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    hey Meli!

    Just saw your comment on my page! sorry it took so long to get back with you. I am trying to spend less time in the cyberworld and I always seem to miss what's put on my Sparkpage.

    okay... here goes!

    It helps to think of Thyroid Trouble as a metabolic disease.

    It seems to change the way your body processes both nutrients and calories.

    Fat storage becomes a priority, which is why calories and nutrients aren't "wasted" on things like thermogenisis, ie your body's ability to maintain itself at the proper temperature for the hundreds of enzymes in your body to be effective. Enzymes work within a very narrow temperature range.

    Calories /nutrients aren't "wasted" on things like hair, nails or skin. Hair thins and changes texture, nails develop ridges or thin, skin looks dull, becomes dry.

    Remember, fat storage is a priority.

    Another kicker...Levothyroxine..the drug we all have take in one form or another... is very similar to thyroxine, the hormone that our thyroid makes.

    But similar aint the same thing as identical!
    That's a little factoid that everyone loves to overlook.
    theyall say " Im taking my medicine why am I not like I used to be before I came down with the disease? Well... its because your medication isn't thyroxine. Its LEVO-thryroxine. Plus before you had the diseae you didn't have antibiodies attackin your thyroid gland.

    Levothyroxine is a left handed isomer of thyroxine, its got a sodium atom that thyroxine lacks and a different molecular structure.

    This may sound like a minor thing, but its not.

    Example :the right handed isomer of thyroxine, dexothryroxine, was being tested as a cholesterol drug. Its exactly the same as levothyroxine, its got the sodium molecule, only it the molecular structure is a mirror image of levothyroxine. And it made people have heart attacks, so it had to be withdrawn from testing. Same stuff, only a mirror image.

    These facts, no matter how much we hate them,and how angry we get, are not gonna change. So its best just to move on to looking at what we CAN do to help ourselves. That's were reading and educatio come in.

    How long it takes to stablize is an individual thing. It took me 7 months to loose the 12 pounds that Spark said I would loose in 6 weeks... only exercizing 30 minutes a day three days a week. Generally I log in 80 minutes, ie 4 miles of walking 5-7 days a week. Just to give you an idea.

    But that's me. You might be different. You might get a doc who knows more about the disease than my doc does.

    As a caveat, do NOT take the free samples if they are near the expiration date! Invest in a perscription, as levo is very unstable and those blister sample packs have proven themselves to speed the decomposition of the hormone. You will get to a good tSH faster with fresh meds.

    Aim for a TSH between 1-2.
    1.3 - 1.8 are considered the best for MOST people. Mine is 1.3.

    Keep reading about this condition, the more you know and try the better off you will be. If nothing else it will have you understanding our disease and your individual body, better than you ever wanted to! hahahaha

    okey dokey! Hope that answered all your questions.
    Cya on the forums!
    : )

    3522 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/29/2008 7:36:22 PM
    Hi Mel, thanks 4 adding as Friend- visit Blog often! Keep up the fight!
    3523 days ago
    Just wanted to say thanks for the tips you posted, can't wait to try the Swiss Miss and chocolate suggestions! Good luck with the thyroid issues.
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    3526 days ago
    hey Meli!

    Ya, I so hear you about feeling betrayed by your body! That was my initial reaction...betrayal. Plus I just hated the thought of being tied to Big Pharma forever and ever.

    The upside is that we both already had good fitness and health habits in place... some people have had to start from scratch, or were not diagnosed for years and gained a lot of wieght and a few other conditions along with Hypothyroid disease.

    Anyways, enuf with all that polyanna stuff!
    Welcome to the thyroid team!
    : )

    3527 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/24/2008 8:17:09 PM