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nate08 06-27-2020 07:30 PM

Excess Iodine - hypothyroid? Please help!!!

About 3 months ago I stupidly took a full dropper of nascent iodine. I have been in a living hell since.

Since this time, I have had odd head pressure, brain fog, insomnia, horrible depression (panic at first), digestive problems, runny stool for 3 months. I assume this is hypothyroid, as if the thyroid has shut down because of the excess iodine, although my TSH is within range.

This problem doesn't seem to be correcting itself. On a recent test I had low vitamin D levels (although I am out in the sun for an hour every day), low magnesium, poor liver and gall bladder function, high iodine (no surprise), low b12 & folate. (I have supplemented these up until the iodine incident, but now seem unable to tolerate any supplements).

If these markers mean anything to anyone, and can offer any advice or help me understand what is happening, I would really appreciate it as I am suffering horribly.

Kind Regards,

Ian181 10-10-2020 06:11 PM

Re: Excess Iodine - hypothyroid? Please help!!!
You usually don't need iodine supplements if you live in the United States or most developed countries. Some alternative medicine specialists suggest iodine tablets or kelp supplements — which are high in iodine — for hypothyroidism. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) occurs when your body doesn't make enough thyroid hormones for your body's needs.

It's true that not having enough iodine (iodine deficiency) can cause hypothyroidism. But iodine deficiency has been rare in the United States and other developed countries since iodine has been added to salt (iodized salt) and other foods.

If the underactive thyroid isn't caused by iodine deficiency, then iodine supplements give no benefit and shouldn't be taken.

In fact, for some people with an underactive thyroid, too much iodine can cause or worsen their condition.

Hypothyroidism can be safely and effectively treated with a drug — the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl, others).

In both children and adults, there is concern that higher intake can increase the risk of side effects such as thyroid problems. Iodine in larger amounts can cause metallic taste, soreness of teeth and gums, burning in mouth and throat, increased saliva, throat inflammation, stomach upset, diarrhea, wasting, depression, skin problems, and many other side effects.

Autoimmune thyroid disease: People with autoimmune thyroid disease may be especially sensitive to the harmful side effects of iodine.

Median time for urinary iodine level to normalize was 43 days, with 75% of subjects returning to baseline within 60 days, and 90% of subjects within 75 days

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