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Daisy Sunshine 08-07-2019 12:45 PM

Hashimoto Disease and Treatment
 
Hi I was diagnosed with Hashimoto disease 5 years ago and was only given T4 Levothyroxine to take as medication. I still feel tired most of the time and every year suffer bouts of flu and severe colds and chest infections, the last episode lasted for 10 weeks and unfortunately I lost my job. I have spoken to my doctor and have asked to see an Endocrinologist but my current doctor is unwilling to listen (even though he knows I was sick for 10 weeks) and is resistant to any ideas I have. It has now got to the point where I feel uncomfortable approaching my doctor, but feel in a desperate situation as need to be able to work consistently. I have spoken to a friend who said they were recently diagnosed with Hashimoto and have been sent to an Endocrinologist immediately. They are getting their adrenals checked, plus all other Endo functions plus their vitamins checked too. I have never had full checks done and I wonder if my tiredness is due to another problem which could be easily resolved through tests. Should I go back to my doctor and press to see an Endocrinologist and ask for adrenal tests or do you think it will be better to change doctors altogether? My current doctor keeps saying my levels are fine, but I would like to try T3 to see if this makes a difference. Last time I asked he just said you don't need it. I wondered if anyone is currently taking T3 and T4 and wondered if it works. I also wondered what dosage vitamins people are taking? I am taking a multivitamin, plus probiotic with selenium, occasional iron and vitamin B but not in really high dosages. I am wary about taking really high dosages without the doctor's advice. One last thing has anyone tried Natural Dessicated Thyroid? I would like to try anything to feel normal again. At the moment I am just reading and trying to treat myself the best way I can but would love some advice. Perhaps someone else has been in my situation and could offer some advice? Thank you! 🙂

yayagirl 08-08-2019 07:53 AM

Re: Hashimoto Disease and Treatment
 
Dear Daisy Sunshine,

Your doctor clearly knows nothing about thyroid or hormones and/or is getting kickbacks for refusing treatments and referrals.

You definitely need to change doctors when they are dismissive or refuse to refer you to a specialist. I take natural thyroid, and T4 and T3 and they certainly 'work'. They are necessary hormones not drugs. There are clear symptoms that can happen if you don't need the hormones so trials are safe. Our bodies do not always produce the hormones we need.

I change doctors as soon as possible when they refuse to even listen or try things. I also study the possibilities for myself and I expect my doctors to take me seriously. If they disagree of course they tell me.

Daisy Sunshine 08-08-2019 08:56 AM

Re: Hashimoto Disease and Treatment
 
Hi thank you for your reply. I will definitely change my doctor and press to see an Endocrinologist to get the treatment I need. I am coming to the conclusion that I am not properly medicated and this is why I am prone to illness so frequently. I also think this is something that could be easily resolved if someone would listen. Thank you for taking the time to reply to my query. I will keep pushing on for treatment. Thank you! All the best. 🙂

yayagirl 08-08-2019 09:19 AM

Re: Hashimoto Disease and Treatment
 
Dear Daisy Sunshine,

Keep in mind that hormonal issues are not always easy or quick to treat. It takes abt six weeks of a hormone or thyroid trial to know for sure if it relieves symptoms and to get to the right dose. It isn't a fast process, but a knowledgeable doctor knows this and will explain. Not even all endos understand thyroid. So do some research to find a dependable thyroid doc. :)

Daisy Sunshine 08-08-2019 09:56 AM

Re: Hashimoto Disease and Treatment
 
Hi I see, yes I will have a look into it. I haven't actually had any
detailed advice since I was diagnosed. I was just told to take T4 and have regular blood tests. I'm just learning through what I have read really. Yes I see what you mean, it could take a long time to get the balance right and to get the right help, so yes perhaps I could try and find a good thyroid doctor. Thank you! 🙂

yayagirl 08-08-2019 11:07 AM

Re: Hashimoto Disease and Treatment
 
You're welcome. Do let us know if you get anywhere with this.


[QUOTE=Daisy Sunshine;5496378]Hi I see, yes I will have a look into it. I haven't actually had any
detailed advice since I was diagnosed. I was just told to take T4 and have regular blood tests. I'm just learning through what I have read really. Yes I see what you mean, it could take a long time to get the balance right and to get the right help, so yes perhaps I could try and find a good thyroid doctor. Thank you! 🙂[/QUOTE]

Daisy Sunshine 08-08-2019 02:58 PM

Re: Hashimoto Disease and Treatment
 
I will do! Thank you! 🙂


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