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Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 11-20-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,551
Posted By midwest1
Re: Acid relflux, Zantac barely working. Thoughts?

One simple, documented non-drug trick is to chew gum. Mint can be a reflux trigger, so non-minty flavors might be best. The chewing stimulates the frequent swallowing of acid-neutrilizing saliva. ...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-25-2017, 08:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,757
Posted By midwest1
Re: Thyroid diagnosis elusive

You would be considered hypothyroid by a knowledgeable doctor.
TSH higher than about 1-1.5 with very low levels of either free T4 or free T3 (or both) aren't "normal" for anyone and would cause...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-06-2017, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 671
Posted By midwest1
Re: Thyroxine

It's highly possible that the change in drug manufacturers is to blame.
If you can no longer get the one you've been taking, you should have your blood levels checked and adjust the dose of the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-02-2017, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,924
Posted By midwest1
Re: New, Thyroiditis, autoimmune question

Autoimmune thyroiditis is also known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis or disease, named after the doctor who discovered it. It's a progressive condition. In the earliest stages, there will be no symptoms...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 07-19-2017, 09:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,002
Posted By midwest1
Re: Antibodies and other blood results, help?

No! Do not accept it! You will find it very hard to have a successful pregnancy with those levels. You clearly are dealing with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Your T4/T3 are too low and your TSH too...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 07-12-2017, 01:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By midwest1
Re: T3 Uptake concerns

The T3 uptake test is outdated and without much value. It tells nothing at all about your thyroid function. It was developed as a way to measure binding proteins. Then that's used to calculate an...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 07-07-2017, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,162
Posted By midwest1
Re: Possible Thyroid Disorder

Many, if not most, MDs are strict, by-the-book TSH watchers who believe than any TSH level within the range is fine. But for any lab test, defining normalcy to all levels within the range is the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 06-15-2017, 10:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 829
Posted By midwest1
Re: Question for those who have tried Naturethroid or other natural thyroid

I've always taken my entire dose in the morning, and that works well for me.
Board: General Health 06-09-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 788
Posted By midwest1
Re: ANA screen positive...but <40 titer...

What was your TSH result and its reference range?

If it was higher than 1.5, you should insist on tests for TPO and Tg antibodies. Positive TPO Abs are often responsible for miscarriage/preterm...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 05-29-2017, 02:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 968
Posted By midwest1
Re: Please help with test interpretation!! I'm desperate!

If you changed from Armour to Tirosint just two weeks ago, it's too soon to put any stock in labs yet. Better to see where they stand in another month.

Your FT3 is pretty low, maybe too low. ...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-21-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,067
Posted By midwest1
Re: Tyroid blood work - what do they mean?

You would need a TSI antibody test to know if this is Graves' disease.

Yes, the two anti-thyroid medications have been sometimes associated with liver dysfunction, but so is untreated...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-23-2017, 12:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,449
Posted By midwest1
Re: TSH 3.56 = hypothyroidism?

My diagnosis was made with TSH of 4.86, just a hair's breadth below "high". The MD who ran that test said there is no way my symptoms were from hypothyroidism. I had educated myself and knew that...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-15-2017, 08:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,105
Posted By midwest1
Re: Armour vs Westhroid

You're welcome. I'm happy to hear it's working out.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-06-2017, 10:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 869
Posted By midwest1
Re: Hypo/Hyper Thyroid Advice needed please! Current meds not working.

That doctor will never be your thyroid friend. Do your best to find one who understands the merits of natural desiccated thyroid. Most endos are notoriously anti-NDT. Try to find an internist, GP,...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-05-2017, 10:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 747
Posted By midwest1
Re: Synthroid & bone loss?

Multiple studies have shown that appropriate doses of thyroid replacement meds don't cause excessive bone loss in the way that excessive levels of T4 caused by untreated hyperthyroidism do. Even...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-11-2017, 09:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,597
Posted By midwest1
Re: hot thyroid nodule treatment

Here is the URL to a recent study that looked at the risks and safety of long-term methimazole vs. radioiodine treatment. Your doctor either isn't being honest about the risks or he's just mistaken....
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-05-2016, 08:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,239
Posted By midwest1
Re: Adding Cytomel to Erfa-?

