Monday, March 19, 2012

gluten--my nemesis

I got the results of my blood test today.  Turns out my thyroid is working fine.  BUT, and it's a big but, I have an autoimmune condition that is attacking and destroying it.  Which has likely been going on for a big part of my life, but doesn't show up on the usual blood tests an MD will do.  And it's a wonder that I function as well as I do.  The likely root cause--gluten.  Although my food sensitivity test doesn't reveal a gluten insensitivity, that's not unusual.  It's a different reaction.  And it's fairly common. 

The good news is that I can eliminate gluten, have Vitamin C IVs to heal my immune system.  If I don't respond to that treatment, I will have heavy metal toxicity testing.  It's fantastic news in that either way, I will get better.

Even better news?!  I can stop beating myself up that I struggle with my weight and energy.  It's not my fault.  And because I take good care of myself and work hard to be fit and have a healthy weight, things are not as bad as they could be.  With treatment I will get to a healthy weight, my nails will be better, my hair will get thicker and stop shedding excessively.  I will feel great!

It amazes me how nasty gluten can be to our bodies.  I have talked before about eliminating gluten, but have never really totally eliminated it.  I probably don't eat as much as some other people, but from now on I won't be eating it at all.  For reals.

I also found out that my iron has dropped drastically over the past year.  I am supposed to eat red meat again.  At least until my iron levels are back to a normal amount.  And of  course lots of spinach, broccoli, and other iron containing things.  I can't imagine eating meat.  Not chicken?!  That is going to be very strange for me, and likely rather difficult.  But necessary since iron supplements do not agree with me.  At all.

I'm heartened that things will get better, and ready to do battle.  Gluten is my nemesis.


Only in Louisiana ~ documenting the adventures we call Life! said...
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Nicole said...

I am having some problems with my computer, deleted a comment accidentally and lost my detailed comment back. Bear with me, a new post with more information about gluten will follow.

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