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Sorry to hear you were right about having Hashi's... but good to know that you're getting treatment and didn't have to beg your doctor to be tested. Yes...begging unfortunately does have to happen to some of us!
Low B12 usually means you have B12 anemia. Its a common problem for people with thyroid disease, which is why he prolly tested you for it.
Anemia can mimic thyroid disease...or make symptoms worse... the "hyper" symptoms being heart palpitations, racing heart, light headedness. Been there done that! : )
I'd say stay with the B12, things do not correct overnite, unfortunately.
If you are still having problems in a couple of weeks with hyper symptoms, I have a couple of suggestions for yupu, but its premature at this point. You don't want to overload on supplements is one supplement (the B12) is going to correct the problem.
Did you get your levels of vitamin D tested?
Low levels can cause fatigue and lower mood.
There are a number of antibodies that you can be tested for. The most common in Hashi's is TPO, thyroid peroxidase. This is an enzyme made in the thyroid that puts thyroid hormone together.
The other is anti- TgAB, which are antibodies against the tyrosine based protein Thyroglobulin, made by the thyroid, which is eventually lysed and conjoined with iodine by TPO to make thyroid hormone.
Some of us with Hashi's have TSI (Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulin) antibodies. These pests act much like TSH, forcing the thyroid to make more thyroid hormone. They are usually a marker for Graves (autoimmune hyperthyroid disease). Doesn't mean you don't have them... mine were borderline hyperthyroid went I tested for them years ago.
Your anti-TPO antibodies will fall when you start taking thyroid hormone.
The mineral Selenium is another good one to lower your anti-TPOs
Provided you are not allergic to Brazil Nuts, you can take 2 of them a day spaced apart for a month or so, then cut back to one a day.
TPOs are sensitive to iodine.
So you want to make sure you're not getting too much of that.
I would suggest you get a multi-B vitamin to go with your B12 and take C or eat foods containing it, perhaps at lunch and again at dinner to support your adrenals. Another trick is to put a small amount of powdered ester-C into your drinking water and sip on that from lunch on. I say ester C for the water, because you don't want the acid of other forms of C around your teeth. Fruit juice containing C is not a good option, because of the sugar.
Chances are your adrenals are fatigued and higher than normal levels of cortisol are what is preventing you from getting a good night's sleep.
Sounds like you have a doctor who is responsive to your needs which is nothing short of fabulous!
Glad you found us.
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