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post #41 of 862
you can, it doesn't dissolve as well, though.
post #42 of 862
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Originally Posted by bigeyes View Post
you can, it doesn't dissolve as well, though.
Thanks for the answer.

After poking around in the supplements list on ithyroid.com, I added sulfur (MSM) into my supplements the other day and holy cow. I had been in so much pain (just general joint and muscle achiness, popping of joints when bending them, joints seizing up, so on and so forth) and after adding 1000mg for just a couple of days, my pain has decreased by half if not more.
When I saw sulfur on the list of vitamins/minerals which needed supplementing in people with thyroid conditions, a little light went on in my head. I know it's gross, but I used to eat match heads as a child. I'd dig through my parents' ashtrays and eat all the heads off their matches. I craved them. This along with eating handfuls of salt actually prompted my gran to tell my mom that if I was craving it badly enough to do that, she should let me because obviously my body needed something in it- she even suggested maybe it was the sulfur.
Has anyone else added sulfur into their supplements? If so, what were the results for you? Anything as extraordinary as mine?
I have a couple more supplements to add into my regime after looking at the list from ithyroid.com, most are covered by a multi-vitamin my ND has me on, but there are some which aren't quite to the levels suggested by that site.
Just had to share.
post #43 of 862
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Originally Posted by JacquelineR View Post
Thanks for the answer.

After poking around in the supplements list on ithyroid.com, I added sulfur (MSM) into my supplements the other day and holy cow. I had been in so much pain (just general joint and muscle achiness, popping of joints when bending them, joints seizing up, so on and so forth) and after adding 1000mg for just a couple of days, my pain has decreased by half if not more.
When I saw sulfur on the list of vitamins/minerals which needed supplementing in people with thyroid conditions, a little light went on in my head. I know it's gross, but I used to eat match heads as a child. I'd dig through my parents' ashtrays and eat all the heads off their matches. I craved them. This along with eating handfuls of salt actually prompted my gran to tell my mom that if I was craving it badly enough to do that, she should let me because obviously my body needed something in it- she even suggested maybe it was the sulfur.
Has anyone else added sulfur into their supplements? If so, what were the results for you? Anything as extraordinary as mine?
I have a couple more supplements to add into my regime after looking at the list from ithyroid.com, most are covered by a multi-vitamin my ND has me on, but there are some which aren't quite to the levels suggested by that site.
Just had to share.
Yeah, sometimes it's amazing when something just clicks as you read on one of the sites.

Unfortunately, I can't do sulphur. We moved to Hawaii and I found out every time the volcano acts up I get migraines from the sulphur. I bet if I took a supplement with sulphur it would kill me.

Sea salt helps me, though, and I added selenium.
post #44 of 862
Hi all,

I'm new here. I've been looking around the threads, Parts I and II. Lots of info! It's going to take me a while to process it all.

Here's my deal. I just went to the doc for crazy fast heart rate. High pulse and high BP. I had a physical in early August and they said all was fine. Turns out the thyroid info came in late and never got looked at. My TSH was .01. I think. I also have a pretty big thyroid nodule. The doc thinks the heart stuff is related to an out-of-whack thyroid. I have also steadily been losing weight. I had chalked that up to nursing a 7 month old who doesn't like solids, but it could easily be something else.

Other info on me: I had a baby girl in January. Before that I had 3 miscarriages and was diagnosed with a possible blood clotting disorder. Supposedly the thyroid can potentially have something to do with that, but I don't know what. Anyway, my thyroid was monitored throughout the pregnancy and I think it was fine. We have lots of info anyway. LOL.

My main worry is that they'll want to give me something that isn't compatible with breastfeeding. Or that they'll diagnose me with something chronic when this is actually my body still getting itself in order postpartum. I am calling the endocrinologist on Tuesday.

I know the endo because I also have a thyroid nodule and I had him check it out a few years ago.
post #45 of 862
Jacqueline, holy moley! I did a lot of the stuff on ithyroid.com (back before I had a healthcare provider) and although it dramatically improved my thyroid function, I never had any other significant changes, positive or negative (but my adrenal and thyroid symptoms were my most pressing, so at least it addressed one of them quite well). But wow!
post #46 of 862
Girlprof - how do you learn about your large nodule (u/s or FNA)? How long have you had it?

The synthetic hormones (Synthroid et al) are all compatible with nursing.
post #47 of 862
Jacqueline, your reaction to MSM made me wonder about something I'd read about, so I went poking around. I _think_ MSM is the same type of sulfur found in "high-sulfur" foods (high in free thiols), like eggs, dairy, and a lot of leafy green things.

http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/heali...hur_foods.html

This is the list that I was thinking of, with high and low sulfur foods. I think you've got dietary restrictions, right? I was just wondering if you happen to be avoiding a lot of high sulfur foods.
post #48 of 862
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Originally Posted by TanyaLopez View Post
Jacqueline, your reaction to MSM made me wonder about something I'd read about, so I went poking around. I _think_ MSM is the same type of sulfur found in "high-sulfur" foods (high in free thiols), like eggs, dairy, and a lot of leafy green things.

http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/heali...hur_foods.html

This is the list that I was thinking of, with high and low sulfur foods. I think you've got dietary restrictions, right? I was just wondering if you happen to be avoiding a lot of high sulfur foods.

