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I just started on Thyrostim (Biotics Research) for treatment of hyperthyroid.
My doctor ordered hormone & thyroid testing due to symptoms I have been having: very low libido, dry skin and brittle nails, hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance + almost constant hot flashes (that's weird!), among others. My hormone tests all came back normal (apparently it's the thyroid and not menopause) .
The TSH, Free T3 & Free T4 tests came back as follows:
Free T3: 5.0
Free T4: 2.0
So, my test results say Hyperthyroidism. But, my symptoms just don't jive with what we have been reading as relating to Hyper. I do NOT have a high libido (I wish!), rapid heart rate, weight loss, eye problems, or moist skin.
They all relate to Hypothyroidism instead from what I have been checking on google(!).
I am very confused about this (the tests say hyPER but many of my symptoms say hyPO). My doctor suggested I start on this supplement called Thyrostim (Biotics Research) to, hopefully, kick-start my body and test again in two months, rather than going on more serious medications (as I am not having serious problems such as heart palpatations, etc). If, in two months, the tests are the same and so are my symptoms, he said we can discuss what our next approach should be.
I love this doctor and his philosophy on the practice of medicine and trust his opinion.
I'll take the Thyrostim and see what happens. I'm just curious if anyone else takes it.
Does anyone have experience with the suggestions on ithyroid.com? Either positive or negative.
The hypothesis put forth by John, the guy who created the site, is based on his personal experiences and his research into the relationship between nutrition and thyroid function. He thinks that mineral deficiencies, either lack of intake or inability to use the minerals that are there, eventually starves the thyroid of the raw materials it needs (my paraphrasing). And that short-term vitamin/mineral supplements (lots of supplements, he has a rather detailed list) can restore those deficiencies and improve thyroid function. There’s a lot of information, specific suggestions and tons of research cited, but it’s still basically a do-it-yourself process. As symptoms changes, vitamin and mineral supplements need to be adjusted and he doesn’t discuss long-term sustainability but it seems clear that that needs to be evaluated on an individual basis to figure out how to prevent the specific deficiencies that developed in the first place.
Anyone have any experience with this, or anything like it?
I thought I'd join. I'm hypothyroid. On levothyroxin 50mcg.
My research is pointing towards the elimination of specific foods: cabbage, peaches, raddishes, soybeans, peanuts, spinach and rutabegas which can interfere with thyroid hormone production. Sad as I am a big fan of all the above with the exception of soy.
Otherwise I am probably just going to start a low dose iodine supplement in addition to my prenatal, 150 mg B6, and occaisonal EPO/flax oil.
ETA: I've also seen bladderwrack recommended, no dosage though, but as it is expressly forbidden for nursing/pregnant mothers it's out.
I have been on synthroid for 11 yrs. Probably shortly before getting pregnant I noticed that I started to have hypo-symptoms again but ended up getting pregnant. While pregnant I felt great. All my hypo-symptoms went away. My daughter was born in June and things have gone downhill since then. I actually had my strengh of medicine lowered based on blood results but physically feeling worse. Wasn't sure if it was pp hormones, lack of sleep, etc. Well its been 6 months and things havn't gotten better. I went to the DR and my levels were still in the normal range (although slightly higher then they were when I was pg).
I was prescribed Armour to give that a shot and see how it works.
If you were on synthroid (or evq) and switched to Armour, did you see immediate results? I have a follow up in a month and just wondered if I would physically feel a difference that quickly (if things were going to improve).
Thanks for any help.
I have Hashimoto's and I have been off my meds for about 6 or 8 months now. I'm tired just the same as I always was. But I have gained about 20 pounds, which in my case, is awesome. I was down in the mid 80's while on my meds and now I'm over 100 for the first time in 2 years. It is pretty cool to not look like the bride of Skelator anymore!!!!
Did anyone else have rapid weightloss with synthroid?
What were your "normal range" numbers? The diagnostic criteria for hypothyroidism changed a few yrs ago but this is very seldom practiced.
Is it possible you may have a progesterone deficiency? This can cause hypothyroid symptoms even when you have enough thyroid hormone in your body:
This thread has so much info that I'm drowning
I am having my thyroid checked on Thursday. I found the following list of symptoms:
*Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
*Coarse, dry hair
Dry, rough pale skin
*Cold intolerance (can't tolerate the cold like those around you)
*Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
*Abnormal menstrual cycles
I've also gained 7 pounds in 2 weeks and 60 pounds in a year.
So, I thought it would be best to get checked. Is it possible to have these issues and it not be hypo??
What should I ask my doctor? What should I request? Should I wait till I get the test reults back before I requet anything??
I would make sure your doctor runs a free T3 and free T4 when he does labs for you. Most doctors only test the TSH, which is not a very reliable test.
Before you go to the doctor, visit Stop The Thyroid Madness. I would recommend at least reading everything under "Are you Hypothyroid?" and "mistakes patients make" and "Recommended Labwork" before you see your doc.
Ok, I read the list. I have been experiencing one thing that I thought was related to my weight but maybe not. If I sit for 5 or 10 minutes, or at my desk at work, I can barely walk because of the intense pain in the soles of my feet. We are talking to the point of not wanting to walk.
The other thing is itching on the inside of the ear. Mine itch all. the. time. I didn't think anything about it. I've always got qtips shoved my my ears scratching!
My biggest fear is that I'm going to go in and everything is going to turn out normal and then I'll be back to just thinking I'm hopelessly doomed. :
Does anyone else get extremely irritable when your levels are off?
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