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yes, Oxy, lots of people do exactly as you do with their meds.
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Hi! My name is Andreja, I have hypothyroidism and have been taking Euthyrox for a while. I have a question - I'm supposed to take Euthyrox in the mornings, at least half an hour before I eat. Is it okay if I wake up early, take the medication and go back to sleep for a while, or does this have an effect on how the med works?
Thanks in advance, this group is a great source of information especially since I'm new to hypothyroidism.

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hi Diamond,
You may want to post your intro in a separate thread, in the newbie section.
You can get more specific there about what problems you're having... make it all about YOU, girl!

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Hi!!! I am a returning member of the Thyroid Community, I've been gone for over a year. Of course I am still on Levothyroxine for my hypothyroidism and frankly I don't see or feel any improvement. If there is any one who can give me insight on this condition that I can relate to I would be deeply appreciative. Thank you. emoticon

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Hey Ladies!
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Please post your intros on the Newbie Forum.. they are getting lost on this thread!

This thread initially was started to help educate people on the ins and outs of thyroid disease, define terms and give a simple overview of how your thyroid works.

I planned on writing more, but one of our members put an excellent link up which relieved me temporarily from writing anymore articles, ha... so I kinda forgot about it. I will be adding more information in the coming months to fill out the series.

Your posts will receive answers and attention they deserve on the Introduce yourself in the section designed for it... I am sorry for any confusion that may have been caused!

Make sure you make the thread all about YOU! Give it a catchy title.
That's what our Team is all about... the individual faces of thyroid disease.

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Just select "start a new thread", title it and copy and paste your info in there!

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GOANNA2 - A bit late to answer, but late is better than never. I have friends that tried several varieties of the hCG thing. Most lost weight quickly. ALL gained it back even more quickly. Some spent way more than the $590 that you mentioned. I believe that the weight loss is actually attributable to the very low calorie diet that all of them had to get on at the same time.

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Hello My name is Andrea, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 8 years ago and took levothyroxine to manage it.In October 2013 I had a surgery and they removed my thyroid and two tumors behind my thyroid..I have been put on Synthroid now and getting my levels where they need to be has been very challenging..I think Im getting closer..Im here to lose weight and learn more about life without my thyroid and any ideas anyone could share with me would be great...I am now on 150 mcg of Synthroid and starting to feel better but I still dont think Im totally in my range yet...

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Hi all,
New to the team, but not new to thyroid problems. I had multi-nodular goiter diagnosed in 2008, took methamazole for about 18 months, and it put me in "remission." Hyper came back in 2013, so I had more tests and eventually RAI in June 2013. It didn't work, and thyroid still remained large with palpable nodules. It did affect my hormone production slightly, as I went from HyPER to borderline hyPO and gained about 20 lbs. Had a biopsy in October 2013 (NOT fun) which showed follicular neoplasm, which indicates cancer 30-50% of the time. Had total thyroidectomy November 2013 and have felt so good ever since!! It was in fact cancer, so very thankful I had the surgery and it was caught early. I should have done the surgery years ago! I am now on 112mcg of Synthoid and hoping that the weight I gained post RAI comes off finally. I lost 7 of those lbs pretty quickly, but then went hyPO about a month post surgery. Meds have been increased twice and I feel like a new person. Still have a way to go, but I'll get there!

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Hello im 25 years old and was just diagnosed with hypothyroid my goal is to lose 80-100 pounds or so. but back to the thyroid iv been taking 25 mg of levothyroxine since the 19th and i notice something strange im getting hungrier than i did before, now before this i didnt eat a lot cuz i was always on the go i could go all day on sausage biscuits for breakfast and then chicken breast and rice and mix veg for dinner nothing in between except drinks like water soda fruit juice coffee etc (i know that could fill you up) iv started to develop hunger pains like loud stomach grumbling. I told my coworker that i didnt know how much it actually hurt to be hungry till now. i always ate cuz i knew i had to not because i was hungry... am i making any scene?

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Are you doing cardio for an hour?

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Anyone out there with 100 lbs to lose that also has hypo? I've gained back 40lbs over the past year since having my baby. It seems that nothing I try works, including workouts and eating habits. Doctor tells me that I would need to workout 1 hour 6 days a week and keep caloric intake to under 1,200 a day. This is nearly impossible with work, a baby, and recent move that has me unpacking still after 4 months. The scale just keeps going up despite my efforts. Looking for support, other success stories, HELP!!! TIA team :)

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Anyone else out there with hypothyroid...I actually dont have a thyroid anymore, and PCOS? These two things make weight loss SO hard!




