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post #121 of 862
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Originally Posted by JacquelineR View Post
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I started out on L-thyroxine, didn't feel it was doing what I needed it to (but at least I wasn't sleeping for 20 hours of the day anymore), switched to NatureThroid (similar to Armour) and added in more vitamin supplements under the supervision of my ND.
Do what you need to do to get to where you want to be.
Thanks for the support. It's good to know I'm not stuck with anything for eternity. I wrote more in the above post but wanted to let you know I appreciate the info!
post #122 of 862
Gardenmom, is the dizziness happening when you change position quickly? Like sitting to standing, or lying down to sitting? That's a big clue for adrenal problems. When I was asked by the chiro, I said no cause I'd gotten so used to it I didn't even realize it anymore. It took me a long time to realize that my adrenals had been slowly becoming more and more stressed, it was a process of a couple decades, and then life stress pushed my adrenals and thyroid over the edge and I hit a wall. As Jacqueline mentioned, these two very often go hand-in-hand.
post #123 of 862
I was going to say basically what Tanya did, but also wanted to ask if ear infections have been an ongoing problem for you and if you've ever been tested for allergies? From my research, undiagnosed allergies can often lead to an adrenal problem which can then lead to thyroid problems. It's really fascinating how interconnected all the systems of the body are.

ETA: Also, do you have asthma? This is often a misdiagnosis of adrenal fatigue and is also often a further symptom of undiagnosed allergies.
post #124 of 862
On to my next adventure - just found out I'm pregnant for the first time since being diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer, Total Thyroidectomy, Radioactive Iodine, etc.

Anybody else been through a pregnancy after all that? I have some questions.

Thanks
post #125 of 862
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Originally Posted by AfricanQueen99 View Post
On to my next adventure - just found out I'm pregnant for the first time since being diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer, Total Thyroidectomy, Radioactive Iodine, etc.

Anybody else been through a pregnancy after all that? I have some questions.

Thanks
Can't say that I have been. I can't even imagine all of that.
Congrats on your pregnancy!
post #126 of 862
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Originally Posted by TanyaLopez View Post
Gardenmom, is the dizziness happening when you change position quickly? Like sitting to standing, or lying down to sitting? That's a big clue for adrenal problems.
I'd have to say that I'm 99% sure that it's not specifically tied to position change. It seems to be random and can occur while sitting at the computer, or standing washing the dishes, etc. with no major movement. If I feel a bit wobbly, and look at something still, it seems to get better. The nasty attack of vertigo that sent me to the ER started in my sleep. I may have rolled over to set it off, but don't think so. My feeling is that I had been sleeping on my back for some time without moving, but I can't be sure.

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Originally Posted by JacquelineR
I was going to say basically what Tanya did, but also wanted to ask if ear infections have been an ongoing problem for you and if you've ever been tested for allergies? From my research, undiagnosed allergies can often lead to an adrenal problem which can then lead to thyroid problems. It's really fascinating how interconnected all the systems of the body are
I've never had an ear infection (to my knowledge) and have only had two sinus infections in my life...this one and once about 6 years ago. No asthma, no allergies that I know of, but I've never been tested. My Mother had huge allergy problems around this age, as did my Sister (19 years older than me), but both have resolved on their own.

At this point I am pretty sure the dizziness is an inner ear thing due to a lot of factors that fit. Now of course it could be worse due to hormone problems, but I've always had motion sickness in some form, so this truly doesn't surprise me.

Thanks for all the info! I will definitely look into adrenal issues in depth. I can only absorb so much at each sitting, and have begun keeping a health journal as well as a list of thyroid related information and links to pursue.
post #127 of 862
P.S. I just took my first pill of Armour tonight, sigh. Just wanted to add that it's truly depressing to be 39 (birthday yesterday) and thinking I might have to rely on a drug therapy every day for the rest of my life.
post #128 of 862
Sorry if this was mentioned, but dizziness can also be candida overgrowth, adrenal fatigue or low vitamin D. I get that from time to time.
post #129 of 862
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Just wanted to add that it's truly depressing to be 39 (birthday yesterday) and thinking I might have to rely on a drug therapy every day for the rest of my life.
I'm sans thyroid so I don't have an option. But I wanted to add that I very much felt like this in the beginning. We're a no-aspirin, no-medications unless dying family. So, for me, it was a huge deal to be on drug therapy. But then I remembered that if I had a brain disorder I wouldn't have an issue with taking something...heart disorder I'd take something in a heartbeat. Why not allow myself the positive feelings of taking care of my body to the best of my ability. Being on lifelong medication isn't a bad thing...it just is what it is. It took me about a year to get to this point mentally, though.
post #130 of 862
Subbing

I may be joining you. I went to the doc today because I feel awful. He is suspecting Hypothyroid. They are doing some blood tests and I should have some results next week.

I see you all are discussing plantar fasciitis. I do have that.

