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Old 11-09-2009, 01:03 PM   #1
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Digestive problems caused by thyroid???

Do/did any of you have any unusual digestive issues before you even knew you had a thyroid condition?

I was in and out of the doctor because of issues with my stomach (gas causing palpitations, constant gnawing and growling, indigestion, anxiety/dizziness at onset of BM with no relief of those symptoms until I have completely emptied my bowels, ETC.....) and instead of dealing with the issues at hand, he finds that my thyroid was enlarged. I was mad at him for not listening to why I was actually there to begin with and not doing anything about it, to being 'thankful' that he DID find that nodule. God only knows how much longer I would have went "undiagnosed".

Can you relate to any of those symptoms? Im just wondering if my thyroid could have anything to do with it. My doctor claimed that it doesn't in a very "Hey, Im the doctor here!", kind of tone and attitude. Ya know, like I had NO clue what I was talking about right?! Frustrating.
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:08 PM   #2
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Re: Digestive problems caused by thyroid???

Yeah, my Endocrinologist said the same thing, but I'm living proof. I had an under active Thyroid for many years (I'm guessing) I also had chronic diarrhea and gurgling, gas, etc. for many years. After being put on Synthroid for the Thyroid problem the digestive symptoms went away.

 
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:50 PM   #3
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I think it's very common to have irritable bowel syndrome (which is what it sounds like you have) with thyroid disease. I have constipation dominant IBS and sometimes incredibly painful gas. We also have malabsorption issues and that's why so many of us are deficient in vitamins and minerals. So yes, thyroid can definitely affect the gut in many different ways.

 
Old 11-09-2009, 03:54 PM   #4
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I am going through that at the moment ...... im so happy to hear that someone else has the same thing my dr thinks im a crazy person....

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Old 11-18-2009, 10:07 AM   #5
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Re: Digestive problems caused by thyroid???

Hello,

This is my very first post.

Before I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (about four years ago) I was experiencing extreme fatigue, dizziness, anxiousness, balance problems, and always upset stomach issues. (metabolism).

The first Doctor gave me some simple neurology balance tests and sort of dismissed the symptoms. My wife and I later enrolled in a new clinic and the first thing that my new Doctor did was truly listen to me and my symptoms that I was explaining.

He ordered some blood work, and immediatley hooked me up to a EKG in the office (that checked out good) he also hooked me up to a heart monitor for 24 hours along with me keeping a diary of all of my physical activities-i.e. climbing steps, bowel movements, etc.

When I returned with the heart monitor equipment approximately a day later- he told me that everything checked out good with my heart-but he then told me that I was hypothyroid.

He prescribed Levothyroxine (4 years now) I get my levels checked about every 6 months.

But I must tell you that my metabolism (and my bowel movements have gotten much better). So indeed your thyroid does in fact regulate your metabolism, heart rate, pulse and virtualy every cell in your body.

While I may not be 100% I'm far much better than I was! I still get bouts of some dizziness, lethargy, spaciness, and sore muscles but overall I cannot complain too much.

I find that for me (personally) being a Christian I try and focus on God's word. He gives me peace that this world cannot give. I meditate on His word, and that brings me joy.

It is my sincere prayer for you that you will get better and better each day!

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Old 11-18-2009, 10:13 AM   #6
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I would also like to mention that ginger root has brought me tremendous relief with occational upset stomache. I typically slice off perhaps (2) pieces from the root and boil this in a cup of water. I usually get relief within 15- 30 minutes.

 
Old 11-29-2009, 12:23 PM   #7
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i have such problems that are ruining my life becauee of a bad thyroid..doctors act totall clueless whenn i describe them..most doctors say go to a psychiatrist and leave me alone

 
Old 12-02-2009, 11:34 AM   #8
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Re: Digestive problems caused by thyroid???

My first post. I found this thread fascinating because I was just diagnosed as having hypothyroid. I'm 36. When I was 28 my metabolism came to a screeching halt, I developed terrible "acid reflux" and began gaining weight at the rate of 10 lbs a year despite no change in my eating or exercise habits. I am now nearly 100 lbs overweight and on Prevacid for the "acid reflux". The thing is, I never thought I had acid reflux. I never had a burning feeling in my stomach. I had a terrible gut wrenching hunger pain type feeling and constant gurgling. It felt like I was always hungry, even when I had just eaten. I'm wondering, from this thread, if it is due to my hypothyroidism. I am still exploring my options for treatment, and haven't yet started any medications but I wonder now if once I am being treated if my acid reflux doesn't go away.

Being newly diagnosed, if any of you would like to share your experiences and wisdom with me, I would welcome it. PM me if you feel you can help and would like to. Thanks in advance.

 
Old 12-02-2009, 09:49 PM   #9
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I had some of those issues when I first started having severe symptoms, doctor thought it was ulcers, then tested for diabetes, then tested my thyroid and my TSH was 137. So for me, it was a symptom. I get heartburn really bad still that I never got when I wasn't having issues (in my younger days).

