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POETICBELLA
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I am on day 2 of synthroid and cytomel. I have taken synthroid for several years now but just recently found a very understanding doctor who, after reviewing my medical record, agreed that the addition of cytomel might be to my benefit. After eating cleaning and taking on a vigorous workout schedule I saw ZERO results where weight and energy were concerned. (I started out slow and built my way up). In fact, my energy level was just awful. I haven't worked out in about 6 weeks but today I did for the first time again. I'm not sure that the cytomel is completely responsible. I think I might just be experiencing some sort of placebo effect, in that I'm just so excited that I may start to feel better. Then again, it could be the cytomel. At this point, I'm willing to try just about anything to feel better. It is so frustrating to deal with this on a daily basis. Talk to your doctor about it. As others have pointed out everyone reacts differently to meds. I was so terrified of trying it but after much research and assurance from my doc that it is usually a well tolerated med I decided to give it a shot. I hope it all works out for you!!

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2/26/12 4:53 P

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Hello SUNSHINEGREEN. Please go through the link below for the food that are recommended and those we should avoid as Hypothryroids.

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2/26/12 1:59 P

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Hi i ws reading your message and if you don't mind would
you please send me a list of the food that i; mnot suppose to have;
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Before, I was only on T4 and my levels fluctuated eratically. Once I started with T3 as well as my T4, not only did my levels stabilize but my energy levels were almost back to normal within a couple of weeks. As we have indicated in many places in this team, Hypothyroidism and its medication react differently on individuals. There's no clear cut medication that we are prescribed as Hypothyroids -- we simply have to take the meds and see how we feel with it. Also, taking Vitamin D will help.

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2/19/12 11:47 P

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I currently have a prescription for Synthroid 75 mcg and Cytomel 10 mcg. I'm not sure if I should take it or not. I saw my endocrinologist a couple of weeks ago since I wasn't feeling that great. She was doubtful to whether it would work or not, but she said I could try it if I wanted to. At the time I did. However, now that I started dieting and exercising, I actually feel pretty good on my 125 mcg of Synthroid. I've also been reading scientific journals which point out that the evidence for T3/T4 therapy is inconclusive.

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I was on Cytomel along with Synthroid. I did not have more energy, in fact the only new reaction for me was increasing heart palpitations. They got so bad I nearly cancelled a Hawaiian cruise because I thought I was at risk for a heart attack. The combo of Cytomel & Synthroid really skewed my thyroid levels. When I stopped taking the Cytomel the heart palpitations diminished, then totally disappeared within a couple of weeks. My energy level is the same now as it was on the 2 meds. Actually, I feel so much better that I'm exercising more - I was afraid to exercise with the palpitations.

I had started out on 5 mcg Cytomel & 100 mcg Synthroid, then the doctor increased both - Cytomel to 12.5 mcg (1/2 of a 25 mcg tablet) and 125 mcg Synthroid. Now I'm only taking 100 mcg Synthroid.

If you do take the Cytomel, report any side effects to your doctor right away. My dr wasn't concerned about them, but they scared me half to death. When palpitations continue for 5 minutes at a time, multiple times during the day, it's risky. It wasn't until my dr went on vacation & I had to talk to the nurse practicioner that I was taken off the Cytomel. She said I didn't need it at all - and she was right.

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12/16/11 11:54 A

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Make sure to try taking some Vitamin D in case your sluggishness/depression is actually seasonal affective disorder (SAD). You can take up to 2000 IU a day and this may make a difference in less than a week. Also really focus on lots of fresh fruit and veggies. I know they are expensive this time of year, sure wish that health insurance would pay for those emoticon, but it's an investment in your health. Are you familiar with all the foods that can put stress on your thyroid (unsaturated fats from oil, roasted nuts etc.)?
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I take a combination of the two. For me, it works. However, for some people it doesn't seem to work because the medication reacts differently on individuals. Is your doctor an endocrinologist? He would be the best person to advise you on what is best for you.

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Hi guys,

I was diagnosed hypothyroid in August of 2010 (though I'm fairly certain it developed at least a year before- that was just the first time I had the blood-work done) and, after several dosage adjustments, I have been on Synthroid 50mcg for probably a year or so now. My levels- though I'm pretty sure my doctor only looks at TSH and T4- were within the normal range after I had been taking 50mcg for about two months, which I think was around February of this year, so he hasn't ordered a blood test since then.

However, since my last appointment in October (I get my Synthroid through a D.O., so I see him for other things as well) I've gradually been feeling more and more sluggish and it's reached a debilitating level. I had to drop out of 4 of my 5 courses this semester, simply because I missed an excessive amount of classes and hardly had any energy or ability to concentrate for homework, and I haven't been exercising much at all (though I know that if I did, I'd probably have more energy- the problem is I had an injury last month and I haven't been physically able to exercise). I'm going back to the doc on the 30th, but I'm going to have labs done beforehand to see if my levels are still "normal". I was thinking of asking him to add Cytomel if it doesn't look like my Synthroid needs to be increased, because it seems (from what I've read here and other places on the web) that people who add Cytomel have reported amazing improvements in energy and brain fog.

Do any of you currently take Cytomel in addition to Synthroid? If so, does it help your symptoms more than Synthroid alone? Was it hard to convince your doctor to try it? I know a lot of primary care doctors are reluctant to prescribe anything other than Synthroid, and I have a feeling mine might suggest an anti-depressant instead if my thyroid numbers are normal. Truth be told, I do feel depressed in a lot of ways, but anti-depressants have done more harm than good to me in the past and I've told my doctor that several times. I think the depression would go away if I could muster up the energy to get out of bed in the morning, do everything I'm supposed to do that day, and get back to the gym regularly as my injury is almost 100% better. I feel like I'm ALWAYS dragging, and it sucks big time.

Also, I know a lot of people on this team just take Armour and seem to have more symptom improvement than those on Synthroid, but I'm not sure my insurance would cover Armour.

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