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post #1001 of 1011
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Originally Posted by kindacrunchy View Post
who here is hyper?
I am, but not naturally. I'm suppressed to .05 TSH.

And weight gain is absolutely normal for hyper, too.
post #1002 of 1011
Since the endo I went to see wouldn't give me armour, I had to schedule another appointment with another doc. who I can't get in to see for two months. In the meantime, I figured I'd take the levothyroxine the first doc. prescribed... He told me to take 37.5 mg once a day, which I've done for about two weeks. I cannot believe how absolutely horrible I have felt. Physically, it's been like I have a hangover- and I've been way more irritable... to the point that I'm almost homicidal (no worries... I absolutely will not act upon it!). I cut the dose to half over the past week and don't feel quite as bad. Does anyone know if this is typical? I figured that even though it was synthetic, the levothyroxine is still something that is very close to what's naturally in your body, so I have no idea why I'd have such negative side effects.
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Originally Posted by 3kidsclmr View Post
Since the endo I went to see wouldn't give me armour, I had to schedule another appointment with another doc. who I can't get in to see for two months. In the meantime, I figured I'd take the levothyroxine the first doc. prescribed... He told me to take 37.5 mg once a day, which I've done for about two weeks. I cannot believe how absolutely horrible I have felt. Physically, it's been like I have a hangover- and I've been way more irritable... to the point that I'm almost homicidal (no worries... I absolutely will not act upon it!). I cut the dose to half over the past week and don't feel quite as bad. Does anyone know if this is typical? I figured that even though it was synthetic, the levothyroxine is still something that is very close to what's naturally in your body, so I have no idea why I'd have such negative side effects.

I've never had a dr just start me right where I was supposed to be. They have always started at like a quarter of the dose, then gone up to half the dose, then 3 quarters, then full dose. I bet you felt bad it must have been a heck of a shock to your system!
post #1004 of 1011
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Originally Posted by Celtain View Post
I've never had a dr just start me right where I was supposed to be. They have always started at like a quarter of the dose, then gone up to half the dose, then 3 quarters, then full dose. I bet you felt bad it must have been a heck of a shock to your system!
Yeah, that. The basic reason is that they don't *know* where you should be without wiggling the dose around. It's dependent on so many things.

Levo is a long-term drug so altering your dose isn't being helpful at all...your next blood draw won't be accurate since you're not ingesting the same amount each time.
post #1005 of 1011
Any quick words of wisdom for me? I have a doctors appointment today and I"m going to bring up thyroid testing. In the past year I have gained 12 lbs even though I work out 1500-3000 minutes per month (usually 60-90 minutes a day using a heart rate monitor to keep me in a training zone and doing heavy weight lifting three times a week) and have gone up 1-2 clothing sizes. I eat very healthy and am still nursing, and I have to get under 1400 calories/day to loose weight (and then it comes right back on as soon as I eat normally again). Doesn't that seem a bit extreme? I also have been more tired than usual, I don't remember the last time I made it through a movie without falling asleep, either at home or at the theater. I've always had terribly dry skin, there's not been a change there. I've also been struggling with depression, though super-high levels of fish oil seem to be helping a little. My basal body temperature never seems to get above 98 degrees.

I'm a bit worried, because I've been taking an iodine supplement (100% recommended amount, twice a day) and I worry that will skew thyroid tests. Will it?
post #1006 of 1011
I don't know if iodine will skew results, but I'd imagine many other women in this thread do.

As for advice: just tell your physician that you'd like a full thyroid panel (including TSH, T3, T4). Explain why. It's your body and you get to make your own medical decisions.

Good luck!
post #1007 of 1011
I'm not sure either if iodine will skew results. What it *will* do is provide your body with a necessary building block to produce T4 and flush bromide, chloride and fluoride out of your body- into your nursling.
It certainly sounds like you may be having thyroid problems, although I never would have been able to exercise for 1 minute even when I was at my worst. Just unloading a dishwasher or walking 2 feet put me out of breath.
I would suggest also getting antibody tests done along with the TSH, T3 and T4 (and make sure those are FREE T3 and FREE T4). From what I understand, some women start feeling effects of Hashimoto's before the thyroid hormone levels are affected.
Hopefully others can give you a more direct answer about iodine and maybe some more info on Hashi's.
post #1008 of 1011
To the OP.....

Could you start a new thread? This is sssooooo long to read through.

Please?:::

mp
post #1009 of 1011
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I'm a bit worried, because I've been taking an iodine supplement (100% recommended amount, twice a day) and I worry that will skew thyroid tests. Will it?
Iodine relieved some of my symptoms, but I was taking a much higher dose--several milligrams per day (1 Iodoral). You're just taking 150mcg 2x/day? Hope I'm remembering the RDA correctly. I would think that low an amt would not mess up test results (it's still within the range of what you could get from food), but like a pp said, iodine does mobilize various nasties (including mercury, my personal nemesis).
post #1010 of 1011
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I've started a new thread (link below) as requested since this one is soooooooo long. Should I edit the first post of the thread to add any important info? Like links to good sites to read, etc? Just let me know what should be there and I'll edit.

Link to The Thyroid Thread (Part II)
post #1011 of 1011
Hypo here - wow theres lots of posts i only got thru the first 2 pages will hae to come back later lol

I have always supsected i have it and so did my previous family dr. I had and enlarged thyroid gland in my neck that he monitored but when he sent me for blood work it would always fall within a normal enough range that he would just monitor it and never medicated me.

Well i moved and never had a family dr for s afew years till i got preggo with my first though nothing ever came up in my blood work till this time around. Im on baby #3. And for my routine 15 week blood work it was noted that I have Hypothyroidism so FINALLY i am on synthroid for this.

Since being put on it my enlarged thyroid has almost dimished.

Something I later found out was that just because my levels come back as normal accourding to their charts they may not be normal for ME.

My current dr is having me testing reg. while im preggo and will continue to do so after the birth. Its hard to tell how things are different now from being on the meds as i was leaving that horrid first trimester and entering blissful tri #2 when the meds really kicked in.

I dont eat A LOT and my diet has not changed much over the years but i was putting on a lot of weight despite not eating anything. However my first 2 pregnancies i lost an avereage of 20lbs in the first trimester whereas this time around i didnt lose anything just gained despite my morning sickness and lack of eating so i guess my thryoid just finally gave up all together.
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