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I just got this article in email and so I am going to cross-post this on several of the KETO/Low Carb/Thyroid teams that we have.... so if you think you just read this post, you did. Sorry! But there is a lot of interesting information, and it's a kind of long article. I haven't fully wrapped my head around it...


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HI droy!
You might want to start a post all of your own with a catchy title.
That will give you the help you need.
This thread is for general information.

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Hi everyone.... I'm new here but looking for help. I took Synthroid 200 mcg for close 20 years with no good results. 2 weeks ago I finally convinced my dr to let me try Armour. He started me out on 60 mg and I have palpatations. I have looked and see that the conversion charts says I should be on 120 mg of Armour. Any ideas on if I should increase my dose or what to do to help with the palpations? They make me feel awlful.

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HI Anna!
Good to hear from you!
Happy to learn you are enjoying your Greek Holiday.

Sorry to hear about the swollen ankles.
Hard to say what's causing those.
Perhaps more salt in your diet than normal?
Really don't know... I get swollen ankles from time to time, its usually from standing... I can walk all day long and be fine, stand for an hour and I'm done. Could never be a cashier1

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Hi Mzz. Still in Greece and can't always get on the Net.
Am swimming every day and this has helped the bursitis on my knee.
Only problem is that my ankles are swollen and don't know why this is.
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Miss Pam

You can also take a low dose multivitamin like Centrum, or its Walmart Generic called Equate, to make sure all your basics are covered. They are both fairly inexpensive.

They won't cover your calcium and magnesium needs, but they will get 100% of most vitamins and some minerals, iodine being one.

Take them with food.

Good to hear you are eating whole foods!

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I researched salt and iodine as related to Thyroid conditions. I am trying to use more sea salt but as a result I lose the iodine content that is needed for thyroid disease. I bought some spinach and am maknig a quiche which adds extra iodine from the spinach and the eggs that go into the dish.

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great photo!

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wow nice pic !!



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This is the beautiful sunrise on my walk this morning.

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That's great Anna!!! emoticon

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I love my walks. I have no car and don't drive, so I rely on my legs.
doing this for my health and helping the environment with one car
less on the road. Have a great weekend.

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Totally agree, I walk a nature trail and it has a stream of water in some areas. It's such a stress reliever and makes me feel great!

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Walking is a super exercise, its what our bodies were designed to do!
When done outside, it reconnected with Nature...breathing fresh air, feeling the wind on our bodies and in our hair, noticing the world around us.

So many positive things that doesn't require anything more complicated than a bit of time, a comfortable pair of shoes and socks, appropriate protection from the weather, a park or some other place to walk where you are not inhaling fumes from automobiles.

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That sort of thing used to happen to me so I quit working out so much and now I do a lot of walking. I Walk every day but not as much on some of the days. I used to walk about 8 miles every day and now I'm at between 4 or 5. Cutting down has helped me a lot and I'm not as sick either. I'm was low on vit D, so I increased that along with taking enough vit B and protein.

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SSH,

I would strongly suggest backing off the exercise until your adrenals recover! More sleeping, gentle yoga, leisurely walks, meditation, stress reduction.

Also eat those vitamin C rich foods several times a day and take a multi B in the morning. I'd also get vitamin D, B12, folic acid and test for anemia run.

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I don't know my levels we just sent off blood . My exercise is exceptionally strenuous. Weightlifting and 30 min of cardio 4times a week . I ran this schedule for two weeks and crashed. Recovered did two days ... Crashed... Recovered did one workout no cardio ... Crashed. I would like to get myself rolling but jeez!

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hi ssholmes!

Terrible that you are having problems!
Do you know what your TSH and thyriod numbers are? Sometimes when we are undertreated, we tend to get sick.

You didn't mention what sort of exercise you do. Gentle exercise like walking and yoga are often more beneficial than more stressful ones like running, zumba, interval training etc, especially if your adrenals are weak.

Adrenals need B vitamins and vitamin C.
So you may want to start incorporating vitamin c rich foods like ctrus, peppers, tomatoes, etc into your diet. These veggies have lots of other good things in them and are tasty too! The B vitamins you can get from a low dose multi vitamin.