 
Old 12-03-2009, 04:39 AM   #10
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I suddenly became lactose intolerant several years ago, and now I become bloated and gassy every time I eat (doesn't matter what I even it, it's everything). I also have bad acid reflux, especially at night.

 
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Do/did any of you have any unusual digestive issues before you even knew you had a thyroid condition?

I was in and out of the doctor because of issues with my stomach (gas causing palpitations, constant gnawing and growling, indigestion, anxiety/dizziness at onset of BM with no relief of those symptoms until I have completely emptied my bowels, ETC.....) and instead of dealing with the issues at hand, he finds that my thyroid was enlarged. I was mad at him for not listening to why I was actually there to begin with and not doing anything about it, to being 'thankful' that he DID find that nodule. God only knows how much longer I would have went "undiagnosed".

Can you relate to any of those symptoms? Im just wondering if my thyroid could have anything to do with it. My doctor claimed that it doesn't in a very "Hey, Im the doctor here!", kind of tone and attitude. Ya know, like I had NO clue what I was talking about right?! Frustrating.
I found out I had Thyroid nodules about 3-4 on each side. Two are large being 2.2 cent. X 1.8 . I also have digestive problems. My list of do-able foods keeps getting smaller. I supplement my thyroid with iodine under the direction of a nutrionist and take supplements, have ultrasounds to make sure nodules aren't growing and get a test called Thermography to make sure nodules don't become canerous. Thermography specialist have to be found on the computer, doctors don't recognize this test. But recently I found out my digestion problems were related to having a hiatal hernia. So now I deal with this and things are much better. You have to have a test where they insert a scope down your throat to find this out. They can put you out and it's not bad at all. I don't think the thyroid condition was affecting the digestion, but everyone is different.

 
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Re: Digestive problems caused by thyroid???

I was just diagnoised with Celiac Disease this year. Get checked out for this.

I have had Hashimotos, for 8 years now. I also have insulin resistance, Milk allergy and Celiac...... I feel better now than I have in years and my weight is finally back down and energy back up.......

Do not get stuck on just your thyroid... I was so disapointed when not all my symptoms resolved with treatment. I certainly felt better after getting on medication for my thyroid but my weight would not budge and I was still tired.

Good luck to you.. When I eat Gluten my stomach growls loudly, I get nausea, gas and diarrhea. Fatigue and mental fog. It was starting to control my life.

Let us know how you do.......Oleander

 
Old 12-03-2009, 01:46 PM   #13
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Oleander, I completely agree with you. I had the Hashimotos, then thyroid out, still having problems, weight not budging, nausea, intestinal problems and generally feeling yucky then I was diagnosed with celiac disease last summer. Doing better on a gluten free diet. Alot of people with hashimotos thyroiditis have celiacs. Those of you that are hypo, did you get tested for thyroid antibodies along with your other thyroid tests? I suggest you find out if you have Hashimotos thyroiditis. A lot of times people actually have celiacs which is an autoimmune disease and if left untreated it can trigger other auto immune problems. With 3 million people walking around with celiac disease and don't even know it, it can be a root cause for a lot of problems. A good book on the subject is "Celiac Disease" by Dr. Peter Greene. According to him, anyone with Hashimotos thyroiditis should be screened for celiacs.

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Old 12-03-2009, 07:07 PM   #14
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EagleRiverDee, I live in Palmer and I have had acid reflux problems in the past which I questioned. I always had an acidic hungry feeling. Found out I had hashimotos thyroiditis and celiacs. Going off gluten has helped.

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Old 12-05-2009, 01:37 PM   #15
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If I had this all to do over again I would go see an Allergist Immunologist who is a specialist in Autoimmune Disorders.

I probably have had Celiac all my life which has triggered Hashi's. My milk allergy has probably been life long along with my blood sugar issues. Yet I just found out I had Celiac 6 months ago, milk allergy 1 year ago and Hashi's 3years ago. Insulin resistance 1 year ago.

I have a below normal IgA level which can be normally seen in people with autoimmune disorders but it will make you test negative for Celiac and other allergies. So you have to have a genetic test or an intestinal biopsy for confirmation. A good immunologist will know about a low IgA level.

Even as much as I loved my Endo who was awesome he missed the Celiac and admitted it. My raw nutritionalist figured it out and I took the information to him and he tested me. She knew that Hashi's goes along with Celiac.

It is not everyone's answer but needs to be looked into.

Hey I am down to a 9/10, doing yoga daily, walking daily, no daytime napping, sleeping really well. My outlook is 100% better. Now when I eat dairy I feel sooooo tired the next day. I really see the connection. And as long as I stay clear of gluten I am great stomach wise.

My goiter and nodules are suppressed by Armour. I am due for my labs in the next week.

Good luck!!!!

Oleander

 
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