Thyroid questions, help please

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Registered: 06-29-2010
Thyroid questions, help please
Mon, 11-08-2010 - 4:49pm

Ok, so I started taking levothyroxine on Sat. I've been feeling a little jittery since I started taking it (25mcg) small dose. I also have mild nausea. I read that these can be side effects. So I was wondering if any of you experiences this? Also, my b/w came back. My tsh was 4 and my t3 and t4 were normal. I'm confused??? I thought all the numebrs would be off to be conisdered hypothyroid. The doc said since my TSH is not that bad she would normally just take a wait and see approach but she said when you are TTC she thinks medication is a better option (my pain in the @#$ OB does not agree). I emailed the doc and she said to split the dose in half to see how I feel. I was wondering if everyone feels funny in the beginning as your body adjusts or maybe I just need a lower dose? Also, the OB nurse wrote me back and said to wait 3 cycles to TTC again, but I'm a bad patient and don't think I will listen. 1 or 2 maybe, but 3 seems so far away. thanks ladies!!!!!

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Tue, 11-09-2010 - 9:54am


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Registered: 08-16-2007
Tue, 11-09-2010 - 1:41pm

Aryn - I have never heard that synthroid and levoxyl are any different from one another. Do you know the difference?

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Registered: 12-13-2009
Tue, 11-09-2010 - 3:08pm
I believe that she is seeing and endocrinologist. Her OB is the one who didn't want to put her on thyroid meds.
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Tue, 11-09-2010 - 3:18pm

yeah I went to the endo cause my OB was super relaxed and thought my 4 and 5.6 TSH was ok, I disagreed. Th endo is great, I really like her and she responded to my emails. She told me to cut the dose in half and wait to see what my blood work looks like in 6 weeks. I really think many OB are too relaxed, especially with 2 losses in 5 months, I was definitely not gonna wait on this any longer. Thanks so much for your help.

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Tue, 11-09-2010 - 3:20pm

yeah I def can't wait 3 cycles. I will see if you are right (regarding symptoms tapering off after a couple days). No jitters today, actually kinda drowsy. I am just worried if I will experience any other side effects. Maybe I should ask about the synthroid, is it more expensive??

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Registered: 03-21-2007
Tue, 11-09-2010 - 4:09pm
Ah, Ok. Sorry about that Jen!

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Registered: 06-29-2010
Tue, 11-09-2010 - 9:51pm
No problem, thanks so much for the info. Do you know how much synthyroid is? I keep hearing people say they feel better on it compared to levothyroid
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Registered: 03-22-2007
Wed, 11-10-2010 - 12:29pm
Hi Jen, sorry I just saw this! I've actually heard that Synthroid is one brand name drug that it's worth paying extra for because it's a lot different than generic levothyroxine and works better. I've responded really well to Synthroid. It's not that expensive. I pay about $3 for a two month's supply, but we only pay 80% so I guess that makes it about $12 or $13 for a couple of months. I live in Canada so I don't know if it's different, but I don't think it would be too much more expensive than that in the States.

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Registered: 06-29-2010
Thu, 11-11-2010 - 11:02pm
Thanks I will inquire about synthroid.
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Registered: 12-11-2006
Tue, 11-23-2010 - 8:22am

Hi, sorry it's taken me a while but here's the list of natural supplements I'm taking as well as the list of foods to eat / avoid while trying to regulate under-active thyroid. I was a bit of a sceptic about food supplements before, thinking if I ate a balanced diet I should get everything I needed, but having learned that soils are so depleted that all that stuff isn't in our food anymore, I've changed my mind! Plus these supplements seem to be working well for me! Hope this is helpful:

- thyroid support formula (Higher Nature or similar brand - ask in health shops)

- one teaspoon of fish oil with meal at night - not on an empty stomach. (Higher Nature or similar brand)

- lots of vitamin C - in powdered form or chewable tablets - around 500 - 1000mg per day. Under-active thyroid is often stress-related, and happens when the adrenal glands which produce adrenaline to combat stress are worked too hard and start to slow down. The thyroid then slows down too. Fairly high doses of Vitamin C can help get the adrenal glands to start working properly again and this should help thyroid levels too. I asked about sources of Vit C ... research has shown that Vit C is very low in a lot of the supermarket food we buy because soils are depleted ... scientists in the UK did a random test on oranges in supermarkets sometime in the last couple of months and found that none of them contained Vit C - so you're advised to take as a supplement. Also try a natural rather than synthetically produced multi-vitamin supplement which your body can absorb and use more easily.

Food to avoid:
- soy sauce (except natural soy sauce, not chemically produced). Synthetic soy sauce blocks iodine, which your thyroid needs to operate properly
- walnuts, peanuts, almonds, pine nuts (iodine blockers)
- millet
- raw cabbage or broccoli (these are okay cooked)
- turnips
- apples
- mustard
- cut down on refined foods e.g. white bread, white sugar, white rice, white flour - go all brown or add some brown!

Foods to eat more of:
- sea food, especially deep sea fish (for natural iodine)
- seaweed products (you can buy powdered seaweed in a health shop)
- Asian fish sauce, or fish oil
- eggs (yolks esp, for iodine)
- mushrooms
- garlic
- virgin coconut oil for Vitamin A, add this to diet
- Vit C rich foods (may need to be organic) or Vit C supplement

Other key tips:
- get 20 mins exercise a day - rebounder / trampoline is especially good
- get out in the sun for 20 mins a day, preferably look in the direction of the sun (not directly into it) as this helps your eyes take in Vitamin D which is essential for helping thyroid imbalance