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Thanks for the link Mzz.

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Hello

I just found out yesterday that I have low thyroid. I was having symptoms for the last 8 years but every doctor I went to kept telling me my thyroid was in the normal range. I finally got a doctor to listen to me along with low thyroid I also have low estrogen and progesterone. Any suggestions what to eat etc will welcome all advice. Love and LIght Carol

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Thank you so much for this increasingly useful information, MZZCHIEF. You say things very succinctly, so they are easy to understand. I have been studying all I can about my thyroid issues for 15 years, now, and every piece of information I glean from anywhere, helps put the jigsaw together.

I really appreciate the amount of time it must take you to fit it all into your busy day!

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I just saw some doctors here placed an ad in the local paper.
They are doing a research study using hCG over a 6 week peiod
to investigate reported rapid weight loss of up to 1/2 kg/1lb day.
As it is an independent study, they tell us fees apply. I phoned
for infomation and was told it is a 6 week course and the cost is,
wait for it, $500 plus $90 for the hCG from a compounding chemist.
I thought about it, but it's too much money for me and anyway,
most research studies that I have participated in have been cost free to me.
Any thoughts about this Mzz?



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Thanks, Wordly one!
Its a great video that gives an overview of the Endocrine System with visuals... I highly recommend it!

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Here's your link hyperlinked... the better for all to get to it! www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDy_p9912ao&featur
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Thanks for the info.

There's a simple illustrated intro
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Thank you, Anna for the encouragement!
I am trying to keep on a schedule of a couple of these posts per week, but I don't always have the time.
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For those reading, my advice is to only read one lesson per day, just to let things sink in, before piling more stuff into your brain. Dont go to the next information packet until you understand what you've read before it.

Okay...
So back to yesterday's cliffhanger , LOL, the question was: Why does it take a lot less time for the TSH to stabilize on Armour, Naturethyroid, Thyrolar or Cytomel?

If your answer was:

"Because they all contain T3, which is the biologically active form of thyroid hormone that requires no de-iodinasing, unlike the storage form of thyroid hormone, T4 does"

You would be correct!
Congratulations!

Today's information is about:

8) The HYPOTHALAMUS and more about the PITUITARY.

If you look at the body as a corporation, the Hypothalamus and Pituitary are the CEOs of Endocrine Incorporated.

Their "Head Quarters" are located just were you'd think it would be, in the Head... underneath the Brain in a place called the "Turkish Saddle". Which is a groove under the brain where the two hemispheres meet. These two wee organs are responsible for orchestrating the Big Plan to keep the Body running. They are big picture guys. Delegators. They do so by sending out chemical messengers called hormones.

Anatomically... the Hypothalamus sits on top of the Pituitary.
The Pituitary is a round blob about the size of a chickpea.
They are joined by a stalk, which contains a portal blood supply.
By portal blood supply, I mean a circular blood communication highway where the Hypothalamus can send out wee amounts of hormone directly to the Pituitary, rather than releasing it into the general blood supply and hoping it makes it there. It allows them to talk amongst themselves efficiently.

Its a beautiful little set up!

The hormone Hypothalamus releases is TRH to the Pituitary when it detects that there are insufficient amounts of thyroid hormone in the blood to keep the Body happy.
The letters stand for:
T =Thyrotrophin (if you remember, this is another word for the TSH the pituitary makes)
R= Releasing
H= Hormone

In turn the Pituitary sends out what to the Thyroid? C'mon you know it!

This chain of command is called the Hypothalamus / Pituitary/ Thyroid Axis.
Or you can think of it as TRH/ TSH/ T4&T3. I want to put arrows in there to show the chain reaction, how one sets off another, but Spark thinks I'm typing in html so I can't. So just imagine them in there. LOL


The thyroid is one of these "manufacturing offices" in Endocrine Incorporated..
The others main players in the "company" are the adrenals (sit on top of the kidney).
And the Gonads (ovaries and testes).

The thymus, pineal and parathyroids are members of Endocrine Incorporated, but we're not going to get into that here aside from mentioning their membership.

That's a lot of information so I'm going to leave it as is.
Here's what you should know:

1. What the two CEOs of the body are called.
2. What TRH, TSH are and who makes what... what they do.
3. Where the Hypothalamus and Pituitary gland is located.
(bonus points if you remember the name of the groove they're tucked into)
4. How the Hypothalamus and Pituitary are connected.
5. What a portal blood supply is.
6. How big your Pituitary is.
7. What the chain of command is called that regulates the Thyroid.

