- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2015
I have a family history of Hypothyroidism (my mom and her mom both have it). My Doctor has been monitoring my TSH levels for 2-3 years now as a precaution. My levels are consistently low, but not low enough for a diagnosis or for him to feel comfortable putting me on medication.
I have a few questions:
1. I did some research and read something about there being a link between levels of Vitamin B-12 and the thyroid. My Doctor did bloodwork a few years ago and found that I had B-12 deficiency. He gave me a shot to start off with and then put me on sublingual tablets (I take 1,000 micrograms per day). He found that I didn’t have enough of a type of acid or substance in my stomach to help me break down or absorb the B-12. Does anyone with Hypothyroidism have B-12 deficiency?
2. How much exercise do you do if you have Hypothyroidism? I do my best to get to the gym, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. I want to do what I can to try and keep this from progressing too much.
3. Are there any foods that I should be avoiding? I know that there are links between the thyroid and autoimmune disorders (and that Hashimoto’s is the most common form of Hypothyroidism), but I don’t know if any foods contribute to it or not. I know that there is a link between autoimmune diseases and Hypothyroidism. I have been tested for Celiac Disease twice. First time my Doctor seemed hesitant to take me off the diet; second time he said I didn’t have it. Should I try to cut back a bit on the amount of Gluten containing foods I ingest and see if that helps make a difference?
4. Is Hypothyroidism an autoimmune disease? I read that somewhere, but had never heard that before so I didn’t know if I should believe it.
I go to see my Doctor for my 6 month check-in for my TSH levels next month. Are there any questions I should be asking him (and would the above ones make any sense to ask)? I really want to get to the bottom of why my levels are the way they are and make sure there are no complications or things that I should be watching for.
I’d really like to see about potentially seeing an Endocronolgist, but don’t know if it would be worth the money to do so especially because I haven’t been diagnosed yet.