I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis - diagnosed officially in 1999 at age 25, although I self-diagnosed a year earlier. Been on Synthroid ever since during which time I took advantage of the fact I worked in a medical office - I didn't really see a doctor for several years. Convinced the docs I worked with to order my bloodwork and prescribe my Synthroid. I also would do stupid crap like not take my Synthroid for a week before my blood was drawn to falsely elevate my TSH and thereby convince the docs to give me a higher dose of Synthroid. Ended up at 265lbs on 275mcg of Synthroid per day.
After a combination of promising my mother on her deathbed that I would take better care of myself and being diagnosed with high blood pressure (and the doctor just shoving pills in my face) I started paying more attention to what I was eating. I started with the Zone diet, then a whole foods/clean eating approach. Lost about 25lbs. Also started going to the endocrinologist and taking my Synthroid properly.
In October 2010 my husband and I started Paleo, but for the first year was still kind of half-assed about it. I'd cheat a lot...a little bread wasn't going to kill me, right? And I still lost weight - down to 212lbs. And my Synthroid dose was decreasing.
I first read about the correlation between gluten and autoimmune disease in October 2011. First I went hog-wild with gluten free "treats," and gained 10lbs. Then I started cheating here and there. Finally, in March of this year, I asked my endocrinologist to order a blood test for thyroid antibodies and give me three months. Most of March and all of April and May I was 99.9% gluten free (there were a couple of accidental exposures when I wasn't clear in my ordering at a restaurant). I dabbled with cutting dairy, nuts and nightshades...but I just can't give up dairy (I do stick with grass fed raw milk products).
Blood test results today - thyroid antibodies have reduced from 512 to 320. My hemoglobin A1C, which was ALWAYS borderline at 5.7, is 5.3. So now I'm completely sold...gluten free for life. I consider myself Paleo (plus dairy and occasional non-GMO corn and rice) and I'm excited to see in 6 or 12 months if my antibodies will come down even further.
I know many people have seen improvement of symptoms related to their autoimmune disease when following a Paleo diet. My question is - has anyone seen a remission?