My Dr. has me on DHEA and CoQ10 as well. I have a list of other things too but they are to help with other problems such as Omega 3 oil capsules for heart health. I can't tell U which specific brands but I find all of these, in the brand my Dr. recommends at the local wallyworld. I'm sure you could find them at most drug stores as well. I have recently read two articles, one in a newspaper and one in a health magazine that says many Dr.s are prescribing the DHEA to patients hitting middle age. Hope this helps.
Vit D is vital for your thyroid hormone to work well. Vit D isn't really a vitamin, but a steroid hormone and it helps both thyroid and progesterone express themselves. If you haven't got enough of one of the 3 then the others will be affected. You can have the perfect thryoid dose, the right number for you, and not feel good if your progesterone and vit D are not optimal. You need all 3 at the right levels.
Vit D should be D3, and not D2 (ergocalciferol). Doses of 1000 iu. of D3 have been show to be safe and effective, and necessary unless you live in a very sunny (year round) climate.
B12 is another one that is important, in that too little can make you feel like you're dragging and can cause you to think your thyroid is to blame. It takes about 3000 mcgs of B12 to get 1-2% absorption, and if you're someone who has difficulty making Intrinsic Factor (made in the gut and necessary to absorb b12) then you wont be absorbing even that much and injections are required.
While not a vitamin, you should have you ferritin checked - too little iron can mimic hypothyroidism, and is often caused by hypothyroidism.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
I didn't want to list all of the ones I take but included in my list is a super B complex suppliment that has all 3 Bs in it. I also take cranberry extract supplement for my tendency to hold water and swell up. The acidopholus supplements help with regularity which has been an ongoing problem as well. This one also helps stave off UTIs and yeast infections. Also thrown into the mix is Ester C. I think U know what vitamin C is for. I use the ester because I have a problem with acid. I hope this all helps you some. I can tell you that I feel much better on the Super B Complex than I do off of it. I have gone off just to see what it would do and each time I tried it only took a few days before I felt a little sluggish again. I guess that's why Dr.s give Vitamin B shots for general fatigue.
Boy, that's a hard one to call. I take a super B complex with all 3 Bs in it and folic acid. I always take mine with a meal. Most things do well with a half sandwich or salad. Have you tried taking it will food at all? Good luck. I hope you can find one that you can take so you know if it can help you.
Question - now that I had my thryoid removed (1/25/05) are there any particular vitamins that I should be taking. I am only taking my synthroid .300 mcgs. I dont see the endo until March 7th and I am still feeling tired all the time. Thanks!
I'm not sure what energy capsules translate to but if they help you feel good and function that is what counts. I take all the individual stuff because standard multivitamins constipate me. Doesn't seem to matter what brand, or what variety. Dr.s have no explanation for it so I just take what I feel I need separately. The vitamins include super B complex with folic acid and niacin, vitamin E, Ester c. Other supplements include calcuim with vit D, magnesium, glucosomine/chondroiten, concentrated salmon oil capsules (omega 3s ), coQ10, DHEA, Cranberry extract, acidopholus, and selenium. I only take the selenium a couple of times a week though because when I take it every day I seem to suffer from insomnia.
All these except the selenium have been recommended by my PCP. I seem to be doing very well on them so I will continue. I know exactly what U mean about the fishey ones too. Still, if they help, one can't argue.
The one I found makes the most difference with my energy level though is the B complex. If I run out and go a week or more all I want to do is lay around. I think we all have to just experiment a bit and see what works for us. One may need more of one thing and not much or none of something else.
I have had trouble finding a b-complex I can stomache. What should I look for in one that will agree with me? Any ideas? ~S
Have you tried sublingual B vitamins? There are drops & also dissolvable tablets that are quite pleasant to take ... less potent than a B50, but they are absorbed quickly & can be repeated as needed throughout the day.
The sublinguals don't upset the stomach as some of the stronger B tabs do.
Great suggestion! I'll look into the sublingual B.
Thanks a million.
Yeah...to tell you the truth I don't know how many B-s there are in my energy capsule. I'll have to write to the maker to find out!
Sounds like you got quite the program there! Good for you. I can appreciate the seperation. I tried a calcium pill at one time, but switched to another one that didn't upset the tummy so much. Now...I can take it every day without trouble.
Yes...my research indicates the B is REALLY important for energy. So...I shall keep up the fight for the B!
I do have a regimine for myself. I have worked out even the times of the day when I should take them to feel good. I just want to mention something additional about calcium supplements. It has pretty much been proven, according to what I have read and what my Dr.s have all told me, that in order for calcium to be absorbed into the system it needs both vitamin D and magnesium. So truthfully, I take 2 or 3 of a popular antacid that has the mix in it. I save money buying the one over the three and I am certain it works because while I have some osteoarthritits, I have very strong bones according to bone density tests. Ask your Dr. about it or do some research on calcium needs, calcium absorbtion, and suppliments to see what you turn up. I think you will find that in the antacid mixture you will not have stomach trouble either with the calcuim because the magnesium helps it to be absorbed and aids with other digestion too.
I certainly don't mind. Sometimes I get a little fluid and the cranberry extract gives my kidneys a little nudge without using a harsher drug or drinking the sugar laden juice. So far it works very well for me. Almost all these autoimmune things can cause one to hold fluid from time to time and this is like the proverbial ounce of prevention for me.
First off, I would think VERY strongly about taking Armour with/synthetic. I was put on 100 percent Synthroid right after surgery and have been going through hell since.
I do wish you the best, and I hope you will not have the same troubles, but I do think it might be helpful to check into it.
You are likely not feeling the full effects of hypo hell yet. It takes about a month. By the time it catches up..you may not be in a positon to fight for yourself. Please think about this NOW.
The doctors never took me seriously....even when I was clearly in very bad shape.
Now..I take mostly Armour with some synthetic thrown in, and feel the best I have felt in 11 months
I take a muliti-vitamin, energy capsules, magnesium, coq10, calcium and fish oil pills. YUM!
I am not sure if your response was to mine - if it was - what is Armour? Is it something that I use with synthroid? I told the endo that the surgeon said I needed to be on a lower dose than .300 mcgs so they are doing bloodwork tomorrow, so hopefully next week I can post some numbers so everyone here (all of you are so knowledgable) can help me figure out what I should be talking to the endo about when I go for my appt on March 7th. Thanks again
Yes ellyn, I take the cranberry extract capsules everyday. As long as I stick to my regimine I feel pretty good. The aches and pains in the joints are almost always with me but what can one do. The connective tissue in my lower joints is damaged from the lupus disease so that will never go away.
Shell 6273, Armour thyroid is the natural thyroxine derived from pigs and cows. Some people do better on it than synthroid, some do not. The big difference, other than a bad smell, is that the natural has T3s already in it and is absorbed by your body quickly, rather than being a slow builder in the body. Some people take the armour in 2 smaller doses during the day rather than one dose first thing in the morning because one big dose can cause your heart to race quite a bit and other symptoms. Many Dr. will not prescribe Armour. They prefer the synthetic synthroid for consistancy. They claim Armour causes many ups and downs in the patient and is hard to regulate because it hits the system so quickly. Synthroid, because it is wholey a T4 that must be converted to T3s in the liver, hits the body much slower and builds up over time. If there are any issues with your heart your endo will probably not consider Armour. Hope some of that helps U.