I either avoid nearly everything on that list or I'm bad for not eating it (excepting onions and a few other things). We avoid dairy, eggs and wheat and limit soy and goitragenic foods (cabbage, broccoli etc). We use a lot of onions and garlic, starting to use bok choy and bean sprouts more often now that I have a wok.
I guess this explains why I'm craving dairy, eggs and chocolate so badly.
post #49 of 862
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Girlprof - how do you learn about your large nodule (u/s or FNA)? How long have you had it?

The synthetic hormones (Synthroid et al) are all compatible with nursing.
Hmm.. Are NatureThroid and Armour incompatible with nursing?
post #50 of 862
no
post #51 of 862
Hi all. I went to the doctor a month ago to ask about Adrenal Fatigue (I should get those results next week) and had blood drawn. Blood work shows that TPOs are a little high (478) but everything else is fine with the exception of a few vitamin deficiencies. They sent me for a scan which I should also get the results back next week. I've had the symptoms for sure since I concieved my second child (over three years ago). so I'm guessing that I either have Hashimotos or cancer?
post #52 of 862
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Originally Posted by AfricanQueen99 View Post
Girlprof - how do you learn about your large nodule (u/s or FNA)? How long have you had it?

The synthetic hormones (Synthroid et al) are all compatible with nursing.
My primary care doc spotted the nodule from across the room (!) several years ago. It's grown a lot since then. I've had an u/s and also a biopsy, but quite awhile ago.
post #53 of 862
Here's a quick update. I like the doc I saw yesterday, but let's see what you all think.

He said my TSH was low, but that wasn't the important thing. We are doing a blood test for free T4 (or free T3? I don't remember). He said all the crazy symptoms I'm having are probably thyroid related. Well, almost all. My plantar fasciitis isn't, too bad, I'd love to get rid of that.

He talked about two things: a scan and an uptake test. Both of those involved radiation, or radioactive iodine. When I told him I was breastfeeding, he called the lab and talked it over. They said no uptake test for sure. We all said, well, not necessary since we won't be doing any radioactive treatment on me while I'm nursing.

I asked what we would learn from the scan. He said it would tell us whether the extra thyroid stuff was coming from the nodule or the whole thyroid. But it seemed like treatment would be the same either way so now we are not doing the scan either. Yeah!

So he gave me two meds. I don't have the info here. One is a beta blocker. Medizol or something like that. The other is an anti-thryoid thing. I think the abbreviation is PTU, but I can check. He said both of these were compatible with nursing.

Thoughts?
post #54 of 862
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My plantar fasciitis isn't, too bad, I'd love to get rid of that.
People in my thyroid group have mentioned that as a symptom of undertreated hypo
post #55 of 862
Do you (or your doc) have any desire to remove the nodule via surgery? Then they can determine if it's cancerous. (A chick on another board did this, it was benign, no problems since.)
post #56 of 862
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Do you (or your doc) have any desire to remove the nodule via surgery? Then they can determine if it's cancerous. (A chick on another board did this, it was benign, no problems since.)
I sure don't want to do the surgery right now. I might consider it later. Once I'm done breastfeeding (and get through the next year at work), we'll have to re-evaluate.

So you guys didn't think anything he did sounded too crazy?
post #57 of 862
That is REALLY interesting about the plantar fasciitis. However, I'm pretty sure I got it from swinging our baby to sleep on a hard floor while barefoot. That was not a good idea. Maybe the thyroid is making me more susceptible.
post #58 of 862
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I sure don't want to do the surgery right now. I might consider it later. Once I'm done breastfeeding (and get through the next year at work), we'll have to re-evaluate.

So you guys didn't think anything he did sounded too crazy?
Surgery can be done while nursing, but I understand if you're not interested.

Basically, you're asking if the meds sound right since you're vetoing the scan/radiation? I can't answer that since I'm not on those meds or know anything about them.
post #59 of 862
I think I'd just feel too stressed out adding surgery to my to-do list in the next few months. Maybe that's a mistake. Thanks everyone for your help!
post #60 of 862
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People in my thyroid group have mentioned that as a symptom of undertreated hypo
WOW...That is interesting! I have had plantar fasciitis for years and years. I keep it under control with orthotics in my shoes and good morning/after walking stretching. I'd love it if it mysteriously disappeared after getting my thyroid under control!

That's it!

From now on I'm going to pay close attention to each and every symptom I notice even if it seems too far fetched to be related. Even if my foot problems wind up not being related to my thyroid this is a good reminder that seemingly not related stuff just might be and the treatment I may be receiving could not be the right treatment for me.


~L.
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