Cheese will cure my cravings for treats!  I have been curious about the corn or rice pasta.  Is that what Quinoa pasta is?  
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231441_tn?1333896366
Hi quinoa  (said Kee-wah) is a different grain altogether.

Try the corn and rice pasta.

I just use vermicelli, or rice pasta and it's pretty good, but different texture to wheat pasta.

I use Bob's Red Mill pancake mix too, it is really good and the texture is pretty close to that of wheat pancakes.

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Yeah, the Quinoa is different. It is a grain from Mexico I think, I think it looks kinda like a pea. It is my favorite gluten free pasta. But I like the rice pastas also. I love the pretzels! They are a great substitute for crackers. I haven't really found a gluten free cracker that I like.
Super_sally888, I will have to try that pancake mix. I miss pancakes!!
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215461_tn?1331866365
I went gluten free during the start of my hashi's crisis.  I was getting nauseous a lot so I tried it.  I was gluten free the whole last year and was sicker than I have ever been in my life.  My thyroid is a mess and I developed a second autoimmune disease. I am not blaming this on not eating gluten, I am just stating that it didn't do a thing for my thyroid.  I ended up needing my thyroid removed about a month ago.   Just be careful and make sure going gluten free is what you need to do.  If you do not have an intolerance or allergy (as stated above), it's probably not needed.
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798555_tn?1292791151
What I have learned about gluten:

A family member and a few people I have met that had low thyroid did get their thyroid levels back up and felt better from going gluten free. What they had in common is they did not have Antibodies associated with Hashimoto.

They had regular hypothyroid, which can have many causes (is not necessarily forever), and apparently gluten caused an all body inflammation reaction starting from within the digestive system, they were just plain sick as well.

I went gluten free a few yrs ago for about 4-5 months to break the vicious cycle of severe acid reflux. I also monitored my saliva PH (with ph paper roll) to change from to acidic to alkalizing , with an alkalizing diet to. Needless to say, eating was boring. But this was part of what fixed my acid reflux. Now I can eat again, bread too, but with less red meat, pizza ect!

It did not change my thyroid labs at all during that period. For me, it did nothing for my thyroid. But it did get me out of that vicious digestive cycle I was in. The body has as way of getting stuck in 'patterns' at times.
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798555_tn?1292791151
Forgot to mention, I have antibodies and Hashimoto, not just regular hypothyroid.
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i found a great gluten-free recipe for pizza dough.  the various types of flour will be a little expensive, but in the end, making your own versus buying pre-made crusts will be cheaper. And you can design your own pizza!

http://www.chow.com/galleries/recipes/103/bread/29403/gluten-free-pizza-crust
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