SparkPeople Thyroid Community Team Messageboard Got a thyroid disorder? Come share, learn and grow with our member driven, information oriented team. SparkPeople Thyroid Community Team Messageboard Hoshimoto's Enemy! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Lamya and I am new at this thyroid thing! I have been diagnosed for a year, and was on syntheroid and went from 135lbs to 175lbs within 8 months. I also lost all my energy and every part of my body was in pain, and I stopped working out. I finally found a doctor willing to prescribe Armour, who then diagnosed me with Hoshimoto's, which my almost all the female members of my family have, and I believe I have had for a very very long time prior to any diagnosi... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:13:13 EST Hashimoto's Hi, I'm introducing myself. I'm Susan. In 2011 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's. My weight crept up 5lbs at a time over a few months. That was until I had a baby. One year later I weigh the same exact weight I left the hospital at. Before hashi's I would watch portion sizes and exercise and it worked. Now nothing works. I've been on strict weight watchers 3 times in one year. I've been looking into gluten free and paleo but havent tried the crossover yet. I hope joining the community ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:51:43 EST Diet helps with celiac disease, hypothyroidism Just another article I found that people might find interesting: <BR> <BR> A reader, 66, writes that she has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and celiac disease and for two years has followed a gluten-free, vegan, whole-foods diet. <BR> <BR> She asks: “Can my diet possibly cure either of my conditions?” <BR> <BR> The short answer: No, but the diet might help. <BR> <BR> “Celiac disease and hypothyroidism don’t have a cure because they’re … autoimmune diseases, and autoimmune disease is w... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:36:59 EST im new here I have normal TSH levels but have all the other aspects of low thyroid, try skin, brain fog,extreme fatigue and 25lb unexplained weight gain Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:55:18 EST Blood test results Pregnenolone: 107 Lab Range 15-132 (previous lab result was 69) <BR> <BR> ---Pregnenolone is a chemical substance that is a precursor to all steroid hormones. <BR> <BR> ---In general, if there is an enzyme deficiency somewhere in the steroid hormone production process, then there is likely to be a mild to significant increase in pregnenolone. The degree of increase depends upon the enzyme that is deficient and the severity of the deficiency. Results of pregnenolone need to be interprete... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 17:54:38 EST tired, heavy feeling after stopping armor thyroid hi all. I'm new new here and wanted to get some information. Let me tell u all a little about myself first so u guys can get a better picture of things. So last year in December I missed my period, and no I wasn't pregnant. The first week of January was when I got my period so I thought, early for the month but not so cool because it lasted a whole month! Ended up going to the ER and the doc put me on birth control pills. So I take them and seemed to have regulate the bleeding and ev... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:25:20 EST Are these side effects normal for Nature throid? Hey guys how's it going? I just made an account on this forum because I am new to thyroid info/medications, as I found out not too long ago that my T3 is slightly lower than it should be. Low enough where I could try thyroid hormone and see if I feel better from it I guess, so I am now taking Nature Throid or however you spell it. <BR> <BR> I know this sounds crazy, but I am only taking a half of a 1 grain pill, what they told me to take and to save $, and I started feeling better a little w... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:39:48 EST The Switch Has anyone ever switched from Synthroid to Armour Thyroid? I'm at the highest does of Synthoird. 300 mcg. doctor finally said I can try Armour? Is it worth it? Any strange changes from the switch? Was is good or bad? Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:57:58 EST New here! Hello everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a nearly 30 year old who was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in September. Just had my first check in since then about a month ago, and walked out with an increase in medication dose. <BR> <BR> I've had a very difficult time finding the energy I need in order to be active. I was very active and fit as a child and continued until a few years ago when I started to gain weight and could not lose it despite being at the gym 3-5 times a week and run... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:57:32 EST Water Filter Pitchers I researched a bunch of water filter pitchers today and well, some love them, some hate them! <BR> <BR> Has anyone found one they like? <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Ivory Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:13:16 EST Coconut Oil and Thyroid Function The following text is taken from "The Makers Diet, Patient Heal Thyself" by Jordan Rubin, NMD, CNC. <BR> <BR> "Coconut oil stimulates thyroid function which, in turn, stimulates conversion of production of low-dnsity lipoprotein cholesterol into the anti-aging prohormones and hormones pregnenolone, progesterone, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Thesealuable agents prevent heart disease, senility, obesity, cancer and other diseases associated with premature aging, as well as chronic, degen... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:04:43 EST hair loss and levothyroxine I ran out of levothyroxine and haven't been in to a new Dr to get the blood tests and so on. I have the appointment coming up this month, so that will be taken care of. But, I noticed that in the past two-three weeks, my hair is NOT falling out. Rather it is feeling thicker and looks better. Does levothyroxine cause hair loss? I know hypo can cause hair loss, but I never imagined the medication also caused hair loss. When I was taking the meds, my hair was coming out in tufts, I couldn't cook... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:18:11 EST Taking another swing at it Back to high protein, low carb diet in an effort to get rid of the Candida. I've started a different probiotic, Custom Probiotics <link> </link> ; I'm using the 11 strain powder (starting at 25 billion cfu and working my way as high as I can tolerate), and implementing the rest of the protocol recommended on the website. <BR> <BR> I have a doctor's appointment in 2 weeks. I'm looking forward to getting an update on my thyroid health; I want to see if the little ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:27:19 EST Question about Green Tea Hi! I am always careful with what I take since being hypothroid and taking Synthroid medication. I was wondering if green tea supplements are safe to take? Just thought maybe someone on here would know. I am currently doing T25 for exercise after finishing Turbo Fire. Finding the weight isn't really coming off easily. So, trying green tea to maybe help a little bit. I was trying the Super Shreder Diet, but when I put my info into Spark, I wasn't eating enough calories to keep my energy up thr... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 08:45:08 EST Just found out I have Thyroiditis After years of Doctors telling me I'm fine and that if i just eat better and exercise everything will be ok. 2 months ago I got really sick with all the symptoms of hypothroidism and couldn't get a Dr to listen to me so I called my sister that has hypothriodism and she sent me some of her medication....I was pretty desperate and very sick. She also talked to her endocrinologist and she said that I needed to be on medication. One problem I have is that I don't live where there is an endocrinol... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:44:43 EST Fast Metabolism Diet Has anyone read the Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy???? I am a slow reader and so far it sounds like certain foods at certain times of the day and using a daily rotation. It’s supposed to support your adrenal glands, thyroid and your liver to name a few. <BR> <BR> ****************************** <BR> Day 15 of compliance <BR> Exercise - DONE <BR> Water – almost DONE <BR> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:57:16 EST Juicing Just watched the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". Seriously thinking of buying a juicer and doing a juice fast. Three days? Maybe ten? <BR> <BR> Anyone try juicing? Did you notice the benefits? <em>274</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:42:51 EST Still a struggle Recap, I was diagnosed hyperthyroid and put on methamazone anti-thyroid meds about 14 months or so. I responded well to the lowest dose so we were cautiously optimistic that I would be fine. I went off the meds for 30 days and unfortunately my TSH went undectable. After a month the decision was to in crease the mesimazole to 15 mg per day. Then do another test in 30 days. Ok so that wasn't what I wanted to hear. I gained 14 pounds in that 13 months. To add to the issues my stress leve... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:08:43 EST Joined this team for support and knowledge Newly joined member... <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Glad to be part of a team that is supportive towards us who suffer from Thyroid disorders. I've suffered from Hypothyroidism since my mid 20's when I was diagnosed but went untreated after doctor yelled at me for taking a natural supplement for it. She was awful and said if I continue with this crap, I would lose her as my doctor. So I changed doctors. Changed doctors and was diagnosed borderline and ever since... test always came back border... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:35:04 EST Can Synthroid cause hair loss I was on levo for years but my number were not stable. I didn't have any hair loss on levo. About 1 1/2 years ago I was switched to brand Synthroid & started having hair loss. My endo is convinced that it is not the Synthroid & it must be aging. She told me to make an appt with my pcp. That appt is next Monday. My numbers are: <BR> <BR> TSH is 1.8, <BR> free T3 2.8, <BR> free T4 = 1.3 <BR> <BR> My question is: Can Synthroid cause hair loss? Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:53:00 EST Thinking of going back Armour My doc had put me on a compounding formula of T4 and T3 where he upped the amount of T3 that is present in Armour. I noticed almost immediately that my appetite increased, but I stayed on it because we are trying to correct some other health happenings. Also, I can't say my extreme weight gain has been all due to the compound formula; I have a lot of very stressful situations going on that have been present for quite a few years. Recently my Dad passed away and I'm having a difficult time... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:57:26 EST Post biopsy questions Hi. <BR> <BR> I had a fine needle aspiration yesterday on two nodules. It was done at my doctor's office with an ultrasound. My neck is a little tender, especially when I swallow, but there were no complications as far as I know. Now I just await the results. <BR> <BR> I was extremely anxious about the procedure and was dreading having a needle anywhere near my neck. And my doctor does not have a very sympathetic bedside manner. So, after the procedure when I felt kind of weak and shaky,... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:52:35 EST Newbie needs some guidance! Thyroid Nodules I was diagnosed with thyroid nodules about 3 years ago. I had one biopsied then and it did not come back as cancerous. But the nodules have continued to grow on both sides of my thyroid. The ENT I have been seeing who is a thyroid surgeon suggest that it be removed. I am not sure that is the right thing to do or not. My thyroid levels blood test have come back within the normal range. But the largest nodule I can feel is the size of a grape and makes me look like I have a small "Adam'... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:31:52 EST Super 10 day meal plan! Hey Team! <BR> <BR> I don't know how many of you watch the Dr Oz show, but this week he's been introducing a 10 day diet that's pretty much a paleo-style eating plan that looks pretty durn tasty! <BR> <BR> The nice thing about it is that it does all the thinking for you, complete with recipes, grocery lists and suggestions. <BR> <BR> The premise of the diet, which I fully agree with, is that inflammation and the hormones it releases, tends to hinder weight loss and contributes to bad healt... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:52:46 EST Sleep There's a study that's been out for a while now, about how the brain shrinks to expand the spaces between brain cells, so that cerebral spinal fluid can better flow between the cells to help absorb and remove toxins that the brain has generated while awake or as the result of toxins like alcohol and drugs. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I posted it for our Thyroid Team members yet, so here we go. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-17.htm </link> <BR> <BR> if that link... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:48:32 EST Total Thyroidectomy For part of last year I had some symptoms that could have related to thyroid disorder. My primary doctor did a test and said it was "normal", and attributed all my symptoms to 'old age'. I am 62. <BR> Hives were a problem and he finally referred me to an allergist. During the blood work phase, he informed me my thyroid levels were too low. I told him my doctor said it was normal. It was in the normal range, but just barely. I was referred to an Endo and she did an ultrasound, found nodules, t... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:13:28 EST eyebrows I was just reading a post about eyebrows and was wondering....if you are correctly medicated will they grow back? Mine have been gone for years,well the outer half,and every Dr. I have spoke to,or endo thinks I'm nuts when I bring it up and associate it with my thyroid. Also my endo and naturalpath seem to differ on what type of vitamin D. Should it be D2 or D3? Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:06:21 EST Soy ..hypothy roid...CV disease trials This is early, but something to track about thyroid function and soy. I like that it has participants to age 70. I could be wrong, but I think soy is still used cautiously for hypothyroid and the breast hypertrophies. <BR> <BR><BR>NCT02024906 Sat, 3 Jan 2015 14:58:10 EST Newbie Introduction Hi all, my name is Chrissy, I am looking to lose about 65 pounds, though I really should be aiming for more like 90. I had my weight under control a few years ago, then after some extreme work stress lost control of it. Had a rough couple years and now am trying to come back to being healthy. I want to do that through healthy eating choices, drinking enough water, working out, and taking care of myself with relaxation and sleep. Between work, home, and a 6 year old, I have a habit of not b... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:07:00 EST Hypothyroidism questions Hi everyone. Hope you all are feeling okay with your conditions. <BR> <BR> I am suppose to get a TSH test but they always come back normal. This time I am also suppose to get a free T4 but I'm not sure what that is and when the best time to get it is. Also, why does the doctor want to do a T4 but not a free T3. <BR> <BR> My weight hasn't moved at all. Actually, that is a lie. It has moved in the wrong direction. :( <BR> The doctors tell me to exercise and eat right. Like we don't. I know... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:25:38 EST Metformin associated with risk of low TSH "Metformin, a commonly used drug for treating type 2 diabetes, is linked to an increased risk of low thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels in patients with underactive thyroids (hypothyroidism), according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Low levels of TSH can cause harm, such as cardiovascular conditions and fractures. <BR> <BR> Metformin is used to lower blood glucose levels by reducing glucose production in the liver. However, some previous studies have raised ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:24:06 EST How Weather Changes Affect Your Thyroid <link><BR>her-changes-affect-your-thyroid/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Cold winter weather may make it more likely that you’ll be misdiagnosed with a mild case of hypothyroidism even though your thyroid is actually healthy. <BR> <BR> Mild hypothyroidism, also known as subclinical hypothyroidism, happens when your thyroid function becomes slightly impaired and the thyroid gland is unable to produce enough thyroid hormone to meet your body’s needs. <BR> <BR> A ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:25:44 EST Newbie Hi all, my name is Altria, I am a gamer and anime fan, looking to lose somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-60lbs. Wanting to do that through healthy eating choices, working out, the whole shebang. I've got hypothyroidism and PCOS which makes life a bit difficult, but I think I can do this. <BR> <BR> Any questions or anything, feel free to ask! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:11:12 EST Supplements that can help. Why? O.K. I was told to take two supplements and that they would help my thyroid issues. I was told by someone who takes both supplements daily AND she is now off her thyroid meds. She was Hypothyroid. I've got Hashimotos. <BR> <BR> One of the supplements is a sleeping aid. I do not have trouble sleeping but as I had some in the house I decided to give it a try. Over one week I woke up less tired and without brain fog. I do think I'm even sleeping better. Here are the ingredients: <BR> <... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 18:01:20 EST Epsom Salts Soaks for Sleep Hi Team! <BR> <BR> I've posted about this before, but its getting to that time of year where many people are becoming stressed out for the Holidays. ha So i figured this may bear repeating! <BR> <BR> I've found that nothing is more relaxing or gets me to sleep faster than an Epson Salt soak before bed. There's actual science behind this one, which makes me love it even more! <BR> <BR> Apparently right before sleep, one's body temperature drops a bit in preparation. The Epson Salt Bath, i... