I've recently been diagnosed with low thyroid and have been prescribed some medication.
I'd be very interested in hearing the stories of others who have had similar issues and if any non-medicated strategies helped to improve. My intention is to take the medication but if there is anything in addition to taking the medication I can do to help the situation then I would like to know.
I've searched through posts but the only threads I can find are about low thyroid during pregnancy and I'm not pregnant.
Thanks so much.
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01-10-2013 17:18 #1
Low Thyroid - your stories
02-10-2013 18:07 #2
02-10-2013 18:09 #3
Sorry busy-bee I have hypothyroidism as well but mine is pregnancy induced.
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02-10-2013 18:14 #4
I have hypothyroidism ... sigh .. so I feel your pain ..
I went to my GP because I was gaining weight (unfairly .. lol) I was exhausted ALLLL the time - and I was getting depressed .. my blood results quickly showed why ... I had no thyriod level - low iron .. low vitamin d and low vitamin b - so I was a bit of a mess ...
I'm on supplements for the iron and the vitamins - ongoing till the levels are restored ..
My GP was good - she allowed me to try a high iodine diet etc before going to medication - but I have to say it did nothing I then went on a low level of mediation (50mg every other day ... and 25 mg on others) .. but that did nothing - FINALLY I'm on 100 mg every other day .. and 50 mg on others, and my thyroid levels are finally NORMAL
I've noticed a MASSIVE difference - since my levels went up ... I feel almost normal lol
I wrote on my fb wall when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism - and I was honestly surprised at how many of my female friends wrote back and said that they have the same condition - apparently is reaaaally common in women, especially after childbirth??? so please dont feel alone
02-10-2013 18:17 #5
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02-10-2013 18:19 #6
I had wondered if I had a thyroid problem and have had a couple of out of normal range test results but nothing the make a diagnosis. Iodine in your diet can be a factor? But to be honest I can't recall how it interacts with low/high thyroid.
i have also heard people talk about it being treated with natural thyroid hormone from a pig but I personally would probably be more inclined to go for the pharmaceutical option.
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02-10-2013 22:21 #7Senior Member
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What were all of you tsh levels?? Id be interested to know about iodine and thyroid problems. Does anyone have any info on this?
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02-10-2013 23:00 #8Member
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Your thyroid needs iodine to function properly, many people can be low or deficient in iodine. I'm not exactly sure but low iodine can be one cause of hypothyroid but there are many others too. There is debate over test result ranges and at what levels you should be treated. I insisted on treatment when I found out I was borderline hypothyroid as was having fertility issues and wanted to eliminate that factor. it can also cause miscarriage.
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02-10-2013 23:54 #9
Hi. I was diagnosed when I was 15 as it runs in the women in our family.
Basically over the years my thyroxine doses have changed up and down depending mainly on pregnancies, but follow a general trend of increasing. I was increased to 200 mgs during my last pregnancy and 8 months after giving birth I'm still finding my right level again.
It can be a long process of adjusting doses, waiting at least 2 months for a blood test to see how the results look and also how you are feeling. Then maybe adjusting again etc etc. Now I'm alternating 150mg and 100 mg every other day and think this is right for me now.
There is a 'normal range' for blood results and I find I feel better siting in the higher part of that range iykwim? That's after 15 years of taking thyroxine tho!
I also understand from my GP that my constant low iron is linked to low thyroid. Often the two go hand in hand apparently.
Now I can feel when it's not right. Tired, fuzzy in my head and depressed when I'm low .....and anxious in the pit of my stomach with manic type thoughts when I'm over medicated. It's amazing how it effects me mentally and emotionally as well as physically.
Hope this helps, good luck and let me know if you have any more questions xxx
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