Imagine feeling constantly tired, hot when everyone else is injumpers and scarves, and not being able to keep up with your friends walking along without breaking into a sweat – sound embarrassing? Welcome to the world of thyroid problems….
Autoimmune diseases, such as Coeliac Disease, are known to be linked to other autoimmune dieases, such as Graves disease, aka hyperthyroidism.
According to previous research, patients with hyperthyroidism run an increased rick of developing Coeliac disease in later life.
Hyperthryroidism is when your thyroid (a gland in your neck that controls metabolism) is “tricked” into thinking it needs to produce more thyroid hormone that it actually does.
As a result symptoms include weight loss, increased heart rate, huge appetite and sensitivity to temperature.
I was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid around the same time as I got Coeliac disease, although it was pretty invevitable I was going to get it with a family history of the problem.
I’ve been through all the tablets – my thyroid got better and went into remission so I came off the tablets after several years on them, only to find out two years ago it had gone overactive again!
More of a pain in the neck (pardon the pun!) than anything, I decided that I wanted to have my thyroid removed through surgery – one of the treatment options as well as an iodine drink and constant medication.
I have my thyroidectomy in December and I’m apprehensive but also kind of excited! It will be amazing to finally be able to keep up with my friends and be able to go to the gym and see improvements – rather than get quizzical looks from the staff when my heart rate is going above 200 when I’m only doing my warm-up!
Is my thyroid disorder and my coeliac disease linked? Probably. How many of you have had other conditions spring up before or after being diagnosed with a coeliac disease? Comment below and share your story!