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    Old 08-22-2007, 09:54 AM   #1
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    for hypothyroid people: do you avoid tea?

    I am mildly hypothyroid but have a lot of symptoms, the worst of which are chills, very dry skin and hair, and memory problems. I was wondering if anyone else with hypothyroidism was told to avoid tea. I have read anecdotal reports that tea may exacerabate the symptoms of hypothyroidism. I stopped drinking it last spring and did see some minor improvement, but with all the rainy weather lately, I am very tempted to have my daily cup again. Is there research to support not drinking tea if you are hypothyroid? Thanks!

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    Old 08-22-2007, 10:52 AM   #2
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    Re: for hypothyroid people: do you avoid tea?

    You'd be better off finding an MD who will treat your shortage of thyroid hormones than trying to DIY it by avoiding the tea you love. As you found, dietary and lifestyle changes make minimal difference by the time the shortage becomes more profound. By then, nothing will help a lot unless you replace the missing hormones.

    I'm hypothyroid, was diagnosed 4 years ago, have found my optimal dosage and have recovered. I never stopped drinking tea in all that time. I have 16 oz. of iced tea every day, and a cup or two of hot added to that in the winter. The way I figure it, the reason to be treated is so that my body will act the way it would if it had enough of its own natural thyroid hormone, and that includes the ability to eat/drink whatever I could eat/drink if I weren't hypothyroid.

    If your MD has told you that he/she can't treat you, and if your labwork warrants it, there is one somewhere out there who'll treat you now. If you have labwork you don't mind sharing here, we may be able to tell you if it's worth the trouble of getting second or third opinions.

     
    Old 08-22-2007, 11:06 AM   #3
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    Re: for hypothyroid people: do you avoid tea?

    Thanks, Midwest! My latest "good" labs were:


    TSH 6.24

    T4 1.1

    T3U 32

    Thyroid Antibodies are Negative

    I am 39 and have had symptoms for about 5 years but was always considered too borderline to treat by the doctors I saw. My PCP was concerned that I might have a stroke if she put me on medication. She doesn't want to treat me until my TSH hits 10. My mother has hypothyroidism and is on Synthroid, but she did have to be switched because the generic version they had her on was giving her heart palpitations. About a month prior to these labs, I had a TSH of about 7.5, I believe (would help if I could remember things like I used to!) Is it too early to request a referral to an endocrinologist? The PCP wanted to give me antidepressants instead, but I do not believe depression is an issue for me. Thanks!

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    Old 08-22-2007, 11:20 AM   #4
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    Re: for hypothyroid people: do you avoid tea?

    Oh my goodness.... Get thee to a competent thyroid doc ASAP!!!

    The notion of not treating until TSH reaches 10 is positively archaic. Unless you are past 65, you are extremelyunlikely to have a stroke from starting at a conservative dose of about 50 mcgs and gradually titrating up from there. I only hope that not too much damage has been done in the intervening time since your TSH was 3. The American Assn of Clinical Endos says that a sustained TSH of 3 or higher may be too high for the majority of people. The National Acad of Clinical Biology suggests that 2.5 is too high. The average for normal, healthy people without thyroid disease is about 1 or less.

    Truly!!! Get another opinion, or as many as it takes to get yourself the additional hormone you need!

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    Old 08-22-2007, 11:43 AM   #5
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    Re: for hypothyroid people: do you avoid tea?

    Yes, indeed find another doctor as soon as possible.

    You are NOT mildly hypothyroid! You are hypothyroid.

    Is this the same doctor treating your mother too? If so, she is probably severly under-treated too!

    OPTIMAL TSH is low, around 1.0 or at least BELOW 2.0
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    Old 08-24-2007, 01:55 PM   #6
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    Re: for hypothyroid people: do you avoid tea?

    I agree with all the others. Please find yourself a competent Doctor who understands Thyroid. Your TSH level is not normal. As someone else said here optimal for most people is between 1 and 2. I feel best at around 1.4! Also you do not say whether you Doctor told you what the labs range is. If you get the chance ask your Doctor what the range is for the lab. I dontknow about the USA but here in England it does tend to differ from lab to lab but is around 0.4 to 4.0 - and if you falloutside that you are deemed either hyper or hypo. At my lab you woud definately be considered Hypo with a TSH of over 6.
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    Old 08-24-2007, 02:58 PM   #7
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    Re: for hypothyroid people: do you avoid tea?

    I have been on Levoxyl for almost one year. It is time consuming to arrive at the optimal dose. When I went on medication my TSH was 5.6. Luckily I have a Dr. that was aware of the updated ranges. I had not had blood work for many years. I thought my sluggishness was from getting older and lazy. I'm a 45 year old male. I now feel that this has been bothering me for at least 10 years. I now have blood work every 8 weeks while trying to get the medication dose correct. I got blood results back today. My TSH is 2.25 and I still don't feel much better. I have noticed a great deal of improvement in my short-term memory. It was terrible when I went on medicine. It was to the point of being scary. I still experience severe fatigue but am hoping that sooner or later that will get better. My Dr. is shooting for a TSH of .4. You don't have to see and endocrinologist to be treated. Many GP's are great for hypothyroidism. I suggest you learn as much as you can so you can be active in your treatment. Most of all, get treatment now. I hate to think what I would have felt like if my TSH had gotten to 10.

     
    Old 09-05-2007, 09:05 AM   #8
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    Re: for hypothyroid people: do you avoid tea?

    Thanks everyone for giving me the encouragement I needed to make an appt. with an endocrinologist. I decided to see a specialist since I have seen a couple of interns who keep saying my labwork is within the range of normal and therefore shouldn't be treated. (When I was TTC and suffering from recurrent m/c, I was very concerned about this issue, but it was < 6, which is normal according to my doctor's lab.) Can anyone tell me what to expect? I am guessing they will repeat the bloodwork, as my symptoms are more pronounced now. If they put me on Synthroid or some other thyroid replacement hormone, will most of these symptoms improve? I am particularly concerned about the brain fog. My short-term memory is useless these days, and it used to be very good. (BTW, my mother lives in another part of the U.S. and doesn't share my PCP, so she has been getting treatment.) Thanks!

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    Old 09-06-2007, 12:16 PM   #9
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    Re: for hypothyroid people: do you avoid tea?

    Cynthia - My TSH was 7.1 when I was diagnosed and I SERIOUSLY thought I was dying. I was 38 at the time and had been healthy all my life. In my opinion you are more likely to have a stroke if you are NOT treated as hypothyroidism is known to caus your cholesterol to skyrocket. In my case it seemed to bring on high blood pressure which is pretty close to normal now that my thyroid is under control. Also, in doing my initial thyroid research I read alot about hypothyroidism causing issues with fertility and miscarriage.

    Changes won't be immediate when you start meds. Be patient, in the long run you will be much better. And in answer to your original post, no I don't avoid tea. I actually try to drink more to curb my diet pepsi habit and for all the health benefits associated with tea. The only thing I try to limit is soy, but not completely as it seems to be in so many things.

    Hang in there!

     
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