Hashimoto's And My Lame Gut (Help!) (Repost)
Sorry, thought this forum would be more appropriate.
My name is Dianne, I'm 21 years old, and I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's. I've had pretty poor gut function for about a year and a half now. Initially I was referred to a GI specialist who told me that I needed to take a daily laxative because I probably just had IBS. I chalked it up as a waste of time and continued to suffer from digestive issues in silence. Since my diagnosis, I've come to realize that the autoimmune condition I developed probably has a lot to do with my chronically poor gut function. I'm trying to do an elimination diet, but I'm a college student on a budget, so there are limits to what I can do with that. I'm wondering about my medication, in light of my particular circumstances. Should I be taking T4/T3 medication, since I'm probably NOT converting T4 properly? (My T3 was low in my last results. I also haven't felt any change in digestion since being put on generic levothyroxine). If so, how feasible is that for someone on a budget? What's the second best option?
Also, should I keep my medication the same before doing an elimination diet? Or should I figure out the medication before I start trying to repair my gut?
Thanks a lot, I really appreciate any help.
Labs/ Reference Ranges:
T4: 1.12 (0.82-1.77)
T3: 44 (71-180)
TSH: 3.250 (0.450-4.500)