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Okay. Hi everyone! I'm kinda new to this thread.<br>
Here's my story: Last April, DH and I's first son was born still. My good friend who knows a lot about nutrition and natural stuff suspected that it was an underactive thyroid, which I have many symptoms for. So I started taking some supplements (natural ones.. from the NOW company I think. I stopped when I got preggers). Anyway, whether my thyroid caused his stillbirth, I really don't know...<br>
So then I reaized (I have all of my medical records from my first preg.) that I've <i>always</i> had borderline blood pressure. Usually very low. (I'd post actual numbers but I'm not at home for a whopping two and a half months, lol, visiting the States.)<br>
Then, I came here and started to somehow learn about hypoglycemia, and I have many of <i>those</i> symptoms, too.<br>
Now before I start sounding like a hyperchondriac (sp??), <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I have <i>also</i> learned that all of these things are very closely related and can all cause each other..!!!<br>
I know that I have a problem because I have so many symptoms: abnormal craving for sweets, headaches, athsma, bad dreams, blurry vision, feeling faint, constantly hungry.. I could go on (and I can't blame my current pregnancy for this, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ).<br>
Anyway, sorry for all of my rambling. What do you gals think? Am I just crazy? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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anyone? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have hypothyroidism and very low blood pressure.<br><br>
My thyroid is attributed to Hashimotos disorder. My bp is from heredity. Do what ever makes you feel better. I know if I go 2 days without my meds I can barely function.
 

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What do you use embens, synthroid or an armour like med?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've recently suspected thyroid issues as well as hypoglycemia with myself, and I also worry about being a hypochondriac!<br><br>
Do you have any silver fillings? Hypothyroid can be linked with mercury toxicity. I am getting my fillings taken out using a safe protocol and then will see what happens after I chelate. I pretty much definitely have a mercury problem and I'm hoping that this will alleviate my thyroid/hypoglycemia problems as well (since mercury messes with your bodily functions).<br><br>
Anyhoo, this might not even apply to you, but thought it was worth a shot.
 

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Thanks toraji!<br>
I had silver fillings, but I got them removed - in a very irresponsible way (at Gentle Dental. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> She just yanked em out without any safegaurding or anything) I still have to chelate (I know the stuff is still in there) but I got preggers soon after so I'm waiting.. Til after breastfeeding I guess.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So the silver fillings are definitely an issue.
 

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I use synthroid. And the dose is getting higher and higher everytime I go to the Dr.
 

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Just to give you some info, (that you can obviously take or leave) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I know a few people personally who have started with Synthroid and have switched over to Armour (it's actual procine [pig] or bovine [cow] thyroid). Lots of people say that Synth. didn't help them much..<br>
I've been using Thyroid from <a href="http://www.nutri-meds.com" target="_blank">www.nutri-meds.com</a> - I only use em once in a while though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Just some random info for ya.. I've got lots more if you want. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My synthroid works very well, as long as I remember to take it (duh)<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
My dr is TOTALLY against anything that isn't synthroid. She won't even write for the generic.
 

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I think you need a blood workup, my doctor thought I had hypoglycemia and I do have very very low blood pressure... I did without oreos and coke for 7 years... but I was not hypoglycemic... I finally got a blood sugar testing machine...100 strips not a one.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Yes there are many diseases that will have all three<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I was about to get to it but...I am thinking you have low blood pressure, I am sure you have a lower salt diet if you do you need to stop it! HIGH SALT diet, HIGH I mean HIGH. Headaches, blurry vision, faint can all be related to low blood pressure/low blood volume - not enough blood getting to the brain. If you lie down or take an aspirin for headaches it will be worse.<br><br>
don't have to probably tell you no antiinflams if you have athsma like ibuprofin.<br><br>
But talk to me about your dreams, hunger and feeling faint? I am thinking it could be a sleep disorder as well. Hunger/sleep are connected in the brain.<br><br>
My naturopath dx my narcolepsy at 12, it took a conventional doctor until I was 22. Narcolepsy is an endocrine disorder like thryoid issues, its an absense of a hormone to regulate many things sleep, hunger, blood pressure, dreams...
 

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I would highly recommend a hormone profile to see what is going on. I have hypothyroidism that was caused by my thyroid trying to compensate for underactive adrenal glands. The adrenals and thyroid work together but adrenals are often an overlooked cause. Hypoglycemia and hypotension are actually more closely aligned with underactive adrenals than underactive thyroid. Untreated hypothyroidism or adrenal fatigue both cause increased pregnancy risks. Feel free to email me if I can help you in any way. I don't visit this board very frequently so probably won't see a reply.
 

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I second that but I'd add get it done by an endocrinologist they are up on the more current stuff. Me I pick my specialists by the ones that are still teaching professors as well...<br><br>
and it goes without saying you should minimize anything that might be stressing your system at all, weight, etc.
 

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Just wanted to add my support from someone who's there. The doctors have actually measured me hypothyroid and hypotensive, said that there wasn't much point in doing the glucose test since they'd just tell me to carry candies with me, and the cortisol tests always came back fine, but I'm pretty sure I'm at least borderline-low on that as well.<br><br>
Contrary to what mainstream docs tell you, I've found that (through reading and personal experience) keeping a low glycemic diet is best. If I eat something highly sweet, my blood sugar jumps, then falls below what it was before - creating a viscious cycle. Frequent small meals high in fibre and hopefully some protein is best to keep me on an even keel. Delaying a meal can really screw me up. If I'm crashing, mixing fruit and nuts is a good way to get the quick hit and support it on the other side. Then I have to find something more substantial!<br><br>
For the low blood pressure - feet up whenever I can, and I don't stand still long (walking, or at least walking motions, help get the blood back to the heart). I also salt my food <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">. I've dabbled in a saline solution recipe that has 1/4 tsp sea salt (sodium), 1/4 tsp NoSalt (potassium), to 1 cup of water (add a squeeze of lemon if you wish) - drink. Supposed to be similar to the salts content of your blood and work to increase blood volume. Not sure about any contra-indications.<br><br>
I'm on a generic form of Armour for my thyroid.<br><br>
Couple of interesting sites:<br><a href="http://www.drrind.com/scorecardmatrix.asp" target="_blank">How to tell between Adrenal and Thyroid symptoms</a><br><br><a href="http://www.healthboards.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=122" target="_blank">A good discussion board on Thyroid (and many other health) issues</a>
 

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Thanks everyone! I don't have great internet access where I am right now but I appreciate the help and I will be back on hopefully soon to really check out what everyone said. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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