Thanks everybody. Yes Hippiegurl, I'm also taking 5000 IU of OTC Vit D. All of my levels will get checked again in a little less than 2 weeks. But overall my energy level seems to be getting gradually better!
Taking Prescription Vit D isn't as good for your body as over the counter Vit D. Rx D is D2 and OTC Vit D is D3, which is the kind your body converts from sunshine and is MUCH better for you than D2. I tend to run really low on D and my daily dose of D3 is 10,000 IU, yes that's not a typo. I take two 5000 IU gelcaps with my biggest meal of the day with the most fat and calcium so it will absorb well. My Vit D level is currently in the optimal range, and I intend to keep it there by continuing my current dosage of D3. My endocrinologist is helping me to monitor this.
Why not start a separate thread on Candida and Leaky Gut Syndrome? Chances are you will get more replies/help this way if you keep these two in the Topic line than you will on this thread about Synthroid/Cytomel/b12! And you will be able to go into greater detail...
: ) Mzzchief
Never underestimate the value of getting out of your own way.
Hi Shall! Welcome to our team! When you have a moment, perhaps fill out your Sparkpage so people can give you goodies, write comments and learn a bit about you.
One of the things you'll find after you've been here for a while, is that everyone's circumstance it different, even though we all fall under the broad category of thyroid disease. I like to make the analogy that we are all cruising on HMS Thyroid Disease, just in different cabins. This is why we all need to be our own detectives and experiment with different things to see how our unique physiology and circumstance reacts.
Many of us are low in B12 as a result of our parietal cells not functioning properly so we can't absorb it via swallowing it. That sounds like your situation. If it is, you may also have B12 anemia.
In this case you can either take B12 shots or allow a chunk of it to dissolve under your tongue. I take a form of it known as methylcobalamin, sublingually. The form most commonly found in OTC b12 preparations is cyanocobalamin.
Sublingual administration is also how some people, including myself, take their thyroid medications, because it goes directly into your bloodstream, bypassing the liver. I'm on the Synthroid/Cytomel protocol, too... and break the pills in quarters so that they dissolve faster.
You are correct, if you take too much B12, you will pee it out. It tends to turn your urine a deep yellow orange. If you see that,cut back a bit. No sense in making our kidneys work any more than they have to!
When people are low in B12 they are often also low in the other B vitamins, notably Folic Acid. So you may want to by an inexpensive B vitamin combination pill and take a half of one per day, see if that helps your energy and mood.
: ) Mzzchief
Never underestimate the value of getting out of your own way.
I hope the new med combo helps. I have been on synthroid and cytomel and due to my doctors not communicating i had been on both at the same time for a week or so. 137 synthroid and 50mcg? of cytomel. Turns out this is why i clouded sleep for awhile. i have been lucky and seem to be doing fine on just synthroid. I have gotten much much better when i got my vitamin D levels in check. My energy and sleeping has improved about 200 percent. When i was on cytomel my dotcor suggested not taking the Cytomel to late in the day. I hope the b12 shots help!
I'm taking the B12 because my blood test showed I was severely deficient and I tried supplements for a little while but it didn't seem my body was absorbing it properly. But yes, you're right, I've head that you can't get too much. I think your body just pees it out if there is too much.
I haven't checked out Dr. Bakker but will. thanks for the tip
I had the B-12 injections and my tests revealed that I have an abundance of that so I guess I am ok there. This was a couple of months ago though. I was wondering if I should start taking B-12 again; I mean it can't hurt us, can it? I have been on SP complaining on how I feel for a few months now. The doctors are just about worthless. I do have an Naturopathic doctor that at least is running the tests for me for all hormonal type problems, my PCP just gave me antidepressants which I got off of in 5 months. Although NOW, I am starting to feel defeated and depressed. I finally got a little sleep last night and I felt a little better. I try to trace back what I did differently and can't think of anything... I was reading some good info online from Dr. Bakker...have you looked him up? Cindy
I cannot say anything about the Cytomel as I take Armour. I have been taking sublingual B-12 for the last month or so and have found it to be very helpful. I am so tired of going to doctors and getting nowhere that I haven't made an appointment to go argue with my doctor about B-12 shots. This is working for me for now.
I did manage over a 25 month period on Spark People to lose the 50 lbs I set out to lose. My doctor never even noticed! I have now kept it off for 5 months. It can be done. It isn't easy... and many people with thyroid issues have things going on which keep the weight from coming off. I was as interested in feeling better as I was in losing the weight. I will say that the whole thing about pain being less when you weigh less is a bunch of nonsense. Pain stays.,,, but it is fun to look better. That said, I would like to say I am not obsessive about what I eat... but it is something I think about every time food is around. Will I eat that? Will I skip that?
Hi Sarah, I'm sorry but I don't know what you are talking about in medical terms. I can tell you however, I have Adrenal Fatigue and I put on that kind of weight as well in 2 months. It's awful and there is no explanation for it that I have found. Good luck and I pray you find your answers. Cindy
Hi all, this is my first post to this board! Hoping I could learn about others with similar experiences. Or truth be told I'm looking to hang on to any glimmer of hope I could find! I was dx hypo/hashi over 2 years ago and typical of most docs was prescribed synthroid. I never really felt much improvement but didn't really feel the need to complain. And for those 2 years no matter how hard I tried I could never lose more than 5 lbs (I had about 20 to lose).
However, in the past 3 months I have gained almost another 20 lbs even though nothing has changed in my diet and exercise!! To say I'm miserable is an understatement. Fortunately I'm really hopeful that my new doctor is part of the solution! She has determined that my thyroid is not functioning even close to properly despite the 100mcg of Synthroid and has added Cytomel (generic version at 5mcg 2x a day) and B12 weekly shots.
I'd love to hear about others experiences with this combination (with or without the B12). It's only been 5 days on the cytomel and I got my first shot yesterday. So far I'm still tired and chubby :)
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