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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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