SparkPeople Thyroid Community Team Messageboard Got a thyroid disorder? Come share, learn and grow with our member driven, information oriented team. SparkPeople Thyroid Community Team Messageboard Thyroid and High Triglycerides I have a total idiot for a PCP and she refused to refer me to an endo. Broke my foot and THAT doc saw my bloodwork and SHE referred me. It was clear to a foot surgeon that a year of abnormal thyroid was not good. So... I had bloodwork done and I had triglyceride level at 2600 which is insane. Has anyone else experienced this? Seeing endo next week... finally. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:26:29 EST Greetings Returned due to bad habits and stress eating. Hope all are well! FYI, I'm one that's on armour and deals with other issues. (not from the armour but from a wonky immune system and gut issues) Fri, 9 Aug 2019 10:34:59 EST Ledderhose's Disease Had my foot appointment with my GP. The nodules in the arch of my foot are benign. It is Ledderhose's disease. (If you get these same nodules in your hand it is call Dubtyrens.) It does not hurt, but it looks scary. I walk 5 miles a day and my right foot does not bother me. I showed it to my dear husband and his reaction was not good, but he scares really easy. I feel bad now that I showed him. No treatment until something changes. Good chance that nothing will ever happen. It does... Sat, 26 Jan 2019 18:12:42 EST armour and planters fasciitis I am hypo/hashimotos for 10+ years now. My doc and I do blood work 1x per year or more if needed. We check TSH, Free T3 and Free T4. I've been taking 75mcg levo and 5mcg of liothyronine for about 2 years. I've been becoming more symptomatic lately and at most recent exam asked to be switched to Armour. After bloodwork, which showed T3 and T4 at about 45% of ref range I was put on Armour 60mg. After about 10 days I developed right foot pain, which appears to be planters fasciitis. I hav... Mon, 26 Nov 2018 18:11:18 EST TSH goes really high from time to time My TSH was within the range 2years ago and at that time I was taking 125mcg levothyroxine and 10mcg cytomel. Then all of a sudden it jumps to 36. Adjusted dosage to 150mcg levo and 15mcg t3 and tsh came down to normal. This July I checked again and it is 40! Changed the dosage to 175mcg levo and 15mcg t3. Haven't rechecked yet. Any idea why it goes that high all of a sudden? <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:24:00 EST Chest pressure on Armour A little background info on myself, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and high blood pressure during my pregnancy in early 2016. My doctor put me on Synthroid 50 mcg which I took until September 2017 when I switched doctors and was then placed on Levothyroxine 50mcg. I never noticed any difference or symptoms of having hypothyroidism besides hair loss. Being a new mom, I was always tired and never thought it could be from my thyroids. <BR> <BR> In February of 2018, I got the flu for the fi... Thu, 30 Aug 2018 09:26:50 EST Switching from Synthroid to Naturethroid I’ve been on Synthroid 112 for 10 years and my Free T3 has always been low. I finally found a doctor who understands that I need T3 and suggested I switch to Naturethroid 1.25 grain. I’ve called around to different pharmacies and none of them have it in stock and are unable to get this dose. Any advice on what I should do? What would be a good alternative to Naturethoid? Tue, 24 Jul 2018 23:32:21 EST New to Hypothyroidism Good Morning, 🌞 <BR> I was just about ready to finish my Graduate studies when everything came crashing down as I’ve been totally exhausted (I’m afraid graduate school has cost me my health). I severely broke my dominant wrist in November and now <BR> just diagnosed hypothyroid (also vitamin B12 deficient, as well as folate and vitamin D deficient). sigh... <BR> <BR> My doctor put me on the lowest dose of Armour Thyroid 15 mg Tabs (today is my second day). I have taken the medicatio... Sat, 7 Jul 2018 11:52:18 EST Delicious watermelon for all! Here's an easy to read article on 13 benefits of watermelon! <BR> <BR> I've been eating it a lot these days, with temps in the 90s here in Texas, its a welcome addition to my diet. <BR> <BR> If you're single like me, my advice is to buy a "personal" melon... one of those mini-melons you may have seen before... so that you don't wind up throwing out watermelon bc its gone bad before you can finish it all. There's nothing like a mouthful of bad melon to turn you off it for the entire season. ... Fri, 29 Jun 2018 19:24:52 EST How long can you hold your breath? Thought this was a good read, that most people could relate to at some point in their lives: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n/ </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sat, 9 Jun 2018 15:33:04 EST Hello! Greetings, <BR> <BR> My name is Maria. I am 25 year old female that lives in Flowery Branch, GA. I am Hypothyroid Fighter that was was finally diagnosed in February of this year and started treatment with Levothyroxine. <BR> <BR> With my move to North Georgia my Family Nurse Practitioner began to listen and after a very swollen neck schedule a ultrasound of thyroid. After the ultrasound they located a nodule on thyroid gland and the primary care physician and my FNP decided to send me on t... Thu, 24 May 2018 02:55:13 EST Some Supplements to Consider This link was posted in another place on our team by STARQN <BR> Thank yo! <BR> <BR> I thought it would get more readers here. <BR> <BR> A couple comments on the article... <BR> Be very careful with Selenium. High levels have been implicated in the development of diabetes. The soils of the US are high where wheat is grown and we can easily get too much. The safest source of selenium, as long as you are not allergic to nuts, is Brazil nuts. I buy mine at Walmart, and eat a half a nut a day.... Sat, 19 May 2018 16:44:34 EST Which tests for antibodies? Here we go again, so i neeed to double check that we are requesting the right tests, <BR> T3 Free <BR> T4 Free <BR> Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies <BR> Thyroglobulin Antibodies <BR> <BR> are there any other antibodies that i am missing that i should look for when trying to further look at thyroiditis? <BR> Tue, 15 May 2018 22:14:08 EST Hashimotos Warrior I have Hashimotos, which has caused many health problems, weight gain being just one thing to deal with. I'm to have a total thyroidectomy on May 14th, and am not wanting to gain any more weight. I already have 60 plus pounds to lose. I do good on a "diet" for about three days, then for some reason I get off track by eating something I shouldn't. I'm determined that I will succeed this time though. I do better with encouragement, and am hoping to find what I need to succeed on here. I need so... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:58:02 EST Question about Ultrasound results Ultrasound this week took 71 pictures. Is that a normal amount? they wouldn't really let me look at them at all. And wouldn't talk to me either. I did notice one of the photos had color and had a big red blob on it and a bunch of other colored tiny bits on the other side. <BR> <BR> I talked to the office today asking about results and they stated : <BR> Prior thyroid inflamation <BR> and no nodules no evidence of malignancy. <BR> <BR> does this make any sense given the sheer number of p... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:50:55 EST new New to the whole Thyroid thing. Got a new dr, and they took a quick feel of my neck and surprised me with your Thyroid is enlarged. She started to talk about things that could result from that, and quickly i asked her if there was a problem that caused you to go back and forth between the two. <BR> <BR> As i have times of excessive hunger, fatigue, heat intolerance (I have to have the a/c on all the time or serious fan running on me) crazy crawling out of my skin have to move can't possi... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:47:33 EST Over Dosed on Nature Thyroid My Doctor had me on 195mg per day of Nature Thyroid. Due to shortages on the 195 tablet I started taking 30mg tabs. Then they ran out of them (30mg). Found a pharmacy that had Nature Thyroid but only in a 65mg. <BR> Long story short, for six weeks I was taking 6-7 tablets a day of 65mg, thinking it was the 30mg I had been taking. <BR> I was gasping for air when walking, always tired, slept very little at nigh, etc. <BR> Have any of you ever experience this? <BR> Seeing the doc tomorrow. <BR... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:32:48 EST Hypothyroidism Hi, I’m new to this site. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 10 years ago and started taking Synthroid 112 mcg. I recently moved to another state and had to get new doctors. My endocrinologist always kept my tsh in the lower normal range at about 0.34. When I moved &amp; had to get new doctors they told me my level was way too low. They decreased my Synthroid from 112 to 88 mcg. My tsh level is now 2.31. I’m not comfortable with my level this high &amp; think I’m going to go back to ... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 22:41:29 EST T3 test results accurate? Hi there, <BR> I have, what I think, is a quick question. I just got my test results back. I have Hashi's and I take Nature Throid. <BR> <BR> 4–10-18 <BR> TSH  1.12  (0.4-4.5) <BR> T4  0.9 (0.76-1.46)   <BR> T3  3.1  (2.18-3.98) <BR> <BR> I asked my doctor about the T3 being low. He said remember you take your meds 6 hours before they draw blood and it's much higher right after you take it. <BR> <BR> I feel better (this has been a long journey) but I could use more energy. Is the doctor ... Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:27:34 EST Keto Diet I have been fighting this weight thing for years - since Graves disease cost me my thyroid (prior to that at the age of 40 I was under 130 lbs - I am now 20 years older and 50 pounds heavier). For 15 years I was on .125 Synthroid, the doctor just bumped me to .150. Problem is I cannot loose weight - I admit part is my eating habits - but I do for the most part eat healthy and exercise. So far nothing has helped. My PT suggested the keto diet - he is in great shape but packed on some pound... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:34:06 EST Cheap and effective facial/ body scrub I've been using amla as a scrub. <BR> You.can buy this online or at an Indian grocer's. <BR> <BR> Amla is the dried powder of the Indian Gooseberry. <BR> It's highly astringent, full of vitamin C and antioxidants. <BR> <BR> Rinse you face, then mix the amla with a bit of water in the palm of your hand until it forms a paste. Then rub on your face in circular motions. Let dry. It will tighten your skin, just like a clay mask will. When dry, rinse off and apply whatever moisturizer you normal... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:32:02 EST Hashimoto and medically supervised weight loss Hi all. I am new to this website. I am hashimoto on armour 45 daily and have watched the scale creep up over the years. Diets and exercise have not been able to control this so I have started a medically supervised weight loss program (Ideal Protein). Was wondering if there are any other hashi people out there who have done this, if it is sustainable in the long run and if it has had any affect on your meds or symptoms. Also, did it help anyone with the hair loss. Sun, 24 Dec 2017 15:18:08 EST Enzymes activity measurement for weight lose I am now working on activity measurement, which can make great progress in losing weight. <link><BR>vice/Enzyme-Activity-Measurement_9.html </link> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:52:18 EST Victoria Gomez New Member! Feedback appreciated!! Hello! My past thyroid test in 2015 was high, causing me to get a test where I drank iodine and they took a picture of the back of my neck and top of knee. The test results were normal as no medication was prescribed. <BR> <BR> Currently my tsh is .14 and had bloodwork done because I am experiencing very strong symptoms that are out of the ordinary to me for about 5 months now. I am severely tired, have been student in college for three years and can remember the want to nap. But this amoun... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 21:05:01 EST Electric pressure cookers Hi team! <BR> Just curious if any of you use electric pressure cookers, and have any leads on a good, inexpensive pot? <BR> I don't need it for anything fancy... just a quick way cook a smallish portion of beans. <BR> <BR> Thx! <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:25:03 EST Smelling with your kidneys? Thought this was amazing... so I'm sharing! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>9b9o9lo </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy the wonder! <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:33:53 EST Weight loss Have anyone loss weight since they been on this medicine Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:45:39 EST Foods not good for thyroid I have been on thyroid medicine for about 15 years now and people always tell me not to eat or drink grapefruit. I wasn't told by my Dr. I even searched about it and found nothing, but I came across an article on foods not to eat lots of with thyroid problem. They are All soy products, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Radishes, Spinach, and Strawberries. I love and eat all of these. Does anyone know if this is true? Could this be my problem why I have a hard time loosing weight? I woul... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 05:14:39 EST intermittent fasting I'm curious to know if any of your are currently doing intermittent fasting and what your thoughts on the subject are? <BR> <BR> Here's a link to an article that explains the pros and cons: <BR> <link><BR>o-intermittent-fasting </link> <BR> <BR> I really like it, bc I'm really good at following clear cut, yes/no, black/white directions. <BR> No really is no to me, and Yes is really yes. <BR> <BR> The ambiguity of ad libitum eating is problematic for ... Tue, 30 May 2017 14:56:26 EST 4 methoxybenzyl alcohol 4-Methoxybenzyl alcohol is found in anise. 4-Methoxybenzyl alcohol is isolated from vanilla, aniseed oil, sweet osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) flowers and tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus). 4-Methoxybenzyl alcohol is used in flower perfumes and flavourings4-Methoxybenzyl alcohol belongs to the family of Anisoles. These are organic compounds contaiing a methoxybenzene or a derivative thereof. <link><BR>6.htm </link> Thu, 25 May 2017 05:24:55 EST Thyroid Cancer: Things you need to know <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thyroid cancer is an illness in which dangerous cancer cells frame in the tissues of the thyroid organ. Discovered all the more frequently in ladies, the National Cancer Institute gauges 60,022 new instances of thyroid cancer will be analyzed in the United States in 2013. <BR> <BR> Like most types of cancer, thyroid cancer can be separated into a few distinct sorts or subgroups, says Joche... Tue, 2 May 2017 07:24:13 EST bone/feet pain after taking thyroid meds Hi, <BR> I just joined this group and was hoping there were some thyroid patients here. <BR> I had my thyroid removed 2 1/2 years ago b/c of my cancer and I wished I never had the surgery. After my thyroid was removed I had to go on thyroid medication. That's when the problems began. <BR> I gain 20 pounds instantly after the surgery and I was on a liquid diet since I couldn't chew. The problems are weight gain, hair loss and bone/feet pain that's now in my jaw. <BR> <BR> I was on straight c... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:48:35 EST Body and leg pain Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am back again. :) <BR> <BR> So, in August I unfortunately awoke to discover I have tinnitus. Of course I was not sure why, I had this sudden ringing in my ears, but I started researching and found it could be caused by exposure to loud noises (I work with 6 year olds - but not loud enough), excess processed sugar (so I cut out all carbonated beverages), or possibly related to my thyroid. <BR> <BR> I went to my original doctor and he told me that it was NOT relat... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:36:43 EST New(ish) and expecting to be here a long while. Hi, I'm Franc. <BR> I've been told over and over through my life that thyroid issues without any detail given until recently. My mom is 100% naturopathic but to the point of being anti-MD so I limit what I share with her as both have a place in my healthcare. Thing is, she is being treated for thyroid and adrenal issues by her naturopath but has no solid diagnosis or details I can share with docs. <BR> <BR> Long story short, as best we can tell I've had thyroid problems pretty much sinc... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 16:11:31 EST Recent test results Hi people... it's been a long time since I've posted or even visited the group. I hope everyone is doing okay. <BR> <BR> I had lab work done yesterday in preparation for my annual endo appt on Friday. The TSH, High Sensitivity was 0.05 with the lab showing a range of 0.45 - 4.50. The T4 Free, Non-Dialysis was 0.7 with the range being 0.8 - 1.7. Those are the only two tests that were done. <BR> <BR> I take Nature-throid 2x daily, but missed my second pill the night before going to the la... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:32:58 EST Tell Us Your Story about You and Your Proteins Who: <BR> <BR> This is for all scientists/students or anyone whose work is related to protein! <BR> <BR> Why: <BR> <BR> We would like to know the experience when you work with your proteins (recombinant protein, native protein, lysate etc.), no matter it is success or failure. Did you get on well with the protein or still “fight” with it? Tell us your story. But, no, no, no, we don’t want to hear your presentation. Drama, musical, dance, song, comedy, animation or other innovative types of... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:51:23 EST Nutrition advice For those of you looking for advice based on published research, you may want to subscribe to YouTube channel Nutrition facts with Dr Greger. <BR> <BR> He doesn't sell anything, the profits from his book "How Not to Die" and videos go to charity. <BR> <BR> My "Paleo" habits (low carb, lots of produce, meats) practically killed me. <BR> High cholesterol and heart attack. <BR> <BR> It is currently my belief that older humans, particularly women in menopause, need less protein than we did in ... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 18:14:01 EST ammonium sulfite The primary hazard of some chemicals in cosmetics is the threat to the environment. Immediate steps should be taken to limit its spread to the environment. For cosmetics, ammonium sulfite is used as a hair straightening agent and a hair waving agent.Ammonium based hair products have been made to replace sodium hydroxide based products due to the destructive nature of sodium hydroxide on hair. <BR> <link><BR>0.htm </link> Thu, 9 Mar 2017 03:08:28 EST Help with iPad mini and Sparkmail Hi Team <BR> Can anyone help me with this problem? <BR> I can't seem to find the tab on my Sparkpage for Sparkmail when logged in on my new iPad mini. <BR> <BR> <BR> iPad mini users... please tell me where the Sparkmail tab is on the Sparkpage? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Mon, 6 Mar 2017 15:49:07 EST The welcome committee Just want to thank those of you who welcomed me to the Thyroid Community. Feels good to know I'm not alone. Still have not been diagnosed and no labs have been done, but the FNA biopsy for multinodular goiter was benign as they usually are. Typical for me, when I see red lights in my rear view mirror, I tap the brakes. So, I decided my belt was too small. Gave up alcohol, wheat, sugar, except for honey in my coffee and green tea, and most dairy except for kefir and greek yogurt in my dail... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:37:30 EST Thyroid Removal for Multinodular Goiter I haven't been around much lately. Here's an update. <BR> <BR> I have a multinodular goiter that they believe is causing my swallowing and breathing issues this past year. I have 7 nodules. 1 in the left lobe about 1.9 cm, 4 in the right lobe between 1 and 2 cm each and 2 on the isthmus between 2 and 2.7 cm each. Previous biopsies have been benign - last one 1.5 years ago. It appears to extend slightly below my collarbone. I have only been able to eat soft foods since September and even ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:24:08 EST New SparkPeople person First time here and expect I'll make a "rules blunder". So forgive my clumsiness. <BR> Just looking around it seems the membership is mostly female. By design? <BR> I came here because of a health concern and am hoping to find friends of a similar mindset. I'm not a fan of allopathic medicine and always believe the body can heal itself with good nutrition versus pharmaceutical treatment of symptoms. Am I in the right place? <BR> All the best <BR> Jack Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:16:19 EST New to SparkPeople I've just joined today and came in search of others with thyroid disorders. I've had a Hashimoto's diagnosis for years. I'm on 65 mg of NatureThroid per day but my TSH just came back pretty high so that level needs to be adjusted. Clearly my thyroid is still not working. I'm also diabetic, have high cholesterol, high BP, and am recovering from a knee replacement 3 months out. My goal is to lose enough (ideally 63 pounds) to get off the meds for the other stuff, and simply treat the hashis. Lo... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:58:18 EST BIOTIN and your THYROID TEST results!!!! Hi Team <BR> <BR> Tapbelle brought this information to my attention, I thought it worthy of a post all of its own. <BR> <BR> Turns out Biotin... which is in high doses in hair loss supplements and which I've personally recommended here on this Forum... interferes with your thyroid hormone tests. <BR> <BR> Turns out thyroid and even some TSH tests use Biotin as part of their assay formula. The elevated Biotin levels in patient's blood can throw the results off either in one direction or an... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:23:31 EST Liquid Levothyroxine anyone? Anyone take liquid levothyroxine? I found some reports saying it helps some people, especially those whose stomach acid pH is high or drink coffee at breakfast. <BR> <BR><BR>oid/oral-solution-improved-levothyroxi<BR>ne-absorption-in-hypothyroidism/articl<BR>e/368418/ <BR> <BR><BR>95.full.pdf Fri, 2 Dec 2016 22:09:53 EST Undercooked Bean Problems! Hi team <BR> <BR> Turns out you can get really sick if you don't cook your beans properly. <BR> I was undercooking mine, thinking that as long as they were soft, time and temperture didn't count. Well... I was wrong wrong wrong and as a consequence had to stop eating them until recently when I discovered why they were making me so ill. <BR> <BR> Here's an article outlining cooking times, and the reasons why time and temperature is so important. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:05:23 EST Need a new doc in AZ. This one may be a quack. Some background. In 2008 I found out my thyroid was way off. TSH was 45.89. Doc gave me T4. Several doctors later, I am seeing an endo in Scottsdale for a few years, taking 60 mg NP Thyroid twice a day 6 days a week and taking 1 one day a week (weird I know). He told me he would consider raising my meds if my heart checked out. 2 EKGs, an echo and a stress test later, he says my heart is fine, but he wants new labs. In August, I had labs done. The endo only did 3 labs. <BR> <BR> TSH... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:08:02 EST help with thyroid lab results I have been suffering for quite a while with hypo type symptoms. I recently had labs ran. Any help would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> T3 Free 2.8 (range L=2.5 H=3.9) <BR> T4 Free 0.83 (range L=0.61 H= 1.12) <BR> TSH 0.87 (L=0.34 H=5.60) <BR> Vitamin D 31 (range L=30 H=100) <BR> <BR> Any help would be appreciated. I have a consultation with an Endo on Friday. Just wanted some input as to if an Endo is needed, in your opinions. I found an Endo that would see me with out a referral. <BR> Sun, 6 Nov 2016 00:04:07 EST Hoping to find answers and support! Hi there! So glad to have found this forum...I really need the support and information, so thanks! <BR> <BR> I had a total thyroidectomy two years ago due to thyroid cancer. I didn't need to have the iodine treatment, and have basically been cruising right along on levothyroxine until last year around this time. I had a baby last year, and my levels were well managed by my high risk OB. Once my son was 6 months old and I was transferred back to my endo for medication management, things got c... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:33:34 EST Migraines from Levothyroxine? Hi- I'm just wondering if anyone else has had frequent migraine headaches after starting Levo-? <BR> I normally have a migraine every now and then, maybe every couple of months. Since starting on this thyroid med, I am having 1 or 2 every single week (started meds 9/9 and the migraines started up a week or 2 later). <BR> I have been eating peanuts, and will stop that now, in case they are a trigger. <BR> Anyway, just wondering if anyone here has had this type of experience, and if you found ... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:47:53 EST Latest T3 Test way off I have been on a roller-coaster ride regarding my thyroid medication. I discovered that a new company is producing Armour and it does not work. It certainly has not for me. I think I may be switching to Synthroid, which I took decades ago and though test results would make it appear it was working, I felt very tired until I switched to Armour. A few weeks ago, I started taking kelp supplements and occasionally using iodized salt, which I think may have skewed the T3 test I took last week.... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:23:40 EST Need Insight Please Hello everyone. I hope I am posting this in the correct place. I am new to the group, although I have been reading some of the posts that others have made. They have helped me quite a bit. I could really use some insight right now please. In April, my test results were as follows: <BR> TSH was 5.45 (reference range .38-4.14) <BR> free T3 was 2.8 pg/mL (reference range 2.10-3.80) <BR> free T4 was .7 ng/dL (reference range .75-1.54) <BR> <BR> My doctor started me on 50 mcg of Levothyroxin... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:58:43 EST Hello I've been a member for some time, but don't think I've ever posted. So I guess this is more of a re-introduction since I've lost my way for a while, but I'm back now. I am now 50 and am in menopause, so my scale has jumped in the wrong direction. I am still vegan, but since I've been so fatigued for some time now I've become more dependent on convenience foods, which are vegan although not so healthy just like any other processed foods. I hate feeling like such a failure for letting my wei... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 13:42:37 EST New Member <BR> <BR> Hello! I joined this group in hopes of gaining knowledge on how to win against Hypothyroidism and hopefully lose 40 lbs. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 13:00:05 EST Synthroid With Cytomel Hi, <BR> I'm new and would really appreciate some help and advice. I had graves disease and had my thyroid removed about 15 years ago with radioactive iodine. Since then I have been taking Synthroid. Last year my doctor started me on Cytomel and lowered the Synthroid. I have gained 10 pounds since and am struggling to lose the weight even though I diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> This is the first time on a help group. I would like to know how other people are dealing with medication and w... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:48:45 EST New Endocrinologist My doctor's appt went well today. I was able to get refilled on my thyroid meds and a referral to a new Endocrinologist. I don't have high expectations of the Endocrinologist though because I don't want to get my hopes up. <BR> <BR> Today, the doctor was saying that The T3 test is the amount of gas you have in the tank and the TSH is the meter that tells you whether you are fine or not. <BR> <BR> I told him that having hypothyroidism is like always having crappy gas in your car! Will you... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:45:49 EST Dr appointment anxiety Appointment with the doc tomorrow. Actually, it is with. PA who works under a doc but what matters is that I am heard! The car ride is 30+ minutes and I hate it. Too much pollution, too much noise, too much traffic and too many big trucks. <BR> <BR> -I need more thyroid medicine. There are no refills and I have 4 pills left so this appointment is just in time. I also need more asthma medicine. <BR> <BR> I have not had my period in almost a year (In October). The doctors just said it was b... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:05:42 EST Horseradish Peroxidase The enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP), found in horseradish, is used extensively in molecular biology applications primarily for its ability to amplify a weak signal and increase detectability of a target molecule. HRP is often used in conjugates (molecules that have been joined genetically or chemically) to determine the presence of a molecular target. For example, an antibody conjugated to HRP may be used to detect a small amount of a specific protein in a western blot. Here, the antibody... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:47:59 EST Hashimotos hypothyroidism sublingual t4 Hello, my name is Jenny I am 50 years old and I feel like in the fight of my life with this thyroid issue. I have been hypothyroid for the past 25 years and up until 5 years ago was treated with synthroid 112mcg daily with no problems. Then one day it started making me ill and has wreaked havoc since then to a point I can no longer take any of it. It started with dizziness and chest pain and quickly moved to severe abdominal pain and chest pain. <BR> My tsh is currently at 304 yes ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:18:49 EST Having trouble with naturethroid I was on armour for 30 years. Doc changed me over to naturethroid last month. Last week I started getting leg stiffness. It feels like you have been working out real hard. It is not a pain. When I get up in the morning I can hardly walk because of it. When I set no pain, but when I get up to walk the stiffness is there. I think it is because of the new med. I have not done anything that would make my legs feel that way. It seems to be getting worse. I am also anxious since starting the new dr... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:59:13 EST New Nanoparticle Technology Developed to Treat Agg Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC), the most aggressive form of thyroid cancer, has a mortality rate of nearly 100 percent and a median survival time of three to five months. One promising strategy for the treatment of these solid tumors and others is RNA interference (RNAi) nanotechnology, but delivering RNAi agents to the sites of tumors has proved challenging. Investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, together with collaborators from Massachusetts General Hospital, have developed an inno... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 03:18:11 EST Pet peeves I am tired of hearing "Your thyroid is fine. The levels are excellent." <BR> <BR> Well, to clarify, I am tired that they act like the pills fix everything and you should be feeling like new. I am grateful to have a diagnosis and medication that helps but I have never felt "brand new" and it is still a struggle. Particularly the exhaustion. <BR> <BR> Doctors read and study about a topic but they don't necessarily live it. I just wish they could truly understand. <BR> <BR> What is your pe... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 07:30:58 EST Greetings! Hi All! I am Stephanie. Diagnosed Hypo in 2011. Started with Synthroid for a very short time then switched to Armour a few months later. I have been on the same dose for the past 5 years and have begun to have fluctuations in my levels. I finally went to an Endo several months ago and she turned out to be totally biased against Armour. I got labs back yesterday and she was reluctant to even up my dose even slightly, when she clearly recommended I should go up on the dosage (basically trying t... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:03:48 EST Armour dosage <BR> Below is the exact information I got from my endo after my labs yesterday. I have been on the same dose of Armour for over 5 years. She is clearly biased against Armour and acted like she didnt want to raise the dose even a little. She finally relented and raised it to 7.5 mg to add to the 60 mg i take daily. I I still think I am under medicated. Does this seem right? <BR> <BR> "TSH is slightly on the high side, free T4 is not very helpful if you are taking Armour thyroid. You may nee... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:52:42 EST Newbie Intro I found Spark People when I googled a question about making the switch from Synthroid to Armor and I ended up on this board. I thought some serious tracking would help me establish a baseline nutritional picture for when I go back to my doctor to see if the Armor has been effective. <BR> <BR> So, from the beginning, I was diagnosed with Grave's Disease in 2008. I probably had it for a year and a half before diagnosis, but I also happen to have panic disorder and my doctor kept telling me m... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:33:09 EST This can't be happening.... The doctors I currently see are saying all of my levels are normal (no surprise there) but they are taking it a step further and not believing I have Hypothyroidism. I showed them the records <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, when the nurse printed out my sheet, a condition was missing. Hypothyroidism. <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't have good insurance and I can't choose any doctor I want. This is scary. <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:20:46 EST Now what? My blood tests came back "perfect" according to the doctor. They tested T3, T4, and TSH. <BR> <BR> I don't know what to do. I still feel unwell and I am tired of everyone thinking I'm just fat and lazy or fat and depressed and need to make lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> Why can other people eat French fries and load their bodies with crap but if I go a little bit off track for 2 weeks then I balloon up? Go back in n track, nothing. <BR> <BR> My throat is sore all of the time, my muscles a... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:01:33 EST Newbie alert =) Hello team! I'm Jenn, 37, and new to the group. Last month I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Since then, it is seriously all I look up on the internet and research about. From books, blogs and articles, my head is spinning. I am happy to be here and part of the team. I am hoping to connect with others who understand and to of course connect. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:09:14 EST Hello I have been working with Spark Coach for about a month and they suggested I reach out to different thyroid communities. I started my journey last August (they thought I had thyroid cancer, still monitoring it) and after taking a low dosage of generic synthroid (levo) I put on 20 lbs. I am working on getting it off this summer but it really startled me. I have always been upset that I will work out, track etc and my weight comes off really slow. I often gave up because I felt so bad about ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:02:59 EST what can i expect from rai treatment? Hi! I've been diagnosed with hyperthyroid and am set to go for RAI on Tuesday of this coming week. I am absolutely petrified. I haven't been put on any meds yet. I've been told after the RAI that I will only need meds if it goes the opposite way and I've been told I will be put on meds. Neither from a doctor so am unsure what to believe. I'm worried about gaining weight again. I'm at 181 and need to loose about 30 lbs already. I don't want to be packing on any more. I don't know how to eat t... Sun, 22 May 2016 08:09:27 EST Weakness and where did my neck go? I have been feeling so EXHAUSTED again and weak too. Doctors don't take me seriously. <BR> I swear my neck used to be a little longer. There's no goiter. <BR> Something that is angering is that the last Endocrinologist I saw refused to look at the medical records I brought with me and told me that he doesn't think I have Hypothyroidism or my other endocrine issue at all. He said my medical records didn't matter. Only their tests matter. Well, I Only got my thyroid pills because I called ... Wed, 18 May 2016 05:19:03 EST Hashimoto's? At what levels is someone concidered to have hashimotos and not just be hypothyroidism? Mon, 9 May 2016 03:17:33 EST Any one know about dosage? I'm on 150mg of Armour my new doc wants me to switch cos my levels are very low still. Putting me on 150mcg Levothyroxin. Shouldn't these scripts be for different amounts? They don't calculate out to be the same right? I sure dont want to drop even lower! So sleepy and NO motivation. Mon, 9 May 2016 03:10:58 EST Tired Had thyroid taken out 10 years ago. I was on Eltroxin.1 MG. I begged my GP to up it because it took every bit of energy to keep my eyelids open and to have a conversation .She gave me synthroid .112. I felt better but then went to an endo and my #'s are all out of whack, she put me back on original Eltroxin .1 MG again. I feel normal when my blood test is abnormal and I feel like crap when the #'s are good. They're treating my blood results , not me... Quality of life is brutal when blood ... Sun, 8 May 2016 22:31:35 EST Hello, I'm new here :) Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark people and to Thyroid conditions (I suppose thats the right phrase?) <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed last year with Grave's Disease, went through RAI and now 6 months later I'm Hypothyroid and just really learning how to function well with this new station of my life. I've got over 80 pounds I'd like to lose (all gained over the period of 9 months last year) and I'm realizing slow and steady is the only way I'll get this weight off. