If my TSH is .12, wouldn't that be more indicative of taking too much Synthroid, rather than having too much selenium in my system? I just thought of that.....I wonder if too much selenium can affect TSH levels, or perhaps the selenium people dont know that yet. I'm just trying to figure this whole thing out, so that I can do the right thing.
Thanks IWL....I guess I felt I might be asking too many questions. Then I really felt stupid when Phyl asked me why I bothered posting that info in a previous post. I just don't know where else to turn to. My GP is ignorant, and even the endoc I saw didn't seem to know enough about my condition. I've just got so many questions because I'm trying to figure out why I feel so lousy all the time. Now I wonder if I should try to find a naturopathic doctor. Is that what they're called?
Yes, I am hyper most of the time. I slow down after 6pm, but I woke up this morning feeling stressed out, hyper, nervous, etc.... It feels just like I have taken amphetamines. Not a good feeling.
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Marilyn, I understand the grasping at straws feelings. I took Synthroid or Levoxyl for over 6 years, over three of which I felt horrible. I had the burning feet and muscle weakness as well as every other sign of hypo and hyper there was(except for maybe three). Drs. were always changing my levels of meds, up gave me more jittery feelings, down I felt calmer, but always horribly weak/exhausted. I have a theory, don't know if there's a drop of truth in it, but it seems true for me. I think that when they raised my meds, that I tox'd out on T4, which made me a wreck, but never could convert enough of it to T3, which means my body had nothing to work with. When they lowered it, it got rid of some of the nerves, but I still felt soooo horrible. They never did the free T3 testing and I didn't know they were supposed to. So when you started your selenium, it was like taking more T4, but maybe your body still can't convert it well.
Since I started Armour, I have had such relief. The aching legs and feet, gone. I don't think my dose is okay yet, but I'm well on the way. I'm having a blood test Wed. and I believe they'll find my T4 is a little high and my T3, a little low. I have started to feel slightly jittery like I did on the Levoxyl, but with none of the classic hyper symptoms. Felt wonderful the first month on Armour but have had some return of hypo stuff. Minor compaired to the living death my life was before. Have you tried Armour?
Anyway, one of the things I like about this board is you can ask anything you want, there are alot of questions that are repeated, without anyone going duh we just discussed that and people are generally very kind. My heart goes out to you. A couple of months ago I decided they were going to have to cure me or kill me and at that time I didn't care which. It made me a more demanding patient, which is helping me get treatment that really works. A lotta hugs, IWL
IWL, your last post has really helped me. I guess I just needed some support and a nudge in the right direction. My doc did say she'd prescribe Armour if I wanted it, but she has never done anything other than a TSH test on me. I go back in next week for a 30 day follow-up blood test to see if the reduction from 175 to 150 synthroid is making a difference. I am going to insist on the Free T3, Free T4 and antibodies tests also. My doc won't know how to read them, and she readily admits that, so I will have to bring the results here to be deciphered. Maybe then I can get a grasp on what's going on with me. Until I get those test results, I'm pretty much stuck between a rock and a hard spot. Hopefully after next week, someone here can point me in the right direction.
This board has done more to help me than all the doctors I have seen since 1991.
My dr. prescribed Armour under duress and says he doesn't know how to read the results either, so I'll be paging Meep next week. Then I'm going to show my doctor how to read them. Since he had Grave's disease too, it might come in handy. My doctor has gained about 40 pounds since he had RAI, maybe I should talk HIM into Armour. LOL IWL
Originally posted by Iwannalife: My doctor has gained about 40 pounds since he had RAI, maybe I should talk HIM into Armour. LOL IWL
Hey my doctor had RAI too! I've seen pictures of her from 1990's and she is quite a lot larger now. She said something to me about my weight and I should've let her know that she is probably only 10 lbs lighter than me, but didn't. I will next time!
I saw a naturopath today about my thyroid. I will post separately about that. But did want to say that one of the MANY supplements she prescribed for me is called GTA-Forte II, which she said would help me convert T3 to T4. I figure others here might benefit from that advice too.