Does anyone know what supplement or natural remedy alleviates water retention. My legs and ankles have been swollen on and off for two weeks. Plus I am urinating less and gaining weight. This happened to me once before and was caused by Metformin. I take Armour (105 mg) and 10 mg of Lipitor every other day, consume enough potassium, take multi vitamin, magnesium and D 3.
I looked at past years worth of labs. When I took 90 mg of Armour and 10 mg of Lipitor my cholesterol was fine, but hypo. Since Armour was increased, my cholesterol is bad, higher bp and swelling. I also noticed when my doctor increased Armour by 7 mgs for three months, I hardly urinated.
I have been drinking 1 tabsp of organic apple cider vinegar in 4 ozs water twice daily, which helps some. Swimming seems to help the most. I can't take diuretics due to low bp and passing out. The days I drank vinegar and water, I was fatigued, moody, depressed, hungry, etc. Always something!
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Well with TSH low, and your Free T4 low, I'd like to see where your FreeT3 is... if that's what's making the TSH low... or if you simply have a slow pituitary gland or hypothalamus.
As for the blood pressure Jane, are you getting adequate potassium in your diet? This site is good, but its got its foods measured in 100 gram lots which unless you have a scale can be a problem. It does give you an idea though, what foods are high in this mineral: www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/ fo od-sources-of-potassium.php
Another source of potassium is apple cider vinegar. That's been discussed recently on a thread in our forum.
Magnesium is also helpful for blood pressure. Avoid Magnesium Oxide if you have a choice since its not well absorbed, stays in the gut and loosens stool as a result. Magnesium citrate, glycinate, malate or taurinate are all good choices bc they've been chelated to amino acids which helps with absorption.
Don't forget Hibicus Tea! The plant grows in the tropics, its a beautiful plant... possibly you could even get one from a nursery in town and plant it, harvest your own blooms.
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Saw my gp today. My headache seems to be gone and with all the other factors she wants to keep my Synthroid where it has been. I forgot to mention that the T4 FREE was 0.91 with their accepted range from 0.59-1.17 so we will see. My blood pressure was up to 160/80 where on Monday it was 140/70 with a headache. She was more concerned about the blood pressure at this time.
I have had a low grade headache most of the time since last Thursday. It started out with an attack of vertigo that led to being nauseous and then the headaches. I have not had vertigo for a few days but the headaches have persisted and some friends from another team on SP urged me to get medical advice. I agreed to see my doctor Monday my time if the headaches continued. Yesterday I woke up headache free but within a couple of hours I had one. I called the clinic and when my doctor’s nurse finally got back to me she had to leave a message because I was gone doing errands, etc. She left a message to either see someone at the clinic because my doctor was not available or go to the hospital. I do have high blood pressure and I think that was her concern.
With all the other things that happened yesterday I did not get in to the clinic until after 5:00 p.m. and did not see my doctor but saw a nurse practitioner. My blood pressure was 140 over 70 so that is not a concern. She had blood work done and my TSH came back 0.27 which the lab here considers low. They want the range from 0.39-4.82.
Bottom line the nurse faxed my endo the lab results and I will be calling his office this morning to see about an appointment with him. She feels I may need to change my meds before I leave island because waiting until I return may not be wise. The rest of the labs were not too bad with some being high that may not be if taken after a fast.
Any ideas or suggestions from this team will be appreciated.
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