You might want to check your iron, b12 and folic acid, vitamin D. If you're low on any one of these, it can wear you out.

Hope you start feeling better soon!
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Was wondering about tips and tricks concerning everytime I work out it seems like my total immune system crashes and I end up sick (again). Ive been wondering if it has to do with my thyroid, is there something else missing in my vitamins etc? I have hypothyroidism cause my too much radioactive iodine administered to me to treat hyperthyroidism

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Thanks Owl!
Lucky you, that you don't have thyroid issues!

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I don't have a thyroid problem but when my attention was directed to this I thought of you all. Here is an article for all that it may be worth. www.troublespotnutrition.com/thyroid
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That's great you thought of taking magnesium with your D!
Go you!
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Magnesium has a calming effect on the body, its a part of over 400 identified body processes and enzymes and from what I've read, most of us...we really don't get as much of is as we need from our diets.

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Mzzchief, thanks for the articles. When I get to my regular computer I will read them. Kindles can be kind of flaky. Strangely, I am taking magnesium because I thought it would help with the leg cramps and Mr. Spock toes. Guess that's why the D was working. It is 2000 units not mgs. I also found that when I didn't take D it would be harder for me to cope with my wacky boss. The D seems to calm me. emoticon

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Thank you for the props, I will be delighted if any of this info can help you!
I had the plantar fasciitis as well, its why I'm familiar with what heals it and keeps it away.

In order for the vitamin D to work for you, you have to make sure you're getting enough magnesium, they really aught to be taken together with the K2.

Here's an article about that

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There's a wealth of information on the Vitamin D Counsel website, but you need to give them your email addy to read the full articles...

www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitami
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Mzzchief, sometimes I think you are a font of info. It's delightful. I'm not short on Vit D because ran into that problem a few years back and had to get prescription D. Now I take 2000 mgs (I guess it's mgs) per day and results come back good. Yes planters f. Has been an ongoing problem in my life. Right now I am wearing pres. shoe inserts. The vit k2 sounds like something I should try. And will. By the way, all three breaks did not show up right away. Had to have MRIs. I apparently break very clean, long but clean. I have three large pins in my hip, but they wanted to rebreak my feet after waiting a month listening to my pleas regarding pain. No go on 're breaks, I had suffered enough, so they did not heal correctly. I always say, if I did not have bad luck, I would have no luck so I'm grateful. You are the greatest. emoticon

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Goodness!
A broken hip and feet just sounds horrible!
You really have had some misadventures

Something that you might consider for pain caused by old injuries and arthritis aches, is vitamin K2. This isn't the same as K1, the vitamin in leafy greens, but another related compound made by bacterial fermentation.

K2 acts like a shepard in that it directs calcium into the bones and away from areas of inflammation like the arterial linings and muscles. If you've ever had a heel spur from plantar fasciitis,, you will know what I mean about inappropriate amounts of calcium in the muscles.

There are two forms of K2 that are commonly sold, K4 and K7. I've found both of them to be helpful for old injuries.

Epson salt soaks are another one, its a great way of getting some extra magnesium into your body.

Aches and pains can also be caused by low vitamin D.
So that test might be another to run, especially if you haven't been doing any tanning this summer.

Be well!
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Mzzchief, went to acupuncturist for 10 yrs. No pain meds needed. I have broken my hip and both feet so you know the arthritis kills me. My ins is now Kaiser since I lost my job in Dec. They don't let you go to acupuncturist without a referral. My guy was a doctor in China before coming here. They take knowledge of the art seriously. They must spend as much time learning it as doctors do. I had occular migraines before seeing him and they completely disappeared until I stopped using him. I am seriously working on seeing Kaiser Permanente acupuncturist . Life has not been the same. If you try it be sure he is licensed in your state and uses all health precautions. New needles etc. Some set up office without knowing Jack. emoticon

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What good news!
I have never tried accupuncture, if you do it, please share.
When you get your prescription don't forget to have her write D.A.W. on it, "dispense as written" to avoid any problems with the pharmacy substituting generics.

