Hypo & Alcohol Sensitivity??

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When I occasionally drink alcohol I find that the next few days I'm wiped out. The immediate tolerance level has not changed for me. I can still drink a beer or two or several glasses of wine and feel fine, but it's the next day that affects me. For example, my husband and I went out to eat last night and I had a beer and a long island. I feel very tired today. It seems like alcohol makes me sleepy or want to sleep as much as I did before I started taking medication for hypo. Is this something that people find with hypo and alcohol?

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    I used to like a good beer now and then until I gave up gluten for my hashitmotos so beer is off the menu. whenever I have wine it has the same wipe out effect so that is off the menu now too. I don't have any answers, but yes, I think it's totally normal to be sensitive to alcohol if you have thyroid issues. rolleyes

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    I am under moderation for my post?? I guess giving up gluten is a trigger for moderation? Is this site funded by drug companies?
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      I can't exactly remember the content of my post, but I know I mentioned beer having gluten in it which why I gave it up and felt much better, and the same is happening with wine. 

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    I have exactly the same problem, I can tolerate alcohol the same but the effects of drinking can last 2 - 3 days, and like you it feels like I've missed a dose of thyroxine. I don't think it's being hypothyroid though as I was hypo for about 15 years before being diagnosed and my reactions to alcohol didn't change, I think it's the levo that does it, as my levels went back to normal my ability to tolerate alcohol dropped. I tried talking to my GP about it but I think they're quite happy to see me teetotal 😄.

    It could be gluten that's causing your problem but I'd expect you to be talking about other symptoms like bloating, diahorrea/constipation, however it's easy to check try a gluten free beer next time.

    For me there's only one answer and that's either to not drink or only drink when I haven't got anything important to do for a couple of days.

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      That is good to know! And yes, it's easy to aviod the response my body has by simply not drinking beer or trying to avoid drinks with gluten.😊 I've just noticed this rather huge change and want to find out more. I appreciate your response! BTW, I do have bloating and constipation if I drink beer or wine. I become rather gassy. I really enjoy a glass of wine now. 😕

      My GP is great, but not a specialist. For example, I've been told I should have an ultrasound done on my thyroid gland, especially with my family history. My GP doesn't find this necessary. I will be seeing a specialist in September (It's very hard to get an appointment with him.) For this I am grateful to hopefully have more solid information from a face-to-face specialist rather than me researching all over the internet. (Which I do find very helpful to educate myself.)

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    Hi I'm underactive and I find my joints get sore after drinking (even a small amount) I never used to get this before I was diagnosed. I think there is a link between how you react to alcohol and underactive thyroid

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