I was diagnosised with Hypo throid and on medication for many many yrs.....then one day a " specialist " stopped it cold turkey !! Not sure if i ever felt better but i gained more weight , more itchy skin and man is it dry always tired and never sleep well ( unless drug induced ) hate being cold ....in general feel like road kill warmed up . My blood tests always come back " in range " not sure if dr. is taking " all " the tests he could to be sure .
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388 5/30/13 5:32 P
Ok-disclaimer first! I am not a doctor or any kind of medical professional, and what I am doing works for me, so please don't anyone jump on me for dispensing advice, because that's not my intent. I'm not suggesting or advising, but here's my story:
For a while I had been experiencing bouts of heavy fatigue-as in, shouldn't be driving at times, falling asleep at work fatigue. I mentioned it to a friend who suggested I get my thyroid tested-she is on Synthroid (sp?) for hypothyroidism. I have another friend who has been tested repeatedly but in never comes back within "range," so they won't say she is hypo, although she has been on Synthroid before & didn't like it. (They gave her an Rx for it but wouldn't diagnose it)
I researched the symptoms & realized that while many of them could be from other causes, the one that really stuck out was sensitivity to cold in the hands & feet. These two things along with a couple of other ones made me think that could be my problem, but here's the thing: I have a high deductible insurance plan thru work. I was still paying off medical bills from another issue, and I really didn't want to rack up more bills for tests that may or may not be conclusive. I know I'm no different from most everyone else in this circumstance, but for me personally, I need to only go to the doctor when it becomes absolutely necessary. So I did what many of us do-self help thru the interwebs.
Another Sparker mentioned something she takes, so I looked into it: Natra-Bio Thyroid Support. After a lot of hemming & hawing I bought some on Amazon. I fully expected it to not change a thing, but it has. It does not make me "zippy" but I feel more normal-the fatigue isn't completely gone, but I'd say it's about 75% improved. The same with the cold hands. I also sleep better, & notice I don't get the night sweats like I used to. I think my general mood has improved too.
So that is what has worked for me-it's been almost 3 weeks. I should also mention that I have no other medical conditions or issues, and the only Rx I take is birth control. I take supplements daily-a multi, D, & B. I do have my yearly appointment coming up soon & I'll run all this by my OB/Gyn at that time.
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5/30/13 4:58 P
Yes, I tried other treatments (pharmaceutical grade iodine supplement) along with diet, but didn't have much success. I did NOT want to take synthetic thyroid medication so I opted for the bioidentical medication. I see an alternative doctor in the KC area and he always tests T4, free; T3, free; T3 uptake; T3, reverse; thyroglobulin antibodies; thyroid peroxidase antibodies, etc. - he's very thorough and stays on top of things for me. My insurance doesn't pay well either, so I'm out of pocket on a lot of things, but I don't care - for me, anyway, I'd rather be out of pocket than on nasty presecriptions!!!
I think the approach of finding a doctor you blends conventional medicine with a holistic approach might be of great value to you. My idea of holistic medicine is using everything available to get the best solution to fit your needs...body, mind and spirit.
5/29/13 2:39 P
PS if you are concerned by the word "pharmaceutical" - there are "natural" sources of thyroid hormone... I use the "artificial" synthroid for two reasons: a) cost and b) reliability of dosage. BUT plenty of people use "dessicated pig thyroid"... you could enquire about something like that...
5/29/13 2:35 P
"I have hypothyroidism and I am not wanting to take the meds I have been prescribed. "
Yeah. I used to actually feel this way. I resented "having to take a pill" and have gone through periods of "I don't really need this!" and (against any sensible or sane advice) have simply just stopped taking my pills for long periods of time.
Many years ago, when my dosage was low, I actually *could* get away with these phases, without too much of an obvious health impact. But the last time I let my thinking go this way, it went far beyond a "period of low energy" - I ended up in the hospital emergency room with crazy symptoms (chest wall pain, heart palps & skipped-beats). After ruling out "heart attack" and doing a battery of tests on me, it was revealed that my thyroid blood tests were RIDICULOUSLY high. (you know where it says your TSH level should be under 3.5? Mine was like - twenty).
If you insist on following alternative/holistic/non-prescription-medi cation treatments, MAKE SURE you get your blood tested OFTEN. If your levels don't improve on their own through these treatments, then you're only doing yourself and your health a massive disservice by avoiding your medication.
5/29/13 2:26 P
My doctor won't do much, its the NP that I always have to talk to, and my lab work didn't include T3 and T4, or FT3, FT4, just the TSH. I am limited by who my insurance will cover.
Didn't ANYONE try holistic or alternative treatments before they jumped on the pharmaceutical wagon...Thats what this thread was for, people who are using OTHER treatments than an Rx for drugs.
5/28/13 2:22 P
I would suggest that you discuss your misgivings with a medical doctor, read scientific literature and then make an informed decision. The results of your blood work will be pretty clear about what works and what does not. Best of luck.
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5/28/13 12:42 P
I take a bioidentical thyroid medication rather than the synthetic stuff. It's still a prescription medication that I have to get from a custom compounding pharmacy, but I feel better knowing it's bioidentical rather than synthetic. So, if what you are currently doing does not work, you might seek out a physician who is open to bioidentical thyroid over synthetic. Good luck.
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5/28/13 12:26 P
I would say to see an endocrinologist to get accurate T cell readings. Getting the right dose of medication was the worst part for me, but once it was stabilized, I was fine. Then I got thyroid cancer and now, without a thyroid am totally dependent on Synthroid. Please, don't negate the benefits of thyroid medication. Iodine supplements are nothing to mess around with.
5/28/13 11:45 A
I am seeing a Traditional Chinese Medicene practitioner and he has me eating a special diet and drinking an herbal tea 3x day, he says he has treated a lot of ppl with thyroid disease but I don't know if any were cured or not. I see no reason the body can't heal this, it can heal about near anything. I'm also taking probiotics. I read that thyroid function is dependent on the good bacteria in the gut...and that low protein can also cause problems. I don't know if I have side affects from the drugs or not because I'm not taking them.
5/28/13 11:42 A
its like insulin in some ways. Type one diabetes can't be treated without insulin. same with hypothyroid. since you body isn't making enough thyroid, you pretty much have to take it.
5/28/13 10:10 A
Anarie is correct. There isn't really a way to treat hypothyroidism without medication. If you are having a bad reaction to the meds, talk again to your doctor to adjust them. I don't think it is a good idea to take an iodine supplement without talking to your doctor, either. If your thyroid isn't functioning, it won't be able to use the dietary iodine anyway.
I did a significant amount of research before resorting to medication including visiting with many Chinese and Korean friends that have holistic backgrounds. Nothing else worked. I dislike the side effects and I am not seeing any results yet but I keep taking the medication.
I have never heard of anyone with diagnosed hypothyroidism who was able to treat it without medication. Sorry. That's one of the things that modern medicine can do-- give some relief to certain conditions that really don't have a holistic/non-medical solution.
5/27/13 9:37 P
I have hypothyroidism and I am not wanting to take the meds I have been prescribed. What I am wondering is if there are people out there who have gotten this condition under control without the meds and what they did to control it. So far all I have done is stop eating cruciferous veggies and start taking an iodine supplement. I'd really like to hear from you if you have found a holistic treatment that WORKS.
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