If your TSH is at 1, your Erfa dose is almost certainly too low. When the optimal dose of natural thyroid is reached, TSH is almost always suppressed to near zero. I've been taking natural thyroid...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-23-2016, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,305
Posted By midwest1
Re: thyroid nodule too small to biopsy?

One centimeter is the benchmark. I've never heard of anyone having anything smaller biopsied.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-25-2016, 10:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 600
Posted By midwest1
Re: FT4 by Dialysis?

I'm unsure.
What I think he means is that a free T4 measurement done by direct dialysis is more accurate than the test known as "free T4 index" or "T7".
He's absolutely correct. The FT4 index...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-19-2016, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 650
Posted By midwest1
Re: Opinions needed:

It's definitely not "good".
Hypothyroidism is the leading cause of poor lipid profiles after poor diet.
Here's some information about that effect ~ [Copy and paste the URL into your browser...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-04-2016, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 755
Posted By midwest1
Re: I appreciate any help interpreting new results

Tg and TgAb are two different tests.
The Tg test measures the amount of thyroglobulin - the hormone carrier protein - in the blood. This test is the cancer marker.

TgAb measures auto-antibodies...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-02-2016, 12:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,055
Posted By midwest1
Re: thyroid nodules and labs

You haven't had the right labs to determine anything about your thyroid status. Don't trust a doctor who can't even order the right tests to tell you your thyroid is fine.

Your gland is enlarged...
Board: Sinus Problems 06-14-2016, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,004
Posted By midwest1
Re: I'm sure it is Chronic Sinusitis

Only if the doctor ordered the right tests and enough of them. The majority believe that the TSH test is the gold standard of thyroid function. Smarter MDs know that's not true and that there are...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 06-09-2016, 08:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,710
Posted By midwest1
Re: Lab

You can forget about the antibodies. The treatment for hypothyroidism is the same no matter if it's caused by Hashimoto's or anything else.

Three "pills" doesn't mean much. What is the dose of...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 05-10-2016, 04:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 989
Posted By midwest1
Re: Help me understand TPO readings please

You have a high titer of thyro-peroxidase antibodies. These antibodies attack the thyroid gland, rendering it unable to provide enough thyroid hormone for your body's needs. They are the most...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 05-05-2016, 08:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 659
Posted By midwest1
Re: New doctor not listening

I think you might get more benefit from adding a small dose of Synthroid or other levothyroxine to the mix than to raising the Armour.

Your free T4 is very low, but your free T3 may be too high......
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-15-2016, 08:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 764
Posted By midwest1
Re: Please help... advice needed re: lab results...

Thyroid problems really aren't 'all about the numbers' as most MDs believe.
The fact that you've had half your gland removed is key. You might have gotten along okay without supplemental hormone...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-10-2016, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 880
Posted By midwest1
Re: TSH Levels and T4 Free

What is the lab range for the free T4? Your result has to be compared to that in order to make sense of it.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-07-2016, 10:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,111
Posted By midwest1
Re: 30 year old female needs advice/help with thyroid issue.

As long as your thyroid levels are in flux, your periods are likely to be atypical.
It's not the thyroid med that's causing trouble; it's the thyroid condition itself.

In the meantime, take...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-01-2016, 05:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,263
Posted By midwest1
Re: TSH level at 6,3 and my doctor won't treat, help!!!

"Normal" means very little when it comes to thyroid results. Almost everyone who gets a hypothyroidism diagnosis has T4/3 still within the range parameters. That does NOT mean they're "normal", if...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-21-2016, 10:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,723
Posted By midwest1
Re: Shriveled thyroid

Since no one here can claim to be a medical professional, guesses might be the best you'll get from us.

Diagnostic X-rays like you received would be unlikely to cause thyroid atrophy. Higher...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-19-2016, 09:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 746
Posted By midwest1
Re: New to hyperthyroidism

Sorry for your diagnosis, but try not to worry excessively. This can be managed, but it would be best for you to educate yourself before you see the endocrinologist. Read the board's "Thyroid...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-15-2016, 08:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,093
Posted By midwest1
Re: Not sure if I'm hypo or hyper?

