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8/21/14 2:11 P

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Linda!
Hey if you are having problems with dairy, then I hope you are cutting it out?
Since you know this, you can see if you get cramps.

I got them at nite when I was trying to sleep, sometimes my hands would cramp up during the day or my toes in yoga.

If it wasn't for my YMCA friend telling me about her problem with dairy and the cramping, I would never have suspected it was a food/foods could do this.

Thank goodness in my case it wasn't dairy, I adore milk and cutting it from my life would have been terrible. As it is I can't have wheat and other grains that contain gluten, so I have been making that sacrifice for years. Its bad enough not being able to eat something delicious, but its even worse when your friends and family, people in general act like its all in your head and you're being "one of those people".

There isn't much about food intolerance causing cramping online and you will not get most doctors to agree with it.

How I realized it was corn and beans is that I noticed I got the cramps all summer and not in the winter. Corn and beans were foods I tended to eat in the warmer months. They didn't just give me cramps, they also made my whole gut sore if I pressed on it.

Such a shame bc I love the fiber and protein in beans and the corn crisps were a delicious contrast.

but nothing is as good as a nite's sleep without cramping!
So keep a food diary, see if there's a correlation between what you're eating and the cramps.

Low thyroid will do it too. So it could also be a warning that your thyroid meds need to be raised.
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Mzz chief, I do have a bad problem with dairy. The alcohol is not a problem and my heart was checked three times since swelling of the feet appeared last year. I definitely should log food. I tried for a while and found I was not entering all so I stopped (instead of stopping the food). You are correct, it could be related to thyroid or not related at all. My email to doc will include that just in case. Like I have been saying, I've learned more from you in a few days, than thirty yrs of doctors. Thanks again. emoticon

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Hi Linda!
Yes, thyroid and foot cramps are related.
You can also get them from a variety of sources, dehydration, poor blood circulation, alcohol abuse,vascular disease, old age... I'm sure I'm leaving things out but you get the idea! Its not simple, sometimes it's multifactorial, meaning it takes a perfect storm for them to occur, or its different things at different times.

One of my acquaintances gets them when she eats any sort of dairy.

So if your thyroid is well regulated, you might look at your diet and see if there is any correlation between the foods you are eating and the cramps. That's where the Spark Nutrition Tracker comes in so handy! Provided of course, that you enter everything you've eaten that day.

Be well!
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Every day I find out something new from you Mzz, foot cramps are also thyroid related?? Been having that problem for years.

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Hey Ladies!

Thx for sharing your stories!

Harmony,
Thx I looked up Caprylistat and as the name suggests, its got caprylic acid in it.
I know that's fatty acid is a in coconut oil (as well as an ingredient in some makeup formulas, which where I first hear of caprylic acid). Hmm.

Here's a link for those who are interested.. it tells what else it contains:
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stat-V120-p-vincos.html


Using coconut oil to cook with, might another way to introduce Caprylic Acid into the diet, to supplement the effects of this supplement? I already use it to cook with, but I tend to steam my food or eat it raw.

I've been using Miconazole in an oil base on my heels (which are always super callused) and now my finger nails. Perhaps some coconut oil on my feet at nite is another good idea. Fractionated coconut would prolly be even better, bc it has more Caprylc acid in it which is great bc I am almost out of whole coconut oil but have plenty of fractionated left! Will have to try that on top of the Miconazole!

I've also eliminated corn and beans, which my mouth loves but my body apparently does not. I can't do wheat and other gluten containing grains, so they were becoming my go to for crunch and fiber. Hhhhh. Always sumpin, ya know?

But I've found since eliminating them I am no longer up all nite with foot cramps... so in my book that's a decent trade off. What's not fun is that I'm an annoying person to take out on a dinner date or have over for dinner bc my choices are limited!!