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 02:21:36 EST Hormone Supplements I'm back for some more constructive advice. Last time I asked regarding Collagen (which I thought was working quite well for me - I found that I should not be taking it). Thought I would ask first this time. I struggle with weight - wouldn't be on Sparks if I didn't - I have also had battles with high cholesterol. In 2014 I was told I had to go on a Statin - I refused - instead opting for more exercise, less cheese and Red Rice Yeast and Fish Oil. I brought it down to just about the max... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:49:15 EST Soybean oil I know that soy is not good for those with thyroid disease. I have become an avid label reader. I have noticed that when soybean oil is in a product, soy is not listed as a potential allergen. Is soybean oil just as bad as other soy products? Mon, 7 Mar 2016 14:17:48 EST What is a normal T3 thyroid level?? What is a normal T3 level? My TSH is .038 but the T3 is 4.53 doc wants to lower my cytomel but I'm already beyond tired. I am hypo thyroid usually. I took my meds before my blood test, does that effect my lab results? Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:17:40 EST New to Team and to Hypothyroidism I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and am just learning about the disorder. I look forward to having support during this transition. I'm currently working with my doctor to determine the appropriate medication dose to regulate my chemical levels. Once I received the diagnosis and looked up the disorder I found that I have been suffering many of the symptoms for several years. I have several other health issues and attributed most of the symptoms to existing conditions. Now it s... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:06:19 EST After a rough and tumble few years, I'm back on SP Hi there everyone. It's been many moons since I've been on SP or in this forum. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is happy and well. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Graves back in 2003 or so. RAI in 2008. Ended up becoming hypo almost immediately afterwards and I've been struggling with fatigue, inflammation and weight gain ever since. <BR> <BR> We moved to HI, where I found another amazing naturopath. She put me on Naturethryoid. Had several tests run on me and asked if I would go on a Candida ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:10:58 EST Question about thyroid levels My tsh in 2013 was 1.60, then June 2015 tsh was 2.02 T3 free was 3.4 and T4 free .92, now my tsh is now with a late draw was 2.97. I have alot of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. <BR> <BR> Any help would be appreciated. <BR> Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:07:31 EST Dangers of Nail Polish Not something I wear... a manicure wouldn't last 2 minutes on these hands... but a lot of you do! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Polish-Danger.html </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:11:51 EST Armour thyroid supplement Hello, I recently have been going to a hormone clinic and they said that my thyroid was a bit sluggish. They suggested I take armor thyroid as a supplement and prescribed me 30 mg daily. My tsh is 2.33 which appears to be normal. I am having some symptoms of a slow thyroid and wondering if anyone else takes this even with normal tsh test results? Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:05:54 EST Curious about slightly low free T3 Hi! I'm a 64-year-old female who had a complete physical back in Nov. 2015. The only thyroid-function test that was slightly low was free T3, at 2.23 pg/mL (reference range 2.30-4.20). The other figures were as follows: <BR> <BR> TSH 1.110 uIU/mL <BR> T3 total 1.10 ng/mL <BR> free %4 0.9 ng/dL <BR> <BR> I am at my goal weight (118, 5'4 3/4") and have someone limited activity due to mild multiple sclerosis and a metabolic muscle disease (also mild). Nonetheless, I exercise as much as po... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 20:24:24 EST Switch from Armour to Naturethroid I am sure I am not the only one... has anyone switched from Armour to Naturethroid (I did it primarily for cost)? If so, did you notice any differences? Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:34:05 EST I am cured!? Lol. I just thought this would be an interesting topic, especially since I've never heard of this before. <BR> <BR> I am 65 years old and was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Hypothyroid two years ago. I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis (An auto-immune disorder of the joints, cartilage, bones and organs). I tried Synthroid, but it didn't seem to do much for my thyroid level, fatigue or inability to lose weight at a normal rate.I was switched to Armour Thyroid for the until approximately one and some mont... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:54:47 EST Hello- New here Hi Everyone- I am new here and I was diagnosed hypo about 20 years ago (I am 39). I was on 4 grains of Armour up until a week and a half ago when I switched to Naturethroid. I still wasn't feeling good, but then we realized I had iron issues, so I have been supplementing daily and have been feeling MUCH better (and hair not falling out)! <BR> Has anyone switched from Armour to Naturethroid and see an improvement in weight? I gained about 15 pounds in the last year that I am trying to take of... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:05:18 EST Anyone with experience interpreting Lab results? <BR> Good Afternoon; <BR> <BR> I am experiencing many thyroid related symptoms, but when I had the blood tests, I called my dr to be told that my test results had come back "normal". I asked my dr for a copy today and here is what she gave me-ranges in parenthesis: <BR> <BR> GAMMA FLUTAMYLTRANSFERASE <BR> <BR> 12 (12-43) <BR> <BR> FREE TRIIODOTHYRONINE <BR> <BR> 4.6 (3.5- 6.5) <BR> <BR> THYROTROHIN (SENSITIVE TSH) <BR> <BR> 1.49 (0.30-4.00) <BR> <BR> FREE THYROXINE (FREE T4)... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:06:55 EST I am blessed!! 51 lbs gone now I am working on the next 18 lbs with diet, endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Feeling blessed only 18 more lbs to go. Wohoo!!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:19:12 EST Thyroid and Cholesterol Anyone have high cholesterol and thyroid? Many articles reference they go together. I'm wondering if anyone has lifestyle changes that worked to get cholesterol down. Wed, 9 Dec 2015 23:48:57 EST Tirosint- can you split it Just wondering if you can cut Tirosint and take 2 doses, one in the morning and one in the afternoon? Thu, 3 Dec 2015 19:06:03 EST New to team <em>524</em> <BR> I am Mary Ann. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism shortly after heart surgery two years ago. My PCP blames amiodarone that I was given after the heart surgery for my hypothyroidism. My thyroid levels have been in range for a year and half. I still have problems with severe fatigue and weakness. Since my levels have been in normal range, I feel like some other issues are responsible for the fatigue. Please let me know about your issues with fatigue. <BR> I am looki... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:32:55 EST my TSH result is 3.1, doctor said it's high? Hi, I'm new to this... just got my TSH restuls, it's 3.1, doctor wants me to follow up in 3-6 months... is she over cautious? Thanks! <BR> <BR> Edited: so the new high is 3... I was looking at the "old" standard which was 5... wow... so do you recommend I proactively see an endocrinologist for further diagnosis? Thank you! Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:50:10 EST Returning to Spark Hi all! I have been a member on this forum but I got away from sparkpeople and my health and fitness dealing with a whole lot of life things but I've come back. <BR> <BR> I had toxic multi-nodular goiter thyroid and had a complete removal a few years ago. (I really need to create a history file somewhere). At the time the dr's told me to be patient with myself and not worry about the weight. I really did a good job of that. I was busy with kids and a traveling husband so a lot of times ... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:44:03 EST Newbie hyperthyroid I was diagnosed as hyperthyroid about a month ago. TSH was low--I don't know what T3 and T4 results were. Tested negative for antibodies. Ultrasound showed that the nodule found 3 years ago has grown from 1x2mm to 5x7mm and was recommended for biopsy (there is also another new nodule that is presumed benign). Scheduled for uptake scan next week. No meds yet--supposed to start a beta blocker after tests. <BR> <BR> I have practically every hyper symptom in the book: resting heart rate i... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:46:17 EST Need Advice I switched from Synthroid to Armour a couple months ago. I have been on Synthroid for several years, but my insurance no longer would cover the name brand, but will cover armour. <BR> <BR> I had my levels checked last week and they are: <BR> <BR> TSH - 1.052 <BR> Free T3 - 2.5 <BR> Free T4 - 0.76 <BR> <BR> I know the T3 and T4 are on the lower end of the 'normal' range, but not sure where they should fall. My GP said that he would add Cytomel if my numbers indicated it.... My hair los... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:51:56 EST Rai Hello my name is Misty. I have been on methimazole for 2+ years on to treat my hyperthyroid-graves. When bloodwork has been taken it shows my levels to be normal however it has never gotten rid of my symptoms. In recent blood checks my vitamin d has dropped significantly and my white blood cell count has dropped as well. My endo is wanting me to do the rai treatment and id like to hear from anyone who has had it done what it was like for them. I'm absolutely nervous to get it done. I have 3 k... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:59:42 EST Negative Reaction to T3 I would like to know if anyone else has a bad reaction to T3 medication. I have been on it on three different times and I get sick every time, such as headaches, blurry and double vision, mental confusion, inability to concentrate, heart palps, sweating, nausea and hair loss. The times that I have been on Synthroid or Tirosint alone, I have been fine, but doctors seem to want me to add T3. I think maybe I didn't have great lab values when I was taking Tirosint only because I hadn't been G... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 22:23:45 EST Insomnia Hyperthyroid issue here. I will be getting a scan next week to see why. It's 12:40am right now and I'm wide awake. I have to get up at 5:30am. This has happened to me several times in the past month. I hate it. Between that, the heart palpatations, sweats, irritability, and the raging out-of-control appetite, I feel like I'm losing it. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:45:37 EST Graves, autoimmune and your gut I have been reading for months (diagnosed in 3/2015) about gluten and different sensitivities and its effects on graves disease or at least the health of the person whome gas it. So I'm going to try it I'm going gluten free and see what happens. If your having issues with your bowels I urge u to talk with your endo and do your research. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 06:37:17 EST Swapping Armour for Synthroid I know this is not the popular vote but I have 2 reasons I am doing it <BR> 1) Financial - thanks to my Insurance company - they will no longer cover it so I end up paying $100.00 a month :/ <BR> 2) since being on Armour over the last 4 yrs I have gained 30 pounds. Prior I was on Synthroid and I wasn't gaining anything :( <BR> <BR> Has anyone else ever done this flip flop? Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:36:48 EST Vitamin E Oil Good morning, Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I've been using vitamin e oil quite regularly on my skin recently and I must say I am loving the results. Stopped using it for a while, which was a mistake. <BR> <BR> Its not expensive either. <BR> Been using the Spring Valley brand from Walmart, but I'm pretty sure all of them are similiar. <BR> This one has soy and coconut oil as a base, it comes in a 2 oz bottle. 12,000 IU. Under $5. <BR> <BR> As far as oils go, IMO its a good idea to choose smaller bot... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:34:59 EST Nodule on Thyroid October 1-----large lump on my throat noticed by general practitioner. <BR> October 2----ultrasound shows large hard nodule on right side of thyroid <BR> October 9----biopsy done on large 4.2 cm nodule right side <BR> <BR> Waiting for biopsy results is killing me! Hoping for results by Oct 14 Wed. <BR> <BR> Anyone here have experience with having a thyroidectomy? I know for certain I will be having one; I'm just waiting for test results to inform me if the 4.2 cm is benign or malignant. <B... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 21:06:30 EST Share your favorite healthy breakfast ideas Hi team! <BR> <BR> Its easy to get caught up in a food rut, so let's share some breakfast ideas with our group... what's your favorite healthy breakfast? <BR> <BR> Be well <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Fri, 9 Oct 2015 09:18:32 EST Benefits of pumpkin seeds In addition to providing satisfying crunch when used as a topper for salads, sweet potatoes, oatmeal and yogurt, pumpkin seeds have some great health benefits. <BR> <BR> Amongst which are zinc, often in short supply in our diets....especially if we don't eat red meats... and several forms of vitamin e. <BR> <BR> Read more here: <link><BR>odspice&dbid=82 </link> <BR> <BR> One caveat about pumpkin seeds... be sure as with any other seed or nut, to chew... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 09:07:28 EST Beware of this ingredient! Carrageenan. <BR> <BR> I've mentioned this common additive as one to avoid, several years ago, but there's new research linking it with insulin resistance and high blood sugar. <BR> <BR> Once a common ingredient in commercial nut and seed milks, carrageenan's reputation as an inductor of colon cancer in lab animals, got manufacturers to remove it, after consumer outcry. <BR> <BR> However it's still used extensively in a wide range of products. I recently found a walnut sized bubble of it ... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:51:00 EST Delicious & healthy! If you are looking to make some healthier choices this Fall, here's 9 reasons to choose sweet potatoes. <link><BR>to-love-sweet-potatoes.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sweet potatoes can be ready from raw to cooked in less than 6 minutes in your microwave. Just make sure to pick the skin with a fork or you may wind up with exploded sweet potato over the walls of your microwave. <BR> <BR> My favorite topping is greek yogurt, ground pepper, balsamic vinegar, p... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:39:59 EST What makes red meat red? Perhaps you've never wondered, but I have, and looked for an answer tonite. <link><BR>0/04/the-red-juice-in-raw-red-meat-is-<BR>not-blood/ </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Wed, 7 Oct 2015 23:01:32 EST Iodine and thyroid Hi team! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to be better about posting health articles I've read for the team, that I think others might be interested in. <BR> <BR> Here's one on iodine and the thyroid: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The bottom line is that iodine supplementation is generally not a good thing. <BR> <BR> Especially for people who are already getting 100% of their thyroid needs filled by medication... since the thyroid is the heaviest user of iodin... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 11:23:02 EST An Alternative to Sports Drinks Hi Team! <BR> <BR> For those of you looking for a Sports Drink, Coco Hydro might interest you. <BR> <BR> Its a powder that's made from dehydrated coconut water, that can be added to water to increase your electrolytes when you are working out hard and sweating. <BR> <BR> I've tried the unflavored, which tastes like regular coconut water. <BR> And the raspberry pomegranite, which just has a hint of flavor to it. <BR> Actually I added a pinch of powdered vitamin C to it, to add more punch to... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 13:06:52 EST Foods to limit Hi Team! <BR> <BR> This is a perennial topic here on our forum... goitrogens and what to avoid if you have thyroid disease. <BR> <BR> Found this slide show which covers the topic really well. <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <link><BR>ctures/foods-to-avoid/ </link> <BR> <BR> Best! <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:26:11 EST Pickles! Here's some fun, little known facts on this crunchy tangy treat... as well as an easy to make recipe.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hings-you-didnt-know-about-pickles </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:24:36 EST Small Victory for Consumers For a few years I avoided strawberries due to methyl iodide used as a fumigant in the strawberry fields. Thankfully enough informed consumers made a stink about it, to get it repealed. <BR> <BR> Good news for everyone, especially farm workers and the people who lived close to the strawberry fields. <BR> <BR> Particular to our team, methyl iodide is carcinogenic to thyroid tissue, since the thyroid is were iodine is concentrated for use in the creation of thyroid hormone. <BR> <BR> Here's s... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:09:47 EST Nutrient dense foods HI Team! <BR> <BR> This was posted by Crazydog on another team I'm on, thought we could benefit from this handy list of nutrient dense foods as well as the article that goes with it. <BR> <BR> Some of these foods are goitrogens, which means we have to limit the amount of them we consume and make sure we are getting adequate iodine and selenium since goitrogens bind iodine... an essential element for the formation of thyroid hormone as well as for other bodily functions. <BR> <BR> So its mo... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:30:16 EST Hello, I am hypothyroid I thought this might be the sight I need to be on. Going to give it a try. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:59:12 EST Strange aches HI Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have a couple of questions and I am sure you would be better able to help me at this point. <BR> <BR> First off, I am on 50mg of Euthyrox and have been taking it for around 5 to 6 months now. I have been Diagnosed with Hashimoto's, and my thyroid was slightly enlarged at my last ultrasound. They also told me I have swollen lymph nodes, which never seem to go down in size. <BR> <BR> My last lab work results showed that my TSH levels were in the low normal range now... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:48:01 EST Armour vs Synthroid I am swapping from Synthroid to Armour and am wondering if the same 'rules' apply to the Armour. I usually take my synthroid before I leave for work with a glass of water and then have my coffee and breakfast about a half hour to hour later when I get to work. Are you supposed to take the Armour on an empty stomach and wait before eating? My doctor wants me to come back in 6 weeks to check levels and he may also prescribe Cytomel with the Armour... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:57:42 EST The Magic of Music Not exactly thyroid related, but informative for those who have an elder parent or relative with dementia. <BR> <BR> . <link><BR>a7duW-Q </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:42:17 EST Lost sleep may = gained pounds! For those not getting adequate sleep and finding their weight loss stalling, this one's for you! <BR> <BR><BR>ks-can-lead-to-gaining-40-pounds/ <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief <BR> hyperlinked: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>can-lead-to-gaining-40-pounds/ </link> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:47:24 EST Enjoy! None of this pertains to thyroid, but I thought it was a quick bit of fun... 3 tests you can give yourself, family members or others... could come in handy at a picnic? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>alyseYourself.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:30:22 EST New to this team ...Hashi's & ThyCa Hi there. Just found this group about five minutes ago. This is my third time back on the SP pages ... the last few years has been a whirlwind. September 2014 I was diagnosed with severe Hashimoto's Disease and Thyroid Cancer. Had a total thyroidectomy and central neck dissection in November 2014. I'm finally frustrated enough to work at this again. <BR> <BR> I have also had lumbar spinal fusion (1991), rotator cuff (2008) and cervical fusion (2013) all of which make exercise pretty brutal ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:16:13 EST Hyperthyroid Hello all I am new here. I am 36yo began with hyperthyroidism post partum in 2006. I always refused RAI so i was on methimazole along with a beta blocker and my levels were controlled. About two months ago i ended up in the ER with AFIB they blamed it on my thyroid. I have been stable since then and no other episodes of AFIB. Went to the endocrinologist and finally decided on RAI and had it done yesterday. I recieved 10 mci. I wanted to know if anyone has gone through this and how much longer... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:49:35 EST Genetic Advantage Read this last nite, sharing it this morning. <BR> <BR> It for those of you for whom training seems simply to wear you out, for whom there seems to be no improvement despite all your efforts at the gym! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/29/why-some-people-get-fitter-than-o<BR>thers/?referrer= </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sun, 2 Aug 2015 13:20:36 EST Thyroid and hair loss My mother has Hypothyroidism. She has been taking tablets for it, and as a side effect she lost most of her hair. She is now 50 years old. I guess her age is also a factor. Now she is thinking of going to a hair transplant center <link> </link> . My question is, will the transplant stay for someone with thyroid issues? Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:26:15 EST Labs being done tomorrow! I am over due on getting lab work done, mostly due to my phobia of needles and them blowing my vein last time I attempted to get labs done. But the last few weeks, I have been feeling miserable, exhausted, foggy, achy, depressed, no motivation. I'm still confused though if I'm hypo why my heart races. It's 95 bpm resting. My Dr doesn't want to treat any of my other symptoms until my thyroid is under control, but it has never been well managed in the 11 years since I've been diagnos... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:51:16 EST Growing healthy collagen I found this article on vitamin C, and the amino acids lysine and proline, that pertains to collagen. <BR> <BR> CAVEAT: Those of us with iron storage disease (hemochromatosis), have to be really careful with vitamin C, bc it causes more iron to be absorbed from our foods. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ollagen-connection/ </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:43:00 EST hashimoto Hi I am glad to learn about thyroid community.I have been living with hashimoto, hypo for my entire life I am in late 50's.I was targeted by a neighbor doctor for being such a good eater, the doctor did not know I was hypothyroid. He thought his daughter was too thin and inviting me to eat with their family would get his daughter to eat. I was diagnosed hashimoto because my nurse mother was aware and had the disease. I had thyroid operation as teenager to remove nodule.My grandmother laid in... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:21:21 EST Need support/advice my TSH is at 5.9 My TSH is at 5.9. My last lab test showed it at 4.8. <BR> <BR> My medical doctor, naturopathic doctor, and rheumatologist doctor, all still use the old TSH range 0.5 - 5. <BR> <BR> I was told I can go on Levothyroxine if I want but at a very small dosage since they say I am not a concern yet. <BR> <BR> Rheumatologist predicted I will end up with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in my 50's. <BR> <BR> In my mid 20's, I was at a TSH level of 6.4. <BR> <BR> When I was on ArmourThyroid in the past, ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:13:34 EST Collagen Supplements youtheory™ Collagen Advanced Formula, 390 Tablets <BR> <BR> I have been struggling w/weight since my thyroid was removed over 20 years ago. In the past two years I have become aggressive in exercise, cardio and watching my calories. The weight is coming off very slowly and inches are changing from fat to muscle. However, my nails, skin and joints are now giving me issues. I saw the above supplement at Costco - saw the rave reviews and decided to try it. When browsing pros and cons I saw... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:01:44 EST Changed thyroid medication Hi! I was diagnosed in 2011 with agressive Breast Cancer spread to lymph nodes and during my chemotherapy I gained over 100lbs (I went from 119lbs to 230lbs and I was never in my life been obese before). I was referred to an endocrinologist and diagnosed with hypothyroid in 2012. I took synthroid until about a month ago that I asked my doctor to changed My thyroid med to Armour as I was having many hypothyroid symptoms. He said he was going to start me on a low dose and to see him in a month... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:59:19 EST Thyroid results Can anyone help me with some results I got from my patient portal. There is a diagnosis listed hypothyroidism. My levels are as follows <BR> <BR> Tsh 2.02 (L=.34 H 5.60) <BR> T3 free 3 .4 ( L=2.5 H=3.9) <BR> T4 free .92 (L=.61 H=1.12) <BR> Uric acid 6.4 (L=2.6 H=6.0) <BR> Iron 53 (L=28 H=170) <BR> LDL cholesterol 118 (L=1 H=100) <BR> <BR> Any help would be appreciated. <BR> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 23:27:17 EST Lack of motivation-H pothyroidism Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Mandy and I am deaf. I want to warn you that I might not be excellent with the grammar or English language since sign language is my primary language. I will try my best to explain well to everyone in general. I am still a rookie when it comes to the hypothyroidism. I was just being diagnosed last Nov. I thought I would be able to cope through with my thyroid issues for a while...however, I am starting to realize myself that I am not doing too well s... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 22:03:47 EST Yeah! Med change? Help I have finally found a Dr that is willing to try me on Armour for more than 1 month. I have Hashimotos and have been on Synthroid 100mcg and cytomel 10mcg daily. Now I take 5mcg of Cytomel and Armour Thyro 90mg daily which is suppose to be comparable to what I was on. Already I'm having extreme achiness in my knees and issues kneeling and it's only been 1 week,I did have some achiness before,just seems worse now. Can you notice changes this soon? Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:25:08 EST 1040 days ago 1,040 days ago was June 17, 2012. One month after I had surgery to remove a massive (grade I cancer) ovarian tumor. 1,040 days ago my status here was "TABFEN is waiting to see if the thyroid is the root of the problem!" I gave up on doctor's again after they had told me then (for the umpteenth time) my thyroid was normal. I had heard this over a course of 20+ years. They had been telling me that since I was a little girl. FINALLY, at age 31 I found a doctor who put on a low dose of armour and... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:57:47 EST Hypo hyper hypo! As many of you know dh has been having health problems and we have been trying to get to the bottom of them. He went from hypo, to hyper to now back to hypo! His joints are killing him, he is depressed, tired and fed up. He has put on 40 pounds in a year while exercising, watching his calorie intake and EVEN working with a nutritionist! He has been to a family doctor numerous times, an integrative doctor, nutritionist, two different endos and it has been so frustrating. He has done a bloo... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 07:39:33 EST Stop stars abusing thyroid drugs, say runners <link><BR>s/article-3112885/Stop-stars-abusing-t<BR>hyroid-drugs-say-runners-amid-Alberto-<BR>Salazar-doping-row.html </link> <BR> <BR> What an interesting phenomenon. Apparently runners are being encouraged to take anti-thyroid drugs to encourage weight loss and to act as a stimulant! Yikes. Given the problems associated not only with taking drugs you don't need (or stronger than you need) and the issues surrounding thyroid problems in particular, this... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:01:43 EST Newly diagnosed with Hashimoto's Hi I am 30 years old and was just recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's. I had an abnormal result 6 months ago, that my doctor wasn't sure about so she began testing me for it more regularly. For some reason, each time I have had fasted blood work, is when they end up finding my abnormal TSH levels. This last time, about a week ago, they were at 9.5. The time in between, when my tsh was normal (and I wasn't fasted), my thyroid antibodies were high (I don't know the value) and so with these issu... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 21:51:16 EST Control hypothyroid with diet & no meds? So, my thyroid dr has moved her practice out of state and I have an appt scheduled on June 29th with a new doc...couldn't get in earlier. but i run out of nature-throid this weekend with no refills. Has anyone been able to control their hypothyroidism with diet alone? I've heard of people doing this but i cannot find any guidelines online. Is it simply clean eating? I know my food sensitivities so I will stick them for this time. Any thoughts or links would be greatly appreciated. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 15:16:09 EST Thyroid sick with Oral Allergy Syndrome? Afternoon friends! As I'm learning, re-learning and questioning I'm looking at (what feels like) an impossible task of fighting thyroid symptoms and getting well with Oral Allergy Syndrome. Anyone else experience this? Wed, 3 Jun 2015 17:04:12 EST Good Morning Hello, <BR> I'm new to this team... My name is Kristina, I'm married to my awesome hubby Scott & we have to handsome boys Josiah & Jaden. I've been a member of SparkPeople for several years now. I haven't always kept up with it. But I'm trying to get myself back to losing weight and taking care of myself. <BR> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:46:02 EST Healthy Sunscreens Hi Team! <BR> Its that time of year again! <BR> <BR> Here's a slide show for sunscreens that aren't a lethal cocktail of evils. haha <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-30-safest-sunscreens-3-avoid/#slide=35 </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Tue, 2 Jun 2015 15:08:56 EST Does eating Organic, really help? I saw this posted on another team I'm a member of, Corrosion of Conformity, thought it might be of interest to this team. <BR> <BR> As we all know, those of us with hypothyroid disease can't eat as much as Normals. <BR> So perhaps some of that money we are saving on groceries, can be used to upgrade our diets to include organic foods. At least the for the stuff on the "dirty dozen" the foods highest in pesticides. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the article and short video: <BR> <link>www.l... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 14:19:14 EST Overactive Thyroid Tied to Higher Fracture Risk Ran across this. Might be interesting for those of you with an overactive thyroid (mine's underactive): <BR> <BR> Even people who only have a mildly overactive thyroid gland face an elevated risk for fractures in the hips or spinal area, a new review suggests. <BR> <BR> "Subclinical hyperthyroidism" is a condition in which an overactive thyroid gland produces too much of the hormones that control basic metabolism but there is a lack of symptoms, and hormone readings are normal in blood test... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:10:07 EST Stress busters. Stress-hormone overloads sabotage the thyroid, making it produce <BR> an inactive form of thyroid hormone. <BR> According to some experts from UCLA, simply taking a few deep breaths hourly <BR> will help with normal thyroid levels. Any one know if this is true? <BR> Wed, 27 May 2015 23:15:07 EST "Sick to Death" Must Read/See for Hypothyroidism Greetings All, <BR> <BR> See the link at the bottom ---- This is an advocacy project by Maggie Hadleigh-West. <BR> <BR> Please don't be turned off by the "Donate by PayPal" button. It has nothing to do with the project's legitimacy or integrity. This is the real deal! <BR> <BR> Watch the movie trailer, read through the site, and check out the resources. <BR> <BR> FINALLY, someone's going wide-scale to try to effect a real change in the way thyroid patients are evaluated, treated, and... Wed, 27 May 2015 09:30:31 EST Costs of Underactive Thyroid Found this article and thought you all might find it interesting. Anything they missed? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>um/thyroid-deficiency-miscarriage-holi<BR>stic/2015/05/21/id/646089/ </link> <BR> <BR> From the article: <BR> <BR> Consider: <BR> <BR> • More than 30,000 preventable deaths occur each year from heart attacks. Women with untreated hypothyroidism are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack. <BR> <BR> • More than 4,600 miscarriages occ... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:00:13 EST miced up i agree with you a secibd ai third opinion Sun, 24 May 2015 01:48:41 EST Mixed up and messed up! I know that really sums up thyroid sickness overall but at the same time I'm REALLY feeling it. My mom has had thyroid cancer and so I'm not new to the "game" and know it will be a road of bumps and curves I just didn't expect to be with the traveling circus while I was on the road! I finally found a doctor to listen to me even though my labs are "normal" or just below. Endocrinology found a lump. Ultrasound finds more lumps and then a scan. What was found was that I have an overactive goiter... Sat, 23 May 2015 23:30:20 EST I'm new here . . . I have had a health condition for nearly half my life that I THINK is adrenal fatigue, but I'm having a very hard time getting it treated. I get periodic spells of fatigue that wipe me out. I've been to doctors, even an alternative clinic, and I'm not getting any better. When I was treated at the alternative clinic, I felt OK for a while . . .and then they either put me on something or took me off something that made me feel rather anxious. I finally stopped going because I could no longe... Fri, 22 May 2015 14:32:31 EST How Thyroid Problems Cause Insulin Resistance Found this article on wellness resources, hyperlink isn't working, so I'm cutting and pasting it. <BR> <BR> <BR> The plot thickens. How simple it once was for endocrinologists to identify a few organs, like the thyroid, measure their hormones, and then prescribe hormone replacement when seemingly lacking in them. While this method may have been easier, it was often not very helpful in solving the obvious thyroid problems that many experience. <BR> <BR> In 1994 that simplicity changed forev... Thu, 21 May 2015 12:32:10 EST Check Out The Blog I Wrote About St. Luke's... I wrote a blog about my care at St. Luke's Hospital in Manila and some of the findings that I came away with. One was about thyroid meds. Not sure what I will do since I have had trouble with Armour (sp) in the past. <BR> <BR> Is there anything that is not basically Synthroid that I can ask about? <BR> <BR> Jane Thu, 21 May 2015 05:08:56 EST hypo Hi; <BR> <BR> I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I go for an ultrasound on my thyroid on Friday. <BR> <BR> I have know for years that my maternal grandmother was hypo and was taking medication. Recently I found out that there is also family history on my Father's side, but he does not know specifics. <BR> <BR> I have had the blood tests done a couple time since I was a teenager, but the doctors always came back saying I was within norms. <BR> <BR> Within the last 2 years I h... Tue, 12 May 2015 14:07:54 EST Ashwagandha making me tired! Anyone taking Ashwagandha for adrenal health here? Do you feel tired after taking it? It is supposed to make you energetic, but for me its the opposite! A couple of months back I had taken an adrenal support supplement (combination of adaptogens) and it made my heart race. Then my doctor suggested take just Ashwagandha. It made me so tired like jet lagged, I started taking it in the night. Now I don't feel like getting up in the morning. Don't know what's going on! <BR> <BR> My morning corti... Tue, 12 May 2015 12:01:15 EST 1st blood test after Meds quesitons Hello all. I have been taking 50 mg of Euthyrox for the past month. Went in for updated blood tests and I need some assistance in interpreting the results. <BR> <BR> TSH 2.495 (.350 - 4.940) <BR> Free T4 14.6 ( 9.1 - 19.1) <BR> Fee T3 4.3 (2.6 - 5.7) <BR> <BR> Anti-Thyroglobulin Antibodies 210.41 (0 - 4.11) <BR> Thyroid peroxides Antibodies 91.20 (0 - 5.61) <BR> <BR> <BR> Just to let you know my first TSH result was 7.49 when I was diagnosed. <BR> <BR> I am feeli... Sat, 2 May 2015 11:37:02 EST I have Hashimoto's Hi, I am Paula. I have been a member with Spark People since 2013, actually longer but my other page had been deleted so started a new one in 2013. However I have visited it very seldom until now. <BR> I have a lot of health issues, diabetes, Hashimotos, goiter, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, Emphysema, sever depression, PTSD and Bipolar, plantar faciitis, degenerative disk disease, arthritis in my lower back.... I have always had issues with edema since my teens. I am 53 now. At 20 I wa... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:14:21 EST new here hello my name is leah and I have hypothyroid as well. I am not new to sp but am getting back into the swing of life here and want to actually achieve goals in weight loss. I am excited to get to know you here and learn how to get healthy and fit with this condition. <BR> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:36:16 EST hypothyroidims to hyperthyroidism Just trying to understand this: how does a person go from hypothyroidism to hyperthyroidism it doesn't make any sense. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:21:37 EST Struggled with Maintenance on Weight Watchers Hey Everyone, <BR> I have Hashimoto's. I lost a lot of weight. I tried maintenance on Weight Watchers and that has not worked out. The doctor said to stay on the weight loss points it is too little for the long term. Any thoughts/suggestions on how not to get the weight back. I'm still exercising. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 23:45:02 EST hypothyroid or not? ugh! OK... so I don't know if I'm relieved or frustrated. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with hypothyroid on Feb 11 because my TSH was about a point above the "normal" range that my doctors go by. Symptoms I had before even finding out about hypothyroid were dry skin, irregular period, brittle finger nails, anxiety for the most ridiculous things ever, and weight gain that never went down (probably because I like eating and when I did exercise, it just stayed there). I was treated with levo and armor, ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 15:29:06 EST Change in dosage and weight? I've been doing well on the program, but my endocrinologist moved my T4 down a notch (he's done this level before, that didn't worry me too much) six weeks ago. Now he's cut down my T3 by 1/3 because he reports my levels as too high (I am hypothyroid and had thyroid cancer 14 years ago). Is this going to negatively impact my weight loss, anyone know? I will ask him, too. I already am a bit more tired. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:28:11 EST Fluoride in Water and Underactive Thyroid Rates A British study finds a correlation between the amount of fluoride in public drinking water and a rise in incidence of underactive thyroid. <BR> <BR> While the study is only able to establish an association, not cause-and-effect, experts say the link deserves serious investigation. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uoride-in-drinking-water-tied-to-highe<BR>r-rates-of-underactive-thyroid </link> <BR> <BR> As a scientist myself, I'm always incredibly skeptical when ... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:36:24 EST Hoshimoto's Enemy! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Lamya and I am new at this thyroid thing! I have been diagnosed for a year, and was on syntheroid and went from 135lbs to 175lbs within 8 months. I also lost all my energy and every part of my body was in pain, and I stopped working out. I finally found a doctor willing to prescribe Armour, who then diagnosed me with Hoshimoto's, which my almost all the female members of my family have, and I believe I have had for a very very long time prior to any diagnosi... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:13:13 EST Hashimoto's Hi, I'm introducing myself. I'm Susan. In 2011 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's. My weight crept up 5lbs at a time over a few months. That was until I had a baby. One year later I weigh the same exact weight I left the hospital at. Before hashi's I would watch portion sizes and exercise and it worked. Now nothing works. I've been on strict weight watchers 3 times in one year. I've been looking into gluten free and paleo but havent tried the crossover yet. I hope joining the community ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:51:43 EST Diet helps with celiac disease, hypothyroidism Just another article I found that people might find interesting: <BR> <BR> A reader, 66, writes that she has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and celiac disease and for two years has followed a gluten-free, vegan, whole-foods diet. <BR> <BR> She asks: “Can my diet possibly cure either of my conditions?” <BR> <BR> The short answer: No, but the diet might help. <BR> <BR> “Celiac disease and hypothyroidism don’t have a cure because they’re … autoimmune diseases, and autoimmune disease is w... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:36:59 EST im new here I have normal TSH levels but have all the other aspects of low thyroid, try skin, brain fog,extreme fatigue and 25lb unexplained weight gain Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:55:18 EST Blood test results Pregnenolone: 107 Lab Range 15-132 (previous lab result was 69) <BR> <BR> ---Pregnenolone is a chemical substance that is a precursor to all steroid hormones. <BR> <BR> ---In general, if there is an enzyme deficiency somewhere in the steroid hormone production process, then there is likely to be a mild to significant increase in pregnenolone. The degree of increase depends upon the enzyme that is deficient and the severity of the deficiency. Results of pregnenolone need to be interprete... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 17:54:38 EST tired, heavy feeling after stopping armor thyroid hi all. I'm new new here and wanted to get some information. Let me tell u all a little about myself first so u guys can get a better picture of things. So last year in December I missed my period, and no I wasn't pregnant. The first week of January was when I got my period so I thought, early for the month but not so cool because it lasted a whole month! Ended up going to the ER and the doc put me on birth control pills. So I take them and seemed to have regulate the bleeding and ev... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:25:20 EST Are these side effects normal for Nature throid? Hey guys how's it going? I just made an account on this forum because I am new to thyroid info/medications, as I found out not too long ago that my T3 is slightly lower than it should be. Low enough where I could try thyroid hormone and see if I feel better from it I guess, so I am now taking Nature Throid or however you spell it. <BR> <BR> I know this sounds crazy, but I am only taking a half of a 1 grain pill, what they told me to take and to save $, and I started feeling better a little w... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:39:48 EST The Switch Has anyone ever switched from Synthroid to Armour Thyroid? I'm at the highest does of Synthoird. 300 mcg. doctor finally said I can try Armour? Is it worth it? Any strange changes from the switch? Was is good or bad? Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:57:58 EST New here! Hello everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a nearly 30 year old who was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in September. Just had my first check in since then about a month ago, and walked out with an increase in medication dose. <BR> <BR> I've had a very difficult time finding the energy I need in order to be active. I was very active and fit as a child and continued until a few years ago when I started to gain weight and could not lose it despite being at the gym 3-5 times a week and run... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:57:32 EST Water Filter Pitchers I researched a bunch of water filter pitchers today and well, some love them, some hate them! <BR> <BR> Has anyone found one they like? <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Ivory Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:13:16 EST Coconut Oil and Thyroid Function The following text is taken from "The Makers Diet, Patient Heal Thyself" by Jordan Rubin, NMD, CNC. <BR> <BR> "Coconut oil stimulates thyroid function which, in turn, stimulates conversion of production of low-dnsity lipoprotein cholesterol into the anti-aging prohormones and hormones pregnenolone, progesterone, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Thesealuable agents prevent heart disease, senility, obesity, cancer and other diseases associated with premature aging, as well as chronic, degen... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:04:43 EST hair loss and levothyroxine I ran out of levothyroxine and haven't been in to a new Dr to get the blood tests and so on. I have the appointment coming up this month, so that will be taken care of. But, I noticed that in the past two-three weeks, my hair is NOT falling out. Rather it is feeling thicker and looks better. Does levothyroxine cause hair loss? I know hypo can cause hair loss, but I never imagined the medication also caused hair loss. When I was taking the meds, my hair was coming out in tufts, I couldn't cook... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:18:11 EST Taking another swing at it Back to high protein, low carb diet in an effort to get rid of the Candida. I've started a different probiotic, Custom Probiotics <link> </link> ; I'm using the 11 strain powder (starting at 25 billion cfu and working my way as high as I can tolerate), and implementing the rest of the protocol recommended on the website. <BR> <BR> I have a doctor's appointment in 2 weeks. I'm looking forward to getting an update on my thyroid health; I want to see if the little ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:27:19 EST Question about Green Tea Hi! I am always careful with what I take since being hypothroid and taking Synthroid medication. I was wondering if green tea supplements are safe to take? Just thought maybe someone on here would know. I am currently doing T25 for exercise after finishing Turbo Fire. Finding the weight isn't really coming off easily. So, trying green tea to maybe help a little bit. I was trying the Super Shreder Diet, but when I put my info into Spark, I wasn't eating enough calories to keep my energy up thr... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 08:45:08 EST Just found out I have Thyroiditis After years of Doctors telling me I'm fine and that if i just eat better and exercise everything will be ok. 2 months ago I got really sick with all the symptoms of hypothroidism and couldn't get a Dr to listen to me so I called my sister that has hypothriodism and she sent me some of her medication....I was pretty desperate and very sick. She also talked to her endocrinologist and she said that I needed to be on medication. One problem I have is that I don't live where there is an endocrinol... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:44:43 EST Fast Metabolism Diet Has anyone read the Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy???? I am a slow reader and so far it sounds like certain foods at certain times of the day and using a daily rotation. It’s supposed to support your adrenal glands, thyroid and your liver to name a few. <BR> <BR> ****************************** <BR> Day 15 of compliance <BR> Exercise - DONE <BR> Water – almost DONE <BR> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:57:16 EST Juicing Just watched the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". Seriously thinking of buying a juicer and doing a juice fast. Three days? Maybe ten? <BR> <BR> Anyone try juicing? Did you notice the benefits? <em>274</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:42:51 EST Still a struggle Recap, I was diagnosed hyperthyroid and put on methamazone anti-thyroid meds about 14 months or so. I responded well to the lowest dose so we were cautiously optimistic that I would be fine. I went off the meds for 30 days and unfortunately my TSH went undectable. After a month the decision was to in crease the mesimazole to 15 mg per day. Then do another test in 30 days. Ok so that wasn't what I wanted to hear. I gained 14 pounds in that 13 months. To add to the issues my stress leve... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:08:43 EST Joined this team for support and knowledge Newly joined member... <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Glad to be part of a team that is supportive towards us who suffer from Thyroid disorders. I've suffered from Hypothyroidism since my mid 20's when I was diagnosed but went untreated after doctor yelled at me for taking a natural supplement for it. She was awful and said if I continue with this crap, I would lose her as my doctor. So I changed doctors. Changed doctors and was diagnosed borderline and ever since... test always came back border... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:35:04 EST Can Synthroid cause hair loss I was on levo for years but my number were not stable. I didn't have any hair loss on levo. About 1 1/2 years ago I was switched to brand Synthroid & started having hair loss. My endo is convinced that it is not the Synthroid & it must be aging. She told me to make an appt with my pcp. That appt is next Monday. My numbers are: <BR> <BR> TSH is 1.8, <BR> free T3 2.8, <BR> free T4 = 1.3 <BR> <BR> My question is: Can Synthroid cause hair loss? Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:53:00 EST Thinking of going back Armour My doc had put me on a compounding formula of T4 and T3 where he upped the amount of T3 that is present in Armour. I noticed almost immediately that my appetite increased, but I stayed on it because we are trying to correct some other health happenings. Also, I can't say my extreme weight gain has been all due to the compound formula; I have a lot of very stressful situations going on that have been present for quite a few years. Recently my Dad passed away and I'm having a difficult time... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:57:26 EST Post biopsy questions Hi. <BR> <BR> I had a fine needle aspiration yesterday on two nodules. It was done at my doctor's office with an ultrasound. My neck is a little tender, especially when I swallow, but there were no complications as far as I know. Now I just await the results. <BR> <BR> I was extremely anxious about the procedure and was dreading having a needle anywhere near my neck. And my doctor does not have a very sympathetic bedside manner. So, after the procedure when I felt kind of weak and shaky,... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:52:35 EST Newbie needs some guidance! Thyroid Nodules I was diagnosed with thyroid nodules about 3 years ago. I had one biopsied then and it did not come back as cancerous. But the nodules have continued to grow on both sides of my thyroid. The ENT I have been seeing who is a thyroid surgeon suggest that it be removed. I am not sure that is the right thing to do or not. My thyroid levels blood test have come back within the normal range. But the largest nodule I can feel is the size of a grape and makes me look like I have a small "Adam'... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:31:52 EST Super 10 day meal plan! Hey Team! <BR> <BR> I don't know how many of you watch the Dr Oz show, but this week he's been introducing a 10 day diet that's pretty much a paleo-style eating plan that looks pretty durn tasty! <BR> <BR> The nice thing about it is that it does all the thinking for you, complete with recipes, grocery lists and suggestions. <BR> <BR> The premise of the diet, which I fully agree with, is that inflammation and the hormones it releases, tends to hinder weight loss and contributes to bad healt... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:52:46 EST Sleep There's a study that's been out for a while now, about how the brain shrinks to expand the spaces between brain cells, so that cerebral spinal fluid can better flow between the cells to help absorb and remove toxins that the brain has generated while awake or as the result of toxins like alcohol and drugs. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I posted it for our Thyroid Team members yet, so here we go. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-17.htm </link> <BR> <BR> if that link... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:48:32 EST Total Thyroidectomy For part of last year I had some symptoms that could have related to thyroid disorder. My primary doctor did a test and said it was "normal", and attributed all my symptoms to 'old age'. I am 62. <BR> Hives were a problem and he finally referred me to an allergist. During the blood work phase, he informed me my thyroid levels were too low. I told him my doctor said it was normal. It was in the normal range, but just barely. I was referred to an Endo and she did an ultrasound, found nodules, t... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:13:28 EST eyebrows I was just reading a post about eyebrows and was wondering....if you are correctly medicated will they grow back? Mine have been gone for years,well the outer half,and every Dr. I have spoke to,or endo thinks I'm nuts when I bring it up and associate it with my thyroid. Also my endo and naturalpath seem to differ on what type of vitamin D. Should it be D2 or D3? Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:06:21 EST Soy ..hypothy roid...CV disease trials This is early, but something to track about thyroid function and soy. I like that it has participants to age 70. I could be wrong, but I think soy is still used cautiously for hypothyroid and the breast hypertrophies. <BR> <BR><BR>NCT02024906 Sat, 3 Jan 2015 14:58:10 EST Newbie Introduction Hi all, my name is Chrissy, I am looking to lose about 65 pounds, though I really should be aiming for more like 90. I had my weight under control a few years ago, then after some extreme work stress lost control of it. Had a rough couple years and now am trying to come back to being healthy. I want to do that through healthy eating choices, drinking enough water, working out, and taking care of myself with relaxation and sleep. Between work, home, and a 6 year old, I have a habit of not b... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:07:00 EST Hypothyroidism questions Hi everyone. Hope you all are feeling okay with your conditions. <BR> <BR> I am suppose to get a TSH test but they always come back normal. This time I am also suppose to get a free T4 but I'm not sure what that is and when the best time to get it is. Also, why does the doctor want to do a T4 but not a free T3. <BR> <BR> My weight hasn't moved at all. Actually, that is a lie. It has moved in the wrong direction. :( <BR> The doctors tell me to exercise and eat right. Like we don't. I know... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:25:38 EST Metformin associated with risk of low TSH "Metformin, a commonly used drug for treating type 2 diabetes, is linked to an increased risk of low thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels in patients with underactive thyroids (hypothyroidism), according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Low levels of TSH can cause harm, such as cardiovascular conditions and fractures. <BR> <BR> Metformin is used to lower blood glucose levels by reducing glucose production in the liver. However, some previous studies have raised ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:24:06 EST How Weather Changes Affect Your Thyroid <link><BR>her-changes-affect-your-thyroid/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Cold winter weather may make it more likely that you’ll be misdiagnosed with a mild case of hypothyroidism even though your thyroid is actually healthy. <BR> <BR> Mild hypothyroidism, also known as subclinical hypothyroidism, happens when your thyroid function becomes slightly impaired and the thyroid gland is unable to produce enough thyroid hormone to meet your body’s needs. <BR> <BR> A ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:25:44 EST Newbie Hi all, my name is Altria, I am a gamer and anime fan, looking to lose somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-60lbs. Wanting to do that through healthy eating choices, working out, the whole shebang. I've got hypothyroidism and PCOS which makes life a bit difficult, but I think I can do this. <BR> <BR> Any questions or anything, feel free to ask! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:11:12 EST Supplements that can help. Why? O.K. I was told to take two supplements and that they would help my thyroid issues. I was told by someone who takes both supplements daily AND she is now off her thyroid meds. She was Hypothyroid. I've got Hashimotos. <BR> <BR> One of the supplements is a sleeping aid. I do not have trouble sleeping but as I had some in the house I decided to give it a try. Over one week I woke up less tired and without brain fog. I do think I'm even sleeping better. Here are the ingredients: <BR> <... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 18:01:20 EST Epsom Salts Soaks for Sleep Hi Team! <BR> <BR> I've posted about this before, but its getting to that time of year where many people are becoming stressed out for the Holidays. ha So i figured this may bear repeating! <BR> <BR> I've found that nothing is more relaxing or gets me to sleep faster than an Epson Salt soak before bed. There's actual science behind this one, which makes me love it even more! <BR> <BR> Apparently right before sleep, one's body temperature drops a bit in preparation. The Epson Salt Bath, i... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:02:44 EST Lower your blood sugar with Gynostemma Tea I thought I would post this on our thyroid forum, its a blog I am writing about blood sugar control in the hope that my experience may help others. <BR> <BR> I've had a number or problems that included weight gain this last two years, turns out high blood sugar levels in the not quite type 2 diabetes range were responsible for my inability to lose and my slow weight gain. <BR> <BR> Anyways, here's the blog, I'm off to yoga! <BR> <BR> <BR> HI fellow Sparkers@ <BR> I started a new team, a... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:31:23 EST Doing everything "right" and still not losing? You may have insulin resistance a condition that precedes type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's how this goes: <BR> Your doc will tell you to lose weight... like you have a mirror already! <BR> You do everything "right". <BR> You eat healthy foods in the proper amount. <BR> You exercise. <BR> You get adequate sleep. <BR> You reduce stress in your life thru a variety of methods. <BR> You step on the scale... and you're another two pounds heavier. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Bc its ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:29:17 EST Just when you thought you knew everything... So you may know that a butterfly smells with its feet, but... but I bet you didn't know this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-skins-ability-to-smell-seems-to-help-<BR>it-heal-itself.html#.VGtqGfnF9H8 </link> <BR> <BR> Life.. the most fascinating thing on the planet! <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:51:14 EST Orange U impressed? Okay so I've lived 60 years on the planet, and until a couple of days ago, never knew about this easy, super cool way of opening and eating an orange. <BR> <BR> Those of you with kids will really like this "orange catepillar". <BR> <BR> Just click the link: <BR> <link><BR>peeling-an-orange-wrong/14800c66-27f2-<BR>4715-9936-d299ec7bfa9f?utm_source=zerg<BR><BR>gn=zergnet_280460 </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:27:54 EST New research on Stretching! Thought some of you, particularly those who do yoga, might be interested in learning more about this! <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:23:44 EST Hi New to group. I just had my thyroid removed last week & wondering what to expect. Will this make weight loss harder? Any info would be appreciated. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:04:44 EST depression Hi. I've been hyperthyroid for quite a while, especially for the last 10 weeks with the full gamut of symptoms (physical and mental). My levels have now dropped to hypo and symptoms are improving. Anyone know how long it might take for the depression to lift? It's improved, but still pretty bad and I really don't want to get on medication for it if I can possibly avoid it. I know it's impossible to predict, but has anyone gone through this and can share their experience? I really need some ho... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:06:09 EST now very hypo I just saw the endo and bloods from yesterday are very hypo (I don't have a copy yet, but will get one)after being off meds for 2 1/2 weeks and so it's back on Synthroid at 0.075! The ultrasound shows a small nodule, which they will scan and measure yearly. The endo and GP think my symptoms are from menopause and depression, but what about the diarrhea, nausea, cold intolerance in the daytime and puffy eyelids? I am totally confused and frustrated and don't know what to think or do. I'm just ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:32:25 EST Share what works for you Hey Team! <BR> <BR> One of our team members, Mountain Kitten, suggested we have a thread dedicated to what has been working for us , what you've tried that hasn't. <BR> <BR> <BR> So this is the place to come and dish! <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:14:17 EST Exercise and Grave's Disease I was diagnosed with Grave's Disease last month, and I know that I can't do tough exercise yet, but I am getting antsy just sitting around. Does anyone have experience with exercises that they could do with this disease in it's earlier stages? I would love to know what worked for others. I'm focusing on food now, but I want to figure out something that will help me move a bit. <em>362</em> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:26:29 EST hyperthyroid FT4 won't come down. Help please! I have Graves, 9 years post RAI. I've had extreme hyperthy <em>46</em> roid symptoms for 9 weeks. TSH 3.26 FT4 24 FT3 3.0 (sorry no ranges). Synthroid reduced 3 times and no synthroid for 2 weeks and see no improvement. T4 still 24. Anyone have any idea why it's not dropping or when I might see improvement? Could it be a conversion problem? See endo in 2 days, but am going crazy with symptoms, 9 weeks off work and no improvement. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 14:32:19 EST DH thyroid scan and results! Just wanted to let everyone know after 5 different blood test and thyroid uptake scan DH's hyperthyroid is now showing normal results! Doctor told him it could have been from a sickness(DH had mono during the summer) that he just recently got over, but he said NO GRAVES and did not believe he has RA or Lupus! I am so relieved! DH has been doing the paleo diet for a bout a week also so do not know if that may have something to do with anything, but he is feeling so much better. We are goin... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:24:55 EST Lab Results and Re-Test Results - 2014 I have received my new lab results and they are all good. I posted my labs results in July and I will re-post here. <BR> <BR> July: <BR> Reverse T3: 8.2 - L <BR> Free T3: 2.2 - L <BR> TSH: 3.464 - Normal, but on the high end <BR> Free T4: 0.83 - Normal <BR> Vitamin D: 39 - low end of Normal <BR> Cholesterol: 219 (July 2013) <BR> HDL (good cholesterol): 63 - Normal <BR> LDL (bad cholesterol): 147 - Very high - high end of normal is 100 <BR> <BR> Meds - Levothyroxine 75 mcg daily in... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:18:37 EST Thyroid Cancer 2000 Hoping to find a group to help motivate me to live a "healthier" lifestyle. I had thyroid cancer in 2000 and due a full thyroidectomy and a much slower metabolism find it difficult to lose weight. After treatment, I was 30 pounds heavier and have also put on a few extra pounds each year. Ready to finally make some life style changes for the better :) Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:58:23 EST My New Endocrin ologist, 2014 This post is a long time coming. <BR> <BR> I saw a different endocrinologist today and we discussed all the stuff that has been going on for some time. <BR> <BR> These are weight gain, swollen legs, sleeping during the day as well as night, no energy, brain fog and some I seem to have forgotten. I did forget to get a copy of my lab work that was done but she had last May's results as well as the results from October 7th and said there was not a change. She cannot feel the nodules so does n... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:48:50 EST thyroid nodule, hypo symptoms post-baby Hi, <BR> I suffer from chronic pain in my neck and shoulders and in Feb 2014 had a cervical spine MRI. So, I go to my doc yesterday and we are chatting and she starts pressing on my neck and says, "Did you know your MRI from Feb showed thyroid nodules? I think you should get them ultrasounded." Uh, NO! I had no idea about the nodules. I started reading about them last night and know that "hot" ones can cause hyper symptoms, but that isn't me. I had my 1st baby at nearly 40 yrs old and he is t... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:27:47 EST Hashimoto's Book Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I have started reading this book call "Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause" by Izabella Wentz, Marta Nowosadzka MD. I had read the reviews and I saw that it has helped many so I figured that I would give it a read. <BR> <BR> So far what I have gotten from it (I'm currently on page 82,) is very interesting and informative. It explains what is going on in our bodies and why it is happening. It then goes on to... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:46:45 EST No Longer STUMPED just TICKED OFF! We are still waiting to get any information about my husbands blood work that was done on September 30 and he was suppose to be getting scheduled for a thyroid uptake scan, then follow up with doctor on Oct 30. The place that was suppose to schedule the scan just was not calling it was the same place he had his blood done. They said they had to wait on the blood results before the scan would be scheduled. Called his doctor;s office twice they kept faxing the order but no call. They finall... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 05:59:10 EST Thyroid meds causing side effects I had like super bad anxiety and shakiness (guessing it was adrenal problems) I went to the doctor & he put me on Levothyroxine then it caused me to have dizziness still had anxiety and more problems. I went to a Naturopathic who found out I had NEGATIVE vitamin D and low iron so I started to take vitamins and she also gave me Naturthroid natural thyroid med OMG it gave me the worst symptoms constant heart palpitaions I mean real bad. It took months to get rid of the palpitations after stopin... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:37:46 EST new in this group I found out I had thyroid issues in 2000 months after having my last child. I months before I had her I was bitchy,irritable,nobody wanted to be around me and after I had her it didst seem to change and I didnt seem to loose any baby weight instead i KEPT PUTTING IT ON <BR> and I went in to get on birth control and they (sorry if I offend) asked when my last menstrual was and I told they I had none since having the baby she was about a year by this time so they check my thyroid and bingo foun... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:57:37 EST Is there a miracle? About me: Timeline <BR> <BR> Born - 1956 <BR> Very slim (early teens) / growth spurts <BR> 1975 (late teens) - 135lbs <BR> 5'9" adult <BR> 1993 - 150lbs, easy weight control with diet <BR> 1995 - 140 lbs <BR> Itchy skin, increasing severity x 2 years, (I refused prednisone Rx) <BR> Depression developed, MD Rx'd Paxil <BR> Changed MD <BR> Losing a lot of hair <BR> Went to MD- "I just don't feel well, but I don't know why" <BR> TSH - 8~9 <BR> Diagnosed hypothyroid <BR> Started levothyroxin... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:45:45 EST Vinegar, Blood Sugar & Weight Loss Hi Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I don't think I have to convince any of you, that Thyroid Disease is a disease of the metabolism. <BR> That even with the best thyroid hormone replacement numbers, its still harder for us to lose weight and keep it off, than it is for a person whose thyroid is not compromised by our disorder. <BR> <BR> Some of us may also find that the weight we have gained since diagnosis, has put us at risk for Type 2 diabetes. That its no longer just a matter of fitting into your c... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:10:45 EST Question about Armour. Hi! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to find some answers here. <BR> <BR> Two months ago I switched from Synthroid to Armour. While Synthroid helped me with the fatigue, it did nothing for my weight loss. I am on a next to nothing dose of Armour. 0,5 mg. (not mcg). With Armour the fatigue is 50% less better than the Synthroid, but I'm losing a tiny tiny bit of weight. How do you know if you are on the right dose of Armour. I'm thinking of the doc upping my doses to twice a day. My hear... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:52:14 EST Melatonin & Acid Reflux Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Thought you would enjoy reading some of these articles on the topic of melatonin and acid reflux. <BR> <BR> For instance, did you know that your GI tract has 400 times more melatonin than your pineal gland? <BR> <BR> That some people have found it helps their reflux? <BR> <BR> If not, then read on! <BR> <BR> AND remember to always run anything you plan to take by your doctor first. <BR> <BR> <BR> Dr Weil: <BR> <link><BR>oni... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 15:35:32 EST Newly diagnosed with Graves Disease. I just completed an uptake and scan series and was diagnosed yesterday with Graves disease. Everything started for me in February this year when I went to my GP w/ complaints of severe fatigue, lack of energy and some weight gain even though I was eating less then normal. He ordered blood work to check my thyroid (big family history of hypo disorders on mothers side) and my vitamin D. Thyroid came back as Hypo and vitamin D was non-existant. I don't eat dairy at all, am a red head and light c... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 21:15:10 EST Lemon Balm It's Lemon Balm harvest time before winter comes, so I was looking up information about it: <BR> I was looking up the nutrient profile of lemon balm online, because Spark didn't have any particular information as to micronutrients, unlike cinnamon, etc. I have been putting sprigs of lemon balm in my water, just for the lovely no cal flavor and scent. <BR> What I found was something I did not realize -that Lemon Balm AFFECTS tsh- from the following sources: <BR> <em>434</em> <BR> Lemon B... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 04:47:37 EST TOTALLY STUMPED BY LABS continued... Finally got the lab ranges and report from the doctor of my husbands test results which I will post. DH saw the endo today and was not very happy with him. Doctor knows all attitude and did not want DH to ask questions or put in input. Dh has been having extreme trouble with weight loss so brought in his nutrional information of what he eats and his calorie intake. Doc did not want to discuss it said the weight was a totally opposite issue from what DH as going through! I told Greg to ge... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:03:04 EST Calorie burn on tracker on or off? Since we with hypothyroidism seem to have a more difficult time losing...I was just wondering if I should allow my nutritional tracker to consider my calorie burn for the day or just keep my calorie intake at the low end of my nutritional range no matter what I burn for the day. I have a very difficult time taking the weight off and did not know which one you all do and have you had more success with one over the other. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:31:16 EST Glad to be here Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be here and be a part of the thyroid team... I am a hypothyroid sufferer. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:12:32 EST Can leg cramps be a symptom of low thyroid? hi! I've been a lurker here for quite a while. <BR> <BR> I haven't had my levels checked in about 6 months, so don't have that info. I am on synthroid - 150mcg and have been at this level for about 5 years with steady labs. <BR> <BR> The past few weeks, I have been getting horrible leg cramps at night. Also have been sluggish, and tired. <BR> <BR> I am 44 years old and female, not sure if i am experiencing some peri-menopause symptoms or if my thyroid might need checked... <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:02:06 EST going crazy... So frustrated...I have been waiting and waiting for a call from the hospital for this biopsy and I am not even in the system yet so my requisition is sitting in a pile somewhere...I am going away next week and the doctor figured I would have it before I I don't think thats going to happen :( I just want to get it over and find out what the heck is going on...but in the meantime I cleaned my upstairs and my disaster of a basement then went out for a run for the first time in 8 wee... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:25:52 EST Hashimotos Free online summit <BR> <BR> I have suspected that I had low thyroid dysfunction for years but was recently diagnosed with Hashimotos in April. Some of these speakers I have listened to on another thyroid summit. I think that it is worth a listen to. It starts tomorrow from Sept.15-22. Glad to be a part of this forum. Google Hashimotos Institute and sign up. <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:11:05 EST Newbee to all this Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to this thyroid stuff and still trying to wrap my head around everything. I have been researching all areas but I have yet to have a full diagnoses. So I guess I should start with the beginning... <BR> Back in February I went to my doctor due to super heavy periods lasting 2-3 weeks at a time, lack of energy, weight gain, frequent urination and pain. I had a full physical which he found I had and enlarged uterus and pain during the exam. I was then sent to the l... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:59:05 EST Anyone know what DISCOID LUPUS ERYTHIMATOSIS is? I am getting tested for this as I was told it could be genetic. <BR> Members of my maternal family have been diagnosed as well <BR> as hypothyroid and my aunt told me to get tested. <BR> Any information would be appreciated. I looked it up and have taken <BR> steps to at least start wearing a hat and sunscreen as a precautionary measure. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:26:29 EST Armour dosage I've been working with a NP Endo who started me on Armour taking it only 5 days a week, then to six and now seven. Last labs I was just a bit low so she had me take one tab everyday for six days and the 7th to take 2 tabs. My question is, how normal is this kind of dosing? I thought with thyroid you wanted consistency of levels and am just concerned this is causing too much up and down. I'm only on 1/4 gr. but it seems even harsher to double that dose every day which she says is the nex... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:33:41 EST Iodine Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Iodine's place in thyroid disease had been a frequent question on our forum these past couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Its a controversial mineral that can be increase the inflammation of the autoimmune thyroid gland(Hashi's) when taken in excess, especially if taken without protective levels of selenium (found in tuna, mushrooms, brazil nuts, brewer's yeast, seaweed). <BR> <BR> Iodine is needed by other organs to be healthy (breast, salivary glands, etc)) and processes in t... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:06:47 EST Selenium Back @Spark, been running my nutrition report, and selenium caught my eye; had just seen this in some online thyroid forums - do y'all try to make sure you get this? Brazil nuts are PARTICULARLY high - 5 nuts will put one over the recommended daily amount, which is actually toxic. Was thinking about having 1 or 2 a day. Thoughts? Info? Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:23:31 EST T4 is low Hi I'm new to this forum and hoping to find out some answer that are confusing to me. First I have had Hashimoto's since 1997 but all my levels have been within normal until now. My TSH is good at 1.88 but my T4 is low at 4.7. I have noticed leg calves aching and fatigue, plus my cholesterol and LDL jumped greatly! I'm only 115 pounds now, never had an issue with weight. Doctor wants to do the test again in 2 weeks. Do you think I really need to go on medicine with low T 4. Plus also wanted t... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 20:15:58 EST An Oldie, But a Newbie Hi! I'm an "old" Sparker, but new to this team. Five years ago I came within 10 pounds of my goal weight, plateaued, and grew very frustrated. My doctor at the time told me to hang in there, keep working, and the plateau would eventually go away. Well, it didn't. So, following the calories in, calories out theory, I exercised more and more (in my 60s) and ended up with several injuries and problems with increasing inflammation. All the weight came back (as it had other times in my life) and j... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:45:48 EST What the...TOTALLY STUMPED by labs My husband has been totally worn out lately. He CAN NOT lose weight no matter how hard he tries he went to a nutritionist even and she told him his calorie count is way tooo low for a man so we increase it but of course he is only gaining weight. He has to stay on very low calorie diet less than 1500 daily along with exercise to at best maintain. He started feeling terrible so I told him to go get his labs done. He was wanting to sleep all the time he could. Weird thing is he is waking u... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:07:28 EST Finding A Good Doctor - Hypothyroid I am a newbie on this site and I really don't know where to post so I decided to create a new topic. I was diagnosed a little over a year ago hypothyroid. I have been on Levothyroxine. There was a short period of time when I took myself off of the drugs on my own but that was not really a great idea because it made me dizzy and eventually I became very tired. Anyway, I am on .05MG. and I am looking to switch to Armour because I feel like sleeping all day & I am VERY overweight. I went to the ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:02:38 EST Healing Thyroids Through Diet & Iodine Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am a 36 yr old female. I have a VERY LARGE non malignant thyroid goiter. I also suffer from hypothroidisim. I have had this for the past 7-8 years. I have never taken any medication and I have not had my thyroid removed. I have been doing everything under the sun to heal myself "naturally". Some work, some don't. The most recent thing I have been doing is taking an Iodine/Iodide supplement. It is working WONDERS!! Not only shrinking my goiter but I feel great. I ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:48:39 EST gain weight when dieting? I have Hashimoto's. I've been dieting for over a year now; i lost half the weight i wanted and despite my keeping up the good work i seem to gain weight. not lose; all of a sudden. <BR> has this happened to any of you? i;ve been on t4 hormones (i'm in europe, so meds are named differently) for as long as i've been dieting and my bloodwork is good. <BR> thank you! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:44:11 EST Feeling overwhelmed I was diagnosed as hypothyroid a couple of weeks ago. My doctor sent me for an ultrasound, which revealed "chronic thyroiditis". That lead to another blood test for Hashimoto's. Yes, I am "definitely autoimmune". <BR> <BR> My primary care doctor says it's not a big deal, that you just take one little pill and that controls the symptoms. My reading so far seems to make it out as much more serious than that. <BR> <BR> Should I be seeing an Endocrinologist? <BR> <BR> Some websites say not ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:18:51 EST Starting over on thyroid Dang wrote half a book and lost the post. Will shorten. <BR> <BR> I was on thyroid 30 years and had to stop because no insurance.I saved 3 months worth and started on them June 15th to get a head start on the blood testing. <BR> <BR> Starting back on with PCP. He put me on 1.75MCG Levothyroxine. I am also suffering serious flair psoriasis but it is improving already with only 12 days medication. Most of the muscle pain is also going away. I have only lost a few pounds. I need to loose at l... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:45:31 EST Lower Cost Organics... at Walmart! Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Walmart is rolling out a new brand called "Wild Oats" which features a range of budget friendly organic foods, simply prepared. Look for it at your local Walmart! <BR> <BR> Read more about it here : <link><BR>rticles/Get_to_know_Wild_Oats/4784/?ad<BR>id=1500000000000039229840&veh=eml&sent<BR>_time=1407594709000&campaign_id=mbb-13<BR>09405_00000&e_id=87a4213f8eb0d5d1fc70af6d64e9770c </link> <BR> <BR> And, no, I don't work for, nor... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:47:35 EST Benefits of Cinnamon Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Thought I would post this about cinnamon. <BR> Why? <BR> Well, I love it and have it every day in my tea, also in oat bran cereal and sometimes on fruit. Plus its healthy. <BR> <BR> I like when that happens. <BR> <BR> Just as a heads up, there are two types of cinnamon, one of them.... <BR> Cassia Cinnamon or "false cinnamon"...contains a lot more of a substance that isn't so great on the liver called Coumarin. So it may be a better idea to stick with true cinnamon... ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:59:27 EST Water Retention solutions????? Help!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I have been retaining water for the last 3ish weeks. I switched from indoor exercise to walking outdoors. My hands and feet look like shiny bloated sausages. Doc feels like it is due to hypothyroid ... I have been on Armour for 10+ years. We reduced the dosage in May because I have lost weight the 120mg was causing heart palpitations and sleepless nights. Did not experience the water retention then ... just started. <BR> <BR> I don't want to take "water pills" because t... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:49:47 EST hair loss still a factor I have been hypo for about 14 years now, and I still have symptoms. I'm going back to the doctor on the 14th, so I'll have her check the reverse t3 along with t3 and t4 levels. My problem is that my skin is still so dry, my hair is falling out by the brushfuls, and I'm still lethargic. If all the tests come back normal, how do I get rid of these symptoms? Can I take a supplement or something? I've heard DHEA, but I'm not sure. I've also been checking out Thyro-Gold, but I understand that you ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 23:19:02 EST memory loss My husband has been diagnosed with Memory and Cognitive Impairment. In his case, it's hereditary. But, I have also seen MCI attributed to Hypothyroidism. Does anyone have any information on hypothyroidism and memory loss? I understand we have the "fuzzy brain" symptoms, but I have not heard of MCI directly related to hypothyroidism. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:33:35 EST anyone take ThyroidHelper w/successful weight loss Thryoid Helper is by Wellness Resources <BR> Sounds like it helps with weight problems? <BR> Anybody experience that? <BR> Does it make you lose hair? <BR> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 21:45:15 EST Hypo, MTHFR mutation & New recommended supplements This is going to be a pretty long post, so please bear with me! <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's about a year ago. Started on Synthroid, then changed doctors and changed to Nature-Throid. Also tested and found MTHFR mutation, low progesterone, and multiple food allergies. <BR> <BR> Current medications: <BR> 1.25 grain Nature-Throid twice daily <BR> 5,000 IU Vitamin D3 twice daily <BR> B12 oral spray supplement daily (2.5mg per serving) <BR> Neuro-Immune Stabilizer cream applied da... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:12:04 EST Problems with Tirosint Hi! I am new to this team and have had Hashimotos for about 20 years. I have been taking Synthroid .112 mcg for a while now. My doctor wanted to try me on Tirosint .112 mcg. At first I felt great, but then my body totally went nuts. I had severe anxiety, headache, dizziness, mood changes, crampy stomach, generally felt very sick. Doctor told me to cut back and only take the Tirosint for 5 days per week instead of the 7 days. I have been taking nothing for 3 days and feel a lot better, ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:38:08 EST Thyroid issues and doctor trouble.... My weight keeps going up and up and up. It's so depressing. I have cut out wheat, dairy, peanuts,etc. Nothing. Before I had hypothyroidism, I weighed. 214-218 lbs. That was 4 years ago. Then I ballooned up to 278 lbs in 3 months. I got down to 264. It took me 6 months but then in May, I began gaining weight. I got up to 297. :( Now, I bounce back between 290 and 295. I try so hard. I exercise hard at the gym. I am mindful of what I put in my body. I try cutting things out to see if it's food ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:05:08 EST my thyroid problems were caused by my cancer Hi just got back on here i had Salivary Gland Cancer a yr ago and just found out that my thyroid is shot. I am on meds but unsure of anything else please any suggestions would be helpful! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:02:46 EST Bariatric specialists? My mom is trying to convince me to go get lap band surgery. I don't know if it's the best idea, but at this point, depression, curiosity and frustration have gotten the better of me. I think I might want to seek out a surgeon. Do they even do this procedure on thyroid patients? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:48:04 EST ANNUAL PHYSICAL AND NEW NUMBERS I had my annual physical about 2 weeks ago and then had several tests done afterward and went back yesterday for the results. Here are my totals and results: <BR> <BR> DEXA Scan (Bone Density Scan): -1.3 (Slight thinning, beginning osteopenia) - increase calcium intake with the Vitamin D and increase strength training <BR> <BR> Ultrasound of left leg due to swelling/lymphedema - no clots - no clear reason for the swelling (which does not respond to my prescription diuretic) <BR> <BR> Thy... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:19:03 EST I'm back to Sparkpeople, new to this board Hi all. I've had some great sucess losing weight and tracking on Spark a few years back. Unfortunately, I had to have my thyroid removed (HUGE goiter) about a year and a half back. so about 30 of the 40 pounds I had lost found me since that time. Along with it, I have the exhaustion, yet lack of sleep, the weight gain, yet not eating much, and anxiety and depression, dispite a pretty simplified lifestyle. So go figure. <BR> <BR> Glad to be back, and brainstorming with y'all. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:46:58 EST Possible Gallbladder Issues Has anyone had issues with gallbladder problems? I'm grasping at straws here, but for the past few days, often times when I eat, I get fairly strong pains in my middle back between my shoulder blades. I have back issues anyway so I thought it was just acting up but last Friday after I ate breakfast (which consisted of rice w/butter and 2 turkey sausage links) the pain was so uncomfortable I thought something was wrong with my heart. It has done it 3x since then, including today after lunch. I... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:40:08 EST Ignored by doctors, frustrated I just don't know what to do next. Doctors have told me all my life that all my thyroid tests are normal. I was diagnosed in my youth as borderline diabetic and come from a long line of diabetics. To combat that potential, I've eaten Low Carb since 1972. I've managed to hold off diabetes, but now have peripheral neuropathy. <BR> I have all the symptoms of hypo, but still have hair on my forearms. Somebody once told me that shows my thyroid is okay. <BR> I know you guys aren't doctors, but I d... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:06:56 EST Armour vs NP Thyroid My GP (who is pretty young) was finally a bit frightened by my low TSH and washed her hands of me (after about 18 months!), telling me I’d have to go to an endo to get my meds refilled. I was able to find an endo (30 miles away)who was willing to prescribe 1 grain Armour twice a day in lieu of the compounded .88 grains porcine thyroid twice a day I was on, which was too low. He gave me an RX for Armour and within 2 days my hot flashes (which were HORRIBLE and occurring hourly) were gone. ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:37:27 EST Should you thyroid meds . . . I take levothyroxine 150mcgs once a day. I have been on that dose for years at this point - have had 3 healthy kids as well. The last few weeks have been rough, but I don't think it's all from lack of sleep and cranky kids. For about 1-2 weeks my pills seemed to dissolve in my mouth before I swallowed them. I have never had this happen and didn't think much of it but I can see some hypo symptoms now that I look back. The ones I've been taking now seem to be fine. If it happens again should I ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:48:14 EST Daughter diagnosed with hypothyroid seems worse! Sunday night was the scare of my life. My daughter has suddenly got blurry vision, nausea and dizziness the went into what appeared to be a seizure at the time. We called 911 of course, but they could not find any reason for what had happened to Carley. They gave her something to relax her and the seizing stopped. (Real long story trying to make it shorter) At the hospital through blood work we found out her TSH was 6.45 so I went to the doctor the following day with her and he put her on ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:45:56 EST Sluggish Thyroid After having my son, my weight has been increasing. I had thought that this was because I was more sedentary. I didn't go on walks and mainly just spent my days catering to his needs, as most parents do. I stayed at home for the first 6 months. <BR> <BR> Anyway, after starting work again I noticed that my weight isn't going down. My son is now 2 years old. I am always tired, but manage to push through the day. I am usually cold.. <BR> <BR> My mom and grandma both have both been diagnosed ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:27:32 EST New to Armour- questions... Hi All! <BR> <BR> I will try to make this short and sweet and to the point. I have hashimotos. For a while I was only on Cytomel 25, cut in half, take one in the am the other half around 3. I was doing great! I lost 20 pounds and had tons of energy. About a month ago I started feeling crappy again and weight was slowly creeping up so I went for blood work (I usually do this every 3 months or so). <BR> My doctor's office called and told me that my labs went up. I believe my TSH was 10, my T3 ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:41:10 EST About eating This was originally posted on a board by yichey12 so technically it's not an article but it's still really helpful. I learned some new and surprising things, but I'm fairly new diagnosed. <BR> <BR><BR>messageboard_thread.asp?board=13402x31<BR>5x40678103 <BR> <BR> Ps thanks to yichey12 for posting Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:05:19 EST Hypothyroid care An article about Hypothyroidism care <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=635&page=3 Sat, 7 Jun 2014 10:14:09 EST no goiter but trouble swallowing My last ultrasounds came out clean, I have 2 small nodules that do not warrant anything invasive, according to my doctor, besides all this, I've had some issues swallowing. He says that I may have developed a new allergy and that I should make an appointment with my allergist. Any thoughts? Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:44:32 EST Planner / Calendar Being Removed I copied this from another team for your information. If you use the Planner / Calendar get your things copied or you will loose them! <BR> <BR> Jane <BR> <BR> <BR> Say it isn't so! Maybe it's just me but I use it for everything SparkPeople related and some personal things too. <BR> <BR> "The Planner will be removed from SparkPeople on June 10. We recommend moving any Planner items to another calendar." <BR> <BR> Bummer! Sat, 31 May 2014 16:34:13 EST Thyroid problems are sneaky I never told my doctor about my dry skin. At times it is so bad, my black slacks look grey. And the itching! Normally when I see my VA doctor, I am not having trouble. <BR> <BR> Just before vacation, I was excited about losing 10# without trying hard. I had my pre-exam labs drawn and left town for 4 weeks. I felt really energetic except for some breathing problems. When we got home and I'd had a couple of days to recuperate, I went for my annual exam. I was surprised when the doctor said my... Fri, 30 May 2014 11:08:33 EST On levithyrozine but still feel like crap The DR put me on Levithyrozine a few months ago. He said my thyroid showed very sluggish but still in the normal range. But going on the fact that I have gained a lot of weight in just the past year and my once very long hair fell out so now it is only about bra strap length and used to be so long I sat on it. So I am on 50 mg a day and he said my FSH (I think that's what it's called) is now at something like .83. He said that was a very good level. And my hair actually feels better. And I ha... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:06:00 EST Cytomel Didn't Work I am on 137mcg of Synthroid & my endo started me on 5 mcg of cytomel but it put me into Tachycardia. She had to take my off the cytomel because of the tachycardia. She said my T3 was very low. I was very hopeful about the cytomel because I can't seem to lose weight. At my last lab my TSH was 4.2. She is waiting on labs the end of June to decided whether or not to up the Synthroid because she just switched me to generic to brand. It is so frustrating not losing weight. <BR> Holly Sun, 25 May 2014 17:12:05 EST Combined Synthroid (T4) and Cytomel (T3) Therapy Wonder if anyone else is taking a combined drug approach to dealing with their thyroid. Recently, after discussing it with my doctor we moved from taking straight Synthroid to adding in Cytomel. I have always taken my Synthroid at night before going to bed. To get the best results should I be taking the T3 medication at the same time or at a different time? All the drug information says is to take at the same time every day. What works for others? Sun, 25 May 2014 10:57:04 EST Can Armour cause weight gain? I was on Synthroid about 3 years ago, then I tried Armour about 2 years ago and that was fine. The weight gain can definitely be caused by other things, but I was wondering if it is normal to gain weight on Armour. I also feel I have an adrenal problem...almost passing out (salt helps), body aches. My doctor moved away (of course), and I don't know if I should find an endocrinologist or just a doc to keep up my Armour. Would love to have adrenal checked, but I don't think most docs care u... Tue, 20 May 2014 23:57:16 EST Cindy Hi I have been doing the nutra bullet for breakfast for two weeks, salad for lunch and a limited amount of carbs for dinner. I am finding the scale doesn't move so I want to try spark people to get a balance diet without feeling hungry. Please send any help or suggestion to get me started. Fri, 16 May 2014 21:22:54 EST Need tips on finding new endocrinologist I've was dx'd hypo/Hashi's in 07, shortly after a hysterectomy (ovaries too). It was diagnosed because I was having trouble losing weight despite diet and exercise. My primary care doctor has been my main support. He's got me on Levo (75mcg) and Cytomel (5mcg 2x/day). He keeps referring me to endocrinologists, and without fail, the endocrinologists (been through 5) say something like, "Your TSH is fine. Your symptoms aren't thyroid related. Eat less, exercise more, and you'll be fine." I'm ea... Thu, 15 May 2014 08:50:02 EST Endocrinologist or Not? Surgery or Not? I am pretty new to all of this and feel pretty "dumb" about what to do. Someone I talked to suggested that I should go to an endocrinologist. I am currently seeing an ENT and my regular doctor. Any Advice? <BR> <BR> Also, second FNA (it hurt like crazy!!!) shows benign cells and that makes me happy. I go June 4th to talk to the ENT about my options. I'm not sure what they are, but if they include surgery I don't know if I should just go ahead and do it. Do I keep having ultrasounds and... Wed, 14 May 2014 15:08:23 EST Armour vs Compound T4/T3 I have an appointment later this month for a thyroid check up and a renewal of my prescription. I have been on Synthroid since being being diagnosed in 2010. And it has been fine. But I have noticed over the last 5 months that I just do not feel "right" anymore. I want to talk to my doctor about changing my meds. I have read about Armour and how much better some feel with that. I am also starting to hear more about Compounding T4/T3. Other than Armour being natural, is any option better than ... Tue, 13 May 2014 15:13:43 EST question re: meds OK, was diagnosed with thyroid antibodies at age 14, which means I have Hashimoto's. Got full blown thyroiditis after the birth of my son when I was 25. Have been on varying doses of T4 only medications since then. Because I have Hashimoto's, I've read that I'm supposed to be on T4 and T3 medications. At least I have a doctor who listens to me. Maybe that is a good thing, or maybe that is not a good thing. I guess the entire endocrinology department at the local university hospital has been ... Mon, 12 May 2014 19:29:18 EST health It has been a crappy winter for me.I came down with bronchitis this winer then the doctor said it was a viral infection.So after 3 doctors visits all kinds of meds,a chest exray and finally going to a pulmonary doctor i am finally getting better.But i ended up gaining 15 pounds because thats all i did was sleep and eat crap.So am back to eating healthy and getting going on exercising. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 13:23:19 EST New and not so new Hi not sure if this group is very active or not. I had my thyroid removed 3 yrs ago. I had toxic multinodular goiter thyroid (mouthful). My meds are balanced according to the doctor. But in the years leading up to the surgery I gained significant weight like 70-80 lbs worth and have been struggling to lose it since. I have maintained the weight I was, at the point of the surgery with fluctuations up and down about 10-15 lbs but I cannot seem to get in a steady loss. I have trouble maint... Fri, 2 May 2014 01:25:56 EST Ion Bracelets I got what is called an ion bracelet. Either positive or negative ions, can't remember. Its supposed to make you more energetic or something. Has anyone heard of these? <BR> I googled it and some say its a hoax. I've been wearing it (when I remember) for maybe 2 weeks. It might be my imagination but I do feel more awake with it on... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:44:41 EST Meds, tremors and mood swings I didn't have hand tremors or mood swings when I was only on levothyroxine, but when I started taking medication for my migraines, I noticed tremors, brain fog and mood swings. These are not the sad depression type mood swings, these are the "my entire neighborhood can hear me screaming" kind of mood swings. <BR> <BR> In the beginning my husband and I thought that I might be going through early menopause, because it's genetic on my dad's side of the family... no such luck. If anybody here i... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:32:53 EST Uninodular Non-toxic Goiter and Growing Hi Everyone! My name is Joy and I am pretty new to this whole thyroid thing. August 2013 I was diagnosed by sheer chance. I was also feeling quite poorly (memory loss, tired, no energy, hair-loss, depression, etc) and I didn't even realize why. My regular doctor put me on levothyroxine and once that was fully in my system I felt a lot better. It has been a struggle with my weight though. I have increased my exercise (I LOVE Zumba) and I've been tracking (doing well MOST of the time), I ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:38:40 EST Mini Trampoline Last night I started jumping on the mini trampoline I got at Walmart (my dad finally put it together for me this year) I was really disappointed though about the amount of calories sparkpeople says I burned on it (200 calories for 40 minutes) <BR> But I started googling trampoline and found it has other benefits than calorie burning. Not only aerobic but things like improving your immune system, reducing cellulite and improving glands-like your thyroid. Heres some websites <BR> http://mariad... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:08:04 EST Do you have a favorite green smoothie receipe I would like receipes that do not include high sugar fruits and preferably receipes without any fruit if it's possible to down one without them. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping it will help with cutting sugar cravings and detoxing my liver. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Ivory <em>88</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:18:53 EST NON-denatured whey protein Found a great source of protein made by "Well Wisdom" <link> </link> ; I purchase it from Iherb <link><BR>vital+whey+protein&x=14&y=7#p=1 </link> because it is less expensive there. <BR> <BR> Because of hypoglycemia I needed a good source of protein that was readily available and because of a fungal infection I needed the source to not contain antibiotics; Well Wisdom protein fits the bill. Also, my doctor had told me that my imm... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:03:59 EST Sumpin" Good! : ) Hey Team! <BR> We handle a lot of problems here, its easy to forget that we do so many small, positive acts over the course of the day and that others or our environment has brought us Joy. <BR> <BR> So I figured we could also have a place where we could post some of the "sumpin good" acts of kindness, healthy behaviors and food choices we make, the small stuff that makes life enjoyable. <BR> <BR> Or things others have done for us. <BR> <BR> Or nice little surprises... mabbe a problem did... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:34:31 EST new dosage So, I went to the doc afew weeks ago to talk about my thyroid levels and my ongoing yucky symptoms. He looked at my last blood test results from Nov. 2013. and noticed I was a bit off with my medicine that I have been on for the last year. So he upped my levothyroxine from 88 mcg - 112mcg. I must say, I thought it was quite a jump up but I Feel Great! I have energy at last! Not the every once in awhile kind of energy. Consistently waking up energetic and refreshed. :) i dont need naps ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:43:50 EST Doc is switching me from Armour to compounded Because of a long standing issue with yeast overgrowth due to a boat load of antibiotics my old doc gave me, my doc has switched my medication from Armour to a T4 and T3 combo being prepared in a compounding pharmacy. He said the Armour is working, but not optimally for the condition I'm fighting. <BR> <BR> The compounding version is 1 capsule = T3: 15 mcg and T4: 25mcg in SR capsule. I will be taking 1 capsule in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. My old script of 1 1/2 grains of Armour... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:13:39 EST More hair stuff.. do you color/hi ghlight? I have black hair... really black, too black for my complexion, so every 7-10 weeks, for the past 3 years, I've been getting a half head of highlights.... Because my hair is so darn dry, these past 6 month's I've let it grow out. NOW I have a cap of black followed by blond crunchy curls that reach, say, my bra strap. Should I wait it out? Color the bottom? fill in my highlights? The issue is, because I'm Hypothyroid, I don't want to go bald trying to stay blond, as my husband would put it. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:06:33 EST Euthyroid Pregnancy Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm finally "coming out of the closet" lol I'm 4 months pregnant, due mid September! I thought I would share this news here since I may be of help to others, and perhaps there are others who can give me suggestions of things to watch out for. <BR> <BR> A bit of history - I am currently 38 years old, this is my first pregnancy. I was diagnosed with Graves' in 2010, then with Papillary Carcinoma in September of that year. I had a total thyroidectomy in January 2011,... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:01:10 EST Reverse t3 and weight loss question Hey all, <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness it has been forever since I have been on here, such a busy year! For a while I basically gave up hope that I was ever going to lose weight again, but recently my doctor checked my reverse was high and my free t3 to reverse t3 ratio was a 13. According to STTM it should be above 20. <BR> <BR> I was curious if anyone has ever cleared out their reverse t3 via t3 only? <BR> <BR> Also curious if anyone has lost weight FINALLY after clearing up their rt3 ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:58:49 EST Armour vs. Nature-Throid vs Synthroid Can someone help me with some info? What exactly is the difference between Armour and Nature-Throid? I switched from Synthroid to Armour about a year ago because I was hoping it would make me feel better like a lot of people said it did for them. Unfortunately, I never really noticed a difference. But I stayed on it because it was less expensive. The last two blood test rounds, my TSH has gone up a little each time. I just had blood drawn again on Friday and if it went up again I am going to ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:15:24 EST Anyone just NOT feel like eating? I barely ate anything yesterday and I felt fine. I've been awake since 530 and I'm still NOT hungry, I can't stand the thought of eating right now. My husband is actually hounding me to eat. Is it a thyroid thing? I've never heard of this, I get this way at least 2 or 3 times a month for a couple of days. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:28:21 EST How satisfied are YOU with your Doc? Click the link... The article is an interesting view of how unsatisfied thyroid patients are with the medical care they receive. <BR> <BR><BR>vey-hypothyroid-patients-view-doctors/ Sat, 5 Apr 2014 11:05:23 EST Eyebrow skin dryness and scaling I have been to dermatologist. He is watching this but I wonder if anyone else has this on or near their eyebrows. I am wondering if the low thyroid is causing this. <BR> <BR> Thanks, chris Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:58:06 EST On a morning when you forget to take your meds... Like today, I've been so focused on getting one daughter to take antibiotics for her ear infection and the other to take her Ritalin LA that I forgot to take my levo and my migraine management stuff which need to be on an empty stomach. I had some Starbuck's. Would you take them anyway, or say, screw it, I messed up, and I'll remember tomorrow. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:47:50 EST Weight loss supplements on levothyroxine? Personally, I think they're a bad idea even when not on levo, but my sister is also hypo and she's on 88 mcg of eurothyrox (that's the EU's generic brand of thyroid medication). She's taken to starting an 8 week regimen of Garcenia Cambogia. I am worried that it may not be safe. I know, she's a big girl (33), but she's still my little sister, and I want to know if she'll be OK. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:04:00 EST Warm at Night I'm wondering why I'm cold all day, with fingers and toes feeling like they're not getting any blood to warm them up and then at night my fingers and toes are warm when I'm sleeping. I can even get too warm. What's going on to increase my circulation at night? I'm guessing it has to do with some chemical released during sleep? Also, I don't heat my bedroom at night. I sleep with a flannel sheet and a silk comforter. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:00:10 EST Are dental problems typical? I hadn't been diagnosed with hypothyroidism until I started trying to have my first child, and we had lots of issues, I finally had an answer for why I was slowing down, my brain was getting muddled etc. I've never had dental issues, though, and lately, they seem to be piling up. My husband sent me links on the internet to ADA sites stating that people with hypothyroidism, and especially Hashimoto's thyroiditis tend to have multiple oral health issues. I have 2 fillings on the left side of my... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:01:09 EST Any advice? 10/10/13 <BR> tsh 2.88 .45-4.5 <BR> T4 8.5 4.5-12 <BR> t3u 29 24-39 <BR> FTI 2.5 1.2-4.9 <BR> <BR> 10/18/13 <BR> tsh 4.05 .358-3.74 h <BR> ft4 1.25 .76-1.46 <BR> <BR> 11/19/13 <BR> tsh 2.62 .358-3.74 <BR> ft4 1.08 .76-1.46 <BR> <BR> 1/27/14 <BR> tsh 4.62 .35-4.5 h <BR> T4 12.8 5-12.5 h <BR> t3u 33 22.5-37 <BR> FTI 4.2 1-3.9 h <BR> <BR> 2/5/14 <BR> tsh 2.71 .45-4.5 <BR> ft4 1.69 .82-1.77 <BR> t4 8.3 4.5-12 <BR> ft3 3.1 2-4.4 <BR> TSI 64 0-139 <BR> TPOaB 52 0-34 h <BR> TBG 15 13-39 <BR> <B... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:55:51 EST High antibodies not necessar. bad?? I have a new doc. She says my antibodies being high doesn't necessarily mean I need thyroid meds. It means my body COULD attack my thyroid not that it is/was?? As long as the HOLY TSH is ok, I am ok. I am more confused now than at the beginning (2007) <BR> <BR> She took me off my compounded T3 supple, my brain has cleared, but my weight is up! (Dear God help me). Also eliminated all vitamin supplements with animal (bovine etc) parts and iodine. I have gone from 21 vitamins a day to 7 and I ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:10:05 EST