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    Old 06-08-2019, 05:41 PM   #16
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    Re: Could it be my thyroid?

    When, I was tested for thyroid ó I had to do a spit test.. My dr put me on Armour 60mg ~ which is not a synthetic thyroid med. Iíve been on it for years. I canít recall what the difference was in spit test vs blood test. I know a crazy thyroid can wreck havoc on an individual.

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    Old 06-12-2019, 02:15 PM   #17
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    Re: Could it be my thyroid?

    Hey!

    Just so you know, I am located in New York City.

    Just saw the endocrinologist. I tried beforehand to call her office to ask about Natural Thyroid, but I couldnít reach anyone. And I also spoke with my pharmacy who told me they only have the generics, so I had to search around for a pharmacy who could order natural and found one.

    The endocrinologist was amazing, she was patient and answered all of my questions. She said she likes to listen to the patients as opposed to just going off test results because she recognizes that everyone is different. But because my PCP only checked for the TSH she wanted to check for the T4 (to see if its overt or subclinical hypothyroidism), Vitamin D , B12, and also check testosterone (because I have a lot of excess hair.)

    But she didnít recommend the Natural thyroid because she said itís animal hormone that has both T4 and T3, and usually people respond with T4 alone. But she did recognized my concern with Levo and the generics. So she recommended Tirosint because itís a purer form of Levothyroxine and can be more consistent than the natural but is a bit expensive. She said we can start with a low dose of that and see how I feel, but she wanted to see the test results to see if my symptoms can be coming from something else. So I shall see in a little over a week by the 24th.


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    Old 06-13-2019, 09:24 AM   #18
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    Dear Safeplace,

    Sorry but this current doctor does not seem very knowledgeable about thyroid. People do very well on natural thyroid. mainly because one reason we get low thyroid symptoms is our bodies cannot convert T4 into the usable T3, esp. not from man-made T4. A knowledgeable doctor knows this.

    A doctor also should be checking on your T3 level as well, since a common reason for low thyroid symptoms is the body cannot convert T4 to T3. My endo has me on both natural thyroid and a supplement of Cytomel (T3), twice a day.

    About the only benefit of Tirosint is it does does not contain excipients. At NYC you should have a smorgasbord of doctors to choose from. Well-practiced Naturopaths are often the best at dealing with thyroid and other hormone issues.
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    Old 06-14-2019, 10:34 AM   #19
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    Hello Nat,

    Did you have your appointment? What did you find out?

     
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    Old 06-15-2019, 07:59 AM   #20
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    Hello Nat,

    Did you have your appointment? What did you find out?
    Hello Tree Frog,

    I have posted my first visit with the endocrinologist in my last post.

    On the 24th, I will find out my results. The doctor thinks I may have Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

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    Old 06-16-2019, 05:31 AM   #21
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    Re: Could it be my thyroid?

    Hi Safeplace,

    Do you have the PCOS symptoms?

    Neither the TSH or T4 explain much at all, really.
    They are so basic as to reveal almost nothing.

     
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    Old 06-16-2019, 08:38 AM   #22
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    Hi Tree Frog,

    I have found that I have majority of the symptoms aside from irregular menstruations so she suggested it can be an issue, but because symptoms can mimc certain things, she has decided to check for the T4 along with testosterone, and vitamins B12 and D.

    So I shall see.

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    Old 06-16-2019, 07:51 PM   #23
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    Re: Could it be my thyroid?

    Hi Safeplace,

    I read all of your thread.
    Checking on B12 and D and testosterone is a good thing. But I am surprised that the doc did not order a Free T4 test, as that and and Free T3 will indicate what is really going on with the thyroid.

     
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    Old 06-19-2019, 06:29 PM   #24
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    Hello Tree Frog,

    Thanks for reading everything and helping out. Yes, she did not test FREE T3.

    Here's everything tested:

    FREE T4
    TSH W/ FREE T4 REFLEX
    TESTOSTERONE
    DHEA SULFATE
    VITAMIN B12
    VITAMIN D

    I have the results but will wait until my appointment to see and discuss it.

     
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