This getting old stuff can really get on my last nerve (to say nothing of my friends and family's!)! ha

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Mzzchief:
I have had problems with my finger nails most all my life - just not really strong enough to get long, frequently peeling & splitting at the ends, and some ridges in all of them. Once in a while they would get long enough (all at the same time) to apply nail polish. That would last a week or two and one would break or tear starting a cascade reaction.
A number of years ago, I got the toe nail fungus - I thought from a pedicure at a spa (never again!). It took a combination of taking Caprylistat (I currently take 4 capsules per day) and tea tree oil plus the vinegar & warm water foot soak to make it go away.
My finger nails are doing better now, but I dare not apply nail polish.
Other related things: I am in the midst of menopause, struggling with the food intake, physical activity & weight thing (but keeping it down mostly), and my hair is in very good condition (one of the things about myself that I have always liked and appreciated). My test result numbers are very good to decent - I will put them in a separate post soon.
It would be interesting to compare what is in pre-natal vitamins with the ingredients in Caprylistat.

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Oh no!! I feel for you!! About 6 months ago I was tired of my hair falling out and someone suggested taking prenatal vitamins. My hair and nails are doing great now. Told my doctor and he didn't see a problem with it. LOL

My hair is once again thick and growing like crazy and so are my nails!!

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Thx for your post, NG!

I have some sort of something going on with my nails, have since I got thyroid disease in 2007.

I've come to the conclusion that its some sort of subclinical (low grade) fungal infection. My symptoms aren't as bad as yours, but my nails look like a gravediggers... overgrown cuticles, deep vertical ridges, black lines on the tips, vertical tears and from time to time, wee vertical skin tears and inflammation on my finger the skin above the nail.

They resemble the time I briefly tried acrylic nails ( prior to thyroid disease) and a bit of water got between the nail and the acrylic nails resuting in a fungal infection... my nails turned blue and I got the ridges and overgrown cuticles, inflammation, etc.

I removed the acrylics and my nails healed, but almost two decades later, (AFTER thyroid disease) I've got the same symptoms to a far lesser degree although I don't touch even nail polish.

What did you wind up doing to heal your nails?
Or are you still struggling with it?

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Thought I would post this here .... wasn't sure exactly where to post this.

I have worn acrylic nails for over 20 years with no issues. About 5 years ago, I had an issue with several nails lifting away from my finger. (Gross I know) This was very painful and I would have thick acrylic applied. The eventually grew out and I didn't have any more problems so I kept the acrylic on. Fast forward about 3 years and it happened again. This time to about 6 of my nails. I vowed that when they grew out I was done. It took months for them to grow out and when they did, I stopped having acrylic put on them. I figured I was allergic to something my nail shop was using and decided as much as I loved having my nails done, it just wasn't worth the pain and suffering. Well about 15 months passed and I couldn't stand it anymore so I had acrylic put back on and after the 2nd fill in, the pain returned. I told the nail tech and she applied alcohol to my nails after the fill in and the pain stopped. Until a few weeks ago. After a fill in, 2 of my nails hurt so bad I couldn't touch anything so I went back and had them removed. Hubby went on a search and found out I am not allergic to any products, it is a condition called onycholysis and happen when you have a thyroid condition. Bingo!!

Just thought I would spread the word in case anyone is having a similar problem. I thought it was just me but evidently not! The nail tech was stumped and I have gone to her for years!

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HI MJ!

You sound as if you've been thru a terrible lot with your pituitary gland destruction. For many of us having thyroid problems is plenty, but with your entire pituitary gone I can only imagine what that balancing act must be like!

I would definitely ask your doctor to run a thyroid profile with TSH, Free t4 AND Free T3. What might be happening is that your body is having problems converting your T4 to the active form of thyroid hormone... T3. So your T4 builds up in your blood, or gets turned into reverse T3 which is inactive.

To reiterate... you need a Free T3 along with the TSH and Free T4... NOT a T3 uptake, not a total t3 but a FREE T3. For whatever reason doc's are resistant to test that one, but its often key to wellbeing.

If your T4 is high and your free T3 low, what your doctor will do is cut back on your t4 meddie ( one of the levothyroxines like Synthroid) and give you some T3 (cytomel).

