I am wondering if any one else with thyroid problem has bloating problems. I am so bloated that I sometimes want to get a needle pin and "pop" the air out of my stomach, uterus, or whatever is bloated. Ever feel that way? Does it ever go away????
I'm not sure if bloating has anything to do with thyroid, but I discovered I had a thyroid problem when I found out I have a lot of food sensitivities including gluten. I didn't realize how much bloating was going on until I changed my eating habits. When the bloating is really bad, my thyroid seems to be having a tough time, too. Maybe you should think about getting a food allergy test? I took a blood test and kept a food journal so I could reintroduce the "suspect" foods one at a time to confirm the blood test findings. It makes sense that things weren't working correctly - putting strain on my thyroid since I wasn't absorbing food correctly. I'm new on Armour and it seems to be helping the last "problems" I was having, but the majority of symptoms that I was having (coincidentally match up quite a bit with hypothyroid symptoms) were actually a result of food sensitivities. The good news is that you can minimize a lot of food sensitivities by eating correctly and taking supplements to "repair" damage done from the wrong foods. Hope this helps - Good luck
I believe its actually edema (water retention) due to the fact that your heart uis not pumping as fast as it should be. For me with a wicked case of Hashi's, I can actually notice my ankles can "push in" a little and stay there with a thumb print for several minutes when Im hypo and then when I toggle to Hyperland, the skin on my ankles is very close to the bone with no water under the skin...it also looks much healthier.....so yes, it certainly is the Hypo.
You can request an ELISA test (Enzyme Linked Immuno-Sorbent Assay). I didn't have any luck asking my internist or allergist, but I found a terrific Naturopath that was willing to have the tests run for me. The catch to running an ELISA test is that you should keep a food diary for at least 30 days to pay attention to when you feel good and when you don't. Then you run the tests and avoid the foods that you show signs of sensitivities. After about 3 weeks on the "restricted" diet, you re-introduce the suspected foods a little at a time to confirm the tests. Unless you're willing to take the time to use the journal, you won't get an accurate picture of your sensitivities. I found that even foods that I reacted to very mildly caused a severe reaction when reintroduced. Foods that I never suspected in the first place turned out to be the worse. REALLY made a difference. I brought my findings along with copies of all the instructions and supplements I was taking to my internist to confirm my naturopath's decision to try thyroid therapy. At that point my internist was really happy to find some solution to what we couldn't figure out and she was really supportive. Now both of them are working together to help me out. I still am working on food allergies. The ELISA test is different than a normal allergy test because it tests IgG and IgE. Most food sensitivities don't show up immediately like a skin allergy test. Hope this helps a little. I learned a lot about food allergies from a book called "The False Fat Diet" by Elson M. Haas, M.D. I don't necessarily agree with everything in the book, but it did explain the food sensitivity issue enough for me to know the right questions to ask.