This post relates to my most recent post about Iodoral, a supplemental form of Iodine. I've been going over my symptoms lately and realized my thyroid is not functioning properly. I noted some of the symptoms I've had for awhile in my post about Iodoral. For example, low body temperature, cold hands and feet, excess mucous production, dry skin, etc. I didn't know that much about the thyroid, but have learned a lot in recent weeks.
I guess my question is, how many folks have thyroid problems along with Lyme? This seems to be fairly common and could be the reason for many symptoms. As I stated in my other post, I will keep the group updated on my Iodine supplementation. So far, it's going well. The thyroid needs adequate amounts of Iodine to function properly, as well as many other organs. It doesn't matter whether you are hypo or hyper, iodine normalizes the function of the thyroid. Earlier in the week I took my temperature and it was 97.7. Two hours after taking the Iodoral it went up to 98.3. That is the highest it has been since I started checking it months ago. I also got more energy. Something positive is happening!
Hi Dave. Some people who have Lyme, including myself, also have a thyroid disorder.
Have you ever had thyroid testing done? I suggest having the Free T3, Free T4 (besides the T3 and T4), and thhyroid antibodies tested. They are not usually done but are necessary for a comprehensive view. Some people who have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis have elevated antibodies but normal other results. This is why it is important to have the antibodies tested. If they are positive, treatment is warranted.
When someone is hypothyroid, usually a very low dose of meds is prescribed. Thyroid disorders have to be treated carefully. It is dangerous to take too much medicine too fast.
A low dose is often prescribed and the person is usually tested again six to eight weeks later. It takes this long to fully utilize the meds. Depending on symptoms, another small increase may be made and the person is retested again in six to eight weeks. This process is repeated as long as necessary. It can take some time to get to the optimal dose.
Many symptoms of Lyme and thyroid disorders can overlap. If you have both, getting the thyroid properly treated can really help.