Keep today fun!
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Just a reminder peeps to keep the posts on this thread confined to the subject matter.
We want to hear your story... BUT this thread isn't the place for it.

Please start your own thread in the General or Introduction Forum to talk about your specifics.

Thx in advance for your cooperation.

Things have calmed down on my end, I have a bit of time to write.
So Lets talk about TSH today!

7) TSH... everyone that has had thyroid problems has heard this term at one time or another. Its what docs first test for, when you come in with hypothyroid symptoms.

What some people don't know, is that TSH isn't a thyroid hormone.

TSH stands for:
T= Thyroid
S= Stimulating
H= Hormone.

And that's exactly what it does.
It stimulates the thyroid to make more hormone.

Alternately, its called Thyrotropin.
So TSH = Thyroid Stimulating Hormone = Thyrotropin.

Got it?
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Its produced by the pituitary... a small gland tucked up on the underside of your brain.
A gland that in turn is regulated by the hypothalamus not far from the pituitary thru a hormone called TRH. More on that in the next installment.

When your thyroid is slacking for whatever reason, your TSH is sent out to get the thyroid busy. So your TSH number rises because... there's more in your blood to measure.

When your thyroid is putting out excess hormone, your pituitary makes less TSH and your TSH falls because... there's less in your blood to measure.

This is why hypOthryoids have high TSH numbers
And hypERthyroid peeps have low TSH numbers... or none at all!

In a normal, healthy (euthyroid) person, the TSH is optimally between 1.3- 1.8.
But the "healthy" range can be as low as .03 and as high as 3.
And vary through out the day and nite... yes there are circadian highs and lows in TSH...as well as in response to illness and some medications, fasting, stress.

The half life of TSH is an incredibly short 1-2 hours.
But it takes 6-8 weeks of dosing with T4 (levothyroxine) to get the TSH to find its permanent resting spot.
Or 4-6 weeks of dosing with Cytomel(T3) or one of the combination t3/t4 medications (Armour, Thyrolar, Naturethyroid, Thyroid NP) for it to stabilize. Any idea why? Think about that for a while based on what you've learned already.

Anyways, TSH is just one parameter of thyroid health.
And the pituitary doesn't really care where your thyroid hormone is coming from... be it home grown in your very own thyroid, or delivered via a pill... it only cares that its there in acceptable levels to maintain your health.

Here's what you should know now:
1.What gland makes TSH and where its located?
2. What TSH stands for and what another name for it is.
3. How long it takes for your pituitary to respond by dropping its production of TSH if you are on T4.
4. How long it takes for your pituitary to respond by dropping its production of TSH if you are on t3 or a combination t3/t4 medication.
5. That levels of TSH are not stable within a 24 hour period.

And the good news is that if you haven't figured out yet why the pituitary responds faster to t3 or a t3/t4 medication, you've got until tomorrow to think about it. As the answer will be available on the next installment of... Newbie Daily Thyroid!

Keep today, fun!
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Thanks for the support. I am just starting to learn about hypothyroidism and medication.

This turtle is to remind myself that slow but steady wins the race.


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Hi SuzyB. I'm glad you found our group because you will get a lot of great information here. If you read some of the posts you will hear from a bunch of other folks who have struggled with what you are dealing with. It takes a while for the medication to build up in your system, so my guess would be that you are just still very low on your levels. Unfortunatley, the woozy and fatigued kind of go hand in hand with the disease. You will have good days and bad days. My advice is do as much research as you can and keep reading the posts here. The more you know the better off you are.

For some reason this great thread just stopped. I have missed it because it is info all us newbies need. Maybe with your post it will pick up again.

Take care and let us know how you are doing.

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Slow and steady wins the race!!!


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Hello - I have been a Spark member for a while. I got hypothyroid diagnosis and took 25 mg of levothyroxine for the first time this AM. As day went on, I felt more and more woozy and fatigued - worse than I have for quite a while. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Maybe it's just a bad day. Or could it be an immediate reaction to "under-dosing"?

