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Re: Estrogen & Thyroid

Re: Estrogen & Thyroid

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Posted by Tina on August 26, 2000 at 13:22:22:

In Reply to: Estrogen & Thyroid posted by Cheryl Pollice on August 26, 2000 at 10:28:02:

: I have been noticing a decrease in my short term memory. I am 53, and had a hysterectomy 6 yrs ago. I am on synthroid. My new doctor (a young male, of course) said that since it has been that long that I probably did not need to take hormones any more. I had been on Vivelle patches. A friend of mine said that her short term memory had deteriorated until her doctor put her on hormones and upped the dosage of thyroid. Is there a connection between the short term memory deterioration, not taking estrogen, and synthroid? I never did get hot flashes, so not taking the hormones did not bother me in that way.

Hi Cheryl,

It could just be that your thyroid is being undertreated. A lot of us experience short term memory loss in what we referr to as "brain fog" when we are either not getting enough thyroid hormone to keep our TSH levels between a 1-2. The word on the research that has been done on this has not yet reached most Doctors so you need to ask for copies of all your lab results and then start educating your Doctor. ;-)
How long have you been on Snythroid and when did the short term memory start occurring?
I'll come back later with a link for a Dr. that you can talk with about the hormone patches. She is the author of at least three books on the subject and answers questions on a thyroid forum. She will be able to give you a lot more information. Until then here is an article that you can read about your thyroid.
"Is your Hypothyroidism Undertreated". This will explain current thinking that an ideal TSH would be from 1-2 and give links to the eBMJ (British Medical Journal) article about the study done on this.
http://thyroid.about.com/health/thyroid/library/weekly/aa081499.htm
This is just a start!

Hope this helps. Sincerely, Tina


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