Some doctors will give your a Porcine (from pig thyroids) as thats a ready made mix of both T4 and T3... or brand name Thyrolar,which is a lab created compound of T4 and T3 in the same pill.

You didn't mention taking progesterone?
Its also possible that you are estrogen dominant which will cause problems with your thyroid medication... get your progesterone levels checked!

Welcome to our team and best of luck with your doctor!
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Hello everyone, lots of great resources here!

In 1987 I had a pituitary tumor removed and my pituitary gland was destroyed in the process. Since this time, I have been taking HRT in the form of Synthroid, Cortisone and estrogen ( Alesse). I was wondering if there was anyone here who has had a similar experience.
I often feel tired and sluggish, I have brittle hair and nails and I am always cold. I think my thyroid hormone is too low but my doctor wont increase it as my blood work shows that T4 levels are high. Perhaps the addition of T3 is an idea will ask next time I see my Dr.

Has anyone worked with a naturopath for thyroid issues?

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thanks for the info!

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Chances are that your Free T3 and Free T4 (two thyroid hormones) aren't optimized.
I'd ask your doctor to test them.

The TSH is only reliable in people who are healthy... don't have a thyroid problem yet.
It also serves as a good barometer of pituitary health, bc that's where TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is made. The name says what it does... it stimulates the thyroid to produce more hormone. The higher the TSH, the more stimulus the thyroid is needing to do its job properly.

So that would be one thing to check out.

Another is to purchase a digital scale and measuring cups /spoons and have the rule that if you can't measure it, you don't eat it. Track everything using the Spark Tracker.
Stuff like lettuce and non-starchy veggies you don't have to worry about.
Killers ie foods that really have to be weighed/measured are processed foods, oils, salad dressings, meats, high fat dairy, bread, rice, pasta.

Try that for a month and see if perhaps you have portion distortion.

With Adverts on TV these days showing enough food for the day in one restaurant meal, being consumed by actors paid to look slim and healthy, we think we can eat far more than we can.

Being a mom also gives you an unrealistic idea of how much you can eat, as growing children and husbands can eat far more then we can.

That's my advice for what it is worth.
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Wow, I need help. Have been dieting for 6 weeks (very carefully) under supervision of nutritionist - and still keep GAINING weight. About 1 pound a week. Is it the levothyroxine that's responsible for that? I work out six days a week , approx 40 min each time. am losing hope

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Wife!

Left a response for you re: Hair on the Thyroid Community thread.

Spark has a team specifically for Gluten Sensitive people.
You may want to look into that one, the link is on my Sparkpage.

I generally don't comment on the "General Team Discussion Forum" or the "Thyroid Community" thread, since my advice is specific to unresolved symptoms and problems and those two threads are more for people who want to hang out and dish.

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Hi All,

I have not visited this thread in years. I read through a lot of the information and use most of it already. I have not read The Plan, however I do intend to look into it. I was told years ago by a naturalpath after a bio feedback to stay away from oats so I have done that. My dh has celiac so we have eliminated wheat and gluten most of the time. I have never felt better, just can not lose weight. I do agree we have to get our hr up and sweat.

I will say after research, people with hypo tend to do better when they eliminate wheat and gluten.

O.K. I am getting older and my hair is limp and very fine. Any suggestions on these issues?

Just thought I would check in, you all seem to have so much info.

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Sounds interesting - all the different results. I need to cut
out wheat again as I really believe that I get bloated from it.
Next blood test I go for, I will try and get it done on an empty
stomach and see if there is a difference. Thanks for the info.

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looking into the plan

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Checking back in with everyone. Earlier in this discussion I told you all that I tried the diet "The Plan". My depression is gone. I lost 10 pounds in about 2 weeks and then it stalled. I'm doing things around my house now that I was sleepwalking around before. I was gassy all the time on "The Plan" so I changed my diet to "The Fast Metabolism Diet. (FMD) This diet is about cycling what you eat. My problem now is that I'm getting really tired when I do some of the physical things like mow the lawn. I've only been on this diet for a week so I'll give it some more time. There is a FMD group on Sparkpeople. What I like about FMD is that its all just regular food.

