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Old 05-09-2006, 07:10 PM   #1
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Constant colds - hypo related or ?

I have Hashi's. My last TSH was 3.84 and I am on a higher dose of Synthroid trying to feel better. I started on Synthroid in Sept and have been on different doses since then. I am currently on my 9th bad cold since December. They have all been prolonged and wipe me out like the flu. I had a ACTH test several weeks ago - my endo said it was normal (I had all adrenal fatigue symptoms and fainting episodes. He tested b/c of that and the colds I described). He also said I was normal at 3.84 TSH even though I told him how awful I felt @ 3.15 (for 2.5 months). I begged to get .075mg so he said OK, re-test in 5 wks. I still feel crappy but it's only been 3 wks. Anyway, I'm wondering if something else is wrong with my immune system and what tests I could have done (with a different doctor). Was anyone hypo and had tons of prolonged colds? I'm SO tired of constantly having colds. I was actually healthier before I started Synthroid. I'm just wondering if this will stop when I finally get the right dose or medicine, or if I should consider other causes. Should I just relax and see if this will stop one day (although who knows when I'll get the right treatment!) when my thyroid is OK???
ETA - I've been eating healthier, taking a multi-vitamin plus selenium, zinc, B complex, etc. and am still always sick.

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Re: Constant colds - hypo related or ?

Yes, after you are on a dose that is just right for you, then you will start feeling better. Thyroid disorders can cause sinus problems.

Taking extra vitamin C will help to get the T4 into your tissues, and also helps to heal your adrenal glands. That is what I have been reading.

I am taking 1000 mcgs of Vitamin C daily, and it has made me feel much better. It seems to put me in a relaxed mode.
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Re: Constant colds - hypo related or ?

Thanks I will give that a try. I am so exhausted from these constant colds and I feel like I'm never going to feel well.

 
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Re: Constant colds - hypo related or ?

The winter after I started treatment and was still trying to get adjusted, I had 3 colds, 2 sinus infections, and some kind of unidentified respiratory bug. The winter after that, after I was more thyroid-stable, I had no illness at all. This past winter, I had only one cold.
It should get better for you, too, with patience and time.

 
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I forgot to say that your Ft4 and Ft3 need to be tested after being on Synthroid. The TSH is going to be suppressed anyway, so it would be of no sense to depend on the TSH IMO.

Many hypothyroid patients can have low adrenal function, and sometimes might need to take hydrocortisone or some other adrenal support.

Saliva testing can detect low adrenal function. I don't know if your doctor would be willing to check your adrenal function. It wouldn't hurt to ask though.

There might be other ways of testing for low adrenal function, that I am not aware of.
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Re: Constant colds - hypo related or ?

hi ttc...i had colds all the time before i started taking my thyroid pills...i was always sick with something...am doing so much better...hope you will be soon...please take care...

 
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I am going to ask them to test those other levels. He did the ACTH test but I read that the saliva test and some other adrenal test are better.

 
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