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6/17/09 11:28 A

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Amazing... it's good to hear from someone who's found the balance! I know I'm on my way... it's just one step (or one issue) at a time and it will come. I really just started in January working with my doctor, so it's only been a few months. I do feel much much better most of the time, and I try to remember that when I'm not feeling as up to par as I'd like.

I do think that my digestive issues really made some of the problems a lot worse... as I wasn't getting the vitamins out of my supplements or food that I really needed. So healing the gut is really my main priority right now, to help everything move along.

Also, I learned very recently that there are a lot of receptors for seratonin, dopamine and norepinephrine in our digestive tract. So when our digestive tract is not in good shape it affects those neurotransmitters which can lead to depression. So I guess it's true that the way to happiness is through your stomach! LOL...

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6/16/09 11:58 P

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As I read through what everyone has written, it now seems obvious as to all the things that the poorly or non-functioning thyroid can affect....ferratin levels, hormones, adrenals, vit. D and B-12, etc.
Like many of you I am not only on a thyroid med(Armour), but an adrenal extract, 3,000 I.U./day of vit.D, Omega-3's, a great multi-vit. and a natural hormone supplement(it really made a difference helping my mood swings).
It has taken my doctor over a year to find the right combination of supplements at the correct dosages, but I have to say - I feel so much better, more energy, losing weight easier, sleeping great at night, happier, and the list goes on.
So, hang in there, keep reading & researching and asking your doctor questions.

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6/16/09 8:11 P

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I don't know if I am or not, but I am definitely going to talk to my dr about it at my appointment in July. I'm a thyroid cancer patient and my synthroid levels have to be a little bit higher, which really should make me tired. But there are days when all I want to do is sleep. I never thought to ask him about other vitamin deficiencies

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Yes, this is big issue for us Thyroid patients. Due too Metabolism & most of us don't get enough Sun Light. I'm on a weekly prescription Vit D replacement now- its cheaper than the Multi-Vitamins with my Insurance. I also take another called Metanx Multi Vit.

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MINXXA Posts: 380
6/16/09 7:01 P

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Honestly I couldn't tell you. Besides being hypothyroid and Vitamin D Deficient, I'm also borderline anemic and very low on ferritin (stored iron), and am recovering from adrenal fatigue (my adrenal glands were far below the low level last time I tested which was about a year ago), intestinal candida and insulin resistance.

I have so many different issues right now, most of whom have fatigue as a symptom that it's really hard to tell if any ONE thing is helping.

I do feel generally better-- MUCH better than last year, so there are definite improvements. But I am also taking thyroid medication, floradix for iron, vitamin D, adreset for my adrenals (I just ran out and am stopping for now)... am eating much better and am exercising more. So i'ts hard to say what exactly has helped.

I'm still not doing great on the weight loss, although I am increasing muscle mass, so that's a plus. Im about to start a dance class 2x a week for 2 hours, so hoping that the increased muscle workout and cardio will jumpstart me a bit.

I'm also going in for additional hormonal testing (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, etc), because my cycle's still all tweaked out, too.

It's a slow journey, and I've had to learn to be patient with myself, and just be happy with the smaller steps-- not being totally exhausted all of the time, keeping up with my eating schedule, etc. The weight loss will come eventually when everything evens out, but it took 5 years to get me this way and I'm thinking it'll take a couple to get back.

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SISTAZ Posts: 9
6/16/09 6:06 P

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Have you notice any change so far? Do you feel like it has helped at all in your weight loss efforts? Or in any of the other symptoms you may have been feeling? I'm just so discouraged....

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MINXXA Posts: 380
6/16/09 5:43 P

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Yep to the Vitamin D. I take 2000 i.u. a day. I take my labs again at the end of July and see what it all says then...

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6/15/09 8:59 A

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I am also vitamin D difficient but I take 3000 or 2000ius daily IF I haven't been in the sun for 30 minutes between 11am and 3pm. On the days I do get sun I am not to take my vitamin D.

I have been told that your thyroid can case your ability to absorb vitamins falter. Which is why many of us are iron deficienct, Vit D, Calcium etc

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6/13/09 10:20 A

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Yes to vitamin D. Started taking 800mg per day and felt soooo much better. Didn't notice weight loss, but my face didn't seem as swollen. I'm not good about taking it everyday though, and have noticed the symptoms returning. Good luck to you on your journey.

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6/13/09 12:32 A

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yes to vit d and b-12 emoticon

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6/12/09 11:22 P

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very common...many of us are doing this. Also get your B-12 checked.

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Yes...she had me take the 50000 1x a week for 6 weeks, then 800 a week. I just had it tested again and it's worse so now I'm up to 1200 a day. I think this is common.

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6/12/09 6:21 P

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I went to have my labs done early because I was having symptoms again. I was so tired in the afternoons, gaining more weight, and somewhat depressed. I have had hip pain for about a year. Mostly pain when getting up from sitting and very sore after going for runs. I am 37. I shouldn't feel like my 78 year old grandma. Anyway Endo ordered Vitamin D test and mine came up 17 when normal is between 30-80. I just started the Vitamin D therapy of 50,000iu of Vitamin D once a week for 3 months to help build up my levels.

I'm just wondering if anyone else out there is Vitamin D deficient and if so, did you lose any weight once you started the therapy and got your levels back up to normal?

I also just wanted people to be aware that if you are feeling bad and your thyroid levels are in the normal range, you may want to have your Vitamin D levels checked. Especially if you live in the midwest (I live in Minnesota- Not much sun here.) So, many people may be deficient and not even know it. I just googled Vitamin D deficiency to learn more. Many symptoms same as Hypo symptoms. Just thought I would share.

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