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EvanF87 - 4 months is not a long time to be on thyroid medication. It took me 2 years to feel like it was having a positive effect. I actually stopped taking it at one stage because I thought it wasn't working. I soon found out that it had been! I crashed after about a week without it! I learned my lesson!

But don't get dispirited. After being on thyroid medication for about 8 years, I started having palpitations which took hours to revert to a normal rhythm. One day, the palpitations started at work about 11am, and nothing I did brought them down. By 1pm I was feeling exhausted - and quite frightened, actually - so I rang my doctor. When I described my symptoms, the recpetionist said to come straight down and not to drive myself. My husband drove me, and the nurses were eaiting for me. They took me straight to the treatment room and put ECG pads on me. By then, my doctor had finished with his patient and came in. The first thing he said was "You're on 200 micrograms of thyroxin, aren't you?" I said yes.

He looked at the readings from the ECG, asked how I was feeling, and told me to not take thyroxin the next morning and then reduce my thyroxin to 150 micrograms after that. It took a few days for my body to feel normal again, but it was wonderful to know that my body was actually improving, and I didn't need so much thyroxin!

So be patient with your body and treat it kindly. It is struggling and needs tender love and care.

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It's called "The Plan". I followed it for almost a month and I learned quite a bit about how food affects me. I no longer eat oatmeal and wheat is definitely out. You should buy the book because it is filled with too much information to explain here. You can go to the the web site for more information. Copy and paste this link( lyngenet.com/dining/ ) I gained back 5 pounds and now I'm on the Fast Metabolism Diet but I learned some things that will stay with me. I'm glad I did it.

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IMTHEWINNER1 -- can you elaborate on 'anti-inflammatory diet', please? I've never heard of it but it sounds interesting. Thanks :)

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HI!

I tried to look through this whole thread but it's loong :) Tips I have acquired (hypo for 5 ish years)

1) Vit D, Selenium -- other people have said it. Also, B12 -- auto immune and hypo's can usually benefit from all three!

2) Be careful with "iodine supplementation" -- too much can actually worsen Hashi's/other forms of hypo and if you're on a 'normal' western diet you probably don't need any more.

3) Stay away from soy, which can suppress thyroid function

4) Get your heart rate up! It's irritating, but I find a BIG difference in walking v. running (for instance) even if I burn the same amount of calories, I can't get the scale to move unless I really get my HR up and sweat!

5) Water retention -- lots of hypo people will struggle with this. Some people have different rememdies but I like mixing pedialyte with water a couple times a week. Roughly 1 part pedialyte to 5 parts water...and drink lots of water and no fizzy drinks :)

I love this thread! It's helpful and encouraging.

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I've been on 50mcg levothyrixine for about 4 months now. I feel better than before I was on the medication but something still just isnt right. I still feel tired even after 8 to 9 hours of sleep and i cant seem to make it through a day without a nap. Also my thinking is not clear and it seems to get worse when i do try and go through an excercise unless its a very light workout. Im normally a very active person. Im about 20 pounds over MY average weight and just dont have the energy to keep exercise consistant to lose the weight.Im not usually a depressed person but I havent felt myself since december and its taking its toll on me. if i go through my normal gym routine after about 15 minutes i get hit with fatigue, but its not the same as when i used to become fatigued from the gym. I get super weak and my thinking becomes cloudy. my doctor said my T4 levels have been "adequately replaced". ive been tested for anemia and just about everything else. I am giving Synthroid a shot to see if that helps although im not sure how it will because my T4 levels are "normal". Im wondering if i should see an endocrinologist. any suggestions? I just want to be back to my normal self


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Hope you continue to feel better!




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Like everyone else posting here I've tried different things to try to get back to myself. I am following an anti-inflammatory diet. I lost 10 pounds in about 2 weeks but now I back up 2 pounds. My joints stopped hurting, my thinking is clearer and my low grade depression went away. It is too soon to tell if this is something that will last.

