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Celiac Disease Connected to Other Autoimmune Diseases- Hypothyroidism! September 19, 2012

So, Meghan was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but she was also diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, or autoimmune Hypothyroidism.  It’s interesting since I also have Hashimoto’s disease, and was diagnosed when I was 17.  Since Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease as well, there is greater risk of acquiring other autoimmune diseases, especially Celiac disease is not treated.  Rheumatoid Arthritis is also a common autoimmune disease linked to Celiac Disease!!  It makes me wonder if my grandmother had undiagnosed Celiac since she suffered from RA for a long time.  I even remember her telling me she had some GI problems.  Well, this helps me figure out who from my family did I inherit the disease.  Afterall, autoimmune diseases do run in families.

I thought Meghan was too young to have a thyroid disease,  but I’m learning it’s not uncommon.  Oh, my genes!!!  Now, I’m curious if Kaitlyn will acquire hypothyroidism.  I’m hoping by catching Celiac early with her, that it may prevent the onset of hypothyroidism.  I don’t know if that’s possible, but it is wishful thinking.

Meghan will have additional blood work done in a few weeks, mainly to check her TSH and Thyroid antibodies.  However, I’m wondering if going gluten-free will affect the results for the thyroid antibodies. I called Meghan’s Pediatric Endocrinologist about this.  I hope to hear more about that.  By the way, a big shout out to Dr. Paul Bernard of Pediatric Endocrinology Specialists of Georgia.  He was awesome with Meghan and was very thorough in discussing with me her condition and treatment.

Meghan experienced her first celiac disappointment yesterday.  Her class celebrated a birthday and the birthday boy provided prepared ice cream cones to everyone. Alas, Meghan was unable to partake.  Of course, if I had known about it ahead of time, I would be able to provide Meghan an ice cream cone!  Yes, I found a brand of gluten-free cones (cake and sugar)!!!!!


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