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:02:44 EST Lower your blood sugar with Gynostemma Tea I thought I would post this on our thyroid forum, its a blog I am writing about blood sugar control in the hope that my experience may help others. <BR> <BR> I've had a number or problems that included weight gain this last two years, turns out high blood sugar levels in the not quite type 2 diabetes range were responsible for my inability to lose and my slow weight gain. <BR> <BR> Anyways, here's the blog, I'm off to yoga! <BR> <BR> <BR> HI fellow Sparkers@ <BR> I started a new team, a... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:31:23 EST Doing everything "right" and still not losing? You may have insulin resistance a condition that precedes type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's how this goes: <BR> Your doc will tell you to lose weight... like you have a mirror already! <BR> You do everything "right". <BR> You eat healthy foods in the proper amount. <BR> You exercise. <BR> You get adequate sleep. <BR> You reduce stress in your life thru a variety of methods. <BR> You step on the scale... and you're another two pounds heavier. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Bc its ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:29:17 EST Just when you thought you knew everything... So you may know that a butterfly smells with its feet, but... but I bet you didn't know this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-skins-ability-to-smell-seems-to-help-<BR>it-heal-itself.html#.VGtqGfnF9H8 </link> <BR> <BR> Life.. the most fascinating thing on the planet! <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:51:14 EST Orange U impressed? Okay so I've lived 60 years on the planet, and until a couple of days ago, never knew about this easy, super cool way of opening and eating an orange. <BR> <BR> Those of you with kids will really like this "orange catepillar". <BR> <BR> Just click the link: <BR> <link><BR>peeling-an-orange-wrong/14800c66-27f2-<BR>4715-9936-d299ec7bfa9f?utm_source=zerg<BR><BR>gn=zergnet_280460 </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:27:54 EST New research on Stretching! Thought some of you, particularly those who do yoga, might be interested in learning more about this! <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:23:44 EST Hi New to group. I just had my thyroid removed last week & wondering what to expect. Will this make weight loss harder? Any info would be appreciated. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:04:44 EST depression Hi. I've been hyperthyroid for quite a while, especially for the last 10 weeks with the full gamut of symptoms (physical and mental). My levels have now dropped to hypo and symptoms are improving. Anyone know how long it might take for the depression to lift? It's improved, but still pretty bad and I really don't want to get on medication for it if I can possibly avoid it. I know it's impossible to predict, but has anyone gone through this and can share their experience? I really need some ho... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:06:09 EST now very hypo I just saw the endo and bloods from yesterday are very hypo (I don't have a copy yet, but will get one)after being off meds for 2 1/2 weeks and so it's back on Synthroid at 0.075! The ultrasound shows a small nodule, which they will scan and measure yearly. The endo and GP think my symptoms are from menopause and depression, but what about the diarrhea, nausea, cold intolerance in the daytime and puffy eyelids? I am totally confused and frustrated and don't know what to think or do. I'm just ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:32:25 EST Share what works for you Hey Team! <BR> <BR> One of our team members, Mountain Kitten, suggested we have a thread dedicated to what has been working for us , what you've tried that hasn't. <BR> <BR> <BR> So this is the place to come and dish! <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:14:17 EST Exercise and Grave's Disease I was diagnosed with Grave's Disease last month, and I know that I can't do tough exercise yet, but I am getting antsy just sitting around. Does anyone have experience with exercises that they could do with this disease in it's earlier stages? I would love to know what worked for others. I'm focusing on food now, but I want to figure out something that will help me move a bit. <em>362</em> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:26:29 EST hyperthyroid FT4 won't come down. Help please! I have Graves, 9 years post RAI. I've had extreme hyperthy <em>46</em> roid symptoms for 9 weeks. TSH 3.26 FT4 24 FT3 3.0 (sorry no ranges). Synthroid reduced 3 times and no synthroid for 2 weeks and see no improvement. T4 still 24. Anyone have any idea why it's not dropping or when I might see improvement? Could it be a conversion problem? See endo in 2 days, but am going crazy with symptoms, 9 weeks off work and no improvement. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 14:32:19 EST DH thyroid scan and results! Just wanted to let everyone know after 5 different blood test and thyroid uptake scan DH's hyperthyroid is now showing normal results! Doctor told him it could have been from a sickness(DH had mono during the summer) that he just recently got over, but he said NO GRAVES and did not believe he has RA or Lupus! I am so relieved! DH has been doing the paleo diet for a bout a week also so do not know if that may have something to do with anything, but he is feeling so much better. We are goin... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:24:55 EST Lab Results and Re-Test Results - 2014 I have received my new lab results and they are all good. I posted my labs results in July and I will re-post here. <BR> <BR> July: <BR> Reverse T3: 8.2 - L <BR> Free T3: 2.2 - L <BR> TSH: 3.464 - Normal, but on the high end <BR> Free T4: 0.83 - Normal <BR> Vitamin D: 39 - low end of Normal <BR> Cholesterol: 219 (July 2013) <BR> HDL (good cholesterol): 63 - Normal <BR> LDL (bad cholesterol): 147 - Very high - high end of normal is 100 <BR> <BR> Meds - Levothyroxine 75 mcg daily in... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:18:37 EST Thyroid Cancer 2000 Hoping to find a group to help motivate me to live a "healthier" lifestyle. I had thyroid cancer in 2000 and due a full thyroidectomy and a much slower metabolism find it difficult to lose weight. After treatment, I was 30 pounds heavier and have also put on a few extra pounds each year. Ready to finally make some life style changes for the better :) Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:58:23 EST My New Endocrin ologist, 2014 This post is a long time coming. <BR> <BR> I saw a different endocrinologist today and we discussed all the stuff that has been going on for some time. <BR> <BR> These are weight gain, swollen legs, sleeping during the day as well as night, no energy, brain fog and some I seem to have forgotten. I did forget to get a copy of my lab work that was done but she had last May's results as well as the results from October 7th and said there was not a change. She cannot feel the nodules so does n... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:48:50 EST thyroid nodule, hypo symptoms post-baby Hi, <BR> I suffer from chronic pain in my neck and shoulders and in Feb 2014 had a cervical spine MRI. So, I go to my doc yesterday and we are chatting and she starts pressing on my neck and says, "Did you know your MRI from Feb showed thyroid nodules? I think you should get them ultrasounded." Uh, NO! I had no idea about the nodules. I started reading about them last night and know that "hot" ones can cause hyper symptoms, but that isn't me. I had my 1st baby at nearly 40 yrs old and he is t... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:27:47 EST Hashimoto's Book Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I have started reading this book call "Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause" by Izabella Wentz, Marta Nowosadzka MD. I had read the reviews and I saw that it has helped many so I figured that I would give it a read. <BR> <BR> So far what I have gotten from it (I'm currently on page 82,) is very interesting and informative. It explains what is going on in our bodies and why it is happening. It then goes on to... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:46:45 EST No Longer STUMPED just TICKED OFF! We are still waiting to get any information about my husbands blood work that was done on September 30 and he was suppose to be getting scheduled for a thyroid uptake scan, then follow up with doctor on Oct 30. The place that was suppose to schedule the scan just was not calling it was the same place he had his blood done. They said they had to wait on the blood results before the scan would be scheduled. Called his doctor;s office twice they kept faxing the order but no call. They finall... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 05:59:10 EST Thyroid meds causing side effects I had like super bad anxiety and shakiness (guessing it was adrenal problems) I went to the doctor & he put me on Levothyroxine then it caused me to have dizziness still had anxiety and more problems. I went to a Naturopathic who found out I had NEGATIVE vitamin D and low iron so I started to take vitamins and she also gave me Naturthroid natural thyroid med OMG it gave me the worst symptoms constant heart palpitaions I mean real bad. It took months to get rid of the palpitations after stopin... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:37:46 EST new in this group I found out I had thyroid issues in 2000 months after having my last child. I months before I had her I was bitchy,irritable,nobody wanted to be around me and after I had her it didst seem to change and I didnt seem to loose any baby weight instead i KEPT PUTTING IT ON <BR> and I went in to get on birth control and they (sorry if I offend) asked when my last menstrual was and I told they I had none since having the baby she was about a year by this time so they check my thyroid and bingo foun... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:57:37 EST Is there a miracle? About me: Timeline <BR> <BR> Born - 1956 <BR> Very slim (early teens) / growth spurts <BR> 1975 (late teens) - 135lbs <BR> 5'9" adult <BR> 1993 - 150lbs, easy weight control with diet <BR> 1995 - 140 lbs <BR> Itchy skin, increasing severity x 2 years, (I refused prednisone Rx) <BR> Depression developed, MD Rx'd Paxil <BR> Changed MD <BR> Losing a lot of hair <BR> Went to MD- "I just don't feel well, but I don't know why" <BR> TSH - 8~9 <BR> Diagnosed hypothyroid <BR> Started levothyroxin... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:45:45 EST Vinegar, Blood Sugar & Weight Loss Hi Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I don't think I have to convince any of you, that Thyroid Disease is a disease of the metabolism. <BR> That even with the best thyroid hormone replacement numbers, its still harder for us to lose weight and keep it off, than it is for a person whose thyroid is not compromised by our disorder. <BR> <BR> Some of us may also find that the weight we have gained since diagnosis, has put us at risk for Type 2 diabetes. That its no longer just a matter of fitting into your c... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:10:45 EST Question about Armour. Hi! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to find some answers here. <BR> <BR> Two months ago I switched from Synthroid to Armour. While Synthroid helped me with the fatigue, it did nothing for my weight loss. I am on a next to nothing dose of Armour. 0,5 mg. (not mcg). With Armour the fatigue is 50% less better than the Synthroid, but I'm losing a tiny tiny bit of weight. How do you know if you are on the right dose of Armour. I'm thinking of the doc upping my doses to twice a day. My hear... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:52:14 EST Melatonin & Acid Reflux Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Thought you would enjoy reading some of these articles on the topic of melatonin and acid reflux. <BR> <BR> For instance, did you know that your GI tract has 400 times more melatonin than your pineal gland? <BR> <BR> That some people have found it helps their reflux? <BR> <BR> If not, then read on! <BR> <BR> AND remember to always run anything you plan to take by your doctor first. <BR> <BR> <BR> Dr Weil: <BR> <link><BR>oni... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 15:35:32 EST Newly diagnosed with Graves Disease. I just completed an uptake and scan series and was diagnosed yesterday with Graves disease. Everything started for me in February this year when I went to my GP w/ complaints of severe fatigue, lack of energy and some weight gain even though I was eating less then normal. He ordered blood work to check my thyroid (big family history of hypo disorders on mothers side) and my vitamin D. Thyroid came back as Hypo and vitamin D was non-existant. I don't eat dairy at all, am a red head and light c... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 21:15:10 EST Lemon Balm It's Lemon Balm harvest time before winter comes, so I was looking up information about it: <BR> I was looking up the nutrient profile of lemon balm online, because Spark didn't have any particular information as to micronutrients, unlike cinnamon, etc. I have been putting sprigs of lemon balm in my water, just for the lovely no cal flavor and scent. <BR> What I found was something I did not realize -that Lemon Balm AFFECTS tsh- from the following sources: <BR> <em>434</em> <BR> Lemon B... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 04:47:37 EST TOTALLY STUMPED BY LABS continued... Finally got the lab ranges and report from the doctor of my husbands test results which I will post. DH saw the endo today and was not very happy with him. Doctor knows all attitude and did not want DH to ask questions or put in input. Dh has been having extreme trouble with weight loss so brought in his nutrional information of what he eats and his calorie intake. Doc did not want to discuss it said the weight was a totally opposite issue from what DH as going through! I told Greg to ge... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:03:04 EST Calorie burn on tracker on or off? Since we with hypothyroidism seem to have a more difficult time losing...I was just wondering if I should allow my nutritional tracker to consider my calorie burn for the day or just keep my calorie intake at the low end of my nutritional range no matter what I burn for the day. I have a very difficult time taking the weight off and did not know which one you all do and have you had more success with one over the other. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:31:16 EST Glad to be here Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be here and be a part of the thyroid team... I am a hypothyroid sufferer. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:12:32 EST Can leg cramps be a symptom of low thyroid? hi! I've been a lurker here for quite a while. <BR> <BR> I haven't had my levels checked in about 6 months, so don't have that info. I am on synthroid - 150mcg and have been at this level for about 5 years with steady labs. <BR> <BR> The past few weeks, I have been getting horrible leg cramps at night. Also have been sluggish, and tired. <BR> <BR> I am 44 years old and female, not sure if i am experiencing some peri-menopause symptoms or if my thyroid might need checked... <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:02:06 EST going crazy... So frustrated...I have been waiting and waiting for a call from the hospital for this biopsy and I am not even in the system yet so my requisition is sitting in a pile somewhere...I am going away next week and the doctor figured I would have it before I I don't think thats going to happen :( I just want to get it over and find out what the heck is going on...but in the meantime I cleaned my upstairs and my disaster of a basement then went out for a run for the first time in 8 wee... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:25:52 EST Hashimotos Free online summit <BR> <BR> I have suspected that I had low thyroid dysfunction for years but was recently diagnosed with Hashimotos in April. Some of these speakers I have listened to on another thyroid summit. I think that it is worth a listen to. It starts tomorrow from Sept.15-22. Glad to be a part of this forum. Google Hashimotos Institute and sign up. <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:11:05 EST Newbee to all this Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to this thyroid stuff and still trying to wrap my head around everything. I have been researching all areas but I have yet to have a full diagnoses. So I guess I should start with the beginning... <BR> Back in February I went to my doctor due to super heavy periods lasting 2-3 weeks at a time, lack of energy, weight gain, frequent urination and pain. I had a full physical which he found I had and enlarged uterus and pain during the exam. I was then sent to the l... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:59:05 EST Anyone know what DISCOID LUPUS ERYTHIMATOSIS is? I am getting tested for this as I was told it could be genetic. <BR> Members of my maternal family have been diagnosed as well <BR> as hypothyroid and my aunt told me to get tested. <BR> Any information would be appreciated. I looked it up and have taken <BR> steps to at least start wearing a hat and sunscreen as a precautionary measure. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:26:29 EST Armour dosage I've been working with a NP Endo who started me on Armour taking it only 5 days a week, then to six and now seven. Last labs I was just a bit low so she had me take one tab everyday for six days and the 7th to take 2 tabs. My question is, how normal is this kind of dosing? I thought with thyroid you wanted consistency of levels and am just concerned this is causing too much up and down. I'm only on 1/4 gr. but it seems even harsher to double that dose every day which she says is the nex... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:33:41 EST Iodine Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Iodine's place in thyroid disease had been a frequent question on our forum these past couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Its a controversial mineral that can be increase the inflammation of the autoimmune thyroid gland(Hashi's) when taken in excess, especially if taken without protective levels of selenium (found in tuna, mushrooms, brazil nuts, brewer's yeast, seaweed). <BR> <BR> Iodine is needed by other organs to be healthy (breast, salivary glands, etc)) and processes in t... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:06:47 EST Selenium Back @Spark, been running my nutrition report, and selenium caught my eye; had just seen this in some online thyroid forums - do y'all try to make sure you get this? Brazil nuts are PARTICULARLY high - 5 nuts will put one over the recommended daily amount, which is actually toxic. Was thinking about having 1 or 2 a day. Thoughts? Info? Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:23:31 EST T4 is low Hi I'm new to this forum and hoping to find out some answer that are confusing to me. First I have had Hashimoto's since 1997 but all my levels have been within normal until now. My TSH is good at 1.88 but my T4 is low at 4.7. I have noticed leg calves aching and fatigue, plus my cholesterol and LDL jumped greatly! I'm only 115 pounds now, never had an issue with weight. Doctor wants to do the test again in 2 weeks. Do you think I really need to go on medicine with low T 4. Plus also wanted t... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 20:15:58 EST An Oldie, But a Newbie Hi! I'm an "old" Sparker, but new to this team. Five years ago I came within 10 pounds of my goal weight, plateaued, and grew very frustrated. My doctor at the time told me to hang in there, keep working, and the plateau would eventually go away. Well, it didn't. So, following the calories in, calories out theory, I exercised more and more (in my 60s) and ended up with several injuries and problems with increasing inflammation. All the weight came back (as it had other times in my life) and j... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:45:48 EST What the...TOTALLY STUMPED by labs My husband has been totally worn out lately. He CAN NOT lose weight no matter how hard he tries he went to a nutritionist even and she told him his calorie count is way tooo low for a man so we increase it but of course he is only gaining weight. He has to stay on very low calorie diet less than 1500 daily along with exercise to at best maintain. He started feeling terrible so I told him to go get his labs done. He was wanting to sleep all the time he could. Weird thing is he is waking u... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:07:28 EST Finding A Good Doctor - Hypothyroid I am a newbie on this site and I really don't know where to post so I decided to create a new topic. I was diagnosed a little over a year ago hypothyroid. I have been on Levothyroxine. There was a short period of time when I took myself off of the drugs on my own but that was not really a great idea because it made me dizzy and eventually I became very tired. Anyway, I am on .05MG. and I am looking to switch to Armour because I feel like sleeping all day & I am VERY overweight. I went to the ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:02:38 EST Healing Thyroids Through Diet & Iodine Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am a 36 yr old female. I have a VERY LARGE non malignant thyroid goiter. I also suffer from hypothroidisim. I have had this for the past 7-8 years. I have never taken any medication and I have not had my thyroid removed. I have been doing everything under the sun to heal myself "naturally". Some work, some don't. The most recent thing I have been doing is taking an Iodine/Iodide supplement. It is working WONDERS!! Not only shrinking my goiter but I feel great. I ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:48:39 EST gain weight when dieting? I have Hashimoto's. I've been dieting for over a year now; i lost half the weight i wanted and despite my keeping up the good work i seem to gain weight. not lose; all of a sudden. <BR> has this happened to any of you? i;ve been on t4 hormones (i'm in europe, so meds are named differently) for as long as i've been dieting and my bloodwork is good. <BR> thank you! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:44:11 EST Feeling overwhelmed I was diagnosed as hypothyroid a couple of weeks ago. My doctor sent me for an ultrasound, which revealed "chronic thyroiditis". That lead to another blood test for Hashimoto's. Yes, I am "definitely autoimmune". <BR> <BR> My primary care doctor says it's not a big deal, that you just take one little pill and that controls the symptoms. My reading so far seems to make it out as much more serious than that. <BR> <BR> Should I be seeing an Endocrinologist? <BR> <BR> Some websites say not ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:18:51 EST Starting over on thyroid Dang wrote half a book and lost the post. Will shorten. <BR> <BR> I was on thyroid 30 years and had to stop because no insurance.I saved 3 months worth and started on them June 15th to get a head start on the blood testing. <BR> <BR> Starting back on with PCP. He put me on 1.75MCG Levothyroxine. I am also suffering serious flair psoriasis but it is improving already with only 12 days medication. Most of the muscle pain is also going away. I have only lost a few pounds. I need to loose at l... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:45:31 EST Lower Cost Organics... at Walmart! Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Walmart is rolling out a new brand called "Wild Oats" which features a range of budget friendly organic foods, simply prepared. Look for it at your local Walmart! <BR> <BR> Read more about it here : <link><BR>rticles/Get_to_know_Wild_Oats/4784/?ad<BR>id=1500000000000039229840&veh=eml&sent<BR>_time=1407594709000&campaign_id=mbb-13<BR>09405_00000&e_id=87a4213f8eb0d5d1fc70af6d64e9770c </link> <BR> <BR> And, no, I don't work for, nor... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:47:35 EST Benefits of Cinnamon Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Thought I would post this about cinnamon. <BR> Why? <BR> Well, I love it and have it every day in my tea, also in oat bran cereal and sometimes on fruit. Plus its healthy. <BR> <BR> I like when that happens. <BR> <BR> Just as a heads up, there are two types of cinnamon, one of them.... <BR> Cassia Cinnamon or "false cinnamon"...contains a lot more of a substance that isn't so great on the liver called Coumarin. So it may be a better idea to stick with true cinnamon... ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:59:27 EST Water Retention solutions????? Help!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I have been retaining water for the last 3ish weeks. I switched from indoor exercise to walking outdoors. My hands and feet look like shiny bloated sausages. Doc feels like it is due to hypothyroid ... I have been on Armour for 10+ years. We reduced the dosage in May because I have lost weight the 120mg was causing heart palpitations and sleepless nights. Did not experience the water retention then ... just started. <BR> <BR> I don't want to take "water pills" because t... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:49:47 EST hair loss still a factor I have been hypo for about 14 years now, and I still have symptoms. I'm going back to the doctor on the 14th, so I'll have her check the reverse t3 along with t3 and t4 levels. My problem is that my skin is still so dry, my hair is falling out by the brushfuls, and I'm still lethargic. If all the tests come back normal, how do I get rid of these symptoms? Can I take a supplement or something? I've heard DHEA, but I'm not sure. I've also been checking out Thyro-Gold, but I understand that you ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 23:19:02 EST memory loss My husband has been diagnosed with Memory and Cognitive Impairment. In his case, it's hereditary. But, I have also seen MCI attributed to Hypothyroidism. Does anyone have any information on hypothyroidism and memory loss? I understand we have the "fuzzy brain" symptoms, but I have not heard of MCI directly related to hypothyroidism. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:33:35 EST anyone take ThyroidHelper w/successful weight loss Thryoid Helper is by Wellness Resources <BR> Sounds like it helps with weight problems? <BR> Anybody experience that? <BR> Does it make you lose hair? <BR> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 21:45:15 EST Hypo, MTHFR mutation & New recommended supplements This is going to be a pretty long post, so please bear with me! <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's about a year ago. Started on Synthroid, then changed doctors and changed to Nature-Throid. Also tested and found MTHFR mutation, low progesterone, and multiple food allergies. <BR> <BR> Current medications: <BR> 1.25 grain Nature-Throid twice daily <BR> 5,000 IU Vitamin D3 twice daily <BR> B12 oral spray supplement daily (2.5mg per serving) <BR> Neuro-Immune Stabilizer cream applied da... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:12:04 EST Problems with Tirosint Hi! I am new to this team and have had Hashimotos for about 20 years. I have been taking Synthroid .112 mcg for a while now. My doctor wanted to try me on Tirosint .112 mcg. At first I felt great, but then my body totally went nuts. I had severe anxiety, headache, dizziness, mood changes, crampy stomach, generally felt very sick. Doctor told me to cut back and only take the Tirosint for 5 days per week instead of the 7 days. I have been taking nothing for 3 days and feel a lot better, ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:38:08 EST Thyroid issues and doctor trouble.... My weight keeps going up and up and up. It's so depressing. I have cut out wheat, dairy, peanuts,etc. Nothing. Before I had hypothyroidism, I weighed. 214-218 lbs. That was 4 years ago. Then I ballooned up to 278 lbs in 3 months. I got down to 264. It took me 6 months but then in May, I began gaining weight. I got up to 297. :( Now, I bounce back between 290 and 295. I try so hard. I exercise hard at the gym. I am mindful of what I put in my body. I try cutting things out to see if it's food ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:05:08 EST my thyroid problems were caused by my cancer Hi just got back on here i had Salivary Gland Cancer a yr ago and just found out that my thyroid is shot. I am on meds but unsure of anything else please any suggestions would be helpful! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:02:46 EST Bariatric specialists? My mom is trying to convince me to go get lap band surgery. I don't know if it's the best idea, but at this point, depression, curiosity and frustration have gotten the better of me. I think I might want to seek out a surgeon. Do they even do this procedure on thyroid patients? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:48:04 EST ANNUAL PHYSICAL AND NEW NUMBERS I had my annual physical about 2 weeks ago and then had several tests done afterward and went back yesterday for the results. Here are my totals and results: <BR> <BR> DEXA Scan (Bone Density Scan): -1.3 (Slight thinning, beginning osteopenia) - increase calcium intake with the Vitamin D and increase strength training <BR> <BR> Ultrasound of left leg due to swelling/lymphedema - no clots - no clear reason for the swelling (which does not respond to my prescription diuretic) <BR> <BR> Thy... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:19:03 EST I'm back to Sparkpeople, new to this board Hi all. I've had some great sucess losing weight and tracking on Spark a few years back. Unfortunately, I had to have my thyroid removed (HUGE goiter) about a year and a half back. so about 30 of the 40 pounds I had lost found me since that time. Along with it, I have the exhaustion, yet lack of sleep, the weight gain, yet not eating much, and anxiety and depression, dispite a pretty simplified lifestyle. So go figure. <BR> <BR> Glad to be back, and brainstorming with y'all. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:46:58 EST Possible Gallbladder Issues Has anyone had issues with gallbladder problems? I'm grasping at straws here, but for the past few days, often times when I eat, I get fairly strong pains in my middle back between my shoulder blades. I have back issues anyway so I thought it was just acting up but last Friday after I ate breakfast (which consisted of rice w/butter and 2 turkey sausage links) the pain was so uncomfortable I thought something was wrong with my heart. It has done it 3x since then, including today after lunch. I... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:40:08 EST Ignored by doctors, frustrated I just don't know what to do next. Doctors have told me all my life that all my thyroid tests are normal. I was diagnosed in my youth as borderline diabetic and come from a long line of diabetics. To combat that potential, I've eaten Low Carb since 1972. I've managed to hold off diabetes, but now have peripheral neuropathy. <BR> I have all the symptoms of hypo, but still have hair on my forearms. Somebody once told me that shows my thyroid is okay. <BR> I know you guys aren't doctors, but I d... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:06:56 EST Armour vs NP Thyroid My GP (who is pretty young) was finally a bit frightened by my low TSH and washed her hands of me (after about 18 months!), telling me I’d have to go to an endo to get my meds refilled. I was able to find an endo (30 miles away)who was willing to prescribe 1 grain Armour twice a day in lieu of the compounded .88 grains porcine thyroid twice a day I was on, which was too low. He gave me an RX for Armour and within 2 days my hot flashes (which were HORRIBLE and occurring hourly) were gone. ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:37:27 EST Should you thyroid meds . . . I take levothyroxine 150mcgs once a day. I have been on that dose for years at this point - have had 3 healthy kids as well. The last few weeks have been rough, but I don't think it's all from lack of sleep and cranky kids. For about 1-2 weeks my pills seemed to dissolve in my mouth before I swallowed them. I have never had this happen and didn't think much of it but I can see some hypo symptoms now that I look back. The ones I've been taking now seem to be fine. If it happens again should I ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:48:14 EST Daughter diagnosed with hypothyroid seems worse! Sunday night was the scare of my life. My daughter has suddenly got blurry vision, nausea and dizziness the went into what appeared to be a seizure at the time. We called 911 of course, but they could not find any reason for what had happened to Carley. They gave her something to relax her and the seizing stopped. (Real long story trying to make it shorter) At the hospital through blood work we found out her TSH was 6.45 so I went to the doctor the following day with her and he put her on ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:45:56 EST Sluggish Thyroid After having my son, my weight has been increasing. I had thought that this was because I was more sedentary. I didn't go on walks and mainly just spent my days catering to his needs, as most parents do. I stayed at home for the first 6 months. <BR> <BR> Anyway, after starting work again I noticed that my weight isn't going down. My son is now 2 years old. I am always tired, but manage to push through the day. I am usually cold.. <BR> <BR> My mom and grandma both have both been diagnosed ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:27:32 EST New to Armour- questions... Hi All! <BR> <BR> I will try to make this short and sweet and to the point. I have hashimotos. For a while I was only on Cytomel 25, cut in half, take one in the am the other half around 3. I was doing great! I lost 20 pounds and had tons of energy. About a month ago I started feeling crappy again and weight was slowly creeping up so I went for blood work (I usually do this every 3 months or so). <BR> My doctor's office called and told me that my labs went up. I believe my TSH was 10, my T3 ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:41:10 EST About eating This was originally posted on a board by yichey12 so technically it's not an article but it's still really helpful. I learned some new and surprising things, but I'm fairly new diagnosed. <BR> <BR><BR>messageboard_thread.asp?board=13402x31<BR>5x40678103 <BR> <BR> Ps thanks to yichey12 for posting Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:05:19 EST Hypothyroid care An article about Hypothyroidism care <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=635&page=3 Sat, 7 Jun 2014 10:14:09 EST no goiter but trouble swallowing My last ultrasounds came out clean, I have 2 small nodules that do not warrant anything invasive, according to my doctor, besides all this, I've had some issues swallowing. He says that I may have developed a new allergy and that I should make an appointment with my allergist. Any thoughts? Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:44:32 EST Planner / Calendar Being Removed I copied this from another team for your information. If you use the Planner / Calendar get your things copied or you will loose them! <BR> <BR> Jane <BR> <BR> <BR> Say it isn't so! Maybe it's just me but I use it for everything SparkPeople related and some personal things too. <BR> <BR> "The Planner will be removed from SparkPeople on June 10. We recommend moving any Planner items to another calendar." <BR> <BR> Bummer! Sat, 31 May 2014 16:34:13 EST Thyroid problems are sneaky I never told my doctor about my dry skin. At times it is so bad, my black slacks look grey. And the itching! Normally when I see my VA doctor, I am not having trouble. <BR> <BR> Just before vacation, I was excited about losing 10# without trying hard. I had my pre-exam labs drawn and left town for 4 weeks. I felt really energetic except for some breathing problems. When we got home and I'd had a couple of days to recuperate, I went for my annual exam. I was surprised when the doctor said my... Fri, 30 May 2014 11:08:33 EST On levithyrozine but still feel like crap The DR put me on Levithyrozine a few months ago. He said my thyroid showed very sluggish but still in the normal range. But going on the fact that I have gained a lot of weight in just the past year and my once very long hair fell out so now it is only about bra strap length and used to be so long I sat on it. So I am on 50 mg a day and he said my FSH (I think that's what it's called) is now at something like .83. He said that was a very good level. And my hair actually feels better. And I ha... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:06:00 EST Cytomel Didn't Work I am on 137mcg of Synthroid & my endo started me on 5 mcg of cytomel but it put me into Tachycardia. She had to take my off the cytomel because of the tachycardia. She said my T3 was very low. I was very hopeful about the cytomel because I can't seem to lose weight. At my last lab my TSH was 4.2. She is waiting on labs the end of June to decided whether or not to up the Synthroid because she just switched me to generic to brand. It is so frustrating not losing weight. <BR> Holly Sun, 25 May 2014 17:12:05 EST Combined Synthroid (T4) and Cytomel (T3) Therapy Wonder if anyone else is taking a combined drug approach to dealing with their thyroid. Recently, after discussing it with my doctor we moved from taking straight Synthroid to adding in Cytomel. I have always taken my Synthroid at night before going to bed. To get the best results should I be taking the T3 medication at the same time or at a different time? All the drug information says is to take at the same time every day. What works for others? Sun, 25 May 2014 10:57:04 EST Can Armour cause weight gain? I was on Synthroid about 3 years ago, then I tried Armour about 2 years ago and that was fine. The weight gain can definitely be caused by other things, but I was wondering if it is normal to gain weight on Armour. I also feel I have an adrenal problem...almost passing out (salt helps), body aches. My doctor moved away (of course), and I don't know if I should find an endocrinologist or just a doc to keep up my Armour. Would love to have adrenal checked, but I don't think most docs care u... Tue, 20 May 2014 23:57:16 EST Cindy Hi I have been doing the nutra bullet for breakfast for two weeks, salad for lunch and a limited amount of carbs for dinner. I am finding the scale doesn't move so I want to try spark people to get a balance diet without feeling hungry. Please send any help or suggestion to get me started. Fri, 16 May 2014 21:22:54 EST Need tips on finding new endocrinologist I've was dx'd hypo/Hashi's in 07, shortly after a hysterectomy (ovaries too). It was diagnosed because I was having trouble losing weight despite diet and exercise. My primary care doctor has been my main support. He's got me on Levo (75mcg) and Cytomel (5mcg 2x/day). He keeps referring me to endocrinologists, and without fail, the endocrinologists (been through 5) say something like, "Your TSH is fine. Your symptoms aren't thyroid related. Eat less, exercise more, and you'll be fine." I'm ea... Thu, 15 May 2014 08:50:02 EST Endocrinologist or Not? Surgery or Not? I am pretty new to all of this and feel pretty "dumb" about what to do. Someone I talked to suggested that I should go to an endocrinologist. I am currently seeing an ENT and my regular doctor. Any Advice? <BR> <BR> Also, second FNA (it hurt like crazy!!!) shows benign cells and that makes me happy. I go June 4th to talk to the ENT about my options. I'm not sure what they are, but if they include surgery I don't know if I should just go ahead and do it. Do I keep having ultrasounds and... Wed, 14 May 2014 15:08:23 EST Armour vs Compound T4/T3 I have an appointment later this month for a thyroid check up and a renewal of my prescription. I have been on Synthroid since being being diagnosed in 2010. And it has been fine. But I have noticed over the last 5 months that I just do not feel "right" anymore. I want to talk to my doctor about changing my meds. I have read about Armour and how much better some feel with that. I am also starting to hear more about Compounding T4/T3. Other than Armour being natural, is any option better than ... Tue, 13 May 2014 15:13:43 EST question re: meds OK, was diagnosed with thyroid antibodies at age 14, which means I have Hashimoto's. Got full blown thyroiditis after the birth of my son when I was 25. Have been on varying doses of T4 only medications since then. Because I have Hashimoto's, I've read that I'm supposed to be on T4 and T3 medications. At least I have a doctor who listens to me. Maybe that is a good thing, or maybe that is not a good thing. I guess the entire endocrinology department at the local university hospital has been ... Mon, 12 May 2014 19:29:18 EST health It has been a crappy winter for me.I came down with bronchitis this winer then the doctor said it was a viral infection.So after 3 doctors visits all kinds of meds,a chest exray and finally going to a pulmonary doctor i am finally getting better.But i ended up gaining 15 pounds because thats all i did was sleep and eat crap.So am back to eating healthy and getting going on exercising. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 13:23:19 EST New and not so new Hi not sure if this group is very active or not. I had my thyroid removed 3 yrs ago. I had toxic multinodular goiter thyroid (mouthful). My meds are balanced according to the doctor. But in the years leading up to the surgery I gained significant weight like 70-80 lbs worth and have been struggling to lose it since. I have maintained the weight I was, at the point of the surgery with fluctuations up and down about 10-15 lbs but I cannot seem to get in a steady loss. I have trouble maint... Fri, 2 May 2014 01:25:56 EST Ion Bracelets I got what is called an ion bracelet. Either positive or negative ions, can't remember. Its supposed to make you more energetic or something. Has anyone heard of these? <BR> I googled it and some say its a hoax. I've been wearing it (when I remember) for maybe 2 weeks. It might be my imagination but I do feel more awake with it on... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:44:41 EST Meds, tremors and mood swings I didn't have hand tremors or mood swings when I was only on levothyroxine, but when I started taking medication for my migraines, I noticed tremors, brain fog and mood swings. These are not the sad depression type mood swings, these are the "my entire neighborhood can hear me screaming" kind of mood swings. <BR> <BR> In the beginning my husband and I thought that I might be going through early menopause, because it's genetic on my dad's side of the family... no such luck. If anybody here i... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:32:53 EST Uninodular Non-toxic Goiter and Growing Hi Everyone! My name is Joy and I am pretty new to this whole thyroid thing. August 2013 I was diagnosed by sheer chance. I was also feeling quite poorly (memory loss, tired, no energy, hair-loss, depression, etc) and I didn't even realize why. My regular doctor put me on levothyroxine and once that was fully in my system I felt a lot better. It has been a struggle with my weight though. I have increased my exercise (I LOVE Zumba) and I've been tracking (doing well MOST of the time), I ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:38:40 EST Mini Trampoline Last night I started jumping on the mini trampoline I got at Walmart (my dad finally put it together for me this year) I was really disappointed though about the amount of calories sparkpeople says I burned on it (200 calories for 40 minutes) <BR> But I started googling trampoline and found it has other benefits than calorie burning. Not only aerobic but things like improving your immune system, reducing cellulite and improving glands-like your thyroid. Heres some websites <BR> http://mariad... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:08:04 EST Do you have a favorite green smoothie receipe I would like receipes that do not include high sugar fruits and preferably receipes without any fruit if it's possible to down one without them. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping it will help with cutting sugar cravings and detoxing my liver. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Ivory <em>88</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:18:53 EST NON-denatured whey protein Found a great source of protein made by "Well Wisdom" <link> </link> ; I purchase it from Iherb <link><BR>vital+whey+protein&x=14&y=7#p=1 </link> because it is less expensive there. <BR> <BR> Because of hypoglycemia I needed a good source of protein that was readily available and because of a fungal infection I needed the source to not contain antibiotics; Well Wisdom protein fits the bill. Also, my doctor had told me that my imm... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:03:59 EST Sumpin" Good! : ) Hey Team! <BR> We handle a lot of problems here, its easy to forget that we do so many small, positive acts over the course of the day and that others or our environment has brought us Joy. <BR> <BR> So I figured we could also have a place where we could post some of the "sumpin good" acts of kindness, healthy behaviors and food choices we make, the small stuff that makes life enjoyable. <BR> <BR> Or things others have done for us. <BR> <BR> Or nice little surprises... mabbe a problem did... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:34:31 EST new dosage So, I went to the doc afew weeks ago to talk about my thyroid levels and my ongoing yucky symptoms. He looked at my last blood test results from Nov. 2013. and noticed I was a bit off with my medicine that I have been on for the last year. So he upped my levothyroxine from 88 mcg - 112mcg. I must say, I thought it was quite a jump up but I Feel Great! I have energy at last! Not the every once in awhile kind of energy. Consistently waking up energetic and refreshed. :) i dont need naps ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:43:50 EST Doc is switching me from Armour to compounded Because of a long standing issue with yeast overgrowth due to a boat load of antibiotics my old doc gave me, my doc has switched my medication from Armour to a T4 and T3 combo being prepared in a compounding pharmacy. He said the Armour is working, but not optimally for the condition I'm fighting. <BR> <BR> The compounding version is 1 capsule = T3: 15 mcg and T4: 25mcg in SR capsule. I will be taking 1 capsule in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. My old script of 1 1/2 grains of Armour... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:13:39 EST More hair stuff.. do you color/hi ghlight? I have black hair... really black, too black for my complexion, so every 7-10 weeks, for the past 3 years, I've been getting a half head of highlights.... Because my hair is so darn dry, these past 6 month's I've let it grow out. NOW I have a cap of black followed by blond crunchy curls that reach, say, my bra strap. Should I wait it out? Color the bottom? fill in my highlights? The issue is, because I'm Hypothyroid, I don't want to go bald trying to stay blond, as my husband would put it. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:06:33 EST Euthyroid Pregnancy Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm finally "coming out of the closet" lol I'm 4 months pregnant, due mid September! I thought I would share this news here since I may be of help to others, and perhaps there are others who can give me suggestions of things to watch out for. <BR> <BR> A bit of history - I am currently 38 years old, this is my first pregnancy. I was diagnosed with Graves' in 2010, then with Papillary Carcinoma in September of that year. I had a total thyroidectomy in January 2011,... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:01:10 EST Reverse t3 and weight loss question Hey all, <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness it has been forever since I have been on here, such a busy year! For a while I basically gave up hope that I was ever going to lose weight again, but recently my doctor checked my reverse was high and my free t3 to reverse t3 ratio was a 13. According to STTM it should be above 20. <BR> <BR> I was curious if anyone has ever cleared out their reverse t3 via t3 only? <BR> <BR> Also curious if anyone has lost weight FINALLY after clearing up their rt3 ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:58:49 EST Armour vs. Nature-Throid vs Synthroid Can someone help me with some info? What exactly is the difference between Armour and Nature-Throid? I switched from Synthroid to Armour about a year ago because I was hoping it would make me feel better like a lot of people said it did for them. Unfortunately, I never really noticed a difference. But I stayed on it because it was less expensive. The last two blood test rounds, my TSH has gone up a little each time. I just had blood drawn again on Friday and if it went up again I am going to ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:15:24 EST Anyone just NOT feel like eating? I barely ate anything yesterday and I felt fine. I've been awake since 530 and I'm still NOT hungry, I can't stand the thought of eating right now. My husband is actually hounding me to eat. Is it a thyroid thing? I've never heard of this, I get this way at least 2 or 3 times a month for a couple of days. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:28:21 EST How satisfied are YOU with your Doc? Click the link... The article is an interesting view of how unsatisfied thyroid patients are with the medical care they receive. <BR> <BR><BR>vey-hypothyroid-patients-view-doctors/ Sat, 5 Apr 2014 11:05:23 EST Eyebrow skin dryness and scaling I have been to dermatologist. He is watching this but I wonder if anyone else has this on or near their eyebrows. I am wondering if the low thyroid is causing this. <BR> <BR> Thanks, chris Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:58:06 EST On a morning when you forget to take your meds... Like today, I've been so focused on getting one daughter to take antibiotics for her ear infection and the other to take her Ritalin LA that I forgot to take my levo and my migraine management stuff which need to be on an empty stomach. I had some Starbuck's. Would you take them anyway, or say, screw it, I messed up, and I'll remember tomorrow. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:47:50 EST Weight loss supplements on levothyroxine? Personally, I think they're a bad idea even when not on levo, but my sister is also hypo and she's on 88 mcg of eurothyrox (that's the EU's generic brand of thyroid medication). She's taken to starting an 8 week regimen of Garcenia Cambogia. I am worried that it may not be safe. I know, she's a big girl (33), but she's still my little sister, and I want to know if she'll be OK. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:04:00 EST Warm at Night I'm wondering why I'm cold all day, with fingers and toes feeling like they're not getting any blood to warm them up and then at night my fingers and toes are warm when I'm sleeping. I can even get too warm. What's going on to increase my circulation at night? I'm guessing it has to do with some chemical released during sleep? Also, I don't heat my bedroom at night. I sleep with a flannel sheet and a silk comforter. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:00:10 EST Are dental problems typical? I hadn't been diagnosed with hypothyroidism until I started trying to have my first child, and we had lots of issues, I finally had an answer for why I was slowing down, my brain was getting muddled etc. I've never had dental issues, though, and lately, they seem to be piling up. My husband sent me links on the internet to ADA sites stating that people with hypothyroidism, and especially Hashimoto's thyroiditis tend to have multiple oral health issues. I have 2 fillings on the left side of my... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:01:09 EST Any advice? 10/10/13 <BR> tsh 2.88 .45-4.5 <BR> T4 8.5 4.5-12 <BR> t3u 29 24-39 <BR> FTI 2.5 1.2-4.9 <BR> <BR> 10/18/13 <BR> tsh 4.05 .358-3.74 h <BR> ft4 1.25 .76-1.46 <BR> <BR> 11/19/13 <BR> tsh 2.62 .358-3.74 <BR> ft4 1.08 .76-1.46 <BR> <BR> 1/27/14 <BR> tsh 4.62 .35-4.5 h <BR> T4 12.8 5-12.5 h <BR> t3u 33 22.5-37 <BR> FTI 4.2 1-3.9 h <BR> <BR> 2/5/14 <BR> tsh 2.71 .45-4.5 <BR> ft4 1.69 .82-1.77 <BR> t4 8.3 4.5-12 <BR> ft3 3.1 2-4.4 <BR> TSI 64 0-139 <BR> TPOaB 52 0-34 h <BR> TBG 15 13-39 <BR> <B... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:55:51 EST High antibodies not necessar. bad?? I have a new doc. She says my antibodies being high doesn't necessarily mean I need thyroid meds. It means my body COULD attack my thyroid not that it is/was?? As long as the HOLY TSH is ok, I am ok. I am more confused now than at the beginning (2007) <BR> <BR> She took me off my compounded T3 supple, my brain has cleared, but my weight is up! (Dear God help me). Also eliminated all vitamin supplements with animal (bovine etc) parts and iodine. I have gone from 21 vitamins a day to 7 and I ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:10:05 EST Basic Thyroid Knowledge Hey Newbies! <BR> <BR> This thread has been created just for YOU! <BR> <BR> You always knew you were special... you just didn't know that I knew it too! <BR> <BR> <BR> For those of you that want to introduce yourself or get advice on a thyroid/medication/ problem you are having,PLEASE GO TO THIS LINK BELOW AND OPEN A NEW TOPIC ALL ABOUT YOUR PARTICULARS: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard.asp?board=-1x732 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I started this topic "B... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:23:55 EST How to Dose Nature-Throid 2x a Day I finally saw a new endo in February. (Had total thyroidectomy in June 2012. Incidental papillary carcinoma was found and my endo at the time decided that I didn't need iodine treatment. Lymph node mapping ultrasound done in July 2013 came back negative.) I had been taking 90 mg. of Armour Thyroid for the last year without see much of a decrease in the muscle and joint pain or late-afternoon fatigue. Did manage to lose about 20 pounds (25 still to go) between April and October, but weight los... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:46:43 EST Hashimoto. Do I need a scan? Hi, <BR> <BR> I am newly diagnosed with Hashimoto and have another auto-immune disease i.e. Rheumatoid Arthritis. Do I need a thyroid scan and if I do what would the docs be looking for?. Not that I want one. I just want to be thorough. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <em>41</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:38:01 EST Newly diagnosed Hashimoto's Disease. Hi all! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had my first appointment with an Endocrinologist. She has diagnosed me with Hashimoto's Disease, Finally, I have a diagnosis. I'm not happy that I have it, but I'm so relieved that I have an answer to my concerns about my symptoms. I have in another post my labs from my primary and his diagnosis of "Hyptothyroid". My primary prescribed Levothyroxine/Synthroid 25 mcg for a month. The Endo prescribed 50 mcg and said, this should do the trick. She... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:57:11 EST RE: Hair, doctors and dosage This is a continuation of the topic started in the hair thread<BR>ssageboard_thread.asp?board=261x732x57<BR>026888 <BR> <BR> So I do figure on checking out a different doctor next time I make an appointment. Are there any suggestions on to how to find one that treats on the new range other than asking at the pharmacy? <BR> I guess I figure if I make an appointment now that I would have to have another blood test? My last one was in December time. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:12:10 EST Doc appt was disappointing. I had a check up for my asthma since doc changed my meds. I mentioned my tsh and wanted to know if I could keep it close to 1 because I have been feeling sluggish for a while now. He looked at my chart and said I had not had bloodwork for over a year which my tsh was 2.47 then. I said I was just there in August for blood work. My thyroid pills needed refilled and had to have my blood work done. He looked and they did not do a thyroid panel! Checked my cholesterol and liver! GIVE ME A BREAK! T... