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Old 12-01-2010, 09:22 AM   #1
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Immune System/Hypothyroid/Anemia

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I am getting slightly worried as for the last year when I get a cold I am knocked off my feet and have had to take 3 or 4 days off work to get over it. I am worried I may have contracted a disease? I went to the doctor and have been diagnoised with hypothyroidism, but am confused as other members of my family have been hypo and they don't get ill really easily with flu's and colds.

I started on 50mg in May and had a blood test after 6 weeks and my blood test came back fine, July I fell really ill with a 6 week virus and then had another blood test after 6 months and my TSH levels have gone from 5 to 18and the T4 came out as 13. The doctor wanted me to go from 50mg to 100mg, but I have been having bad reactions to the 50mg so asked to see a specialist. The doctor also said my iron levels were also low although I had taken some iron supplements during that time, not every day though just when I felt a bit run down. I am wondering if anyone can help? Do you know why my hypothyroidism would seem to get worse over 6 months despite taking my medication, it seems strange. I am also worried about the colds and flu's I get that leave me run down, I am really scared that there may be something seriously wrong-or would the doctor have traced this in my blood test if there was something wrong like cancer or HIV. I am now ill again with a cold and general fatigue. My doctor hasn't hardly given me any information, and my employer is starting to get agravated, despite keeping them informed of what's going on. I feel so bad as I want to go to work but just can't physically do it. I would appreciate any guidance help. If anything to put my mind at rest. Thanks.x

 
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Re: Immune System/Hypothyroid/Anemia

Hi would you be interested in a list of suggested foods for the immune system? One persons hypothyroidism seemed to have disappeared when iodine supplements were used.

 
Old 12-01-2010, 10:46 AM   #3
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Re: Immune System/Hypothyroid/Anemia

Thanks for your reply. Yes please, do you think that my immune system is just run down. I have taken antibiotics for years before doctors stopped giving it out. Do you recommend iodine and iron? Thanks.

 
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Re: Immune System/Hypothyroid/Anemia

Hi some people have taken iodine supplements until the thyroid straightens out. I have heard 2 differing opinions on iron some saying the crystals are not well absorbed and others going out of their way to recommend it. The "antibiotics taken for years" could have potential to give a person a major Candida albicans infection. Foods said to help candida include yogurt garlic supposedly iron, (I guess If liquid is appropriate without major additives and sugar maybe but I am divided about this one. Foods high in iron may be enough if the stomach can be improved and it may take some time. If Candida is present then things to reduce or eliminate would include sugar, alcohol, mushrooms chocolate, bewers yeast, bread, cheeses. Foods for infections might be onion, garlic, european cranberry, lemon, radish, and cabbage. Foods said to be good for a weak immune system are said to be citrus fruits, alfalfa, tomato, oils, royal jelly, propolis, garlic, acerola, kiwi. Other things to avoid shellfish, milk, coffee, fat. Foods said to be good for fever include melon, borage, barley water, raspberry, citrus, freshly squeezed or juiced fruit juices. Okra and vitamin A were added for those with pharyngitis, but if that is used in pill form it has been said that a person has to be careful about the dosages.

I hope these benefit you if you try them

 
Old 12-01-2010, 12:48 PM   #5
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Hi thanks for that, that is kind of you. I will certainly give them a try and see if it makes any difference. Cheers:-)

 
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Hi You are welcome!

 
Old 12-28-2010, 02:23 AM   #7
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Re: Immune System/Hypothyroid/Anemia

Hello there,

About 11 years ago I started getting ill all the time, colds, viruses and thrush all in one year. What was unusual was firstly that I was getting ill as I didnt really get ill before that more than once every couple of years. Secondly I would get ill for long periods 3-6 weeks at a time and consequently had to take a lot of time off.

Of course I went to the Doctor's and they diagnosed me with Hashimoto's disease. This is an autoimmune disorder- basically your immune system views the thyroid gland as a foreign body and attacks it continuously. This continuous attack day in day out is unnatural and exhausting for your immune system. Hence when a real threat occurs it cannot deal with it so well as its tied up in attacking the thyroid gland this means a lousy immune system. Of course this also wears down the thyroid gland and usually leads to a slightly under active thyroid.

I take kelp 2 3 times a day and a remedy from a large wholefood store for the thyroid called something like TH207 I can find out precisely what its called for you if you want. My thyroxine levels are borderline like yours. And I am borderline anaemic. I get very dry skin and my hair has thinned. Most depresing is how tired I get and the amount of time I have had to take off work.The kelp and the TH level helped a little bit to bring my TSH and T3 T4 levels to the right amounts but I still get ill for longer periods of time and have the skin and hair problem. I now am taking 25 mg of thyroxine and will see if it helps. I have been on levothyroxine twice and felt unwell on it but this time I feel ok. I think the fact I take it with kelp and other things and its such a low dose is the reason for that.

Of course I still have the symptoms because the main problem is the hashimoto the autoimmune disorder. My advice is that you ask the doctor to test your for antibody levels and I expect you will see they are very high and find out you have it too. That's why I am now on this site to see if I can find out if anyone manages this condition and how to best cope with it.

In my case it runs in my family and both my Mother and middle younger sister have the same thing. That is- Hashimoto, under active thyroid, low iron levels. A doctor told my sister she should take her iron tablets in the morning and her thyroxine in the evening to keep them far apart. I take iron in the morning as well as vitamin c and zinc for immune system plus fish oils. Then I take kelp once or twice during the day. I take my TH207 and a bit of thyroxine in the eve. I keep myself going like that as best as I can but I hope I find some more info on here about hashimoto's and how to reduce the antibodies or get rid of them.

Best of luck, Kind Regards, Vania
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I am getting slightly worried as for the last year when I get a cold I am knocked off my feet and have had to take 3 or 4 days off work to get over it. I am worried I may have contracted a disease? I went to the doctor and have been diagnoised with hypothyroidism, but am confused as other members of my family have been hypo and they don't get ill really easily with flu's and colds.

I started on 50mg in May and had a blood test after 6 weeks and my blood test came back fine, July I fell really ill with a 6 week virus and then had another blood test after 6 months and my TSH levels have gone from 5 to 18and the T4 came out as 13. The doctor wanted me to go from 50mg to 100mg, but I have been having bad reactions to the 50mg so asked to see a specialist. The doctor also said my iron levels were also low although I had taken some iron supplements during that time, not every day though just when I felt a bit run down. I am wondering if anyone can help? Do you know why my hypothyroidism would seem to get worse over 6 months despite taking my medication, it seems strange. I am also worried about the colds and flu's I get that leave me run down, I am really scared that there may be something seriously wrong-or would the doctor have traced this in my blood test if there was something wrong like cancer or HIV. I am now ill again with a cold and general fatigue. My doctor hasn't hardly given me any information, and my employer is starting to get agravated, despite keeping them informed of what's going on. I feel so bad as I want to go to work but just can't physically do it. I would appreciate any guidance help. If anything to put my mind at rest. Thanks.x

 
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