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MZZCHIEF
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8/16/12 11:18 A

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Hey Abby!

You've got to take your thyroid meds with a full eight ounce glass of water, or they will get caught up in your stomach. So that when you send food down, the food, minerals, whatever will bind your thyroid medication... it won't get into your blood.

If you absolutely can't take your thyroid pill with a full 8 oz glass or water, you may want to try taking it sublingually.

This is an off label use, some pills dissolve quicker than others.

What you do there, is break your pill into quarters and put it under your tongue, wait for it to dissolve. Once its dissolved wait another 30 or so minutes before eating, just to make sure its all absorbed. The medication goes strait into your bloodstream, thru the mucus membrane.

If it dissolves fast, then no problem. If is doesn't, then you'll have to crush it between two spoons and dump the powder under your tongue.

Don't brush your teeth before or after as the fluoride and calcium in some toothpastes can bind your med.

If you take fiber without water, that will bind you. Think of it this way... you're making pancakes and only add half the amount of water to the mix. What's going to happen to the batter?

Something you can do now, that's relatively cost effective:
Get a multi- B vitamin, they have inexpensive ones at Walmart... something like 250 pills for $13.
Get yourself some vitamin C. I really like the powdered, pure C, since its got so many uses.

These two will help your adrenals.
I'd get a vitamin D test to see if you are low.
Many of us with thyroid disease are.

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Thank you all for your warm welcome...I hope I am doing this right. I am trying to figure how to fully use this site. I am trying to get better at taking vitamins..I had recently heard of the magnesium...am not fully educated on that one yet. I am faithful with taking in am on empty stomach....but am really bad in takingmfull glass of water first thing in am...try to stay away from fiber in am due to that it binding...I do protein shake normally with silk almond milk...I have to check calcium on that....so many things to remember...;) No wonder brain is so foggy..thank you all again ..it's so nice to know I have somewhere to go..



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Thank you all for your warm welcome...I hope I am doing this right. I am trying to figure how to fully use this site. I am trying to get better at taking vitamins..I had recently heard of the magnesium...am not fully educated on that one yet. I am faithful with taking in am on empty stomach....but am really bad in takingmfull glass of water first thing in am...try to stay away from fiber in am due to that it binding...I do protein shake normally with silk almond milk...I have to check calcium on that....so many things to remember...;) No wonder brain is so foggy..thank you all again ..it's so nice to know I have somewhere to go..



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Thank you all for your warm welcome...I hope I am doing this right. I am trying to figure how to fully use this site. I am trying to get better at taking vitamins..I had recently heard of the magnesium...am not fully educated on that one yet. I am faithful with taking in am on empty stomach....but am really bad in takingmfull glass of water first thing in am...try to stay away from fiber in am due to that it binding...I do protein shake normally with silk almond milk...I have to check calcium on that....so many things to remember...;) No wonder brain is so foggy..thank you all again ..it's so nice to know I have somewhere to go..



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Other things not yet mentioned

Try adding magnesium to your supplements. Many of us are deficient. It will help the achies!! One good way is to soak in epsom salts.

But much will be helped getting your T's in line. Have your free T's checked...T3 free and T4 free. That tells more of a tale than the TSH.

Have you changed your diet of late? Know about goitrogenic foods? If you want to eat them it's best to cook them....google to see which ones qualify.

Do you take your med on an empty stomach? With a full glass of water? Time meds away from iron, fiber, and calcium. They bind to thyroid.

Edited by: PURRBALLS at: 8/11/2012 (21:26)
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8/11/12 2:20 P

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HI Abby!

Welcome to our team.
Mary Shomon is a great resource as she presents a wide spectrum of ideas that cover almost every problem.

One of the things you'll find here, is that we all have a variant of the disease, what works for one may or may not for another.

Some things to consider:
As your doctor for a "free T" test.
This measures your thyroid hormone.
You might also want to ask for a reverse T3 test to see if your body isn't converting properly.

Some people do great on a T4 only medicine... but over time may find that they have problems with converting the T4 to T3. The remedy is to cut back on your T4 and add T3, usually in the form of Cytomel. Thyrogen is a synthetic that has both T4 andT3 in it.

Alternately you might want to switch to one of the Porcines, which are meds that have T3 in them already, as they are sourced from dried pig thyroids.

As for swelling... I'd start by cutting out all salt (sodium chloride) for a while and see if that makes a difference. This means that you will have to cook your own foods, as commerically prepared foods are full of salt. You can also eat foods that will increase your potassium... which balances out excess sodium.

Antibodies to thyroglobulin tend to increase if there's a lot of iodine in your body.
Antibodies to TPO tend to increase if there's a lack of selenium. If you don't have nut allergy, Brazil nuts are packed with it, you only need 1-2 nuts a day. Nutritional yeast is another good source of it, as well as containing B vitamins.

A quality fish oil thats full of DHA and EPA is a good idea for inflammation... what you are experiencing with both swelling and pain after exercise. There are a variety of good fish oils out there, I use Carlson's Finest Fish oil, in Lemon Flavor, it comes in a pourable form so I put it in smoothies or on veggies. I've also found that taking a portion of Jarrow's Unflavored Whey is a good way to get a highly digestible protein back into my muscles following a workout, and fresh fruit and veggies to restore my lost glycogen after a workout.

Vitamin C helps dechlorinate your water as well as being a good idea to support your adrenal glands. So do B vitamins. If your adrenals aren't functioning properly, these two will help, in addition to establishing regular sleep habits.

Anyways, there's a few ideas for you to check out!

Here's to good health!
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Has you Dr ever checked your levels of Vitamin D or B12? Those are really important to have corrected if they're too low. When my Vit D was first checked it was almost non-existent, and now it's very good, but I have been taking 10,000 IU of D3 DAILY to get it there and keep it there!

Sandy

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Hello ,
I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid when I turned 30. I have always stayed as active as I could and I have always push my self harder because I knew I had to in order to fight my weight. but every since I turned 40, I am now dragging, I find myself with all the symptoms I used to hear when I was younger: Fatigue, Mind Fog (very frustrating) my body swells up easily, and most recently my joints and feet hurt to the point I have to stop excercising. I think this has really taken a toll on me. I have become withdrawn, I don't like to talk to people because sometimes when you are speaking you get that brain fog and people look at you like are you an "airhead" I have to have to explain how thyroid affects the body. People that dont have it or know about it look at you as its the biggest excuse. I am hoping this community will help rebuild my self esteem. I have picked up a book a while ago that has helped me understand the different bio-chemicals thryroid affects. the book is "the thyroid diet" by mary shomom. but although it's a very goood book I stilll want to see what works for different people since everyone is designed so differently. I have had my thyroid levels checked about 2 weeks ago and dr told me that my levels are practically empty, he changed my dosage for levothyroxine at 125 ...he is going to run a different test for ani-bodies. For now the most frustrating thing for me is My Ankes and feet are always swollen and I am in pain during excercise and after....Any feedback on how to reduce swelling, foot pain, or what vitamins are helpful for thyroid ..I will appreciate. thanks!



 
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