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 12:00:48 EST mzzchief temporarily offline! Hey Team! <BR> Sad to say my wireless router needs to be replaced, <BR> As its not allowing me to access the Spark Website. <BR> <BR> I'm typing this from my cellphone, not the way i like <BR> To do things... Very I'll not be able to read you <BR> Posts and reply to mail until Verizon gets me a new <BR> Router which will prolly be tomorrow... Fates willing! <BR> <BR> Til soon! <BR> :-) <BR> Mzzchief <BR> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:23:35 EST Levoxyl is back! <link><BR>yl-brand-of-thyroid-hormone-replacemen<BR>t-coming-back-on-market.htm </link> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:10:35 EST From compounded to manufactured? I am currently taking compounded porcine thyroid (1 grain BID) - it is mixed in olive oil and nothing else (as far as I know). Due to increasing costs, I am thinking of having my doctor change me to Armour, Nature Throid, Westhroid, etc, now that I am taking a round number again (prior RX was for .88 grain BID). The same pharmacy quoted me prices for 90 days that was about 1/3 of my cost for the compounded. Any thoughts on which of the others might be best? Is there much of a difference?... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 01:02:06 EST Sleepaholiic Anonymous! Lol. Hi guys! <BR> <BR> All I've been doing lately is sleeping. That is when I'm not crazy busy. But it's excessive. I wake up rested and relaxed and go back to sleep. This morning it happened to me again. I woke up ready for the day and went back to sleep. I woke up at 1 PM and went back to sleep till 4PM! Wow! I have to force myself to get up and wake up when I have things to do. Today is Saturday so I could sleep in, but this is ridiculous! I do have things I want to do. Clean house, do laundr... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:32:48 EST Workout Question Good morning! I had a thyroidectomy just over a year ago, and I am fighting to get back to my previous fitness level. My meds and hormones have been balanced for a while, and I feel relatively good. However, I do have a few *down* days about once a month. I feel weak and tired, cold, I get headaches, depression, and brain fog. Nothing like when I first lost the thyroid, but the symptoms do still occasionally drop in. Is it better to rest when I feel this way, or to push through? In my ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:15:33 EST Levo and Iodine? The latest fade seems to be to increase our iodine intake, BUT I was wondering is this a good idea for those taking thyroid meds? My husband started giving me kelp along with my levo after reading about the iodine perks. I have recently started feeling really tired and noticed my resting heart rate is around 92 beats per minute. Feeling tired comes and goes with me, but never noticed the heart rate before. Does anyone think there could be a connection? I stopped the iodine for now to see... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:02:42 EST soy milk Hi, I have hypothyroidism for almost 17yrs now. I am wondering if soy milk is ok with hypothyroidism. I'm looking to switch from drinking regular milk...the total servings i would have per day is 1.5 cups in coffee and oatmeal...thank you for any help or advice in advance! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:35:58 EST Hi I'm new here. I'm 53 and just had my thyroid killed back in summer Radiation treatment due to Graves Disease. Still trying to get levels of meds right since August. Been awhile since I've been active on Sparkpeople. Join this group in hope of guide to how to lose weight since I've been gaining steady every since treatment in August. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 23:49:30 EST Swollen Lymph Nodes with Thyroid Disease? .... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:22:48 EST Howdy - Again! Howdy Team! <BR> <BR> I'm back. I am hypothyroid due to Hashimoto's disease decades ago. I finally got my thyroid levels (and cholesterol) under control and held it for years. The thyroid was controlled by Synthroid and the cholesterol that seems to be strongly impacted by my thyroid levels was controlled by diet. So I quit this team. Then I had to change my diet due to elevated pancreas enzymes. Everything is back to figure out what works with the new rules. It should be simple but h... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:57:18 EST New here Hi everyone. I'm new here and I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's for 5 years. I also have diverticulitis, which makes it difficult to eat anything. I've lost some weight without even trying. It's hard to count anything when you're sick all the time. Still, I'd like to be more healthy. Exercising is difficult due to previous auto accident. (I can't do floor exercises) <BR> . I'm glad I found u guys. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:26:31 EST New- waiting for an appoinment hello! Im Amanda. I havent been diagnosed with a thyroid problems yet, but i have all teh basic symptoms, after losing almost 80 pounds, i stayed the weight for almost a year, and now have gained weight back. Im always tired and achy and my throat feel tight like im choking. Im also always always cold, and never sweat even during a high intesity workout, which i have read can be related to thryoid. Im waiting to get into get tests done and see an endocrinologist. It may take awhile, so r... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:53:24 EST Autoimmune Protocol Diet/Paleo, anyone? I have had a TT back 4ish years ago and was diagnosed with Hashimoto prior to that. I have absolutely no energy and when I do workout and eat within my limits I still have problems losing weight. I was just wondering if anyone out there does the Autoimmune Protocol Diet or Paleo. If so, did you notice any improvement in over all health and well being? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Stina Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:28:48 EST MD's Diet tips for Hypothyroid Sufferers Dr. Arem Ridha is a known endotronologist in Houston. I've been following his special thyroid function diet, and its really helped me finally lose some weight. If you're interested, I can give you some of his tips Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:10:34 EST New and confused. My doc wants to do nothing. Why? Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I'm glad to have found this forum. Maybe I can get some information and support. Maybe one day I can return the favor :) <BR> <BR> This Friday received a call from the nurse about the results of my Thyroid Panel. She said my TSH is high and that may be the reason I am having a hard time losing weight. This is the first time I have had a Thyroid problem, so this is new for me. I asked her what the next step was and she said the doc said not do anything. Really, why? I made... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:40:00 EST .006 to gain knowledge Hello everyone, <BR> Just finished a course of interferon and ribavirin for hep C but the brain fog, dry itchy skin, hair loss, blurry vision and lack of energy stuck around. Blood test post-drug course showed .006 TSH. I'm to get blood drawn tomorrow for the other hormones' level before a treatment course can be determined. <BR> <BR> High blood sugar symptoms 6 weeks ago led me to the Dr. and diabetes was diagnosed. Taking Clyburide/Metformin now. Still working on managing sugar level.... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:18:40 EST Taking Nature-Throid Sublingually Hi there, <BR> I just switched from Armour to NT today. I used to take Armour sublingually and even though I swallowed NT today I would like to be prepared to take it sublingually as well just not sure how or if its the same way as Armour. I heard it was more difficult to take NT sublingually. Any suggestions? Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:39:20 EST Severe hypothyroid issues need help in KY I am a 47 yr old female, have had a hysterectomy at age 28 and have hashimotos disease, fibromyalgia, along with about twenty other diagnosis for every issue that is going awry with me. I am thoroughly exhausted and frustrated with the drs I have seen. I have been seen by both endocrinologist as well as cardiologist, internists, rheumatologist and allergist. I just spent a considerable amount of money to be seen at the Cleveland Clinic as I live in Kentucky. The diagnosis is the same I am... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:54:10 EST New - Recovering from Parathyr idectomy Good morning everyone (at least Good morning in Alberta anyway :) ) <BR> <BR> I have primary hyperparathyroidism and had a parathyroidectomy at the end of the summer. So far its been a wonderful new life post-surgery -fingers crossed- All my levels are supposedly within in normal ranges; not that I ever use that as much of an indicator because as you all know to well Im sure, thyroid everything is quite illusive when it comes to test results. <BR> <BR> Since I can run again and am not sever... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:20:01 EST Has anyone been experiencing migraines? I am on 125 MCG of levothyroxin and I have been experiencing migraines since the medication bump last month. I was wondering if this is a coincidence or if it has to do with my body getting used to an extra 25MCG of medication. Thank you in advance for the replies. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:59:25 EST Not new to SP or Thyroid issues but ... I have recently had a bit of a scare with my thyroid and am ready to take it seriously. (check out my blogs for a bit more info) any-who looking for some safe thyroid - happy ways to lose weight and keep it off. :) Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:16:33 EST TSH= .02!!!! What do I do about this??? Anyone have experience with TSH being this low? I am approaching 52, so maybe other hormones effecting it? Any help appreciated. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:04:02 EST Lab results Picked up a copy of my labs. WHen they first called with my u/s results, I specifically called back and asked for Free T3 and Free T4, she said they were on the thyroid panel, but they aren't! Should I call and ask for those to be done? <BR> <BR> T3 uptake 32 (range 30-39%) <BR> T4 7.9 (4.8-13,9( <BR> FTI 2.5 (1,7-4,7) <BR> TSH 1.56 (.36-3.74) <BR> <BR> Thyroglubulin .3 (2.0-35) <BR> Thyroglobulin AB 269 (less than 20 is normal) <BR> Thyroid Microsomal AB less than 10 (less than 35 is n... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:37:15 EST Thyroid Cancer Well I have been gone for a yr. While being gone, I have had my thyroid removed and found out I had thyroid cancer. I have gone through my radiation and am now 6 months in remission. I also had to have a partial hysterectomy and a scare from my left breast. I am glad to be back and cannot wait to start a new healthy yr. <BR> <em>521</em> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:44:24 EST what were your HYPERTHYROID symptoms? Hi all, <BR> I have very mild hyperthyroidism apparently... TSH level was mildly low. Did ultrasound and found 4 nodules. The Dr. Suggested I not start taking thyroid medicine since my thyroid was marginally off...(.37) <BR> <BR> But problem is, I have a constant rapid heartbeat, palpitations, anxiety, shaky all over, and muscle weakness in one arm. Does this sound like a definite thyroid issue? Should I get a second opinion? <BR> <BR> Did you guys have similar symptoms..? The arm weakness ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 22:41:07 EST New here, still waiting for answers I have been checking out these boards on and off for a few years. Most of my symptoms started after a very stressful fall in 2010. However, my bloodwork has always come back normal. In November of 2013, it started to feel like I was choking and my sternum started to feel uncomfortable. The right side of my neck also looked and felt swollen. I have been through numerous tests for numerous things over the past 3 years and everything comes back normal (u/s for gal bladder, MRI of the abdome... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 07:28:59 EST Amazingly delicious Guavas! I am a total fan of Guavas! <BR> If you're lucky they're putting in an appearance at a grocery store near you, this time of year. <BR> You may have to go to a latin super market to get them, but I found my first (most fragrant) batch as Walmart of all places. <BR> <BR> They will run you anywhere from $1.49 -2.99 a pound and are worth every cent! <BR> <BR> Guavas are a semi-tropical fruit, the ones we get here in Texas come mostly from Mexico. <BR> <BR> There are a variety of different cult... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:54:37 EST Cancer diagnosed at post-op visit <BR> I went in not knowing if it was cancer or not. I have had nodules at least five years. They were biopsied one time back then and found benign and then no follow up. Then I turned hyperthyroid a couple of months ago and they could not biopsy them. I am glad I followed my gut and went for the surgery instead of the RAI treatment for the hyperthyroidism. (I also knew there was a family history of thyroid cancer). <BR> <BR> I had my thyroidectomy on the 18th. I went yesterday to... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:27:04 EST Fuzzy Brain / Brain Fog I got sick just before Thanksgiving with a nose that felt like a faucet that would not stop dripping. I had not fever but was exhausted from blowing my nose and ended up with sore chest muscles. After that went away about after three days I was fatigue easily and on Thanksgiving day joined my family for lunch for about two hours and came home exhausted. It was an outdoor gathering with blue skies and puffy white clouds but no rain and I sat down wind of everyone so I do not think I caused ... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 06:21:29 EST Thyca, TSH suppression, and the heart I'm not sure how many of you out there have had thyroid cancer (thyca), but I think this only relates to those people. As a thyca survivor, my TSH is suppressed to between .01 and .05 to try to ensure the cancer does not return. TSH being this low seems to be leading to heart issues (high blood pressure, papitations), as well as sleep problems. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this, and how it was addressed. <BR> <BR> On a related note, apparently recent research is showing that th... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:27:29 EST Help with Previously Mentioned Book Hey everyone - there was a book written by a Pharmacist and her MD that was mentioned here on the site about a month ago. I read the "free" chapter that was available, but don't remember the title of the book. I would like to order it as I have received a gift card to Amazon and can now afford it (especially with DH being out of work for so long). Can anyone send me the title or link? Mon, 9 Dec 2013 17:41:49 EST Synthroid vs Levothyroxine I lost weight using Synthroid. New doctor switched me to Levothyroxine saying it was the same. Now I am gaining weight.....anyone else ??? Sun, 8 Dec 2013 09:13:36 EST Exercising after TT For those who have had a total thyroidectomy, how long did you need to wait before resuming your usual exercises? My surgery is scheduled for the 18th. My exercise routine is light. Fri, 6 Dec 2013 16:14:44 EST On meds and spotting? Briefly, I have long suspected thyroid issues despite having "normal" lab results. But I answer yes to question after question for hypothyroid symptoms. My dr decided to try some thyroid meds, and I started taking armour about 3.5 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Saw my parents over Thanksgiving (we'd also been up before I started meds) and they thought I looked much better in the face (not so puffy), and I'm noticing that I don't feel quite so dog-tired all the time ... and I'm even starting to re-lo... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:37:23 EST Thyroid cancer and supplements Hi, I recently had my thyroid removed because of papillary thyroid cancer. I was just reading about "Thyroid Helper" and I'm wondering if any thyroid nutritional supports will actually help someone who has NO thyroid gland. The other thing I worry about is that anything that stimulates the thyroid (iodine, for example) could cause any remaining thyroid tissue that may have been left, to flare up and cause the cancer to spread. I previously had Hashimoto's and had some understanding of issu... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 13:20:59 EST No more synthroid or symptoms! Hi everyone. For years, I suffered many symptoms of hypothyroidism, including hair falling out, terrible scalp itching, weight gain, puffy face, anemia, fatigue, fog brain, terrible circulation, burning legs at night, always cold, terrible constipation, wrinkled fingertips, dry skin, muscle weakness, etc., etc, etc.... <BR> <BR> All my doctors did over the years was give me more prescriptions. <BR> <BR> Last year I learned to eat alkaline for completely different reasons: disease preventio... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 05:05:58 EST New - thyroidectomy scheduled Hello everyone! I am scheduled for a total thyroidectomy on Dec. 18th. I have had thyroid nodules for at least five years. At that time there were both about 2.5 cm. They only did one ultrasound and one FNA biopsy (without ultrasound guidance). The biopsy was benign at that time. After that there was no follow up recommended. I do have a family history of thyroid cancer with two cousins on one side of the family and an uncle on the other side of the family who all had thyroid cancer. ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:18:03 EST Long journey - but new HERE! I'm a 59 year old grandma with a LONG history of thyroid issues - and lots of family history. <BR> <BR> As a pre-teen I was diagnosed with a goiter and remember trips to the nearest big city to see doctors for treatment. Talk of surgery to remove it. But no action taken. I remember iodine pills. But was not very involved other than taking prescribed medications. Eventually it all stopped. <BR> But continued he benefits of a metabolism that allowed me to eat as much as I wanted and still main... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 11:21:43 EST Had RAI last month After about 10 years of back and forth with Graves and toxic multinodular goiter, I finally broke down and took the radioactive iodine treatment just over 3 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Aside from some swelling and tenderness in the gland, I've had no side effects so far. I am also still having to take suppressants for at least another couple of weeks. I hope that's the end of that since the one I've been on for years (Neomercazole) is apparently unavailable these days. (My friend in Russia has been... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 03:36:16 EST New study about T3//T4 I've just read a summary in Mary Shomon's Facebook page about a new study on T3/T4 ratio. It sure gives hope!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>perior-t4-levothyroxine-hypothyroidism<BR>-thyroid.htm </link> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:55:13 EST Have your coffee and thyroid medication, too? If interested, read on! <BR> <BR> Apparently Tirosint and Coffee go together like ducks in water... <BR> For those not familiar with Tirosint, its a novel thyroid pill, in that its in gel-capsule rather than tablet form AND uses a non-traditional base of water and glycerin. <BR> The shell is made from gelatin. <BR> The active ingredient is levothyroxine (T4). <BR> <BR> Here's an article by Mary Shomon, thyroid advocate. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>int-bypass... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 13:07:48 EST American Heart Assoc CV Risk Calculator Link <link><BR>atementsGuidelines/PreventionGuideline<BR>s/Prevention-Guidelines_UCM_457698_Sub<BR>HomePage.jsp </link> <BR> I think the complete explanation is revealed through links. <BR> <BR> <BR> And a CNN article summarizing some of new guidelines. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>terol-guidelines/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:46:31 EST Raw Kale and Hoshimotos Hi, <BR> I have hoshimots (was diagnosed in 2010) and I started making green smoothies every morning with Kale, blueberries, pineapple, and banana. Then I started reading on the internet that kale interferes with thyroid production, so now I'm confused, I take .75 mcg's of levothyroxine and have been doing so for over a year now, just had my levels checked in Aug. and everything was good, but I wasn't doing the smoothies then, I feel more energy when I have them but want to make sure it's ok ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:17:05 EST Old Timer and a Newbie I've been loving SparkPeople for years now. However, I was recently diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, and I've NO idea what my next steps should be. My numbers are not bad enough to require medication right now, but the doctor wanted me to come back for more testing in 3 months. I'm 40 years old, 5'5, and currently 150 lbs. (more than I'd like to see on the scale to be honest.) All the doctors told me was to take a multivitamin, Fish Oil, eat a low fat diet, an get exercise. All of this I alread... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:06:13 EST Medifast Does Medifast work with hypothyroidism? Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:05:56 EST New to this group Hi everyone! My name is Pat and I just joined your group. I have a weird situation with my thyroid and would welcome some feedback as my doctors have not been helpful. My TSH level has been elevated for quite a while but I don't have the classic symptoms of being hypothyroid other than carrying extra weight. All my other thyroid tests come out normal. I have tried a couple of meds but could only tolerate 1-2 doses. They made me want to jump out of my skin and I had major anxiety. The f... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:30:36 EST what can cause my TSH to fluctuate so much? I have hashimotos and I have been trying to get my TSH under control for almost a year now. <BR> Started at 100mcg levothyroxin, now up to 200 mcg. <BR> TSH: 15.5, 7.02, 7.02, 2.803, 11.793 <BR> T4 was always in normal range <BR> I take on empty stomach with bottle of water, wait one hour, then take other meds(Spironolactone, Gianvi birth control pill, generic Wellbutrin) and eat. <BR> I also have PCOS. I don't take any vitamins. When heartburn gets bad I take an over the counter pill, but ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 11:17:01 EST Magnesium Rules! Note to Vitamin D takers! Good morning and good health to you, Team! <BR> <BR> If you take a vitamin D supplement, then you may need more magnesium as this mineral has a synergistic relationship with this vitamin and calcium/bone metabolism. <BR> <BR> Here's a short, well written article on Magnesium, that covers many of the dos and the don'ts for the most efficient absorption of this important mineral that many of us lack: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>m-Supplements </link> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 10:18:53 EST Hi -- new here I have just started on thyroid meds (armour 15 mg) after years of feeling like there was something wrong w/ my thyroid even if all the tests come back "normal" (I have had TSH, then this last time TSH, T3 & T4). Even though the tests still came back "normal", the thing was that I was exhibiting so many symptoms of hypothyroid that my dr decided to start me on the meds, then test in a month and I go back in 5 weeks to review. Some of the things that I have had going on--low body temp (97-97.... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:35:11 EST LDN success stories? Anyone try taking low dose naltrexone with any success? Thu, 7 Nov 2013 18:24:31 EST Good results from Labwork Went to the Endocrinologist today for my first official labwork since being adjusted on the Levoythyroxine. I have been feeling a lot better in the past week or so and figured something was working. My numbers were all in the normal range now (one slightly higher than the doctor wanted, but still in the normal range). So I will continue to take the Levoythyroxine and no need to see her for a few months unless something happens. <BR> <em>244</em> Thu, 7 Nov 2013 18:20:36 EST Need some advice on my numbers I am currently 12 weeks pregnant and my OB ran a thyroid 'panel'. From research - it appears that they did an older/cheaper test... but here are my numbers from it <BR> <BR> tsh - .86 <BR> t4 - 11.6 <BR> t uptake - 32.5 <BR> <BR> which - based on my math, makes the free t4 around 3.77 <BR> <BR> nowhere can I really find how these numbers relate out to each other. is the free t4 high? I'm fairly happy with the tsh of .86, I know that is a little on the low end, but it's better than being... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 12:29:48 EST Timing of taking of meds Hi y'all, <BR> <BR> I'm reading that I should be taking my pill 1 hour before breakfast. However, my pharmacist, said that I should be taking it 1/2 an hour before breakfast. <BR> <BR> Which time do I use? Or should I just split the difference and take it 45 minutes beforehand? Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:30:35 EST New findings on the Importance of Sleep Everyone knows what its like the morning following a sleepless nite... or even worse after a succession of restless nights... <BR> <BR> This article put a new twist on things... even more reasons to get your zzzzs. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>236211811/brains-sweep-themselves-clea<BR>n-of-toxins-during-sleep </link> <BR> <BR> Sweet Dreams! <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> Mzzchief Sat, 2 Nov 2013 22:11:05 EST Is Tirosint working for you? Hi. I've been a thyroid patient for more than 20 years and going into menopause. I had to choose a new thyroid med with Levoxyl off the market. Picked Tirosint. There are few posts of people having bad reactions. I have been taking it for several weeks. My labs appeared to be good when checked recently. Although doctor did not order all thyroid tests. Boo! <BR> <BR> Still having uncomfortable symptoms that vary in intensity throughout the day. Who knows if it's thyroid or female hor... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 17:56:49 EST Starting on Synthroid Hello y'all, <BR> <BR> It's now confirmed...I saw my Dr. yesterday to discuss the retesting of the TSH, Free T3 and Free T4. They were still out of whack, so now I"m taking Synthroid. <BR> <BR> She's given me 0.025 mg of Synthroid. I'll get the tests redone in early January and we'll see if I need to up the dose based on what those tests show. <BR> <BR> I'm just curious what side effects y'all noticed. My pharmacist said that drowsiness was the main one. I'm wondering what else might h... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 17:35:26 EST Suppressed TSH Does anyone know if a suppressed TSH is always a cause for concern? I became hypothyroid during menopause a little over 3 years ago and have tested negative for Hashimoto's. During that time I had gained 50 pounds which absolutely refused to come off with diet and exercise. My BP and cholesterol levels were also high. My cholesterol would not respond to statins. <BR> <BR> However earlier this year I finally got on a dose of Synthroid where I could lose weight provided I dieted and exerci... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:58:47 EST Coffee on Absorption of Thyroid A study about coffee is underway. It looks like they have included our team's variables of concern. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The study groups 1. American style coffee..Folgers 2. Folgers coffee with milk 3. Lipton black tea, and 4. the control water will be compared to determine the most effective way to take Synthroid based on thyroid function tests over a period of 6 months. They are using 12 ounces of beverage. (up from my full 8 ounce glass ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:16:09 EST Hi... I am just joining this team.... Hello all. I am Jo. I hope everyone is well and happy today! Doing great myself.. and pleased to be here. <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:28:15 EST Hello Everyone!! :) Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm Katy, I'm 30, I just had a whole health-dibacle, that now seems to be over, but during one of the 500 tests that they ran on me, they mentioned to me that some numbers related to my thyroid seemed to be 'off', they didnt' say it required further testing, but that it was something I should keep my eye on. My mom actually had thyroid cancer last year (removed succesfully, now cancer free!) so I guess I'm just really looking for information, any kind of preventitive thi... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:58:43 EST hi Hello:-) How are you? Thu, 24 Oct 2013 01:34:34 EST Thyroid and Anxiety/Panic Attacks Does anyone else suffer from anxiety/panic attacks. It wakes me around 4 or 5 am daily. Then I'm pretty good for the day until about 9 or 10 pm. I have to take Xanax in addition to my Levothyroxine to deal with this. This is all new stuff in my life. My thyroid problem was diagnosed about 6 months ago. Sometimes I even get tachycardia with it ... it's all scary to me and want to know if others experience this as well or is something else wrong with me. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:56:43 EST Your Suggestions Are Appreciated! :-) Hello all, <BR> I was recently told that I needed knee surgery soon for a medial meniscus tear. Frankly, it has me depressed and anxious. I've been so active and finally have my thyroid, weight, and life in order - then this happens. Help is needed - I KNOW that I need to be active to keep my weight down and simply do not know how to do that with the reduction of XZ. <BR> <BR> Help needed: I need tips as to reducing my caloric intake and feeling full so that I do not eat as much since I d... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:23:41 EST Pulse rate alarmingly high I have been on armour for years. My pulse rate used to be 60-80 and not is hovering around 100. My recent thyroid test came back normal but I had not fasted beforehand. My acupuncturist/herbalist, a pharmacist for 35 years, is concerned; he told me to cut back on the 60 mg/day, either cut the tablets in half or not take them everyday. Any comments? Sun, 20 Oct 2013 16:50:24 EST Why Your Thyroid HATES Polyunsaturated Fats I'm sure you've heard that polyunsaturated fats were good for you and that saturated fats were bad..I'm here to show why it's the exact opposite. <BR> <BR> Three big LIES about polyunsaturated fats: <BR> <BR> Lie #1: That they help lower your cholesterol <BR> <BR> Polyunsaturated fats actually do slightly lower cholesterol levels but not in a healthy manner. This only occurs because the liver goes into defense mode to protect itself from these unhealthy fats, so it retains the cholester... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 16:10:12 EST Working out Hello, I was wondering if anyone has any words of wisdom for me. I have Hashimoto's and I am obviously trying to become healthier (which is why I'm on this site) so I will go through periods when I will workout diligently and everything seems to be going great and I think to myself 'This is the time that will be different'. Then it hits me - the brick wall that means my limbs feel heavy, I tire easily, I'm lethargic. Is there something that I can do differently or something that I could ta... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 02:16:24 EST Hi SparkPeople I have a thyroid condition that was diagnosed in 2010. Since then, I've put on over 50 lbs and can't seem to lose it regardless of which diet I try. I was on Weight Watchers for 3 months and didn't succeed in losing anything. Now I'm trying SparkPeople. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 12:44:10 EST Extensive Reference List <link>!buy-the-b<BR>ook/c7ke </link> <BR> <BR> On the left side of the page the link to table of contents is a pdf of the chapter topics. The references are listed by chapter in another pdf. <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 12:20:09 EST More Dwarves of Hypothyroidism The Seven Dwarves of Hypothyroidism: Itchy, *itchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, <BR> Bloated, Forgetful and Psycho" PurrBalls <BR> <BR> <link><BR>toms/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is a survey from the people who have taken a survey comparing their symptoms, treatments and side effects on We can't tell how well controlled the treatment for the respondents is because it is self reporting or who the responders are except that they have been identif... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 12:06:26 EST Dr Oz on Thyroid Disorders 10/8/13 Hey Team! <BR> I know some of you watch Dr Oz... he's got a segment on his show tomorrow (Tuesday, 10/13) about thyroid, so you may want to check in or set your DVR to see it. <BR> <BR> I have no idea what he's going to say, if its going to be fluff or whatnot... just putting it out there as I won't be able to watch. <BR> <BR> Have a fun day! <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Mon, 7 Oct 2013 16:24:26 EST Trouble taking Cytomel I had adrenal fatigue and had to stop taking Synthryoid because of it. I'm better now and have switched to Armour. I'm slowly working my way up to 75mg with good results. I got up to 67mg and had a blood test at that time. The doctor said because of my blood test results I need more T3 than T4 and put me on 2.5 Cytomel along with 60 Armour. After a couple of days the Cytomel gave me headaches and I felt very depressed. I don't know how to describe it except to say it felt very harsh. I was on... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 16:04:45 EST B12 and Levothyroxine Does anyone take B12 in addition to their thyroid meds without problems? Thu, 3 Oct 2013 16:27:51 EST Hello everybody! Hello all! <BR> <BR> My name is Meaghan, and I'm new to this team. I live in central Manitoba, Canada, and am trying to get rid of about 65 lbs. <BR> <BR> I recently got a new dr. She ordered a bunch of tests at our first meeting to see what was up. I've been feeling really fatigued, I can't seem to lose much, etc., etc., so I convinced her to add the TSH/T3/T4, etc. tests to the order. The TSH came back high, so she had me redo the test last week just to make sure it wasn't an anomaly.... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 23:00:40 EST Nutritional Goal Help Needed I have recently been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. I need help figuring out how many calories, carbs, fat, protein etc I should aim for daily. Currently this is my goal: <BR> Calories 1,200 - 1,375 <BR> Carbohydrates 75 - 150 <BR> Fat 30 - 66 <BR> Protein 30 - 150 <BR> <BR> Do I have this right? I am not extremely overweight, but would like to lose another 10 lbs and maintain. Thanks for any guidance in the right direction. Laura Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:08:54 EST Anxiety and Muscle Weakness I had been on synthroid for at least 20 years. I was on 75mcg last fall and at my check up. I felt good. I was training for my 1/2 marathon, had joined a roller derby team, I was very active. My doctor said my "numbers" were not in the right range and increased my dosage to 100mcg. That's where my nightmare began. I have had exercised induced anxiety (feeling like I could not get enough oxygen, yawning etc) since they raised my thyroid the last time, though I did not connect it with the... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 06:38:29 EST Newly diagnosed Hi... I'm new to the team. <BR> I went to a reproductive endocrinologist this past week, as we have been ttc for quite a while. He wanted to do a bunch of preliminary bloodwork, and in the course of that discovered that I am hypothyroid. He started me on levothyroxine 50mcg once daily, and I need to have my thyroid levels rechecked in 6 weeks. My free T4 was 0.9 and my TSH was 4.81 this past Tuesday when I was diagnosed. <BR> Odd question - I hadn't really noticed any symptoms out of the or... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 21:36:17 EST Complete thyroidectomy and Hashi's? Hi, I'm new to the forum. I'm 41 years old and was diagnosed 6 years ago with Hashi's. At that time I had surgery because I had a large goiter on my left lobe of my thyroid and had that lobe and the goiter removed. Since my surgery I have been waffling between hypo and hyper symptoms on a treatment of levothyroxine and later with the addition of Cytomel. I have my TSH, Free T3, and Free T4 checked every 3 months. My GP has been keeping me pretty hyper for a while now because if she lower... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:08:29 EST to QUadmom Still can't see my e-mail. I get notifications, but can't see it in my box. Sorry. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:10:59 EST Checking in It seems like I have just been sitting back watching life pass me by the last few months. I have had a stressful few months, from a death in my family, to my grandmother moving in with us, and my brother-in-law getting diagnosed with MS, as well as just regular stress with work and stuff. I realized I hadn't been taking any of my medications and haven't been feeling the greatest, understandably. Yesterday I emailed my doctor and asked to order labs for thyroid and vitamin levels so I can star... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:13:54 EST Vitamin D So, I thought I'd get my Vitamin D level checked. I asked for a Hydroxy 25 test and my endo went for it! Wow, my Vitamin D level is LOW. It's only 17. Normal is 25 to 70 or something like that. Wow. I'm feeling overwhelmed. My endo says I can do 4,000 IU of Vitamin D a day, while my father, a retired physician, tells me that I should have 50,000 IU of Vitamin D once a week, which translates into 7,142 IU of Vitamin D a day. Vitamin D Council says a safe level is 10,000 IU of Vitamin D a day. ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:46:41 EST Hyper to Hypo to Normal February 2012 my thyroid readings were normal and in May 2012 they completed changed and I was diagnosed Hyperthyroid. Ultrasound found a couple nodules. Dr. wanted me to go on meds balance but I wasn't ready. Readings got a little worse (TSH .01) and again Dr. wanted me to go on meds. Something told me no-way. <BR> <BR> In November 2012 there was a shift and I was considered Hypo. My TSH had gone from .01 to 8.49. I had another ultrasound that revealed that my nodules were completely gone... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:58:33 EST How much rice do you eat? I found this article pretty interesting, and wondered how much arsenic was in the organic wild rice I eat, from the soil and water? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=679979 </link> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 17:34:38 EST Apathy Does anyone feel apathy as a symptom of thyroid disease? Sometimes I just don't care and wonder if it is thyroid disease and maybe meds aren't right. Fri, 6 Sep 2013 10:11:44 EST Help Confused About Hypo Symptoms and Armour Dose My current labs: <BR> TSH = 1.41 <BR> Free T4 = 0.8 <BR> Free T3 = 2.8 <BR> <BR> I started feeling tired, and noticed alot of hair shedding, some muscle cramps and dry skin. I contacted my doctor and he increased my Armour from 90 mcg to 120 mcg because he said my Free T4 is low. Has anyone experienced this, and is increasing the dose from 90 to 120 the right thing to do? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance... <BR> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 08:15:00 EST Weight loss <link><BR>013/09/LAVKTDP.gif </link> <BR> The middle body is the last to go. <BR> <BR> PS. I just watched again. The upper arms are resistant too. <BR> <BR> Nov. 2013. The link is gone. Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:32:26 EST Hi I'm new to this forum I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in 2008 and I've been in armour for the past two years. Before I was diagnosed with this disease my life started changing and I didn't know why. I was getting exhausted every morning after doing just few things. Less organized and my memory started failing too. Now I live with this condition and I've changed my priorities based on my energy levels. I basically focused on feeding my kids and taking them to the different activities they have during... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 14:05:52 EST Mail I know some few of you have tried to e-mail through this site, but for some reason I can't see mail. I've given up trying to figure it out. lol. Contact me here or in a private message. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 13:27:08 EST Looking for energy sources Have anyone tried the Energy Revitalization System? <BR> <BR> I just got it because I have zero energy. I'm trying to eat more healthy and even doing juicing and smoothies every morning, cutting processed food and becoming gradually a vegan. <BR> <BR> I avoid soy, sugar, diary and I'm still very tired and exhausted. <BR> <BR> So I got this Energy Revitalization System and I started yesterday, I had energy for sometime but this morning I'm feeling terrible. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:36:07 EST Thyroidectomy & Armour So, I recently went to endo "specialists" at John Hopkins. I've been having side effects from the synthetic meds and I've asked my dr several times to try Armour. So here's the answer he gave me, "It's out of the question" because 1) Armour is usually given to hypo patients not designed for patients who have had thyroid cancer 2) If I used Armour then he wouldn't be able to monitor my TSH levels. This doesn't sound right to me. So, has anybody here had a thyroidectomy and now on Armour? Mon, 2 Sep 2013 00:04:44 EST Hypothyroid and new to SP Hello, I am Melissa. I am 42 and was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism when I was 35 after a miscarrige. I have 2 beautiful kids and a wonderful and supportive husband. I try to get in at least 4 good runs a week and do a little lifting. I lost 15 lbs about 2.5 years ago with running and felt great but couldn't maintain my weight loss ( I went from 165 to 150 in the course of 7 months), seemed to plateau at 156 for a few years but recently started gaining again. I am at 164 right now and tot... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 22:11:31 EST Dtr 11yo thyroiditis/ hypothyroid Hi there, I am the mother of an 11 yr old girl that was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's this summer. We went to the doc because her hair was falling out in droves, friends insisted we should check thyroid, past research told me that I need to check more than the normal levels, but couldn't remember details due to spending the last 4 1/2 yrs dealing with my son's cancer illness. A friend reminded me what to ask for. Asked for antibodies and talked him into it even though he said they don't do ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:36:06 EST grapefruit and coffee I was told that since I take thyroid medication I should not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice or coffee. does anyone know if this if true. I love grapefruits and drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day. <em>46</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 16:12:22 EST NP Thyroid shortage Purrballs, do you know what's going on with NP Thyroid? We are having a very difficult time finding it. The company said it was refitting the factory to produce large quantities but I'm wondering if they just want to keep stringing us along until all their product left over in stores gets sold. <BR> <BR> I sure hope the company isn't getting edged out. <BR> <BR> Saundrella Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:01:12 EST Newbie here need some options Hi, I'm new here, but not new to Thyroid disease. I had Graves disease in 1998 and had 2 doses of radioactive iodine so now have hypo. Everything was going normal until 4 months ago, they stopped making Levoxyl, and the Rx gave me synthroid. This drug is not for me. I have so many bad symptoms. They raised my dose from 88mcg to 100 and my weakness has gotten a little better but I just don't feel like myself anymore. I have an appointment in 2 weeks with my Dr. is there any other options out t... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:48:39 EST Current Blood Results Hey Team: <BR> <BR> I have a few questions about my current blood numbers I want to address Tuesday when I see my doctor. My results are as follows: <BR> <BR> ALT = 34 (H) - what does that mean? <BR> Glucose 103 (H) - not happy about that either. <BR> TSH & T4, Free TSH - 5.12 (H). Currently on 60 mcg of Armour, I think it needs to be increased, still feeling very fatigued and cannot lose weight at all. <BR> T4 Free - 0.7 (L) <BR> <BR> Any advice from anyone/suggestions to improve these ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:39:27 EST Thyroid Meds Gluten-free? Since I now know I am gluten sensitive I have to make sure that everything I put in my mouth is gluten free if I want to be symptom free. As I researched this I was surprised to find out that Synthroid (which is what I take) could contain gluten. I take the 50 mcg (the white tablet). Could the likelihood of gluten be in the dye strengths? I read that gluten could be hidden in the fillers. Does anyone have any other recent info on the other thyroid meds containing gluten? Here's a list of what... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:36:52 EST Help with Labs Hi all! I'm new here and was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism in dec 2012. I have since been on synthroid. My Dr tests TSH and free t4 only but she agrees that tsh needs kept around a 1 to be symptom free. My TSH was at .8 in June. However I've been feeling some joint pain again and having issues with swelling. Some days I gain 5 to 7 pounds of fluid in one day. And not to mention my weight will not budge despite diet and exercise. So I figured since my TSH was low that perhaps I was n... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:38:53 EST Pernicious Anemia and Hypothyroidism I am new to SP and on an adventure to lose 100+ pounds. I have overcome breast cancer (18mths and counting). <BR> <BR> I have Pernicious Anemia along with Hypothyroidism. You guys seem to know everything about everthing and I hope you share with me. <BR> <BR> What foods to avoid (I am hearing avoid cabbage, broccoli, soy). Is this avoid "period" or at the time of taking hypo meds? <BR> Vinegar - do or don't remembering I have both issues. <BR> What foods to make sure I include <BR> High fib... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:56:10 EST Student in training Though I have been on meds for years for hypothyroidism, I have learned more today reading y'alls threads. I am new to SP losing a kajillion pounds over the years but not keeping it off. <BR> <BR> I am on an adventure to lose 100 pounds, get healthy and happy with myself. <BR> <BR> My docs have little interest in "teaching" what I need to do to feel great. I take Armour (after demanding it) every morning. Sounds like I need to learn the foods y'all are talking about to avoid. What is the p... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:20:17 EST I'm new..Have?'s re: my thyroid,supp ements,foods I have had more than one test done to see if my thyroid was working properly because of weight gain,the fact I have always been a "hairy" person ( its the Italian in me),and for other reasons..such as being cold alot,etc. But all the test come back that my thyroid is "normal". I do have other health issues ( some of them definatly have do do with me gaining weight and other issues) such as active liver disease, and my last liver biopsy done 5 years ago showed a then tennis ball sized area ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 19:50:07 EST Hashi and Armour I recently started seeing a naturalpath for treatment of my thyroid because I wasn't having any relief of symptoms from my endo,infact the list of symptoms were increasing. I told her that i wanted to switch from synthroid to armour and she said absolutely not because I have Hashi and that would make it worse.Has anyone heard of this? Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:24:58 EST Test Results I got my test results back. My TSH went back up, although it was still around 1.8 I think, so "normal". My T4 was still around 0.90, so again "normal". T3 was good, B12 and Iron were "normal" but very low in the range. My Iodine was really low, moderate to severe deficiency levels. My ultrasound showed goiter. The measurements were around 5.5 cm I think. It's larger than normal but my doctor said its usually around 6 cm and higher when people tend to have difficulty breathing/swallowing. I ca... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:25:24 EST new to thyroid community Hi all. i am new to Spark people. I also am a mom whose 15 year old daughter recently got diagnosed with hashimoto's. i was looking for info regarding generic vs. synthroid and found this forum. Does anyone have updated (since 2010) info on this subject? Thanks so much! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 00:02:04 EST doctors,drug companies and insurance companies Been a crappy couple of weeks.I have not had insurance for a few months finally got on mass haelth. i have been on advair for 7 or 8 years and have done very good.mass health doesnt cover advair so the doctor started me on something else.2 weeks of not getting enough air ad ended up in emergency room.The advair is 646.00 to fill.after 8 years dont you think they have made enough money.nope the advair was suppossed to go generic but the drug company extended the patent not on the advair but t... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 21:41:45 EST Gluten Sensitive Hi all, <BR> I was having tingling/burning sensation in my arms and legs for a few months and I was almost certain it had to do with the Synthroid because I believe it is the culprit for other symptoms I've had but not this time.I went to many drs to figure this out and all the tests came back negative. Turns out I'm gluten sensitive. Once I cut out the gluten that sensation went away. So I'm not allergic to gluten but the symptoms are similar. This is a growing health condition and millions ... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 14:11:56 EST Tendonitis So is there much that can be done to decrease the likelihood of tendonitis for those of us with thyroid problems? I'm getting tired of one problem after another cropping up. I can chalk the pf up to overuse but the elbows, not near as likely. I figure this group is more likely to know than most doctors. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:28:24 EST Adrenal Care ~Reducing Stress in Relationships If you've been on this forum for any length of time, you'll know that getting your thyroid under control is often a problem once you've been diagnosed. <BR> <BR> Taking care of your adrenals, is an important part of the Thyroid Equation. <BR> Avoiding alcohol, supporting them with vitamins C and the B group, getting adequate sleep and reducing your stress level are several things you can start today. <BR> <BR> Towards that end, here's an article that identifies 5 patterns of behavior that... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:57:55 EST Progress/some things that help... Finally made some progress so thought I would share about things that have helped. <BR> Maybe it will help you too! <BR> <BR> -A combination of going to the gym and using the Elliptical plus walking a few days a week has been very helpful. The Elliptical will get you sweating and is helpful with getting some weight off. <BR> <BR> -No gym, try walking or anything that is fun and gets your heart pumping. <BR> <BR> <BR> -Patience. What matters is making progress. Not how fast or slow the... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 03:22:38 EST The never ending rollercoaster of thyroid problems Hi everyone! I am a 45 year old who has had hypothyroidism for nearly 20 years. Treated with Levothyroxine for years and STILL suffered horrible hypo symtoms. About 7 years ago I finally found a PA would actually LISTENED to me. She treated ME and not the numbers and for the first time I got my Free's done. I took Cytomel for about a year along with Levo, we found that 150mcg Levo and 12.5 Cytomel was great. Didn't last Started getting bad panic, tremors, racing heart. Cut Cytomel... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:20:56 EST Are prepackaged diet plans safe? Hello everyone, I'm a newbie who's struggling to keep my calories low and my exercise minutes high. I feel like my thyroid issues are creating the weight around my middle that has been very stubborn to get rid of. I tried Nutrisystem but I'm not sure if it had a negative affect on my thyroid, because I would feel full but sometimes "funny" after eating the meals." I am very busy and need a lot of energy and a quick was to stay on track with my diet, but I'm not sure if any of the popular opti... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:09:16 EST Heart at night.. So I take my Meds in the morning, am fine all day long, then usually at about bed time I lay down and I can feel my heart beating. It's not necessarily super fast, just can feel it.. What does this mean? Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:09:53 EST Hashi's and timeline on getting pregnant Hi everyone! So I was just recently diagnosed with Hashi's and Hypo in May. Hubby and I were planning on adding to our family back in June but I have gotten two very conflicting opinions regarding how long we have to wait before we can have a baby. The endo seemed to think that as long as I was medicated it didn't matter. My general practitioner gave me a hardcore lecture on the matter to the point where she insisted we used two forms of protection for *at least* 6 months if not more due to t... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:20:15 EST 2013 vs 2012 NUMBERS So June was time for my annual physical, and everything is looking great. In 2012, I was frustrated with gaining and not losing. My doc looked at my numbers and saw that he had only ordered a FT4 and TSH the year before, so he ordered a FT3. It was low. He added Cytomel 5 twice daily and then re-did my numbers 2 months later. My T4 took a dive, so he increased my Levo to 75 mcgs from 50 mcg. Fast forward one year: <BR> <BR> 2012 ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:49:16 EST New here :) Hashis/Hypo Hi Everyone! I am new here. I was just diagnosed with Hashi's in May and Hypo in June. I went undiagnosed for a long time (at least 6 years). I am currently on Armour. Still looking for a good doctor though. I can't wait to read everybody tips on managing these disorders! Along those lines... has anybody with Hashi's successfully lost weight *without* going gluten free or paleo? Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:59:03 EST related to thyroid defined by MEDICARE <link><BR>7/its-not-thyroid-relatedbull.html </link> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 14:56:58 EST Food for Thought I don't always agree with this writer, being as his advice often is paired with a product he's selling, and his writing style tends to border on histrionic at times. <BR> <BR> But thought this slide show was of sufficient interest to post here in our forum... 10 foods that are widely available here in the States but banned in other countries... and the reason(s) why. <BR> <BR> Bon Appetit! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>archive/2013/07/10/banned-foods.aspx... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:44:19 EST Spark Fitness/ utrition Tracker Changes Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Thought I would pass this information on from Spark Coach Jen. <BR> <BR> Its Spark's effort to give you a more accurate way of knowing how many calories you can eat every day, based on your daily activity and exercise. <BR> <BR> If you like your Nutrition Tracker the way it is then you don't have to do a thing. <BR> <BR> If you're joining Spark and setting up your account past 7/10/13 then the new system will be your only choice. <BR> <BR> Once current Spark members ma... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:38:09 EST spark mail I can see only two of my messages sent to my spark mail. I been told that I have 26 cause I let a friend of mind log in and find them. But when I do it, I can't see them. Any suggestions. I know I verified my e-mail. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 23:58:43 EST Lab results Ideas Please Hi I just got back my labs and I am looking for feedback. <BR> <BR> TSH Reflex to Free T4 TSH RFLX 1.96 <BR> <BR> T3, Free 2.5 <BR> <BR> T3 Reverse 12 <BR> <BR> My mind is foggy so what does this translate to? <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 8 Jul 2013 19:55:49 EST Timing of calcium in the diet. Thought this article was interesting for its emphasis on the timing of calcium supplements/calcium rich foods before rather than after exercise. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>calcium-and-vitamin-d-supplementation-<BR>may-affect-how-bone-adapts-to-exercise </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sat, 6 Jul 2013 16:20:49 EST How to read and understand Scientific Research Thought this was a good article from Chris Kresser for those of us that enjoy reading these things or want to know how to get started: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>erstand-scientific-research?inf_contac<BR>t_key=9b04b09bf061fcd4ee7a3f0b6b490a46<BR>33a6c6307c3985eabf6c3d538135d61f </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> A tip of my own, is to open another window while you have the paper you are reading open as well. You can use this second window to pull up any vocabulary or m... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 15:57:22 EST Exercise Just a quick question...What do you do for exercise? How do you fit it in? And how long do you workout/how many days a week? I am trying to figure out the best way to work out, with kids or without (because I am trying to get my kids to be more active as well) My goal is at least 30 minutes, at least 3 times a week... Hoping this will help me feel better, and make it possible for me to enjoy my kids more <em>321</em> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 10:12:10 EST Return to Spark - New to Thyroid Community Hi! <BR> My name is Laura and I'm gonna be 53 next week. I have been dealing with hypo since 1998 and take levo for it. I have been working at losing weight since last October and have dropped 21 lbs but I'm stuck even with exercising and keeping track of my eating. I have been doing a nationally recognized weight tracking program since last October but feel that the money could be used elsewhere more wisely even if an Academy Award winning, American Idol contestant was successful. I am f... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 20:00:02 EST Might be a dumb question It may not be related but my heals hurt when I first get up in the morning, however I had that before my thyroid surgery, but lately its been noticeable and in both heels. I get over it when I walk for a few minutes. Also how does Blood Pressure meds affect the synthroid. I been taking them about an hour after I take the synthroid. Does taking synthroid have an affect on getting to sleep, because I seem to have trouble with that. But then again I was also doing that before too. lol Whe... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:18:43 EST The Safest Summer Produce Hey Team! <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I'm big on organics and getting your nutrition as much as possible from your foods. With produce... fruits and veggies... high on that list. <BR> <BR> With Summer's bounty here, this EWG (Environmental Working Group) list of the safest fruits and veggies as well of their "dirty dozen"may come in handy, for those who can't afford organic or when its simply not available. <BR> <BR> They also offer a key tag that lists them, if you donate $10. <BR> Al... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:39:06 EST so frustrated, NOT suppressed feeling like crap I have been dealing with what is extreme fatigue for me. Very tired always wanting to nap but at same time not really able to sleep at night. Went in to my GP to have my blood work done bc it hadn't been checked since my endocrinologist changed my last synthroid dose (dropped from 250 mcg 6 days/week to 200mcg daily). I have been really lax about going back to get the levels checked and have really been struggling with energy/fatigue lately and it was to the point where I haven't been this... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 13:00:28 EST Brand or generic synthroid? I was always on brand synthroid, and my doctor just prescribed the generic. It was so much cheaper. Should I take it or switch back to the brand? Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:18:27 EST making through the afternoon I'm on T4 (75mg) + T3 (10 mcg) -- taking it at 6 a.m. every day with breakfast at 7 a.m. or later. Doesn't matter what or where I'm at.....I don't miss this timing. <BR> <BR> Had blood work last week and when I go in this Fri. they've already told me that they will be bumping up something as I'm still not absorbing the T3 well enough. <BR> <BR> On my own this past weekend I added another T3 (5 mcg) and I'm now alert / perky until lunch. I'm starting to drag after lunch and by supper time ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:17:17 EST Synthryoid, heel pain and dry brittle hair Hello everyone. Due to the recall on Levoxyl I was switched to Synthroid. Since starting it my hair started falling out ( was just getting thick again) and the ends are shredding. Shredding. Quarter inch to inch long pieces are breaking off. Also suddenly it's a frizz machine and I can't even wear it natural anymore. I have to flat iron it to get some control. I do not shampoo but use a cleansing conditioner, and a chamois towel so I'm not using the hair dryer as much. <BR> <BR> The... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:14:09 EST New to the Team Hello. My name is Morgan and I have hypothyroidism. I also am currently dealing with severe adrenal fatigue. I take Armour Thyroid and Adren-All to help with the two. I wanted to see if anyone had tips on ways to maximize the benefits from exercise while dealing with these health issues. I have heard intense cardio can actually make thyroid conditions worse. I currently weigh 312 and want to get back to 180. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks all! Tue, 25 Jun 2013 09:04:49 EST Supplement Recommendation I am in the long and tedious process of trying to find the right dosage. In the mean time, I am experiencing calf pain from lactic acid build up. This is usually the first sign I notice that my levels are off. Lately it has been getting worse. Even a 10 minute brisk walk gives me terrible cramps. It has been effecting my life negatively because my husband has to drive out of his way to pick me up and drop me off every day since I can't handle the walk. I have been reading up that Magnes... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:50:05 EST Kale Question: (first, sorry I haven't been around in awhile <em>2</em> ). I am doing Eat to Live which incorporates a lot of plants. I am aware of certain foods to stay away from, like cruciferous veggies unless they are cooked; also strawberries, I think (a few others). But, I have been eating kale in my morning smoothies and just read that it is not good for me to eat since I am hypothyroid. <BR> <BR> I have been gaining weight on a high veggie/fruit diet. Is it possible for these foo... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:24:49 EST EWG's Best Sunscreens of 2013 Well, I'm heading to Florida next week, and thoughts of the sea always bring to mind sunscreen. <BR> <BR> Before I get to the product list, I did want to mention that there's been research that retinols in the formulas of sun screens are not a good idea... they cause pre-cancerous changes in the skin. This information on Retinol in sunscreens came out a couple of years ago, by now I'd think many sunscreen manufacturers will have phased this ingredient out of their lotions. But just in cause ... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:55:00 EST Mzzchief on Holiday 6/18 -6/28 Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to let you all know now... before I forget... that I'll be travelling from 6/18 - 6/28. <BR> <BR> I will not have easy access to a computer during this time period. <BR> So if you post on our Forum or Sparkmail me, please bear this in mind. <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:04:37 EST help! got test back ok, so I have for some time felt tired, weightgain/unable to loose weight despite diet and exercise, achey, hormonal. In august my pcp tested among other things my thyroid. test results for free thyroxine were .94 on a scale of .71-1.85. pcp says im fine, but naturopath says no. unable to afford naturopath and still feeling like crap i thought i would see an insurance covered endocrinoligist. i gave him my history and symptoms. Before blood tests he did an ultrasound and said i had an enlarg... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:29:07 EST should i get anotther blood test? So I have been extremely sluggish lately! I don't want to wake up and I'm always tired. My doctor told me I'd notice things if I needed a new dose, but I just had my blood test last month and wasn't due for another 3. I talked to my mom and she thinks my iron levels might be low because I am also bruising like crazy. Any little numb and I have a bruise. <BR> <BR> I'm on blood tests for every 3 months to keep track of how the radiation is working. So far it's doing its job. Km hypo now but o... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:57:13 EST Can't tolerate thyroid meds 2 1/2 years ago my hypothyroid meds (90 mcg synthryoid) started to make me feel extremely hyper, but my blood tests came back looking good. I was finally diagnosed as having adrenal fatigue (stressful couple years) and was taken off my thyroid meds totally for a about 6+ months to heal my adrenals. <BR> <BR> My saliva test says my adrenals are much better (still not 100%). I tried to then go on armor, but continued with neck pain, headache all day on right side, depression…the usual. <BR> ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:08:20 EST New to the team with Hashi's Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople. I was diagnosed last April with Hashi's so I am definitely looking for lots of support from others who also have it as well as tips for dealing with it (I have 7 kids and we homeschool, so the fatigue can be very annoying!) Anyway, I look forward to getting to know you all and supporting each other! :) Sun, 9 Jun 2013 21:46:30 EST Hair and Skin Issues Anyone else have dry or frizzy, cracking, hair that falls out in clumps? Any suggestions for shampoos or treatments to help? Fri, 7 Jun 2013 07:55:55 EST Bountiful Baskets Hello MZZCHIEFS said I should posts this. Check out Check out the locations and see if it is in your state and where you live. There is an initial fee of $3. On Mondays after 12 noon you go on line . For $15.00 You get 1 small laundry basket of fruit and 1 small basket of vegetables. I call them mystry baskets because you never know what you will get. You pick your baskets up on Saturdays at a designated place in your area. <BR> Last week I got 9 bananas(they... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 00:24:04 EST Hypothyridiosm and pituitary woes Long story short. <BR> <BR> Many years ago, I was diagnosed as hypothyroid. Once it was initially under control, I didn't feel 100% normal, but I was relatively satisfied. All that changed this year when my health fell off a cliff. It started with headaches. I had two kinds, one that was over my eyes (typical eye strain) and another. The other one would wake me up at night, and the pain was just frightening. During this time my energy was going from bad to worse. It got to the point t... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 18:09:34 EST Thanks and testing advice I just wanted to say thanks to this team. I have learned so much just being on this team a week. I now wait an hour to take my synthroid. More important, I never knew about the importance of T3. My doctor has only tested TSH, and I don't even have a thyroid, it was removed two years ago due to huge goiters and scar tissue from Hashimotos wrapping around my vocal chords and throat, I was actually gagging. I have learned from your site that without it, there is no way I have enough T3 without a... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 08:13:20 EST For an afternoon pick me up...Guzzle two This would be a fun experiment to try. <BR> Effects are felt in 10 minutes. The metabolic peak is 30-40 minutes and lasts for an more than an hour. <link><BR>6015.full </link> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:26:33 EST Finally!!! A magical 3lb drop! Yippee!!!! Here is to hoping it sticks! :) Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:02:30 EST On keeping copies of your labwork Hey Team! <BR> I was trying to add this note to our Thyroid Community Digest, but it inadvertently got sent to everyone... including all of you that already do this and have been doing it for years. <BR> <BR> UGH! <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief <BR> <BR> <BR> Something many patients don't realize is that you are entitled to a copy of all your lab work. <BR> <BR> Having your labs on hand can be a valuable resource if you move, change doctors, have to go the ER for whatever reason. Or at tax time,... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 17:24:50 EST endocrinoligist out of frustration of not beiing able to loose weight despite diet and exercise I went to an endocrinoligist the other day. Waiting on blood work for thyroid and hormone, but he did say I have an enlarged thyroid with 2 cysts. He said cysts are normal? Hoping I can find some awnsers and help! <em>198</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 15:17:53 EST Thank you Mzzchief I made just 3 changes to my diet and I can't believe how good I feel. I cut out gluten (at least the obvious gluten) added B-12 and choline. This must be how people with no thyroid issues feel. Even though my thyroid levels are good I was still tired but this last week I had energy into the evening. <BR> <BR> Thank you Mzzchief for recommending B-12 dots. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 08:50:42 EST How long do you wait to eat after meds? How long do you all wait to eat after taking yours meds? I try and wait a half an hour, should I wait longer after taking the synthroid...should I wait an hour instead? Fri, 31 May 2013 08:01:53 EST Fast Diet (5:2) and EatStopEat to lose weight ! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to encourage all hypos to try either the Fast Diet (aka 5:2) promoted by medical journalist Dr. Michael Mosley (BBC) or EatStopEat promoted by Brad Pilon to lose weight. <BR> <BR> After 3 years of struggling I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto in 2005. In those 10 years I gained 10 kg (22 lbs), I know it's not that much, but I never ever managed to lose any of it until I started fasting twice a week in September 2012. <BR> My progress is slow because... Thu, 30 May 2013 05:22:50 EST When is best time to test thyroid levels? Hi, I am new to this group. I have an appointment coming up for labwork of TSH levels. I don't have a thyroid anymore, large goiter was removed as result of Hasimotos thyroid. Last time I was checked, my levels were quite high, 3.8, so my doctor upped my dose of synthroid to 175. Was wondering if I take my synthroid pill first thing in the morning, should I eat half hour later and go get before I take my pill? The physician assistant said do my normal routine, but I know le... Wed, 29 May 2013 16:50:54 EST Wish it would stop :( I feel better.. But the weight is really packing on! <BR> <BR> What do I need to do? Just stop eating? :( Wed, 29 May 2013 00:08:19 EST Hashimoto's Disease & Fertility Hey guys, this is for my best friend. I don't think she has a SP account anymore so I figured I'd ask some questions for her. <BR> <BR> She's been hypothyroid for a while, and recently went through her first round of in-vitro fertilization. She also has PCOS, which her and her husband knew would make having kids difficult. After the IVF failed, a slew of tests were done. It turns out she has Hashimoto's, so the doctors think her body would believe a fetus is a foreign object and attack it, ... Tue, 28 May 2013 06:56:54 EST High T3 I recently had bloodwork done and got partial results from the lab in the mail yesterday (antibodies test still pending). I haven't heard from my doctor yet (probably won't until all results are in) but I wanted to see if any of you have any input on my results. <BR> <BR> My TSH is 0.32 (range 0.40-4.50) <BR> Total T4 is 7.8 (range 4.5-12.0) <BR> Total T3 is 264 (range is 76-181) <BR> <BR> I've recently gained a few pounds despite not really changing anything. I've been working out more and... Sun, 26 May 2013 18:20:02 EST Multi-Vitamin Hi all, <BR> <BR> I know the best way to get our vitamins and minerals is through food. The reality is I don't intake all that I should so I need a multivitamin. Does anyone know of any good multivitamins, especially for us thyroid sufferers? I've been looking on Swanson and some have soy. This one I found doesn't, seems decent, it's called Alive, but unsure. Here's the link. <BR><BR>ay-alive-once-daily-womens-ultra-poten<BR>cy-60-tabs Fri, 24 May 2013 10:30:11 EST haha...oh boy.. So not only did I meet my calorie goal this last week ..and still continuing this week..but I also burned a grand total of over 4,000 calories.. <BR> <BR> the kicker..I gained a lb! I literally got on the scale, laughed out loud, and thought to myself..of course I would! :) <BR> <BR> Not much I can do other than laugh.. <BR> <BR> On a positive note..I feel better. I even ran a total of 15 miles last week, climbed stairs (if you live in seattle you know why stairs is a big deal) at work wit... Mon, 20 May 2013 09:32:23 EST