Have you had a test for TPO antibodies? Sometimes, these antibodies - which attack the thyroid hormone-making process and cause your thyroid to be inefficient - will cause your T4 to drop. To...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-13-2016, 12:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 818
Posted By midwest1
Re: Medication question

It takes time, but it's impossible to predict exactly how long.
Dose adjustments have to be made in small increments, and there needs to be a 6-8 week waiting period between adjustments.

Try to...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-12-2016, 08:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 993
Posted By midwest1
Re: Hyper - being taken off methamazole?

Your TSH is at a hypo level now, and shows that you probably won't suffer any ill effects from quitting the methimazole. However, I don't have the knowledge about hyperT to say whether the dose...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-01-2016, 08:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,009
Posted By midwest1
Re: Side effects of a dose change ...

Keep researching! See how it helped you in just this one instance?
This doctor sounds amazing, but even one like her should be checked up on.

My fingers will be crossed for you, too! Let us...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-23-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,046
Posted By midwest1
Re: Hashimotos symptoms

Synthroid is made in a pharmaceutical lab, but it's bioidentical to natural thyroid hormone. It's not actually "fake". Desiccated [not "dedicated"] hormone is derived from porcine thyroid glands,...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-05-2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 768
Posted By midwest1
Re: What IS The Best Book To Read?

I don't know of any geared solely toward Hashi's. You'll find many more written about hypothyroidism.
Living Well With Hypothyroidism is a good one. If you need more basic information, Thyroid for...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-05-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,713
Posted By midwest1
Re: Please tell me I don't have anaplastic thyroid cancer!

Well, I haven't been through anything like that, but I do understand you'd be worried and how imagination can do a number on a person. I recently googled myself into thinking I had lung fibrosis and...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-01-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,295
Posted By midwest1
Re: Thyroid Nodule

In that case, I think a surgeon will take your worry into consideration and go ahead with removal.
I should stress... It's very unlikely to be cancer... About 95% higher or better that it isn't. ...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-01-2015, 07:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,377
Posted By midwest1
Re: High levels of thyroglobulin antibody

Thyroglobulin antibodies are not the same thing as a thyroglobulin measurement. Cancer is not connected with antibodies, so you shouldn't worry about it.

It's more likely that you have...
Board: Blood and Blood Vessel 10-15-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,230
Posted By midwest1
Re: Drug-induced thrombocitopeny?

I'm sure it will. Good luck with it!
Board: Blood and Blood Vessel 10-11-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,230
Posted By midwest1
Re: Drug-induced thrombocitopeny?

I agree that the ibuprofen is the likeliest culprit for your below norm platelet count.
A count of 143K will not present a bleeding risk. Surgeons' opinions on the matter vary, but I very much...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-08-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,263
Posted By midwest1
Re: Side effects from synthroid?

Are you by chance lactose intolerant?
Synthroid contains lactose. Also contains acacia, which some people are sensitive to.
You can avoid those by substituting a different brand that uses...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-22-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 751
Posted By midwest1
Re: Please help,

I don't know what's usual in your country, but there are anti-thyroid prescription medications that can control the Graves' disease for a long time. Many people go into remission and can taper off...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-19-2015, 01:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 797
Posted By midwest1
Re: 12-year-old boy with Hashimoto's

As long as he has no symptoms, it would be reasonable to me not to treat. Be absolutely sure you KNOW all the symptoms though; the list is lengthy. Have your symptom radar turned on. In the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-15-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,340
Posted By midwest1
Re: symptoms

I doubt there's any issue with your pituitary gland.
Your TSH is very low because you take Armour. Armour is a known TSH suppressant, but as long as the free Ts (4 and 3) are not excessive, you...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-31-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 905
Posted By midwest1
Re: 49 yr old female - need help with lab results

Yes, you are hyperthyroid. The suppressed TSH and high-normal free T levels show that.

The pain in your thyroid points to a transient type of thyroiditis, perhaps "subacute" T'itis. Most of the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-13-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 932
Posted By midwest1
Re: Heat intolerance

Very low to suppressed TSH is to be expected when taking an optimal dose of Armour. The 2.36 would usually be considered a sign of under-treatment.
That said, each person has their own set of...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-09-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,432
Posted By midwest1
Re: Thyroid and bloody nose

It's not possible that Armour has anything to do with a bloody nose.

Hope your treatment will go well. Come back if you need more help with it.
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