It's great to have a Spark team to turn to... emoticon

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Thanks for the info on parathyroids. Hope I don't ever need to worry about it, but good to know, especially about checking out surgeon. Wouldn't have known to ask those questions and they are definitely important. Just a question for down the road...if you have thyroid nodules and a goiter should you worry about your parathyroids? Also, It seems like a lot of people with hypothyroidism have osteoporosis. Is there a connection other than just mentioned? emoticon emoticon

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Thank you Mzz,can they also get accidently,oops removed if you have a Tonsilectomy or an emergency adnoid removeal? I know,a dumb question,but just curious since they are somewhat close and I was 15.Just curious and hope this isn't possible?


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hi guys!

Today lets talk about:

6) Parathyroids

Did you think that parathyroids were a part of the thyroid gland, because of the "thyroid" in their name?
Close, but no cigar!
Parathyroid refers to their location, rather than their function.
"Para-" in this context means "by" (as in next to) the thyroid.

The parathyroids are four or more rice sized glands located on the back of the thyroid. Sometimes they are found elsewhere in the chest cavity, sometimes there's as many at 8. But the usual deal is:
* four per customer.
* attached to the back of the thyroid.

Parathyroids are responsible for regulating calcium metabolism in the body, and they run a really tight ship.

Meaning ranges outside of 8.7-10.2 are rare, and usually indicative of Trouble in Parathyroid Town. Trouble usually comes in the form of a benign adenoma, fancy for an enlarged parathyroid gland, with elevated calcium as a result. The solution is surgery to remove the enlarged gland.

Parathyroid hormone stimulates osteoclasts, which are bone cells responsible for stripping down bone, when the calcium bone tissue contains, is required for other functions in the body. AND diet isn't providing an adequate amount. Ya'll have heard of osteoporosis/osteopenia before... bones weakened by excess calcium removal. Too much parathyroid hormone weakens bones.

You might be thinking: Interesting, but if the parathyroids aren't a part of the thyroid, why are we discussing them here?

Well, because of their location and wee size, or because they've become entangled in goitrous issue, sometimes they are accidentally removed during a thyrodectomy.
Causing big problems with calcium regulation in the body.

If their accidental removal is noticed at the time of surgery, they are often moved to the arm, neck or chest, where they manage to do their job and survive quite nicely. But ideally, they should be left where nature put them, even if there's no longer a thryoid there. The reason being that if they are left in place, they are already hooked up to a blood supply. And remember, your blood is your body's hormone highway... how things get to where they need to be.

If you are facing thyrodectomy, here are 3 questions to ask your surgeon:
*has he/she ever had to replant a parathyroid gland as a result of thyroid removal?
* if so, where did he chose to relocate it?
* how successful was the replant?
If your given a blank stare, its time to look for another surgeon, as its really difficult to live without your parathyroids.

The other reason why we're dishing about them here, is that after thyrodectomy, most patients have lowered calcium levels, as bruising the little guys is often unavoidable.
That's why your calcium levels are usually super low after thyrodectomy and checked repeatedly before you are released from the hospital. Its also why:
* you're often given mega doses of calcium following surgery.
* why you may be asked to megadose calcium for up to a month, until your parathyroids recover from the trauma of surgery.

So there ya have it... parathyroids in a nutshell.
Good health to all!
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ps.Oops... almost forgot the review!
What you should know:

* What they look like, where they are located, what they do.
* A cause of elevated calcium in the blood
* Three questions to ask your surgeon prior to choosing him to perform your thyrodectomy
* Why your calcium is frequently low after a thyrodectomy.
* What therapy is given to raise it.





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Thank you Mzz,very interesting and now to remember all that I have learned here.

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Thanks ya'll!

First, a CAVEAT:
Wanted to mention here, that the information I'm providing is very basic and can be used as a jumping off point for your own investigations.
I'm trying to simplify things, which can lead to leaving some things out.
Or not present as detailed a picture as you might need to fully understand what's going on with your thyroid.
That said, the information I am providing, will provide you with a basic a foundation on which to build your knowledge base.

Today's offering will be short and sweet, as this substance isn't a big player, usually isn't even mentioned in reference to thyroid disease.
But since it is produced by the thyroid... we can't leave it out.

5. About Calcitonin
Calcitonin is made in "C" cells in the thyroid, otherwise known as Parafollicular Cells.

If you've been unfortunate to have Medullary Thyroid cancer, you know this is the cancer that originates in these cells. Because C- cells don't deal with the synthesis of thyroid hormone,(thus don't contain iodine) radioactive iodine ablation is useless against eliminating remnants of this form of thyroid cancer. Thankfully Medullary Cancer is rare.

Calcitonin's other name is Thyrocalcitonin.
As its name suggests, is made in the thyroid and has "something" to do with Calcium.

