Duh….. of course you're right, Kimberly….. I did not click the “Subscribe” button. It's been so long since I've been here I forgot that it doesn't automatically “subscribe” me when I post a message. Thanks for the reminder.
All the people on the colitis forum I'm a member of swear by giving up gluten and have been urging me to do it for years. Me, being a stubborn old gal who believes only what she WANTS to believe, was never willing to do that and since most doctors tell me the “gluten free” craze is just a fad, I chose to believe them. But I finally broke down and spent some money on a stool sample test that pinpoints what foods you are sensitive to and what foods cause inflammation, and my gluten score was VERY high. That was enough to cause me to give it a try, and I'm amazed at how many lousy physical things I had learned to accept and live with have disappeared. Right now I'm just so angry at myself for not having tried it sooner. And all those awful side affects of “TSH level fluctuations” may have not been that at all.
Part of me hopes that this is just me being optimistic and that gluten-free hasn't been my problem all along (because it's pretty hard to figure out what to eat) but the other part of me hopes that this IS my problem because then the quality of my life for the rest of my life is going to be a LOT better from now on.
Anyway, I'm leaving my Synthroid dosage right where it is. And I'll be coming off the steroid much sooner than usual because giving up gluten has improved my colitis greatly already.
I'm off to go catch up on what I've missed here on the forum and see if I can provide any feedback from a 4-year post TT patient.