Re: Link between Thyroid Problems and IBS??
You are speaking my language. It sounds to me like you have Graves Disease and since you have a wheat allergy, I'd bet dimes to doughnuts that you possibly have Celiac Disease. There has been a direct link between Celiac Disease and Graves Disease and other thyroid disorders. Get to a Dr. immediately. Before you get out of bed in the morning, test your heart rate. If it's over 70 and you haven't even gotten up yet, get to a dr. immediately. If you do have Graves Disease, left untreated you could have serious heart damage. The weight loss is one of the major symptoms along with everything else you listed. In addition to all your symptoms, I also had severe vertigo. For the first 2 or 3 seconds the room spinning is kind of fun, but for the last 58 or so, it's kind of sickening. Please don't hestiate and get yourself to the dr. The severe diarrhea and bowel problems will probably be corrected as soon as you take care of the thyroid problem. With a thryoid problem, your bowel problems are do to excessive amount of thyroid hormone in your blood, not something wrong with your intestines. My bowel problems were a little better after my thryoid was removed and probably would have been perfect. Late last year I found out that I had Celiac Disease which is a gluten intolerance. Gluten is produced by many things but celiacs are allergic to basically wheat, rye, barley and oats. As soon as I took care of that, my diarrhea stopped completely. While doing tons of research, I found several articles linking Celiac Disease and Graves Disease along with several other thryoid and autoimmune disorders. Celiac is hard to test for and get an accurate reading, but since your dr. has discovered the wheat allergy, this should help. There are cures for Graves Disease, but not celiac. The only way to deal with Celiac Disease is a change in diet. Please, I beg you, get to a dr. and have the Graves Disease taken care of. I was 25 and almost had a heart attack. I had my thyroid removed and they were afraid I would have a heart attack on the table. You do not have to have surgery for Graves. There are other much less invasive methods. My resting heart rate, at night, was 110. I would sleep 1 hour out of every 72. Sleep deprevation will cause panic attacks too. Please, Please, Please, see an endrocinologist or have your primary care do a fasting thyroid test. Please let me know how it goes.