Let's hope going back to Synthriod corrects any problems you are now having. If not there are some other things we can suggest.

Be well!
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Mzzchief, love my strawberries, hoping that will never be problem. emoticon
Got email from my doc. She is on board with letting me get synthroid back. Have only had her since Feb. , But am impressed that she is open to some things my other doctor hesitated on. Still working on her regarding acupuncture. For 10 yrs I needed no meds for pain, but while Kaiser has an acupuncturist not far from here, they use him only on a limited basis. I am thinking for cancer only. I don't give up easily, so will work on that for a while. Asked her for 3 months supply of synthroid since it might take a while to undo problems related to generic. If it is the genetics fault. emoticon Linda aka feralauntie.

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Feral!
I definitely think that keeping a food diary would be really helpful... even if you only do it until you pin the culprit(s) down!

You are in the right place, bc Spark has a GREAT Food Tracker!
Plus at the bottom of the Nutritional Tracker page there's a place where you can write notes.
What you could put there is if you experienced any cramps the night before, or during the day.

Then check to see what you ate 24 hours prior to see if there's any sort of connection or pattern. Keep an open mind!

You'd also be able to discover how much of an offending substance was needed to reach your "tipping point".

To illustrate the tipping point concept... when my eldest daughter was a young girl, she loved strawberries.
She could eat them without problems but had to stop at 3.
Anymore than that, she she'd get an awful rash, stomach cramps and the runs.
Now that she's an adult, she can eat about 5, before she has problems... and she puts them in a smoothie or on cereal rather than sitting down with a bowl of nothing but strawberries.

Thanks for the mindfulness compliment but frankly the kudos goes to that gym acquaintance of mine that shared her story with me. Before that I would never have suspected that food could be responsible for foot/leg cramps.

Here's to do it yourself sleuthing!
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Mzzchief, wish I had been as mindful as you. I am now starting a real food log with all entries this time. It might help. emoticon

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Hi ladies!
Anna, it's good to know the tea tree oil is Dr recommended for fungal infections! Its worked so well on my feet, in combination with scraping , sanding and peeling, that I'm not going to need to use the Grace Foot that came in the mail yesterday!

Oh my, Feral!
You had me laughing with the Dr Spock toe cramp greeting!
I know how awful those cramps are, so it's good you are keeping your sense of humor, despite the pain.

Yes, I would look for dairy in other foods if you find its a cramp trigger. Dont forget, too, that it may be dairy as well as some other food that's causing them... for me it's corn AND beans... together or apart, they're both TROUBLE!

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Mzzchief, when I get cramps in my toes, you can see them separate into a Mr. Spock greeting. It is weird. No dairy last night and no cramps. You may have hit on something. I have decided to keep a food log again, I might be eating some products with milk without thinking about reading labels. Have not heard from doctor regarding synthroid yet.

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Glad to hear you like the tea tree oil Mzz. I have seen in the news that podiatrists are actually recommending tea tree if it is only a slight fungal infection. The treatment from the chemist costs $75. I much prefer using the natural stuff. Works well for mosquito bites too.

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HI ladies!

Good to hear from both of you!
Thanks for wading thru that lonnnng post on dairy issues.

Anna, I started using tea tree oil on my feet before bed last nite, rubbed it into my callouses that I'd scraped and sanded down, then put on my special socks. I loved the tingly way the oil feels, it really made my feet happy!
I'm finally at the point where I my foot calluses are under control.

That said, I ordered a product call Grace Foot that removes callus over the whole foot using AHA and bromelain. No scraping, cutting, rubbing required.

When I get around to using it, I will be sure to let y'all know since I love sharing what works as well as what doesn't.

Ugh, Feral, I feel for ya!
Back away from the dairy!

Did you remember to take a lactase pill?
Have you ever tested for gluten allergy?