Happy journey to you all. :)

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Thanks Debbie but how do I contact Www.Naturalthyroidsolutions.com there is no contact link, I have a goiter that might be my problem as no one will address it. Also I need to be able for my insurance to pay as I cannot afford that cost right now.

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I would check your meds, I take thyroid meds and the paper that comes with it says I have to take it on an empty stomach and not to eat for 30 minutes not to lay down before 30 minutes. I am also taking another med it also has to be taken on an empty stomach 30 minutes before I eat or take other meds so on the morning that I have to take both pills I have to wait 1 hour before I eat, lay down etc. Also some have a calcium warning.

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I hadn't heard anything about the food, but the thyroid guidelines mention drawing blood with L-thyroxine replacement meds. You probably had your medicine early in the morning, so a lot of time had passed before the test.

"In monitoring patients with hypothyroidism on L-thyroxine replacement, blood for assessment of serum free T4 should be collected before dosing because the level will be transiently increased by up to 20% after L-thyroxine administration (72). In one small study of athyreotic patients, serum total T4 levels increased above baseline by 1 hour and peaked at 2.5 hours, while serum free T4 levels peaked at 3.5 hours and remained higher than baseline for 9 hours (72)."

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Finally had new thyroid test again last Thursday and convinced the
doctor to test for TSH 3 and TSH 4. Will know next week. I always
though it should be done on an empty stomach, but the pathologist
said no. I had it done at 4pm after having had lunch at 3...We'll see.

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Hello Everyone,

I am not sure if this is the right area to ask this question, so I will try. I have been on 260 mg of dessicated thyroid for over 3 years. About 1 month ago I started experiencing low back pain. I have no other symptoms of too much medication. I was wondering if anyone has experienced this and has had results by lowering the dose?

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Hey that is good news , I read on here somewhere that thyroid should be taken on an empty stomach. Now I have been taking levothyroxine for nigh on 50 years and until very recently I took it at breakfast with everything else and it worked just fine. I now take it in the middle of the night when I get up for my almost hourly pee break, I think I will go back to taking it with breakfast. I had no ill effects then and don't suppose I will have any again.


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Thank you for the link. I found it really interesting
and informative.I have jsut dropped from thyroxine
100mg to 75mg. I feel tired, but won't get a blood
test done till end of March. I read the part on stress
and depression and seems spot on.

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Hi,
I know I am just dropping this in here but has anyone seen this site? I think it is pretty new. I watch a webinar, called Thyroid 101, last night. It was interesting. Lots of information on all kind of things thyroid related.
nahypothyroidism.org/

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Hi there :)

I am not sure but i believe you need a prescription to buy dessicated thyroid. The website I gave you I think gives you a list of doctors in your area that prescribe it. I would definitely visit a doctor that knows about it and prescribes it because I think it can definitely help someone who is suffering from just taking thyroxine.

I am American but I live in Europe and I was referred to Dr. David Owen who is a medical doctor and homeopath in London. He sends me my medication and supplements and we do skype consults. You can find him on www.thenaturalpractice.com. He has helped me tremendously.

Hope this helped you!!!

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I have had test after test last 2 years run on my thyroid, doctor have not told me really anything but you need to take this med levothyroxin 75 mg and loss weight. I have tryed i loss the same pounds and gain it back. I dont know what right foods to eat with a low thyroid or supplement to take is there anyone hear on this team that can tell me what i do or find some research on low thyroid .



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I was just diagnosed with adenomas on my Thyroid. My numbers on labs aren't bad but my skin and hair are awfully dry, etc. I am going to see the doctor to see what they will do soon.

Meanwhile, I've been trying to treat it naturally for the past year. I have wanted to try the dessicated thyroid but didn't know where to buy it. Can you give me direction for this?
Is it possible to purchase it on the website you referenced?

Thanks!

