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Thyroid?


Monday, September 16, 2013

I've been having really terrible muscle pain and fatigue lately, not related to my food sensitivities. I just can't figure out what's going on.

I've decided to see a doctor on campus Friday to have some bloodwork done... I wonder if I might be hypothyroid, because I seem to have many of the symptoms. *sigh*

In the mean time, I've started taking Siberian Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng). Some people seem to think it helps with low functioning thyroid and to combat muscle pain and fatigue. Also, I'm increasing my iodine and selenium intake. Hopefully it will get me through this week.

I just want to feel like a normal person :(

Note: Hypothyroid and Hashimoto's runs heavily on my mother's side of the family. I've been tested in the past and my results were always normal...but I have suspected sub-clinical hypothyroid in the past.

I don't drink fluoridated water. I don't eat gluten. I avoid refined carbs and sugars for the most part. I try not to eat too much soy, but I've had more of it in the past week or two than I usually eat (possibly a mistake).

Also: I eat a lot of goitrogenic fruits and vegetables. Like, I can't imagine cutting them out completely. But I guess I can try to not eat them raw, and I can limit them to a few days per week. Maybe that will help..


Update: Wow. I took 3 siberian eleuthero pills (morning, noon, and dinner) and I feel much better. This stuff really helped me :) I'm going to keep taking it. It's an endocrine adaptogen. I will still get tested Friday though... better safe than sorry.
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KENSHO 9/23/2013 10:01AM

    Good Luck Jamie. I hope this get figured out quickly!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/19/2013 1:08AM

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MADEIT3 9/17/2013 10:21AM

    I've taken a thyroid supplement since age 12, and still test low normal, which means I'm really hypothyroid. Lyn-Genet Recitas has a "test" in The Plan - take your temperature every morning before getting out of bed. If it's under 97.5 consistently, your thyroid is low. Mine runs about 96.1 to 95.8. I'm glad that 3 Siberian eleuthero made you feel better. I'm going to check it out!!

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LBSPOERL 9/16/2013 10:26PM

    I hope you figure it out!! Hormones can reallllly wreak havoc on one's self. It sounds like you could simply be under the weather but it could also be the thyroid as well, especially if there is genetic predisposition. I know what it's like to have the same symptoms and food sensitivities and trying to figure out what's going on (for me personally a lot of it has been in connection with my gut and reproductive system). If you ever need support or want other avenues to think of, let me know!

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KIPPER15 9/16/2013 8:01PM

    Hope you can figure it out. Sub-clinical hypothyroid can be a real issue. An endocrinologist might be a good place to head. Good luck.

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_BABE_ 9/16/2013 12:59PM

    As silly as this sounds I hope you are just a little under the weather. Eat well, rest and hopefully you will feel better soon. emoticon

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CATTUTT 9/16/2013 12:33PM

    I also have hyperthyroid and am on Synthroid for it. It seems to be taking care of it pretty well.

I respect the hell out of you for being so careful with your food issues and figuring out what works and doesn't work for you. I should be half so diligent!

Hope you're having a great Monday!

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BETHIEBOOPS 9/16/2013 11:51AM

    Oh no! I hope you are able to figure out what is making you feel so crummy!

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CHEROKEE_ROSE 9/16/2013 11:16AM

    I am hypothyroid. Since I've come down over 50 lbs I am doing better. I take 2 different meds for my thyroid: Liothyronine and Levothyroxine. The first one is T3, the second T4. I've done a bunch of reading. Lots of info on the NET. What to believe? When you see the same thing repeated amongst several sources, chances are its true. I also take Selenium, and a few other supplements. Watch out for fluoride (I don't get any mouthwash or toothpaste with it).

When you get your thyroid tests back there are a lot of sites that will help you understand in more detail what your results mean.

Since I've been on meds I've been able to reduce! But watch the T3, it can affect your heart. So I keep watch on my blood pressure and my heart rate. Both are great. And exercise helps too. I keep a log and try not to miss a day - I keep Sundays lighter though.

Wish you well. If you have any questions, or would like me to send you some web resource links, let me know.
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LOTUSBURGER 9/16/2013 11:09AM

    HUGS, I hope you figure it out!

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