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Old 09-24-2010, 04:13 AM   #1
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Allergic reaction to thyroid medication or hypothyroid?

I have hashimoto thyroiditis and started my thyorid medication a week ago. A few days ago, I started to feel absolutely exhausted, I got some hives on my neck, I felt like my throat is constricted. Then I woke up this morning with my throat more constricted than ever, i developed a cough and hoarse voice - though my voice came back, but I still need to clear my throat. And I have been feeling breathless and light headed all day.

But, I have some confusion over what I'm going through. First of all, I experienced a similar episode to what I'm experiencing now a year ago when I first got diagnosed with hypothyroidism and that was well before I started thyroid medication. At that time I also felt constricted in the throat, lightheaded, breathless etc. I was tested for a range of things and they didn't find anything but the thyroid problem. Second of all, I have an anxiety disorder (have had for most my life). Third of all when it comes to the hives...there's about 2 of them and it's Spring where I am, and I usually get hives every year anyway, so when I found them I don't know whether to attribute them to regular yearly allergies or an allergic reaction to the medication.

So...I can't tell what's going on with me or what I should do. I don't want to over react. Does this sound like an allergic reaction? Or just hypothyroid symptom flare up (I've been under a lot of stress lately if it matters)?

 
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Re: Allergic reaction to thyroid medication or hypothyroid?

Some people are allergic to some thyroid medications. Need to tell your doctor.
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Re: Allergic reaction to thyroid medication or hypothyroid?

I'm of the opinion that you can't be allergic to substances your body makes naturally, including thyroid hormone. A small minority of people can have sensitivity to some inert substance in the pills - dyes or fillers - but there can be no "allergy" to the active ingredient, thyroid hormone, itself.

It's most likely that your body is experiencing a temporary reaction to the hormone it has been short of for years. It's in a sort of mini-shock and doesn't quite know what to do with this sudden supply of unusual substance. It's one of those things that takes time to adjust to and that you have to grin and bear in order to work up to an optimal dose for your needs.

There's always the possibility that you're expecting to have a reaction, therefore you do. Don't let your psyche fool you into thinking you can't do this. You have to set your mind against failure and prepare to weather through the snags toward success. JMHO

 
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Re: Allergic reaction to thyroid medication or hypothyroid?

[QUOTE=midwest1;4333767]I'm of the opinion that you can't be allergic to substances your body makes naturally, including thyroid hormone. A small minority of people can have sensitivity to some inert substance in the pills - dyes or fillers - but there can be no "allergy" to the active ingredient, thyroid hormone, itself.

But synthetic hormones are not exactly what your body makes naturally, nor are the "natural" hormones that are derived from other animals. So couldn't your body object to them or be confused by them? (I'm new to this & have a lot to learn yet. My doctor (GP) is confused by the fact that my TSH labs keep going up & down; said he's never encountered that before. I think I need a second opinion and I'm really leaning towards a naturopathic physician if I can find one.)

 
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Re: Allergic reaction to thyroid medication or hypothyroid?

Synthetic levothyroxine and natural levothyroxine are bio-identical. Your body doesn't know the difference. Problems with synthetic levoT arise when that hormone alone doesn't adequately replace all of the ones missing from the patient's system.

Natural desiccated thyroid extract, taken from pigs, contains not only T4, but also T3, T2, T1, and calcitonin - all the substances the human gland makes, but in slightly different proportions (which are insignificant for most of its users). It has been prescribed for well over 100 years and continues to be the best choice of thyroid replacement for millions - including me. This is likely what you'll get in the way of treatment if you seek advice from a naturopath.

 
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