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Hey guys! I'm a registered dietician who was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 4 years ago. For A LOT of people, thyroxine medication does nothing for them. I was one of those people. I suffered with severe tiredness, hair loss, and major constipation for a long while. Then a book was handed to me that changed my life. I recommend it to ANYONE with thyroid issues. "Stop the thyroid Madness". You can also access it on www.stopthethyroidmadness.com. Because of it, I changed from thyroxine which did absolutely nothing for me to dessicated thyroid (a natural supplement from a pig which provides one with T4 AND T3. After being constipated for 3 years, after only a couple days of taking these pills, I have been going regularly everyday and my mood swings and energy levels are all better. A lot of my clients who have an underactive thyroid struggle with weight loss because their thyroxine medication simply doesn't work. Along with diet and exercise lifestyle change, make sure you are taking the right medication for your body for ultimate success!

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I didn't know what that was so googled it. not something I have any desire to try

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Has anybody had any luck adding DHEA to your thyroid and/or hormone treatment? I have and found that it's helping a lot! It was recommended by a doctor and I'm so glad he told me about it. My hormones are leveling out (many symptoms are diminishing) and I'm actually able to lose weight now. I would love to hear stories from others who have tried this.

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I have had test after test last 2 years run on my thyroid, doctor have not told me really anything but you need to take this med levothyroxin 75 mg and loss weight. I have tryed i loss the same pounds and gain it back. I dont know what right foods to eat with a low thyroid or supplement to take is there anyone hear on this team that can tell me what i do or find some research on low thyroid .



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sounds like you needed a higher dosage!!

glad you have found what works for you

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oh I sure will! by the way, when I was being treated for my hypo I was taking 125 synthroid with no measurable benefits. :/ I had so little energy I would almost pass out from exhaustion (and sometimes did) no matter how hard I tried to stay awake. I had to pull off the side of the road sometimes on my way to or from work when I felt it coming on. I thought I was developing narcolepsy or something. I feel a crap ton of a lot better now than I did then so for me the dietary changes are worth it. the diet itself really isn't so bad. I read in several sources of literature on the endocrine system that people with hormone issues should avoid consuming plant or animal based hormone, especially dairy milk and soy. I also read several times that high fructose corn syrup and excessive carbs led to an insulin resistance issue which could lead to issues with liver, and thyroid. so anyway, I figured I could try it for a little while and see what happened. well, after the first few days I was hooked. I was already sensitive to gluten/wheat and developing symptoms of lactose intolerance, so cutting out that was easy. then, having the fatty liver and the connection between hfcs, artificial sweeteners and sugar on insulin resistance and liver function and hormone production made it easy to cut that out too. so yeah, it's not that bad . :) plus I get to feel good . emoticon

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Let us know how your thyroid and blood sugar levels are!! I don't know if i could do that kind of diet! but i do know that I personally feel better when I eat around 90 grams or less of carbs per day! I have WAAAAY more energy to burn and just feel better overall. :) I am currently "carb detoxing" my body because I thought the low carb wasn't working for me and went back to eating a regular amount of carbs in my diet. BOY WAS I WRONG! I have felt like crap ever since then! So now I am trying to cut carbs again to where I start feeling better but it will probably be three or four days before I notice a real difference. :-/ But patience is a virtue!!! Just have to be patient!!!

