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Old 07-13-2007, 01:09 PM   #1
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hi everyone, i'm still here...reading what people post here and there. i haven't really commented on anyone lately. i guess i'm just busy reading what everyone has to say. but i'm still alive and feeling alright. i started going to the gym and lost 5 lbs. i'm also trying to eat healthier and i feel much more motivated to working out. it helps me sleep at nite. if anyone has been keeping up with me, my antibody number ( I have hashi's) is over 1000+ and my dr wants to raise me to 125 mcgs synthroid. but i'm still on the 100mcgs. i felt like a basketcase when she told me i wasn't getting better but she said not to worry about the high antibody numbers because my tsh, ft3 and ft4's are all within range. so watever. just as long as i'm feeling fine. so here's my question....

i've been battling the cold lately and some meds say to consult a doctor if you have thyroid disease, high blood pressure, diabetes. so i went to the doctor and he prescribed me sudafed. but on the back of the box it says i should consult a doctor if i have thyroid disease. so wat if other meds have that warning...wat are the limits to taking those meds? or should i just avoid those as a whole? any input would help. thanks so much guys.

 
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Re: OTC meds question

Hi iona,

Glad to hear you're feeling better.

You did consult a doctor like the label said and the doctor said it was ok. You're hormone levels are within normal range. There should really be nothing to worry about. You shouldn't feel anything more than a normal person does when they take something like that. It's the adrenaline type stuff in it that can make someone feel just the slightest bit revved. I'm hyper and I've been prescribed something similar to that and haven't had any trouble.

Now, they do have some new stuff out. I haven't tried it yet (I haven't had a bad cold in almost 2 years now, knock wood) but it's usually a brand name that's followed by the letters BP. It's for people with high blood pressure that are supposed to avoid the extra adrenaline boost. If you have any problems with the sudafed, you can just stop taking it and go find some of that other stuff.

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Old 07-13-2007, 09:39 PM   #3
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thanks helen...i can always count on u to give me ur support. THANKS. HUGS!!! now i know whatcha mean. i don't have the cold anymore. because the doctor also gave me antibiotics. and that cleared out my cold in one day. that stuff is good. u know that 5 day Z-pack. I love that stuff. i haven't tried that stuff since i was back in my home almost 7 years ago. thanks again for the advice.

how are u doing??? how are those hyper signs? i'm feeling "normal" again. tho i have some moments that i'm out of breath and short periods of anxiety...but i always try to calm myself down and tell myself "YOU'LL BE ALLRIGHT". and things eventually do turn out to be alright. thanks again girl for hearing me out.


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I used to love that 5 day z-pack stuff. Bet you didn't know it now comes in 3 day and even 1 day packs now! It's one of the few antibiotics I'm not allergic to and only having to take it for a day or so really seems to cut down on some of those annoying side effects you get after a couple days on some of the other ones.

The hyper symptoms are mostly staying in check. My guess would be that my levels are back up in the upper range but they ain't tipping over the top very often. I should probably get em checked with my next bunch of labs just so that there's a paper trail but I'm getting awfully good at predicting exactly where they are sitting. It's the rest of the stuff that's going on right now that's giving me the most fits but hopefully we'll get that sorted soon.

It's so good to hear that treatment is working for you. It helps learning how to control that anxiety too. Makes a big difference, doesn't it?

hugs back atcher,
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Old 07-15-2007, 10:48 AM   #5
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yes helen, u are right, it is great to be able to control it. last nite i was getting an episode while watching tv...i had to walk around and brush my teeth, just to keep my hands busy...if not, my teeth start chittering. is it me? or do u know what i mean? and i'm jus sitting there in front of the tv all calm, but i can feel like this RUSH of anxiety. it's so hard to explain to someone who doesn't know what im talking about. just like in my class, there's this kid who screams alot, and that sorta sets off my anxiety too. i made it known to the other teachers in the class and they try their best to contain her when she starts screaming like a basket case. i told u that my doctor wants to increase my dose to 125mcgs. i haven't started on it yet because the clinic lost my prescription that she mailed to my clinic. so...i guess it's a sign, i'm spoze to be on 100mcgs a little while longer. hehehe. i think she's also on vacay so i'll just have to wait for her to come back. i'm kinda hesitating to increase my dose...but doctors' know best right? HA!!!

 
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No, it's not just you. Very few people understand the chittering teeth. After a while and a lot of practice, you can just continue to sit there doing what you were doing and all but ignore it until it passes. That is unless someone else looks at you and asks you about it. The rush isn't true anxiety. It's adrenaline pumping thru your system. It only becomes anxiety if you let it scare you.

Now, I do believe I would have a bit of trouble with a screaming kid too. Loud continuous noises grate on my nerves.

I think you told me about the doctor wanting to increase your dose. Wasn't it something to do with the high antibodies and not based on the thyroid hormone levels? Chittering teeth tell me that you may really wanna think twice. Aren't your hormone levels within good range right now and you're feeling pretty good?

