Hi all, it's me again, and I'm still tired and weary lol. Anyway....dumb question for ya. Does thyroid throw all my other hormones out of whack? I suggested this to my endo since about a week to two weeks before my period, I start feeling soooo much worse than I do at other times. I get much more depression, more sadness, less sleep, get more edgy, etc, etc. I also get more bloating and cramps than normal. When my period finally does come, the depression and all seem to lighten a little, but then I start to feel very run down. So, being hyper most of the time, I have another question as well. I bleed heavier now than when I didn't have a thyroid prob, and with heavier bleeding, is it possible that it makes you a bit anemic from losing so much blood?? I bleed about 7-8 days, and it's pretty heavy throughout the whole thing. Could it be anemia, or hormones makin' me feel so yucky?
I tried to get my doc to test my other hormones, and he said there was no need to <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif"> ugg. I also tried to get him to test adrenals, as there for a while, I went hypo from my meds, and got some symptoms of adrenal probs....now most of those are gone, but I'd still like to see what the results would be.
Any thoughts anyone?
Hi TiredAndWeary. A big resounding YES. Thyroid hormones definitely impact the others. Your doc should recognize that changes in the menstrual cycle suggest a change in thyroid levels. Typically, hypo folks have heavier, more painful periods while hyper folks have lighter flows. But who says any of us have to be typical? In fact, I also seem to get more cramps and heavier flow when I'm on the hyper side.
I'm starting to sound like an advertisement lately, but have you tried Maca? It is a Peruvian herb that helps to balance all the hormones. I've had great results with body ache, depression, libido, and regulating my period. Still bloated, but I'm hoping that will change in time.
Oh yeah. And anger. I'm generally the hell-creature-for-all-to-fear when I'm PMS-ing. Much less irritable now.<p>[This message has been edited by ArtfulD (edited 12-27-2001).]
I, too, have been having problems with irregular cycles and BAD PMS. I'm talking cramps that had me curled up in the shower floor one morning crying until my husband finally came and got me out of there. It finally seems to be gettng better....I actually had a normal 28 day cycle this month! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"> I was very excited about that since my husband and I are wanting to try to have another child after this nodule thing is resolved. Anyway, ArtfulD, where can I find some of this Maca stuff? It sounds like something I might want to try.
I have found that drinking a little warm water with some fresh lemon squeezed into it every morning and watching my sodium intake has helped with bloating. After a few days of doing this I could really tell a difference.
Good Health to All!
SnowAngel<p>[This message has been edited by SnowAngel (edited 12-28-2001).]
Hi SnowAngel. I've not heard of the lemon water trick -- I'll give it a shot.
You can buy Maca in some health food stores or over the internet. I haven't priced it out, but I do know that the powdered variety (as opposed to capsules) lasts quite a long time and seems more economical. I've been taking 1/2 teaspoon of Royal Organic Maca for over a month, and I've used about 2/3 of the bottle.
Maca tastes slightly nutty and is a bit gritty -- not the most pleasant taste, but easy to get used to. I know folks who mix it with ginger as a tea, mix it with honey, or put it on toast. I just add hot water and drink it as a tea alone.
Besides low-thyroid not balancing the other hormones, every hormone change uses up calcium, which can result in a higher pain threshold, cramping muscles, and it affects mood/temper.
Taking calcium every single day really helps.
But more than 60-100 mgs is not needed. Take it with twice as much magnesium as calcium and vitamin D.
By the way, Maca is a highly nutritional food. I used it every day for weeks, and did not notice any difference. It may be that it doesn't make much difference unless one is deficient in those nutrients.<p>[This message has been edited by Tree Frog (edited 12-28-2001).]