Re: Do I need Thyroid medication?
Thyroida, you may feel going off thyroid meds is a good idea for yourself but if someone is hypothyroid the health consequences can be dire. I've got plenty of them myself so I know. I wish you luck if you wish to stay off them but I strongly suggest you keep a good eye on your free T3 and free T4 levels to make sure you aren't setting yourself up for some very serious health issues down the road. Your hair loss could have been because you weren't adequately treated with the right medication. It's a very slow process getting things into balance and some lose hair because they just aren't there yet. But I've yet to hear from any who didn't grow back their hair once they were optimized with their hormone levels.
* Disallowed website and related information removed by hb-mod, moderator * I much prefer natural thyroid hormones over the synthetics because they contain the full compliment of hormones our own thyroids produce, not just a single storage hormone T4, as is in the synthetic most often prescribed. The best NTH on the market is called Nature-throid and it does require a prescription. It can be challanging to find a doctor to prescribe and most are convinced by the big pharmaceutical industry that synthetics are the only way to go, but they are out there. Post on this forum and the other NTH forums to find one in your area. Once you find a good doc (and it doesn't have to be an endo, in fact most of us here have had very bad luck with endos as you will see if you read up on posts) have him or her order the right tests for you, Free T3, Free T4 and the antibody tests; TPO-Ab and TG-Ab. If your symptoms point towards adrenal fatigue or you can't tolerate your thyroid hormones you will need to check your adrenals with a saliva cortisol test as well. And many of us are deficient in vitamins and minerals so check your D and B12 levels as well as ferritin.
Unfortunately this isn't something very simple that taking a single pill is going to fix if you are hypo. It's a slow process to get your levels up to where they need to be and you have to carefully monitor your bloodwork and symptoms to stay in good health. But, as I mentioned before, the consequences of low thyroid are very serious and this is something that shouldn't be ignored. Good luck to you and keep asking questions!
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