Yeah, right. Docs always know best.

 
Old 07-16-2007, 11:26 AM   #7
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hey helen, ur really a true buddy. because sometimes i talk to my husband about it and he just looks at me like i'm nuts. hehehehe. well isn't that an understatement? i've been going to the dentist lately. i have like 4 fillings that they need to take care of. it isn't fun sitting at a dentist chair. sometimes i feel anxiety come on, but i just try to sit thru it. lol. i try to think of worse case scenario, and then by the time i know it, i'm done. and yes about the whole antibodies being high...and my tsh is 0.27. i dont know anymore. but they doctor is out of town so i'm still on my old dose. i've been feeling some itchiness on my hands and feet more often this week. the soles of my feet and my palms of my hands. have any quick cures? i usually put ice pack on them and it helps swell them down. anything that you want to share that i could try....thanks helen!!!

 
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You're right. That's an understatement. lol

Now, if you are going to be my buddy, we must learn not to mention the dirty D word in front of me. It gives me the willies. Especially considering I've needed three crowns for years. OK? Deal?

You do realize that you can have high antibodies and still be hyper if you are on too high a dose of meds? Ask lady katherine (pursie) what happened about xmas time. I think she's down to about a 0.89 now. Better hurry.

If that itchiness is deep inside, cold is about the only thing for it other than scratching. Now, come to think of it there's an old wives tale that says itchy palms means you're going to come into money. Wouldn't that be great?

 
Old 07-17-2007, 11:46 AM   #9
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ok helen, it's definitely a deal that i will not mention the D word. i'm sorry!!! i was able to see the endo today and they just drew blood and said to check with my GP in a week. that's how they do it out here in germany. i went to my cardiologist and she wants to prescribe me 150mcgs of synthroid. how crazy is that? and my latest tsh was .01. and she still wants to increase it? i told her that i went to the endo today and will be awaiting what they think should be the next step. i told the endo that my latest tsh was .01 and he said that i might be overmedicated and might want to switch to .75 but said that i should wait til they see the recent findings with my blood work. and yet the cardiologist wants to increase to 150. only time can tell. but the cardiologist did say that if i feel jittery that i can half the 150 and take 150 on day then 50 the next and continue on that cycle until i find a balance. but she did ask me....how i was feeling. and even the endo ask me...the overall "HOW are you FEELING?"..that's the most important part. i must say that i've come to terms about my antibodies never going back to normal, but to at least feel as close to normal as possible. you take care my friend...hear from u soon.

 
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Hi iona,

Thanks so much for your consideration. Now if the gp would be as considerate, I don't think I would have had the overwhelming urge to deck him yesterday. I'm truly getting to hate kidneys almost as much as I hate thyroids.

Actually, they often do it that way here too. Everything can be got thru the gp which sometimes makes it more convenient. I find it so nice to be able to walk in and ask the receptionist for my chart and get copies of everything from everyone. Saves a lot of hassle.

Honestly, I do believe your cardiologist is a nut. It appears that she does not understand the thyroid and you are wise to be following your endo's advice instead when it comes to issues of the thyroid. He seems to understand it better. It's amazing how specialized these specialists are getting.

I outta get back to work. Hope all is going well.

Take care,
Helen

 
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so im still awaiting some lab results. i'll prolly go in on wednesday to check if it came in. school ends this friday...so i get 3 weeks off to myself!!! oh i'm excited. i just want to be able to lounge here at home. i do have to take my baby to daycare still...for we still pay for the days that she's out. and she learns alot there too. but im going to sleep late and wake up whenever i want. hehehehe. my soul needs that right now. but my body is so programmed that ever 6am, my body wakes up and walks to the kitchen to take my synthroid. even before my alarm goes off on regular school days. it's crazy. hehehe. but i am so looking forward to taking a break. maybe i could take a trip to prague or czech...switzerland and austria are real close by.

hope ur having a great weekend. i am going to a tupperware party tomorrow afternoon. then on monday on of my gf's are leaving to another post 1 1/2 hrs away...so we are going to have dinner before she moves. so i have the next 2 days planned out.

i've been so hungry lately. and still having my itchy palms and itchy feet. my fingers tend to swell up when i know i haven't drank much water....and i know i drink alot of it. but maybe all this eating is making my body need more water. i bought these cracker dips at the deli today and i can't seem to stay away from them. even these olives with stuffed cheese in it...YUMMY!!! that's all i had for dinner...were these dips w/garlic bread and those olives. i'm so bad.

hear from u soon.

 
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Hi iona,

Sounds like a marvelous way to enjoy your vacation time. Good idea on keeping the baby in daycare. I think you really deserve a chance to kick back and get yourself back into top notch shape.

