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Diabetic, Hashimoto's disease. Stools getting lighter, white in color, tender left side of rib cage. Anything to worry ?

I ve always had intestinal issues for as long as I can remember, the simplest things sometimes sends me running to the bathroom b/c of diarrhea . I m also diabetic (on metformin ), and have hashimoto s disease (on levothyroxine ). Recently (this week), day by day my stool is getting lighter and lighter color to where it s a grayish / whitish color. Had tenderness on my left side by the bottom of the rib cage (so if your looking at me it be your right) by it only lasted a few days. Seeing as I don t have health insurance right now, is this something that I should go see a urgent care doc about? ER doc? Or wait and see if it passes?
Asked On : Wed, 27 Feb 2013
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Hashimoto's thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is attacked by a variety of cell- and antibody-mediated immune processes.

Automimmune disorders that occur with increased frequency in patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis include insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, myasthenia gravis, celiac disease, pernicious anemia, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma etc.
Since you are having history of long standing diarrhea,there is a strong suspicion of having celiac disease.You must consult a gastroenterologist and get a colonoscopy and biopsy for the diagnosis and treatment.
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