I really hate it when I'm woken out of a dead sleep with both my legs gone rigid from cramps, and I can't get out of bed, bc my feet are so distorted from cramps, that I can't get my foot flat enough to stand.
That happened this winter, I literally fell out of bed and couldn't get off the floor until I grabbed my toes and literally pushed and pulled my toes into the proper positions and manually untwisted my sole so I could stand.

The other one I hate is when my big toe decides to impersonate a Ski Chalet roof. 59 years on the planet and I never knew I had a joint in the middle of my big toe, until I got one of those cramps ! ha

Fun, fun, fun!
Be well!
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Aready tested theory. Had stouffer's fish and Mac last night. Cramps. Don't usually do cheese don't like the taste unless melted. Will keep closer eye on dairy. The leg cramp I got last night was scary.

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HARMONY I got a fungal infection on my big toe and it was from a pedicure at a foot spa.Have never been back and won't ever go again. My podiatrist told me to just put tea tree oil on it.
Again, Mzz, thanks for all the great information.

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Linda,
The thing with leg cramps, is that so many things can cause them, that its virtually impossible for a doctor to identify a cause unless its obvious. They will give you the fancy sounding diagnosis of "benign idiopathic cramps"... which is medicaleese for them telling you they simply don't know! ha

To make matters worse sometimes the cause is more than one thing.... "multifactorial". Like you might have to have a glass of wine, some cheese, and have had a dancing date where your feet were crammed into a pair of tight fitting stilettos, and didn't drink water all day, for it to happen!

Also...sometimes you have to reach a "tipping point".
In my case its beans and corn. But I might be able to eat a couple of corn chips with my salad at lunch, or have a quarter cup of beans with dinner and have no problems. But if I have more than that, say a big meal of chili and chips, I'll get the foot cramps.

BUT looking for a cause might come to the conclusion that it can't be beans and corn, bc sometimes I can eat them with no problems, while other times I can't. When what it actually is, is that I have to reach a tipping point, before cramps occur and a couple of corn chips and a quarter cup of beans simply isn't enough of the problem maker to cause the cramps.

So do you see why your doctor might have a problem figuring out the cause of your cramps? And why you really have to be your own detective, bc you're really the only one who knows what you eat and do everyday?

With milk sensitivities, there are two substances that people like yourself, usually have problems with.
One is lactose. Lactose is a sugar, that's broken down by the enzyme lactASE. Some of us have lost the ability to digest lactose bc our bodies don't make adequate lactase, to break down the lactose. So it becomes food for intestinal bacteria which then produce gas and other substances which cause discomfort in the gut. Taking a pill to add lactase usually cures this problem, as you are taking a substance that your body simply isn't producing enough of. If you have a problem of not producing enough lactase, then you will have the most problems with milk, as that has the most lactose in it.. Whereas fermented milks like yogurt have less lactose and aged cheeses have very little....

The second culprit is usually casein, which is one of two milk proteins. Aged cheeses... Jarlsberg Swiss, Aged Gouda, Aged Parmesan... they're almost all Casein, bc the bacteria used in the cheese making process have consumed all the lactose.

If you have a problem aged cheese these, then you're pretty much out of luck as far as dairy is concerned, bc there's no pill to take to solve the problem... your body has an issue with the protein in Dairy that's in ALL dairy products. Kinda like how celiacs have a problem with gluten... we just can't eat grains that have it..

So its wise to figure out what sort of problem your body is having with Dairy... if its more than just a lactase deficiency.

Since you already know you have problems with lactose, there's no sense in repeating that experiment. I'd just test for casein.

Treat yourself to a nice chunk of aged Gouda, feast
if you have problems following eating it, then you know its casein.
In that case, ALL dairy is permanently off your menu, bc casein is in all dairy products.

Also watch the nite of your experiment for leg cramps.


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Mzzchief, I have told doctors in the past that my toes, feet, sometimes even my whole leg cramps up. As to dairy, they just say to take lactose pills so I can get some dairy. But, they have never given me an answer to my toes etc cramping up. Waiting to hear from doc 're getting a month of synthroid back to test theory out. I am really glad I found you. I've been relying on doctors too much to answer my questions.

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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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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 won’t 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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