July 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm #8055
I'm doing an iodine patch test on my thigh. It's disappearing under 12 hours which shows deficiency(not sure this is the best test for it). I have many symptoms, fatigue beyond belief, dryness all over, my nasal mucus membranes are bone dry, my eyes and mouth are dry, staying hydrated is a huge battle, shortness of breath feels like I'm trying to breathe through straws, muscle cramps, gas, etc. I think my MD nutritionist suspects this is one issue and wants me to get more iodine asap to help my symptoms until the tests come back. I'm being checked for deficiencies, allergies, parasites, leaky gut, Sjogren's, hypothyroidism, Candida, gluten intorance, mercury toxicity, etc. If gluten is negative, I'll do genetic testing. I eat plenty of shell fish, eggs, tomatoes, etc., so why am I low in iodine? I tried more potassium foods too, which helped once but not much after that. I could have been low in iodine for years, especially since I've had candida, was hypothyroid after childbirth for a while, and get athelete's foot and toenail fungus every 3 months which I can't get rid of. I didn't know iodine helped keeping fungus away, regulated the bodies water balance, and affected muscles, etc. It helps the body do so much. Can gluten be the culprit behind all this and it's finally affected my absorption? I'll know more after my next appointment. It's going to be a long month!July 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm #9251
This is just me saying this, I am no medical professional, but I truly believe all of these issues go hand in hand. So many of us have all or some of these issues. My functional medicine Dr. says everything is effect by what goes in the gut.July 11, 2011 at 8:55 am #9252
Lori, I agree. Twenty five years ago I saw my energy, digestion, weight, and bowels normalize after 5 months going gluten, dairy, and sugar free. I never got dehydrated like I do now. I felt great until I added small amounts back into my diet a year later. I had mild symptoms, so I didn't connect them to intolerances that affected my body functions.
How are you doing? Are you seeing any improvements yet?July 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm #9253
I have seen a ton of improvements, I still have some issues. I think I am figuring out my thyroid issue finally. My functional medicine Dr. put me on Armour and I FINALLY have energy like I did when I was a kid. I can't believe it. I work all day hardly ever sit down and am LOVING it!!!! I feel so good. I still have some aches and pains that I know are related to inflammation, but it is getting better. I have lost 50 lbs, but still have about another 75 or so to go. I am really struggling with that right now. Haven't dropped a single pound in months, but I'm not giving up. I am having a hard time going completely paleo. (which I believe is what I need to lose the weight) I really like my dry beans and my wild rice. I also use arrowroot for a lot of things. But, I figure one baby step at a time. I do know when I have been glutened now. I am very moody and constipation and diahhrea. The moodiness is REALLY bad just like a bad case of PMS. It is always something stupid that I did to myself. I do not eat any sugar only stevia, xylitol (in very small moderation) and honey. I have given up potatoes also that has helped. Everything I do has helped, but sometimes I get that feeling sorry for myself mood and eat things like potatoes and then I am really sorry! I am thinking after summer is over I am going to try the GAPS diet. My stomach issues have never straightened up, I've ordered probiotics from Dr. O's office and will start there. I am going to try making yogurt with almond milk, we'll see how it all works out. But, like I said one baby step at a tiime. I know I am soooooo much better than I was two years ago. To think this all started with my great niece when her parents found out she had celiac disease. I started reading all of their books and it gradually led to this. I want everyone I know to be where I am and I have to remember they have to go through their own process of learning all of this.
Improvements that I can think of right now: restless leg syndrom (gone!), night sweats (gone!), 50 lbs (gone!), plantar fasciitis (almost completely gone!), arthritis symptoms in hands (gone! unless I eat something stupid!), headaches (gone!) Dry Skin (GREATLY and I mean GREATLY improved, still a little dry, but I'm thinking Armour is going to fix that) PMS (gone! unless I eat a grain or sugar food) I know there is more, but can't think of them right now.
I am so impressed you figured this out 25 years ago, there weren't many people advocating for you back then!
Thanks for asking, sorry my reply was so long…LOL
LoriJuly 13, 2011 at 11:55 am #9255
Congratulations on all you've achieved so far! I use starches to maintain weight, or I just keep losing weight not eating any and get too thin. It's all in the balance. Just 2 starches a week keeps my weight steady. That's not alot, so I'm sensitive to sugars and put weight on fast if I eat too much of them too often.
Some of my symptoms have changed since I changed my diet and added iodine. I really won't know what's wrongl unil all the test results are in. I'll keep you posted. DianeJuly 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm #9256Heidi VollerMember
Diane: I am sure you have done the research but I just wanted to add this because someone else might have gotten the idea of needing iodine from your posts. Natural sources of iodine like kelp are best. Iodine in it's most commonly fortified forms are very toxic to you so please check your sources.July 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm #9257
how do you ingest kelp? Is it something you just eat or do you cook with it? I would like to try and get some more natural iodine, but am afraid to try any supplements for it.July 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm #9266
No one should take supplements on their own other then a daily multivitamin, until their doctors prescribe them. You can create imbalances and toxicity not knowing what you're doing. My nutritionist is an MD and a Do. HE prescribed the iodine and the form to take it in. I've read about the toxic problem, but have also read kelp is now so contaminated it can't be used for anything. The truth about these things might be entirely different from what we're reading on the web. Lori, ask your doctor about iodine. He'll tell you if it's appropriate for you.August 10, 2011 at 11:40 am #9299Ariella6Member
my thyroid levels were slightly low and my dr put me on ioderal. which is just iodine. it has helped. Good luck in your journey to health! sounds like u r doing amazing!
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