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I am uninsured and thus have been untreated hypothyroid for about a year. (I was treated and medicated for about 2 years, but the medications never helped anyway, so whoopdido).
I'm also Type 2 diabetic/ insulin resistant/ NASH. I've recently cut out all processed foods, wheat, gluten, dairy milk, soy, corn, HFCS, GMO foods, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, and any other chemical additives and started eating only whole foods. I guess if I had to describe my diet according to a recognizable label, I would say I'm 80/20 paleo + low GI. I have a very low BMR (my resting body temp is generally 95ish-96ish) and so I used several different calorie calculators and chose the one with the lowest range, and I keep to the low end of that range. Sometimes I dip below I try to keep between 900 and 1200 calories, usually around 1100 per day. I am losing 2lbs per week and feel amazing, never hungry. My energy levels are slowly increasing. To me, this signifies that I'm getting adequate calories. If I feel like I'm hungry (really hungry, not bored) I go pick out a healthy, whole food and eat that. It's amazing how much more steady my energy levels are, I haven't felt like this in YEARS! I'm hoping my energy levels will increase to the point that I will add in exercise and then I will probably increase my cals. I'm trying very hard to listen to my body and so far it is working for me.
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I have had test after test last 2 years run on my thyroid, doctor have not told me really anything but you need to take this med levothyroxin 75 mg and loss weight. I have tryed i loss the same pounds and gain it back. I dont know what right foods to eat with a low thyroid or supplement to take is there anyone hear on this team that can tell me what i do or find some research on low thyroid .


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One of my big toe nails has gone black and fallen off leaving only a stump. Can this be caused by the an Underactive Thyroid.

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Wow!! I didn't even know about thyroid.about.com... Where we're you 10 yrs ago???? Thanks so much! I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot more than I already know!!!

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Yes. Synthroid is Levothyroxine Sodium.

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I found your information on Synthroid very interesting. Am I right in thinking that this is also Levothyroxin?

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I take Levothyroxine (Synthroid) so I follow the guidelines at their website which are in line with what my doctor tells me ...

"Take SYNTHROID as a single dose, preferably on an empty stomach, one-half to one hour before breakfast. SYNTHROID absorption is increased on an empty stomach. Some foods may cause your body to absorb less SYNTHROID. You should avoid infant soy formula, cotton seed meal, walnuts, and high-fiber foods while taking SYNTHROID."

www.synthroid.com/

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I got advice today from a nurse practioner and she said I didn't have to take my thyroid medication on an empty stomach OR wait to take my other medications! So I am VERY happy about not having to change my routine! I am thinking about taking a calicum supplment at lunch time though which should be plenty long enoguh after i take my thyroid medication to not affect it. Hope everyone has had a good day!!! :D

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My internal alarm Wakes me at around 3 am to go to the
loo and so I tiptoe to the fridge and take my meds. Then I
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I am going to ask my doctor if I should do the same thing when I call him to get my results on thursday! I am doing the fasting labs thing on tuesday and am supposed to call him within a few days to discuss the results with him. So I have A LOT of burning questions that will hopefully be answered on thursday! Thanks for the advice! emoticon

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I take mine between 3 and 4 a.m. with filtered water. My doctor asked me to take it at this time. She says it has time to metabolize before I start putting foods and other meds in and I'm not likely to put in dairy or other foods that will inhibit absorption before it's metabolized.

I set my medicine in a cup by my bed with a glass of water and an alarm clock. I wake up about 3:15, take the medicine and go back to sleep. Most of the time I never realize I was awake to take it. It's habit now.


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Avoiding carbs in the morning seems to help my energy levels but I don't always follow that type of eating plan. I have just started(today) taking my thyroid medication on an empty stomach! Does it really help that much to take it on an empty stomach?? I have always took my medication right after breakfast and took my other medications with it and my levels have been normal though on the low side. I am hoping that taking it on an empty stomach and waiting an hour will help my energy levels because I have always been sluggish(since i first started taking the medication back in 2008). Also I just read a post by somebody in this community saying that cholorinated water is bad for your thyroid levels and I have ALWAYS drank water straight from the facet without filtering it!! So seems like I have A LOT of bad habits!!! I felt better yesterday though because I started drinking out of the brita pitcher that we have here at home so hopefully with these tips I will start feeling a WHOLE lot better!!! emoticon

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Thank you all for the great tips

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I am less brain fogged these days although brain fatigue can topple my day's plan. Found a simple illustration which helped me get a visual on the T4 T3 production stuff.

Link =
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How long ago were you diagnosed? It takes a lot of trial and error, I think. You have to find what works best for you- diet, exercise and meds. Keep a journal of what you are doing and eating, and what meds you are on, and how you are feeling. It helps.

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