Can one of you more knowledgeable ladies give your opinion on what I have experienced since being on and off Iodoral? Perhaps some information has already been posted that I missed. I saw a soon to be naturopath in April and filled out several detailed pages concerning my health and diet. She and another educated friend seperately suggested Iodoral for symptoms I have experienced for some time - low energy, foggy brain, cold feet, breast cysts. I was warned by my friend that in rare instances the iodine could lead to a hyperthyroid state. I usually do more in depth research, but this time got some basic information, looked at the potential benefits, and thought that it made sense to try the iodine. We currently have no income coming in and are trying to get by until we have some means, so I did not do the testing. I started out at 50 mg because that is what the naturopath ordered for me. The first week I had more energy and maybe only a day of possible detox symptoms, and a couple of people said I was glowing. After two weeks, I woke up warm and jittery in the middle of the night and decided to go down to 25 mg. The third week I had severe headaches, red eyes that just felt weird (like air moving around them), and increased potty runs, so I cut back again to approximately 12 mg, and then after the fourth week stopped completely. I've continued to have terrible headaches.
I have been off for two weeks, and I keep feeling warm in the middle of the night and the first half of the day. Our house is kept at 76 degrees, and I keep wearing a sleeveless shirt, drinking ice water, standing in the freezer, and still feeling warm. Aside from warmth, I hadn't been jittery until the last couple of days. I feel completely exhausted again, like I am unable to cope, highly irritable, and afraid that I have permanently messed up my thyroid and put it into a hyper state by not being more cautious.
I might add that I do tend to magnify whatever is going on in my life at the time, so I don't know if perhaps I am being hyper-SENSITIVE to the possibility of a problem, experiecing detox or withdrawal symptoms, or if I've got a hyper thyroid state now instead of the previously presumed (but not confirmed) hypo state. My resting heart beat was already at a high 100 before the iodine and I've had a tremor since I was in the fourth grade, so those symptom indicators don't help me much.
So, I'd really love some feedback from those who have read, experienced more about what may be going on as I am afraid right now of having done permanent harm and we really don't have the means for me to do the thyroid testing and iodine testing, though I suppose there's always a way. Even if I wait until I can do the testing, should I be taking the support supplements? I have magnesium, wheat germ oil for E, CLO, sea salt, and brewer's yeast for B vitamins (though it looked like it would take 26 TB of the yeast to reach the amount of B vitamins recommended on the Breast Cancer Choices site which references iodine usage). Thank you so much for posting this thread, and please help!
And a good multi vitamin are a must (personal fave that I and many friends and family have used with success is one 'n' only)... but that's just with small doses of iodine, bigger doses require more...
Like more selenium, I take 300mcg a day
Chromium and Vanadium
higher dose of vitamin C (3000mg) and mag (500-1000mg)