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Posted by Tree Frog
on July 26, 2000 at 15:57:54:
In Reply to: Thyroid medication confusion - Please help! posted by Angie on July 26, 2000 at 14:59:55:
This is an extensive subject open to much debate. The choices are strictly personal as far as I can tell.
There are many articles and medical documents archived on Mary Shoman's website on about.com/thyroid. Start there!
I could tell you some of the debated theories, but it would take too long.
Many medical doctors will not prescribe natural thyroid as they believe it is not regulated enough as far as thyroid componant levels. Others say this is not true anymore. Some do better on one than another.
I am on Synthroid, a synthetic. I take it wih selenium to be sure I have enough selwenium to convert the T4 (Synthroid is the thyroid component T4), into the useable T3. Now that I take enough Synthroid, I am doing well.
But it does take some time to get to the right dose, so one needs to be patient. A few months may do it for you.
Also, one needs to understand the usual symptoms of both high and low thyroid so one can list one's symptoms and report them to the doctor who cannot know what your personal needs are without being told.
You really need a doctor that can listen as you will have to convey what you are experiencing so he/she can make the adjustments in the med.
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