That something is considered minor, since calcium metabolism is largely regulated in humans by the parathyroid glands. That said, if it were up to me, I'd prefer to have normal calcitonin production as it does have several functions not to be lightly dismissed.

So what's it do?

Calcitonin functions to lower calcium in the blood.

It does this primarily in 3 different ways by...
1. inhibiting the breakdown of bone by osteoclasts,
2. slowing the absorption of calcium from the gut,
3. working in the kidney to prevent calcium and phosphate re-absorption.

Basically, it reduces spikes in calcium after meals and keeps calcium in the bones.


You can survive without calcitonin, which people who have had a thyrodectomy have discovered. But if your parathyroid glands are accidentally removed during this procedure... that's a whole different story.

More on them tomorrow....

Here's what you learned today:
The name of a hormone the thyroid makes that helps regulate calcium.
What cells in the thyroid make it.
A type of thyroid cancer that originates in these cells.
What calcitonin does and 3 ways it does it.
Which glands are the actual calcium masters in humans.

Til the morrow!
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Thanks, teach. If I check into this everyday, I'm going to be so smart!!! You're awesome, mzzchief. Thanks for taking the time to teach us new to the team. Thanks for taking the time to share your wealth of knowledge. emoticon

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Thank you for this lesson about T3,what knowledge.It's a wonder if anyone's thyroid functions very well,all the environment hazards we face daily.The thyroid is an amazing,but oh so important organ ever.It is amazing and so awesome is the workings of our Thyroids.Love your Thyroid and take care of it.Thank you again Mzz. emoticon emoticon

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Hi guys!
Glad you all are learning something and enjoying this thread!
Thx for the feedback, everyone!

Bitty, the Free T test will come up, thanks for raising the question, but you're right, its just not time yet.
I really want to take this slow, break it down into small bits of information, present it in sequence, building upon the lesson before, so that no one's overwhelmed.

With that in mind, ya gotta know WHAT T3 and T4 are, before we start talking about testing for them!

Okay... onward and upward!
Today's lesson....

4. Let's talk about T3!

T3's other name is... are you ready? Triiodothyronine.
Now before ya'll freak out, lets look at the word.
Tri- means three
iodo- means iodine
thyronine = thyroid.
See, its really not that scary.... it tells you exactly what it is:

T3 is a thyroid hormone with 3 iodine atoms attached to it.

We're gonna call it by its nickname, T3, cuz its so much easier.

T3 is the ready to go thyroid hormone.... its what T4 is de-iodinased into.
Meaning it does not need de-iodinase for it to go to work within the cell.

T3 half-life is roughly 1.5-2.5 days. Longer than a lot of other substances, but quite a bit shorter than T4's half-life of 5-7 days.

Getting back to that food analogy:
If T4 is like a weeks worth of groceries in the fridge...
and De-iodinase is the chef that prepares it for consumption by the cells...
then T3 is a hot, nutritious ready to eat meal. Nutritional fast food if you like.

T3 is found in a variety of thyroid medications. In its pure form, its a salt called Iiodothyronine sodium.

You may have heard it called Cytomel, which is a brand name. Its also found in combination with T4 in all the "Porcines".

Porcines are thyroid medications sourced from dehydrated pig thyroids. Amour, Naturethyroid, Accela are 3 examples of brand name Porcines.
The generic form is called NP Thyroid.

Thyrolar, is a lab produced combo of 80% T4 and 20% T3.

Just like T4 meds, T3 is sensitive to light, heat and expiration date.

20% of the thyroid hormone produced by a healthy thyroid and released into circulation, is T3.

Why isn't more of it produced?
Getting back to the food analogy...
T3, just like a hot cooked, nutritious meal, needs to be consumed shortly after preparation, by cells that are hungry for it... or it degrades.
Just like a meal, it has a short half-life.
Too much T3 can put your cells in a situation where they become metabolically overactive, ie hypERthyroid.
Or thyroid hormone resistant... pushing away from the table.

Stuff you know now:
Another name for T3.
How many iodine atoms T3 has.
The half life of T3.
Names of some thyroid medications that contain T3.
That T3 is the body's ready to use thyroid hormone.
What things to keep your thyroid medication away from.
What percent of thyroid hormone released by a healthy thyroid is T3.

'til tomorrow, Thyroid Warriors!
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Awesome thread! Thank you for the information!