Let me see. Yesterday was a trip to the local hospital for the ultrasound. Today was a trip up and over the mountain to the larger hospital for the mri. In between, I managed to finally get out the billing to my internet customers. Tomorrow, after I finish paying the shop bills, I am going to go out and plop my butt down in that lovely lounge chair and soak up some rays. The weather is absolutely, positively gorgeous. Beautiful blue sky, 78F and no humidity. Supposed to be this way into next week.

I call it the wicked hungries. Now the thirsty might not have so much to do with the how much you're eating. Looks more like the what. Do you have any idea how much salt you're consuming in that list of snacks of yours? It's no wonder you're thirsty! lol Now don't tell anyone, but I just finished off half of one of those big bags of fritos. I think I need to go get something to drink.

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you know ur right about the INTAKE of snacks. cuz i've been wanting salty things and im sure my body just needs all the water it can get. hehehe. we moved our dining table and some other things downstairs to the basement to make space for my grandfather clock and new dining room set i ordered. hehehe. i had to treat myself.

i good to hear that you are gonna take some time to soak up some rays. i need that too. but the weather out here is so unpredictable. that's germany for ya. oh brother. i've been telling my daughter that i'll take her to the lake or the pool but with this crazy weather, we can never tell. tho online it says wednesday will be nice, so i'll count my lucky stars and hope that it is sunny.

how are u feeling helen?

enjoy the rays, arge

 
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I love redecorating and remodeling. Hope you got yourself a really nice dining room set. I'm still waiting to inherit the family grandfather clock. There's something about those that just makes a home.

I will keep my fingers crossed that you get some good weather soon. We've been getting too much sun and too little rain. Everyone's gardens are dying. It's making for a lot less humidity though and it's just so pleasant to be outside in it. Oh well, tit for tat.

At least the creeks haven't run dry yet and it's keeping up a good flow to my waterfall and jaws and all the fishies are having a fine time in the pond. Jaws has given up trying to eat the fishies and is now concentrating on the frogs. I guess we ain't going to have any frog legs left this summer. That's always been one of our summertime favorites.

Hubby hired some local boys to put my bridge to nowhere back together after that freak wind last year that picked it up and threw it in the road. That was heart wrenching cause we had just finished building it and I only got a month or so to really enjoy it. The darn thing weighed a ton after we got it together and there was no way we could get it back together ourselves. The sides are now up and it's just awaiting the roof.

I guess I'm doing ok. It's been a ruff ride but finally getting all the diagnosis together so we can start doing something about it. One of those deals where too many things are going on at once and nothing can be fixed unless everything is fixed at once. But, it's kinda nice knowing I ain't been crazy all these years and I got a great gp now who's really trying to help me. I'm doing some real kicker pain killers now which is really nice but we should be able to start some treatment soon and get everything back to where it should be. Just got a few more tests to go. I'm bummed and excited at the same time if you get my drift.

Take care and let me know how it's going. Don't make yourself so scarce. I always look forward to hearing from you.

 
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hehehe, im barely SCARCE. i always look forward to hearing from u. whether it be able jaws or how ur doing. i'm unable to sleep right now. i just got home shortly from dinner with some gfs W/O KIDS! so it was nice. now my unwinding time is a bit screwed up so i decided to come on HEALTHBOARDS cuz i know i'd hear from ms. helen. i was laying down trying to go to bed and my heart seemed to be UP and wanting to stay awake. so instead of counting my heartbeats, i decided to get up and do something productive. and if i still can't sleep...ima go take a shower so i don't have to do it in the morning. LOL.

how come u have to wait to inherit the grandfather clock? hehehehe. you don't want to get one for urself? but ur right, gotta have your grandfather clock, especially that i'm out here in germany, gotta take advantage. i have to give my home a facelift. it needs some life. i need to get more flower and maybe some fishes. my girls love fishes, but we can't seem to keep them alive. we must be doing something wrong. have any tips?

i hope ur bridge gets fixed soon. and i'm sorry that jaws are consuming all the frogs. i guess the cycle of life. hehehe. can't blame him, he can't seem to get the other fishes, so who more to bother but the froggies.

i hope things get better in the health department. i'm still awaiting results myself. i will check to see if the clinic has results by wednesday or friday. i really hope that there is some light at the end of the tunnel. i do feel alot better, don't get me wrong. but there are times where i just start freaking out. like today at work, (i work with special need kids) and this one kid kept pressing this toy that kept making a ringing bell sound...and it was making me grind my teeth because i was getting AGITATED with the bell sound. but i couldn't do anything, i tried my best to control myself. but little things like that. i'd like to say that i'm close to normal, but then again, there are times that i feel like i'm just going to fall and it will be the end. just so many crazy things run thru my mind. i really have these evil thoughts all the time. is that normal??? watever normal means? but i imagine getting into a car accident, or falling down stairs, etc. just crazy stuff like that. should i start checking myself into the looney bin or wat? i'm really waiting for the end of this week..because 1) it'll be payday and 2) it will be the end of summer school. that means i'll have about 3 weeks of vacation. heheheh. i hope friday comes by fast.

take care!!!

hugs.........mj

 
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