Back and Better Than Ever

If you’re a long-time follower of The Celiac Saga, you may have noticed some interruptions in the past months, especially in regards to blog posts. Unfortunately, as some of you might know, Celiac Disease often comes hand and hand with disorders like thyroiditis, which I recently have been struggling with.

The full name of my condition is Recurrent Subacute Thyroiditis (RSAT), and it’s a pretty rare condition. RSAT is an inflammation of the thyroid that causes overactivity, leading to high heart rates, trouble breathing, low blood pressure, dizziness, chest pains, insomnia, fatigue, hair loss, and muscle weakness. The overactivity lasts for about 2-3 months, and then the thyroid flips to inactivity, leading to lethargy, extreme fatigue, low body temperature, and slow heart rates. The inactivity lasts for 2-3 months, making this a 4-6 month condition. I’m currently in the middle of the inactive phase of my second episode, and my first episode was just two years ago.

It’s been a tough couple of months, but I’ve learned a lot – and not just about my thyroid. Did you know that you don’t have to check for gluten in IV medications? Since the medicine is injected intravenously, it does not get processed through the intestinal tract, and therefore cannot cause harm or symptoms. If anything, this RSAT episode has strengthened my passion for Celiac awareness, as so many doctors and health care workers I have encountered recently know little to nothing about Celiac Disease.

As my health levels out again, I am hoping to revive my blog and start posting entries at least every other week. I’m really looking forward to expanding The Celiac Saga this year so all of you have more chances to get involved!

Stay tuned for some awesome changes coming soon! 🙂

– Valerie