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Old 09-04-2015, 02:44 AM   #21
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You mentioned getting below your "stuck" weight. I was having very achy feet, and the aches went away after I lost a stubborn 5 pounds by cutting back sweets by around 90%. I cut back the sweets for oral health, and the weight loss was the unexpected side effect. If losing 5 pounds made a difference to my feet, perhaps your 10 pound loss was the key to your reduced achiness? Either way, thanks for the interesting report, Audrey.
Interesting point. My knee issue is 25 years old, and I have suffered it at lower weights than I am now. This is the first time it has lessened so much which is why I suspect dairy which is often associated with joint issues. This is the first time I have ever eliminated dairy from my diet.

People report issues with sugar consumed and joint pain, so your improvement in achy feet could be due to both weight loss and the lower sugar consumption.
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:24 AM   #22
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How do you find a good food "allergy" doctor & a good thyroid doctor? Do you see an endocrinologist? I have most of the major thyroid symptoms, as well as hypothyroidism or thyroid cancer family history, yet my doctor and lab say I am fine until I go over 5.0 on my TSH. As for dietary issues, my stomach processes food really slow sometimes, causing all sorts of other issues. I frequently have severe I digestion & heartburn even though I eat pretty healthy. I do have diagnosed GERD & minor damage to my esophagus. Kind of freaks me out because I am not even 40 yet. During some elimination diet trials I did on my own, I discovered that my stomach is very sensitive to moderate amounts caffeine. The good news is that I can still drink decaf coffee without winding up on the fetal position on the floor with severe indigestion. Yay!

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The doctor treating me for my thyroid and who put me on the path of gut healing is my gynecologist. He treats lots of thyroid conditions. Thyroid health is linked to reproductive health and thyroid issues can flare during pregnancies or even prevent pregnancies. Also thyroid issues are very common in women > 50 often hitting during menopause or perimenopause. I think it's also relatively common for a GP to treat thyroid conditions, they are so common.

When my doctor looked at my first T panel, he immediately told the that the lab range of TSH up to 5 was bunk. When giving thyroid medication he targets 2.5. He thinks anything above 3 (which he still considers suboptimal) is an issue, and he listens to symptoms as well as the lab work.

Also - my doc did a full T panel, including the antibodies, up front. If he hadn't, my autoimmune condition would not have been uncovered. You can't treat thyroid unless you know all the facts and that requires a full panel.

You are describing classic symptoms of "leaky gut". So pursuing the path of learning about leaky gut may help you find some relief overall - gut and thyroid. Gluten sensitivity could be the culprit, or it could be other things - dairy, soy, or something else or a combination. Just throwing that out there, but learning about gut healing could really help you. The amount of info out there is daunting, but it could really help.

I read things about doctors not running complete thyroid panels, and not wanting to deal with thyroid issues unless out of lab work range even though those are generally considered too wide. Symptoms really matter, and a doctor needs to do complete lab work so that auto immune issues can be identified or ruled out as well as pay attention as much to the symptoms.

I know at one point years ago when I was dealing with an unrelated health issue, and I didn't feel right about the specialist my GP sent me to, I went to see several others on general consult visits to find someone that seemed a little more enlightened. You've got two issues that well could be related, and talking to a few doctors you might find someone who is familiar with gut issues and thyroid issues. You might also look for a gastroenterologist for your specific gut issues and see if they treat with diet and not just prescriptions.
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Something must be working, because a recent followup thyroid ultrasound had 3 of 4 small nodules vanish (compared to 6 months ago), and the one remaining is smaller.

I am also down over 15 pounds now for the year.

Having to really dig now for smaller clothes that I have tucked away and haven't worn for years.

I just really hope my thyroid blood work improves after this extraordinary effort. I won't know those results until near the end of this year.

All the other blood work (CBC, lipids, fasting glucose, etc.) - numbers are very good. Won't be prescribed any medications any time soon.

Blood pressure continues under 110/70 most of the time. Sometimes below 100!

I'm still exercising regularly, and taking quite a few supplements.
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That's great news! I had to scroll through many pages of sports-related postings on FB to find the "forbidden foods" list a friend posted a couple of months ago when her docs suspected multiple food allergies:

"New information arrived today in the mail. I have the following food allergies: almond, pinto bean, cottage cheese, malt, black pepper, tomato, yogurt, apple, beef, Swiss cheese, cow's milk, chili pepper, watermelon, green bean, bran, coffee, onion, sesame, yeast, lima bean, cheddar cheese, egg (white and yolk), orange, and cane sugar. "

A separate letter also excluded alcohol and coffee and had the same directions about not repeating permitted items too frequently. What a challenge! She reported after she started that some of her health issues were disappearing and she'd lost weight (that she wanted to lose).

For those of you who have the discipline to stick to a diet this strict (at least till they figure out which foods are the culprits), it sure beats just treating the symptoms.
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That's great news! I had to scroll through many pages of sports-related postings on FB to find the "forbidden foods" list a friend posted a couple of months ago when her docs suspected multiple food allergies:

"New information arrived today in the mail. I have the following food allergies: almond, pinto bean, cottage cheese, malt, black pepper, tomato, yogurt, apple, beef, Swiss cheese, cow's milk, chili pepper, watermelon, green bean, bran, coffee, onion, sesame, yeast, lima bean, cheddar cheese, egg (white and yolk), orange, and cane sugar. "

A separate letter also excluded alcohol and coffee and had the same directions about not repeating permitted items too frequently. What a challenge! She reported after she started that some of her health issues were disappearing and she'd lost weight (that she wanted to lose).

For those of you who have the discipline to stick to a diet this strict (at least till they figure out which foods are the culprits), it sure beats just treating the symptoms.
That sounds similar to my situation, but a different list of foods to avoid. And strict rotation - not the same foods every day and some only every four days.
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Update:

Something must be working, because a recent followup thyroid ultrasound had 3 of 4 small nodules vanish (compared to 6 months ago), and the one remaining is smaller.

I am also down over 15 pounds now for the year.

Having to really dig now for smaller clothes that I have tucked away and haven't worn for years.

I just really hope my thyroid blood work improves after this extraordinary effort. I won't know those results until near the end of this year.

All the other blood work (CBC, lipids, fasting glucose, etc.) - numbers are very good. Won't be prescribed any medications any time soon.

Blood pressure continues under 110/70 most of the time. Sometimes below 100!

I'm still exercising regularly, and taking quite a few supplements.
Great news indeed. I know you were working diligently with your modified diet (which would be almost impossible for me to adhere to) and it sounds like you are getting a huge reward.
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Just a quick question, when you say cutting out dairy, what exactly are you cutting out besides the obvious culprits; milk, cheese and eggs ?
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