Friday, September 27, 2013

A Foolish Hope

Years ago, long before TTC or IF, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's syndrome. I was only on Synthroid briefly, long enough to clear up the skin problem that lead to the diagnosis; since then my doctors have pretty much ignored the Hashimoto's as my TSH levels were always in the normal range. At our first NaPro appointment, the doctor told me that I should go gluten free because of the Hashimoto's. To say that I was not happy about this would be a dramatic understatement. (I had heard that advice from others, but I was waiting until directly advised by a doctor to make the switch.) The first test the doctor scheduled was a full thyroid panel, including testing for antibodies. Of course I was secretly hoping that maybe that old diagnosis was wrong, and maybe I didn't really have Hashimoto's. Because of course if I didn't have Hashimoto's, I wouldn't need to go gluten free, right? (To my knowledge, I do not have celiac disease, PCOS, endometriosis, or any other condition that would require me to give up gluten.) The test results came in earlier this week; the normal range for antibodies is 0.0 to 9.0. Mine was 288.8, consistent with Hashimoto's syndrome. So much for that foolish hope. 


  1. Oh I am so sorry about your diagnosis! I am not gonna lie, at first it was tough to give up gluten but now I am loving it because I feel so much better! There are a ton of recipes online and you can have things like pizza and pasta, it is just a little different. It also helped when we found out my DH was allergic to wheat because now our house is completely gluten free. Praying for you!

  2. :( so sorry!

    I will echo Kat's sentiment about it being hard at first, but then being able to figure it out. While we don't know for sure if The Man has a sensitivity or not, he eats mostly GF too - even requests the GF pancakes over the regular ones.

    Sending prayers your way!

  3. That is tough news to get. I've always dreaded the though of having to go gf. Like you felt like I couldn't try it unless a doc told me to. Hope it goes well and you can find some gf treats to enjoy!

  4. GF is tough- but not as bad as I thought it would be. I hope you find that you agree with that, and that it helps you!! I recommend Pamela's pancake mix (add a little vanilla) and schar pasta (the other pastas get really crumbly).