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Wow...lots of great info. Why is it important to get free T4 and T3 tested? Can you include that in the next lesson.... or am I skipping ahead? emoticon

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Awesome Mzz,thank you,I am learning something here,yeah emoticon

Did I tell you Chief you would be an awesome instructor? You are/would for sure.Have a splendid Sunday! I am looking forward to the next lesson and I will be to class on time,he,he,lol! emoticon Teach emoticon
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3. Lets talk about T4

T4's other name is thyroxine.
Its a thyroid hormone with 4 iodine atom's attached.

T4 is considered to be the "storage" form of thyroid hormone because its so stable.
Meaning it hangs out in the body, waiting to be used, for a REALLY long time.
Its "half life"... the amount of time it takes to decay to half the amount of what was put in... is an astonishing 5-7 days. When you consider that stuff like aspirin, caffeine and many drugs' half lives are mere hours, that's pretty impressive.

But T4 can't be used directly in the cells.
It needs de-iodinase.

What? Did you just think: O, I'll NEVER remember that word?
Pshaw!

Lets break it down...
de- means from,
- iodin- refers to iodine
- ase -means enzyme.
And thats what de-iodinase is and does. Is an enzyme that takes one iodine atom from T4 to make the "active" thyroid hormone, T3.

So now that you know what it does, and how to remember it.

Because T4 is relatively stable, its in most thyroid medications in the form a salt called Levo-thyroxine Sodium. That said, its important to keep your thyroid medication away from moisture, heat and light, and pay attention to expiration dates, because all of these things will mess with its potency. And you really don't want that.

80% of the thyroid hormone produced by a healthy thyroid and released into circulation, is T4.

Using an analogy...
T4 is like food in the fridge, in cold storage.
Deiodinase is the chef that preparesT4 for consumption on an as needed basis... turns it into T3.
Otherwise its just left in storage, floating around the body until needed.

Stuff you know now:
Another name for T4.
How many iodine atoms T4 has.
The half life of T4.
What de-iodinase does.
What things to keep your thyroid medication away from.
What percent of thyroid hormone is T4.

AND a goofy fridge/chef analogy to help you remember!

'til tomorrow!
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2.WHAT DOES THE THYROID MAKE?

The thyroid makes 4 hormones, plus calcitonin (more on calcitonin later).
They are T1, T2, T3, T4.

The number is how many iodine atoms are attached to the main part of the thyroid hormone... refered to as the "T". The T part refers to Thyroglobulin, a protein containing the amino acid Tyrosine that gets stripped down (lysed) and joined with iodine to form the main part of the hormone.

T1 and T2, are thought to be inactive... precursors to the "finished"circulating hormones... T3 and T4.

T3 & T4 are the ones we're always talking about here, asking you to get measured by asking your doc for a "Free T" test.

More about them tomorrow... don't want to overload you.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW NOW:
How many thyroid hormones does your thyroid make, in addition to calcitonin?
What does the "T" and the number following it refer to?
What's the main amino acid in Thyroglobulin?
Which two thyroid hormones do we ask you to get measured?
What's the name of the test used to measure them?

Good luck!
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Hey Newbies!

This thread has been created just for YOU!

You always knew you were special... you just didn't know that I knew it too!

If there's any question about what I've posted, feel free to ask that question on this thread.
PLEASE keep your questions ON TOPIC.

This thread is not the place for your personal story.
That does not mean that mean ol' Mzzchief and her wicked team of thyroid sufferers doesn't want to learn all about you... it just means that this thread's not the place!

I'm making this thread a "Sticky" which means it will be easier for you to find, because it will always be on top of the heap of team posts.

Okay... so here goes.
Time to get an edgeYOUkation:


1. APPEARANCE
The Thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the neck.

The two "wings" of the butterfly are the Left Lobe and Right Lobe on either side of the trachea. The trachea is the main tube that brings air to your lungs...you may have heard it referred to as the "wind pipe".

The "body" of the butterfly is known as the isthmus....a band of tissue that connects the two of lobes.
Occasionally this isthmus has a finger like projection out of the top of it. This is called a pyramidal lobe. The pyramidal lobe is not present in all people. It's thyroid tissue that was left in the embryonic thyroglossal duct (try saying that one 3 times fast!) that brought the thyroid to its final resting position, straddling the trachea... and then disappeared after its job was done.

TEST YOURSELF:
(What you should have learned)
General location of the thyroid.
Shape of thyroid gland.
The names of the three main parts of the gland.
Something extra that not everyone has on their thyroid.

Howdya do?

Stay tuned for tomorrow's exciting thyroid factoids!

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