Here are some of my symptoms:

Fatigue
Sluggishness
Increased sensitivity to cold (I feel very cold most of the time)
Pale, dry skin
A puffy face
An elevated blood cholesterol level (at least when last tested two years ago)
Unexplained weight gain (24 pounds since this summer)
Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints (I am having a terrible time with my back, especially in the morning)
Muscle weakness
Heavier than normal menstrual periods (I thought this was because I had my tubes tied in May)
Brittle fingernails and hair
Depression (I was thinking this was PPD)
Hair Loss (Again thinking this was post partum stuff. But its been alot more this time)
Dizzieness
Lack of sex drive....sigh

Some of this I attributed to having a baby almost 8 months ago. But I still feel wiped out.

One question. I am having problems with both ears. I have had popping in my left ear for two years now (after an ear infection). Then now the right ear as of last month. The Doc mentioned this could be tied to Hypo. If my tests come back negative he said I should see an ENT. He did look in my ears and they looked normal.

ETA - Confussion!

Memory Loss

Dang, I keep remembering more symptoms.
post #131 of 862
Maybe I should get a new name of "Thread Killer".


What happens if my test results come back negative? Am I crazy? Is this all in my head? One part of me wants nothing to be wrong and the other wants something to be wrong to put a name on it. Also to prove, its not me being lazy and fat.
post #132 of 862
Sorry, I meant to respond to you yesterday but I've been having 2 (semi) good days in a row, which is rare this pregnancy. (That means I felt well enough to actually get something done around the house.)
It sounds very much like you belong with us. I hope that you see the results on the test to help you feel better. I believe there may be something to do with ear problems and adrenal fatigue, not so much with thyroid problems, though everything is connected in the body, yk?
There is a theory which states thyroid problems may be the result of long untreated adrenal fatigue, and adrenal fatigue may be exacerbated by allergies (which I would look into if you're prone to ear infections).
HTH a little at least.
Sorry you're joining us but you're welcome to be here.
post #133 of 862
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Originally Posted by KatWrangler View Post
Maybe I should get a new name of "Thread Killer".
No way. That is my title (usually)! Welcome to the thread. I'm new here too, and have already gotten great help and suggestions from the Mamas here.
post #134 of 862
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Originally Posted by JacquelineR View Post
Sorry, I meant to respond to you yesterday but I've been having 2 (semi) good days in a row, which is rare this pregnancy. (That means I felt well enough to actually get something done around the house.)
It sounds very much like you belong with us. I hope that you see the results on the test to help you feel better. I believe there may be something to do with ear problems and adrenal fatigue, not so much with thyroid problems, though everything is connected in the body, yk?
There is a theory which states thyroid problems may be the result of long untreated adrenal fatigue, and adrenal fatigue may be exacerbated by allergies (which I would look into if you're prone to ear infections).
HTH a little at least.
Sorry you're joining us but you're welcome to be here.
Off to research adrenal fatigue.

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No way. That is my title (usually)! Welcome to the thread. I'm new here too, and have already gotten great help and suggestions from the Mamas here.
We can share the title then.
post #135 of 862
tic toc tic toc

post #136 of 862
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P.S. I just took my first pill of Armour tonight, sigh. Just wanted to add that it's truly depressing to be 39 (birthday yesterday) and thinking I might have to rely on a drug therapy every day for the rest of my life.
Well if it makes you feel better I'm only 27. I did used to feel down about having to take medicine. How do you like armour? I actually ended up liking synthroid better. I feel more calm on it for some reason. I hope it helps you! Taking my medicine is like brushing my teeth now. I do not think I'm suffering any side effects from it. At this, I'm happy to not be fatigued. I would do a rain dance outside naked if that is what it took! Seriously, go with what works.
post #137 of 862
Tests came back negative. Now what?

post #138 of 862
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Originally Posted by KatWrangler View Post
Tests came back negative. Now what?

You need to get a copy of the labwork (if you don't have it already) and look at the values yourself. I felt horrible for a year as my labwork slowly, slowly drifted out of range. The reference range is too wide for most people. Once you get your labwork, this thread can help with the numbers.
post #139 of 862
Okay. I don't have a copy of them, but I will request them.

He (the FP Doc) suggest I contact an endocrinologist or my OB. That maybe they could run a more specialized test.

Is this all in my head? Did I gain 24 pounds since the summer because I just don't know how to eat right? Am I freezing all the time because I am cold blooded?

post #140 of 862
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Originally Posted by KatWrangler View Post

He (the FP Doc) suggest I contact an endocrinologist or my OB. That maybe they could run a more specialized test.

Is this all in my head? Did I gain 24 pounds since the summer because I just don't know how to eat right? Am I freezing all the time because I am cold blooded?

Or did the doctor not know which "specialized" (appropriate) tests to order? But you can read and know.

Pat
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