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  1. Pertaining to the section on Doxycycline….I wonder if it could have been Lyme Disease? Interesting.I went GF 4 years ago because I’ve had Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was 8 (i’m 51) and I have thyroid nodules. As was your experience my blood work doesn’t scream Thyroid disease so no on seems interested in helping me. My Rheumatologist is very progressive with alternate options and I am about to start low dose Naltrexone…wish me luck! I plan to refer my niece to your site…she has Hashimoto’s and does not have it under control.I’m hoping to inspire her to Take Control!! Thanks for the info;)

    1. Hi Tammy, thanks for reading! I have never thought about the Doxycycline possibly being linked to Lyme’s… but you bring up a good point! It is, of course, always possible. If that’s the case, then I got pretty lucky with unknowingly treating it. It took about 2 full rounds to clear up my skin issues… very interesting.

      I am so so happy to hear that your Rheumatologist is open to using LDN – it is very hard to find doctors willing to prescribe it! I am praying that you have GREAT results and amazing hair like I experienced. Lol. You’ll have to check back with me after you’re on it for a couple months and let me know how it goes. 🙂 And please, send your niece our way and let her know if she has any questions, she can comment or send us an e-mail at

  2. What a fantastic post! What is the AIP diet? I also wanted to ask you about rheumatoid symptoms, did you develop any? Out if the blue i developed symptoms in my hands. I can’t make a tight fist any longer and I’ve noticed my fingers are becoming deformed. Thank you for this post

    1. Hi Cheryl! The AIP diet stands for the Autoimmune Paleo (or some people call it Protocol) diet. It is a diet that removes inflammatory foods and emphasizes nutrient-dense, healing foods to help heal from autoimmune disease. It is a VERY restrictive diet upon first glance, but there are so many people who find relief in managing autoimmune conditions using this type of diet. You can read more about it here: Also, YES, I have had rheumatoid symptoms in the past… I was also not able to make a tight fist and developed weakness and tremors in my hands. That was a very low point in my health and those symptoms, along with brain fog, pushed me to really dive deep into diet and lifestyle changes. They did go away once I started changing my diet and working with a functional medicine doctor. And although I did not have any issues with deformity in my fingers, it is a symptom I have seen in other people. Keep searching for answers, Cheryl. You are on the right path!

  3. Anna,
    Thank you for all the research and comparison of the meds and diets! I’m currently on Armour Thyroid, and trying to find the right dosage.
    I read that you had a child throughout the process. Which particular meds were you on when you were able to conceive? I have been unable to and it has been a year. Just wondering if this is a factor.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Kimberly,

      When I conceived my first full-term pregnancy (I had four early miscarriages before that, but we believe those were caused by uterine polyps), I was on Low Dose Naltrexone to keep my antibody levels and inflammation down, and also Armour Thyroid, which I had to increase my dosage almost immediately after getting pregnant because my body needed the extra support. My doctor also had me take baby aspirin and progesterone suppositories as a preventative since I had a history of miscarriages, but I am not sure I needed those. For my second full-term pregnancy, I was on Westhroid Pure instead of Armour and did not need the Low Dose Naltrexone, aspirin, or progesterone. I should also mention that this was paired with a strict Paleo diet. I am now pregnant again, and plan on writing a few posts about what I’ve learned regarding thyroid and autoimmune issues, as well as what has worked for me to manage my autoimmune issues during pregnancy.

  4. Hmm, I’ve just been diagnosed with tinea versicolor just a day ago in Las Vegas (a dry climate) in February in the cold with my dry chapped skin! And I have been told before that I have hypothyroid, although my new primary care who did not give me my original diagnosis as hypo, this doctor now tells me repeatedly that “My thyroid is fine.” while my hair falls out and I’m freezing. Ugh. Your story is helping to shed some light on what may be going on with my health and what I should pursue to start healing. Thank you for posting your story.

    1. Hi Natalie! That is so interesting about the tinea versicolor… now I’m happy I included that in the post. I remember debating if I should include it or not because it seemed so random, but, after experiencing all my symptoms over a period of many years, I can’t help but think it was related to my Hashimoto’s.

      I, too, experienced the whole “your thyroid is fine” thing from some of my doctors. But I continued searching and eventually found a doctor who listened and treated me appropriately. If you have the symptoms, keep searching for the answers! My hair was falling out and I was always, always cold, so I know how you feel. I thought it was normal to feel that way and I couldn’t believe the difference once I got started on the right thyroid medication, diet, etc. Good luck, Natalie!

  5. Thank you so much for this excellent post! I have eliminated my thyroid antibodies through balancing my hormones but now my husband has been recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. So much time has passed since the beginning of my treatment that reading what you have done is very helpful to me in coaching him.

    1. Hi Carolyn, thank you! I am glad you found it helpful. Sounds like you two are like Frank and I where we both have autoimmune issues. But that is awesome you were able to eliminate yours and now can use that knowledge and firsthand experience to help your husband. He is very lucky to have you. 🙂

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