Gosh, I am so sorry to hear that you had an incident of ADEM that must have been super scary for you and those who love you.
Have you been tested for celiac disease?
Leaky gut? (when the intestinal barrier is compromised and larger molecules of food pass into the blood... which is a no-no! )
Sometimes an undiagnosed gluten allergy is the trigger for a host of autoimmune diseases.
You may want to be tested for this... in adults it often doesn't have overt symptoms the way it does in children.
You do need to be eating gluten at the time of testing... as the amount of antibodies in the blood fall fairly quickly... most people have some degree of antibody action against gluten, so some antibodies in the blood are expected.
It sounds like you've done some reading... go you!... being as you recognized that childbirth is a causative factor in thyroid malfunction. So much so that its got its own name... Postpartum thyroiditis.
Lets wait until you get your test results back PLEASE ask the doc for a copy so that you can tell us exactly what your numbers are. Reason being that many docs/labs are using outdated ranges for what's considered "normal"... which can leave you untreated.
Did you ask for a thyroid antibody test?
You've got to get two... one for TPO, or anti-thyroid peroxidase, and TgAB, or anti- thyroglobulin antibodies.
Many docs don't like to give the TgAB test, as in most cases of hypothyroid disease, the TPO's are the most elevated... they figure if those aren't elevated you don't have the autoimmune form of thyroid disease. That said, my TPOs where fine at my first testing, but my TgABs were double what they should have been. Had I just gotten the TPOs tested the etiology of my thyroid disease would have gone undiagnosed. Its important to know, as iodine can flare autoimmune thyroid disease, but cure a hypothyroid disease when its simply a case where the thyroid's simply not getting adequate iodine.
Don't want to overload you with advice, or worse confuse you... but did want to check in and welcome you to our team! Glad you found us.
Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 2/26/2013 (11:08)
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