Originally Posted by Maggi315
Not to be argumentative, but it is true that the ONLY cause for thyroid problems is an iodine insufficiency. There are others, not common, but still need to be investigated and r/o. For example, I have a pituitary tumor which is actually pretty common, thought to be up to 1/5 of the population, yet without the "traditional" symptoms, it's often overlooked. It can't even be seen on a brain MRI without the contrast and pituitary slices. Yet, it most definitely causes thyroid problems, problems in the pituitary gland will result in problems in the thyroid gland.
Other causes: trauma (ANY damage to the brain can also damage the pituitary tumor or hypothalamus, even "white matter changes" can be significant depending on where they are, car accidents with whiplash or hitting your head can be a cause, as can any event that led to a concussion), thyroid tumors or cysts, MEN's, even some other obsure diseases like ehlers danlos syndrome, a genetic disease, and a bunch of others, which is when you get problems with multiple tumors in the endocrine system, Sheehan's syndrome, which is when you have excessive bleeding at birth, addisons disease, adrenal tumors (again, not common, but much more common than previously thought), starvation, and a bunch of others.
I developed hashimotos and other autoimmune disease years ago but no one thought to even look at my brain or pituitary tumor until I began sleeping poorly. A sleep study showed my brain woke itself up (even though I also have restless legs, thought sometimes to be caused by a nutritional deficiency, now the gene is close to being isolated and I already know I have it through gene testing!) 116 times in 6 hours! This led to the discovery of the tumor. A few weeks later I began to get so sleepy I couldn't function, which led to hospitalization and discovery of "secondary adrenal insufficiency". Now, the thought is I might have both adrenal insufficiency/fatigue alternating with cushings disease, but it's hard to find a good doctor that I can afford and get to without extensive traveling!
The best site for thyroid problems is stopthethryoidmadness.org (or com, can't remember).
the best site for adrenal fatigue is Dr. Wilson? now, all of a sudden I can't remember his name, but he wrote a book, has a problem with supplements, which I am going to try as soon as my husband gets paid. I'll have to fight the book....
There is hope and recovery involves nutrition, supplements, extensive testing, exercise, and a lifestyle change. I have had to make hard changes in my life to try to not stress the adrenals, being a mom of 5 and a homebirth midwife means I feel stressed most of the time! I'm not doing all I should, seems that when you are tired all the time what might seem easy on paper, like good nutrition, taking a walk daily, enough sleep, just doesn't get done...
I'm not trying to be argumentative either... but I'm not surprised that they've been able to detect an actual gene as iodine deficiency didn't simply start when you were born, while you were being created in the womb and even before as sperm and egg you inherit the deficiency or poison that your parents have been exposed to and not just in your parents lifetime but what they acquired from their parents and so on.... The problem is that 95% of the US population is iodine deficient, basically if you don't supplement, you ARE deficient. Many things contribute to a persons deficiency ranging from what you inherit from your parents to something you ate that had bromide in it 30 years ago to how easily a person stresses.
A pituitary tumor is caused by lack of iodine, any tumor or cancer is, our bodies are under constant attack by the foods we eat that are processed with chemicals, the vaccines that are supposed to help us, dental visits that poison us with mercury, the "treated" tap water and sometimes bottled water we drink, I mean the list goes on and on. People don't get the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals because they go by the RDA standard which doesnt take into account the additional amounts you need to counteract the barrage of chemicals and heavy metals. It's like taking your car in to a mechanic, you are taking it in for the really big obvious thing but once that is fixed you start noticing that there are other things wrong with it that weren't so obvious before... if you go back to the first thing that had a problem you find that because that was not working properly it caused problem #2 and then problem #2 perhaps combined with number #1 caused problem #3 and #4...
Your whole body requires iodine, not just your thyroid (although it does play a HUGE role in your body), you skin needs iodine, your eyes, your gut, your teeth... iodine should be in every cell of your body. When you are deficient, especially because of being poisoned by bromide or fluoride, they take the place of iodine in your body because they are all halogens and your body can't tell the difference.
You also mentioned trauma and other diseases or conditions.... first trauma would play a role, once you are already having thyroid problems which basically your thyroid is working overtime filtering your blood to find the iodine it needs to continue functioning, your adrenals are there trying to pick up the slack and pumping adrenaline constantly just to keep you functioning so when something stressful or traumatic happens they have little ability, if any, at this point to provide the additional adrenaline for the moment and they have a moment of giving up. Really it's just one thing after another, your situation isn't that different at all, it began mild and slowly crept up on you and when you noticed it your body was deteriorating so fast (literally your thyroid atrophies) that your symptoms were getting worse faster and faster.
Other conditions or diseases play their own role because as I mentioned in the previous paragraph, those conditions or diseases are actually caused directly or indirectly by a vitamin or mineral deficiency (generally iodine).
I'm glad you are looking into supplementation when you have the chance, it really is no cost compared to the cost of doctor visits or "meds" to try and help you feel better, not to mention actually be able to feel healthy again and do things you haven't been able to do in a long time.
When you do get your supplements be sure to do some thorough research on iodine as that is truly the MOST important one to be getting. Good info about iodine is hard to find, a lot of doctors today don't have the education to know about iodine so you will find a lot of iodophobia (people that are afraid of iodine), that's why I made my site, it has tons of links to studies done that not only promote iodine but high doses of it.